A competitive District 4 race in Detroit, teen off life support after drive-by, the Moroun land deal

A competitive race in District 4 lights up a busy election day in Detroit

A former reporter and community advocate with decades of experience are vying for votes in Detroit District 4, which now has several local races.

District 4 in Detroit is home to nearly 100,000 people and tomorrow they will decide who will represent them on the city council in a race that will likely boil down to the wire between ML Elrick and Latisha Johnson.

When the final vote is counted tomorrow, a new face will be elected to represent the 4th District in Detroit.

Johnson has 14 years of community volunteer experience.

“I have a 14 year proven track record of working integrity on behalf of community residents, just making sure people know who I am – because I think that speaks volumes,” she said.

Elrick is a former reporter for FOX 2 and Detroit Free Press who says his experience of holding people accountable carries over directly to civil service.

“I’m really looking forward to using my knowledge of how the government should work, how it didn’t work, and applying that to make sure the government works,” he said.

Both candidates are competing for a vacancy vacated after Andre Spivey resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to federal bribery allegations.

“When I quit my job as a reporter, I thought we had a problem with city hall corruption,” said Elrick. “It turns out to be worse than I thought. So it feels like the right candidate at the right time to get us back on track.

“It has a lot to do with people staying longer in office where they are comfortable,” said Johnson. “They may have a few friends they’ve made over the years and they get a little more relaxed – and that’s something I look out for a lot.”

Regarding being able to navigate the public service without getting involved in the scandal, they say the answer is transparency.

“The problem with the city council right now is that they don’t answer a question,” said Elrick. “I’ll answer every question.”

Even if some wonder who is contributing to their campaign, Johnson claims it cannot be bought.

“I know who I am,” she said. “I know why I’m doing this, and it’s really because so many residents have turned to me and said, ‘Latisha, we need you because you know who we are. You know who we’re dealing with to do in our communities. ” , and you have the experience to lead. ‘”

Community volunteer Latisha Johnson, left, and former reporter ML Elrick.

Both contestants have approached this race in a similar fashion with relentless ground games. They knock on doors and speak to voters, and when the polling stations close on Tuesday they both say they plan not to leave anything on the table.

Detroit teen taken off life support after a drive-by shooting

The 15-year-old boy from Detroit who slept in a drive-by shootout at a friend’s house on Stahelin Avenue last week life support was canceled. Kenneth Merritt Jr. was hit when at least a dozen shots were fired into a house on October 26th.

Although he was not the intended target of the Detroit police, he was hit in the head. It left his family in shock. “We were dizzy. We can’t believe this is happening to us,” said his stepmother. “Watch your children, take care of their surroundings. Just keep them at home, keep the kids at home. “

Detroit teenage boy shot in the head overnight

A 15-year-old boy is separated from life support after a drive-by shoot in a Detroit home.

A GoFundMe page was set up to pay for Merritt Jr.’s funeral. The boy’s father said the family now mourns two deaths after Merritt’s mother died of cancer last year. “I’m the headmaster,” he said. Everyone looks at me like I’m supposed to do something and I don’t know what to do. “

Detroit Police are still searching for the vehicle that was involved in the shooting. Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or 1800SPEAKUP.org.

Detroit residents want a community service agreement ahead of Moroun’s land contract

There is a six lane bridge that connects Motown and Windsor shortly before the final deal, but a land transfer from Detroit City Council is still required. Residents of the Hubbard Richards and Hubbard Farms neighborhoods believe that valuable land like property 3805 W. Jefferson should come at a price.

“We can’t let this precious piece of land, our public parkland that the Morouns need, just give away,” said Deb Sumner, a resident of southwest Detroit. Therefore, the residents are calling for a social benefit plan that makes the agreement amicable. “We need money to fortify these buildings to make sure they don’t continue to deteriorate from ground vibrations. I mean, it will affect the health and public welfare of our neighborhood,” said Sam Butler, another resident.

SW Detroit residents want to be heard that the Morouns are about to make a deal with the city to build the second span of bridges

Residents of the Hubbard Richard and Hubbard Farms neighborhoods of Detroit are calling for the city council to establish a community service agreement.

The Ambassador Bridge currently has four lanes. Local residents say an extended bridge would create more pollution, noise, traffic and property damage. A permit to transport dangerous substances is also applied for. “What if a truck explodes? What if it is spilled? What guarantees do you have for existing and incoming residents? ”Asked local resident Myett Risker.

The city of Detroit received about $ 3 million in parking improvements as part of the deal and would receive a few million more after cementing. But just down the street where the Gordie Howe Bridge goes in, the land transfer deal looks very different from this one. And if that’s the case in Delray, the people who live near the Ambassador Bridge ask, ‘Why not there?’

3 people were injured when Camaro was hit by a train and dragged into Detroit

Three people were injured when a train crashed into a car at the intersection near Seven Mile and Mount Elliot in Detroit Monday night.

In the crash, which occurred around 8 p.m., one of the victims was seriously injured

Car hit by train, injuring 3 people on the east side of Detroit

All three people were taken to the Detroit Receiving Hospital. The circumstances of the crash are currently unknown.

A Chevrolet Camaro was dismantled by the train with a T-bone and pushed about 500 meters over the tracks.

All three people were taken to the Detroit Receiving Hospital. The circumstances of the crash are currently unknown. Stay with FOX 2 for more information when it becomes available.

Detroit police report a quiet Halloween night

It’s a very different post-Halloween story than what we’ve told about Detroit in the past, where Halloween and the night before known as “Devil’s Night” were a mess. “We had over 300 scheduled events and not a single incident,” said Chief James White. “Twenty years ago we all knew the stories, it was not a fun time, for the community and for the police.”

From violence to arson. First responders in town would be running in droves from one call to the next. But this year Chief James White says: it was relatively quiet. “I want to say we had a good weekend,” he said. “We all know we couldn’t say that historically.”

Halloween weekend is usually a quiet one for the Detroit police force

It’s a very different post-Halloween story than we’ve told about Detroit in the past, where Halloween and the night before known as Devil’s Night were a mess.

There were two murders on Devil’s Night on October 30th. But White says these were isolated and had nothing to do with Halloween in any way. Detroit Fire says there were six building fires between the two nights and cannot say it was arson at this point.

White credits proactive policing – part of his strategy since he started in June, letting data – where crimes have happened – dictate where his cops patrol.

What else are we watching

  1. It’s Election Day again, which means people go to the polls all day on Tuesday. The temperature may not be as hot as the last election, but there are still significant races to watch out for. Make sure you do Everything is fine with our FOX 2 voting guide Here.
  2. The NAACP’s Detroit branch stands ready to support voters with its “take your soles to the polls” campaign. The group will operate at 8220 Second Avenue, where a “War Room” hotline will be set up to ensure social distancing and help voters with any questions they may have.
  3. Michigan’s Reallocation Commission voted 11-2 to come up with a proposed map approving Senate lines that would be fairer to Democrats than previous maps drawn by Republicans. It is the first card the panel has passed on for the final 45 comment period.
  4. As part of the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which is ready to kick off, industry volunteers are partnering with the Detroit Zoo as part of the MC4T volunteer cleaning event.
  5. Unsafe driving habits such as red light driving, drowsy driving, and driving with cannabis or alcohol restrictions have decreased in the past three years, according to a report from AAA.

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Daily forecast

It’s getting a little chilly on this election Tuesday as temperatures fluctuate around the mid-1940s while a low pressure system in Canada is causing some clouds and wet weather on the west side of the state. Don’t be surprised if some showers find their way into Metro Detroit – and maybe even a few snowflakes.

From Tuesday it will be colder with spotty showers.

A few wet snowflakes can mix in too!

NASA astronauts pick peppers in space for the first time on the International Space Station

Humans introduced a new form of life into space on Friday when NASA astronauts did very first chili peppers on board the International Space Station.

The hatch chili pepper seeds arrived at the space station in June on a SpaceX replenishment mission and were promptly planted by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

“I finally made my best space tacos to date: fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and HATCH CHILE,” tweeted astronaut Megan McArthur.

Astronauts have access to a variety of freeze-dried and prepackaged meals that are regularly replenished with them, but learning how to grow fresh produce millions of miles from Earth will be the key to longer missions.

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