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Flint police make arrest in postal worker attack captured on camera

The Flint Police Department has made at least one arrest after two women were caught on camera assaulting a U.S. Postal Service worker Thursday.

Detective Tyrone Booth said the alleged assault took place about noon "in the city of Flint," but wouldn't specify where.

"We're still gathering information," Booth said. "We can't share fine details right now," including how many arrests were made.

No one has been arraigned, so police aren't releasing any names of suspects.

Police declined to share the victim's age, but said "she's in good condition. She's fine."

The U.S. Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two women are shown throwing punches and pulling the hair of a postal service worker who is dressed in her work uniform.

"Oh my god, oh my god," says a man who appears to be recording the incident. "You all hit the mailman! She hit the mailman! You all fittin' to go to the feds."

Another voice can be heard saying "you all going to jail!"

Video of the incident can be seen at the link below


[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/04/09/flint-police-make-arrest-postal-worker-attack-captured-camera/7152745002/|

What experts say Detroit needs to do to improve lagging COVID-19 vaccination rates

Detroit — A majority of southeast Michigan counties are vaccinating residents at twice the rate Detroit is and that gap is threatening to prolong the pandemic in Michigan's largest city and forcing health officials to find alternatives to mass-vaccination sites like the TCF Center and Ford Field.

About 1 in 5, or 21%, of Detroiters have received at least one shot, according to the city's vaccine dashboard, compared to 33% of residents in Macomb County, 40% in suburban Wayne County and 41% in Oakland and Washtenaw counties. Statewide, 37% of all residents have at least one dose.

[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2021/04/07/detroit-lagging-covid-19-vaccination-rates/7109466002/|

Tesla owner with Mustang Mach-E reports threats on social media from Tesla fans

Sergio Rodriguez never imagined saying nice things about his new Ford Mustang Mach-E would elicit death threats from Tesla owners on social media.mBut this is 2021, after all. No one seems surprised by much.

And Rodriguez, who was featured in the Free Press in early March, replied, "I've had them message me death threats over my joy with the Mach-E." Rodriguez, 41, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq and specialized in explosive ordnance disposal, is now a military contractor living in Saint Marys, Georgia.

The fiery debate among Ford and Tesla owners reflects the intensity surrounding a growing all-electric market dominated by Tesla. CEO Elon Musk is widely credited as an innovative leader who helped transform public perception of the vehicles. As a result, Tesla has been a darling of Wall Street with a market value that dwarfs all competitors and far exceeds the Detroit Three combined. Tesla cars, which some drivers compare to spaceships, are especially popular in California and China. The Mach-E has been portrayed as the first serious competitor to Tesla in terms of sleek design, speed and handling.

Rodriguez said he was especially alarmed by comments on the Tesla Owners Worldwide private Facebook page, which listed 87,500 members on Saturday. A member had posted a story about his favorable Mach-E reviews and it unleashed a torrent of what he perceived to be disturbing attacks.

"One was, like, 'I hope the car loses control and crashes.' Or 'The car is going to catch fire when you're driving it,'" he said. "I took that as a threat. For you to have any kind of ill will on anybody, why would you say that? Then someone privately messaged me, 'You're full of s*** and I know what your Tesla looks like. If I see it …' That private message on Facebook was more threatening."

Tesla fans have insisted online that Ford must be paying regular people to post nice things on social media about the Mach-E, which has garnered a number of honors including 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award in January, selected by some 50 international jurors.


[link:https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2021/04/04/tesla-owner-reports-threats-praising-ford-mustang-mach-e-elon-musk-sergio-rodriguez/7076886002/|

Washtenaw County issues two-week stay home order for U-M students

Yet the football team and other varsity sports are exempted from the county orders.


"Washtenaw County has issued a two-week stay at home order as it tries to curb a sharp uptick in cases at the University of Michigan.

The order is for U-M undergraduate students effective immediately and continuing through Nov. 3 at 7 a.m.

Under the order, undergraduate students must remain in their residence, unless attending class, accessing dining services, or carrying out approved work that cannot be done remotely. Students who wish to return to a primary residence may do so only if they have completed U-M’s procedures for leaving campus safely.



Undergrad student Noah Garfinkel agreed.

"This was going to happen eventually and the university invited students back to campus anyway. The university has done a good job of mitigating the spread at least up until now but it should not be shocking that 18- to 22-year-olds did not follow all of the rules," he said. "The other disappointing aspect of the order is it now affects my campus life and could stop me from doing activities that were safe. I had been attending small outdoor MRun practices, which I can no longer attend. These were held outdoors with 10 people. No one had contracted the virus from these practices. These can no longer be held. As the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Review, it is still unclear whether or not I can access the Michigan Review office in the Michigan League. I was by myself and wore a mask.


"I also find it ridiculous that varsity sports are excluded from this order. It is beyond me why student-athletes who do not get paid are allowed to travel while we are not. It is also frustrating as a club athlete that they can also practice while we cannot. It is not only unfair it is unjust to force these athletes to play for someone else's profit."

Madelyn VerVaecke, who graduates in 2021, said she's relieved by the order.

"As someone working in grocery stores and has taking this thing seriously since March, this order comes as a relief. Reading the testimonials from my fellow students about the reality of testing and the handling of those having tested positive, we’ve needed this for a long time. I’m hoping this order puts pressure on the university to act like the “leader and best” it’s branded itself as, because right now, we’re the university who chose football over the safety and well-being of not only us the students, but every single person who comes into contact with us."


[link:https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2020/10/20/washtenaw-county-stay-home-order-university-michigan-coronavirus/5993741002/|

It isnt as clear cut as you might believe

California is the state with the highest cost of living, other than Hawaii and DC. After California is New York and Oregon.

The maximum benefit in California is $450. Examples of states that pay more than California are ;

Massachusetts $823
Connecticut $650
North Dakota $647
Utah $560
Wyoming $508
Iowa $591
Oregon $648

For comparison, other higher cost of living states pay these amounts;

Hawaii $648
New York $504
D.C. $425

Feds: Michigan unemployment contractor part of $2 million fraud scheme

Lansing — A contract employee of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency has been charged after allegedly taking part in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says.

Amid record jobless filings in Michigan, Brandi Hawkins, 39, of Detroit allegedly used her "insider access" at the agency "to fraudulently release payment on hundreds of fraudulent claims," according an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

She then used the "proceeds" of her crime to purchase high-end handbags and luxury goods, the announcement added.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Hawkins worked with outside actors who entered numerous false claims into the state's unemployment system. Hawkins released payment on the claims, leading to the fraudulent disbursement of more than $2 million, the complaint says. Authorities seized more than $200,000 in cash from her residence, according to the Department of Justice.

Hawkins was assigned to work as an unemployment insurance examine in April. She was terminated June 17, according to the complaint. But the complaint says the state's fraud investigation unit reviewed the audit logs for Hawkins's user account and determined that she continued to remotely access state systems after "her termination and was actively 'discarding' fraud-stops and releasing payment on hundreds of fraudulent claims until early July 2020."

Among the items authorities seized from her residence was "the Microsoft Surface tablet provided to her by her employer," the complaint says.


[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/07/17/feds-michigan-unemployment-contractor-part-2-million-fraud-scheme/5462024002/|

$1.2 million bail for driver that hit 2 Seattle protesters

A judge on Monday set a $1.2 million bail for the man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Dawit Kelete, who is Black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a group of Black Femme March demonstrators, part of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting racial inequality and police violence. The car hit two people and sped away about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Over the weekend, a judge found probable cause to hold Kelete on an investigation of vehicular assault.But the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has yet to file charges against Kelete. It says it's waiting for additional required information from the State Patrol.“A charging decision is expected by Wednesday afternoon,” spokesman Casey McNerthney said.

Kelete's lawyer, John Henry Browne, said the crash was a “horrible, horrible accident” and was not intentional.“There's absolutely nothing political about this case whatsoever,” Browne told The Associated Press. “My client is in tears. He's very remorseful. He feels tremendous guilt.” Kelete is originally from Eritrea and is a U.S. citizen, Browne said. He lives with his family in Seattle, and they’re very religious, he said. Kelete was the owner of the Jaguar XJL and was alone in the car, according to a Washington State Patrol report submitted to the court late Saturday.






[link:https://www.wsoctv.com/news/national/12-million-bail/NPTTSG7QX7NOALIBKGPKVKLWIE/|

What is Gov Whitmer's involvement regarding the protests in Detroit and other cities?

I haven't seen or heard much of anything from her about it.

I'm sure she has been engaged, just haven't seen anything reported in the Detroit newspapers.

2 suspects in Flint dollar store slaying caught

"Two men sought in the fatal shooting of a Flint dollar store security guard have been arrested, Genesee County authorities said Friday evening.

During a news conference, county Prosecutor David Leyton said Larry Teague, 44, was arrested Thursday near a motel in Houston, and Ramonyea Bishop, 23, was taken into custody Friday afternoon at an apartment in Bay City.

Both men, along with Sharmel Teague, Teague's wife and Bishop's mother, are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the May 1 shooting of Calvin Munerlyn, 43, at the Family Dollar store at 877 E. Fifth Ave. Munerlyn was shot after he told the daughter of Sharmel Teague that she couldn't enter the store without a protective mask, as required by executive orders designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Then he denied service to Teague, who was wearing a mask, when she allegedly began yelling at him. Teague, 45, then contacted her husband and son, who went to the store and killed Munerlyn, prosecutors allege.

Leyton said two other people were arrested in Houston and charged with helping Teague flee to Texas and elude police: Laura Ann Mitchell, 44, and Terrence Devon Findley, 43. According to the prosecutor, Mitchell and Findley rented a car in Michigan, drove Teague to Texas, bought him clothing at a WalMart and rented him a motel room. Leyton said he charged both with obstruction of justice, harboring a felon, and accessory after the fact to a felony, plus a count of lying to a police officer against Mitchell.

The district attorney of Harris County, Texas, has charged both with hindering apprehension of a murder suspect, Leyton said.

In addition, Bishop’s sister Brya Shatonia Bishop, 24, has been charged with tampering with evidence, lying to police and being an accessory to a felony after the fact. Authorities allege she hampered police efforts to find her brother and Larry Teague."


[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/08/2-suspects-slaying-flint-dollar-store-security-guard-caught/3101531001/|

Sister of suspect in fatal shooting of Flint dollar store guard charged

"The sister of one of the suspects wanted in last week's fatal shooting of a Flint dollar store security guard was charged Thursday with three felonies, authorities said.

Brya Shatonia Bishop, 24, has been charged with tampering with evidence, lying to police and being an accessory to a felony after the fact, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

He said Bishop is in police custody and is awaiting arraignment on the charges. Tampering with evidence is a 10-year felony, lying to police is a 4-year felony and being an accessory after the fact is a 5-year felony. Leyton said Bishop is accused of interfering with the police's ongoing efforts to arrest Ramonyea Bishop, 23, and Larry Teague, 44, the two men accused in the Friday slaying of the security guard. Brya and Ramonyea Bishop are siblings.

"Brya Bishops' attempts to shield family members will not be tolerated and we will likewise hold anyone else involved in offering shelter and assistance to Larry Teague or Ramonyea Bishop accountable under the law," Leyton said in a statement. Both Ramonyea Bishop and Teague remain at large. The prosecutor said police continue to search for the two men."

[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/07/sister-suspect-fatal-shooting-flint-dollar-store-guard-charged/3088189001/|
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