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A SMART bus driver was involved in two accidents in Birmingham on Wednesday. (Patch file photo)
Brian Welch April 17, 2014 at 04:37 am
SMART sucks. The horror stories I could tell you about my experiences with SMART are many. I have aRead More car yet still support public transportation, except SMART. SMART is Horrible.
DianeKH April 17, 2014 at 08:33 am
I support the concept of public transportation, but...I live off of Main Street and see theses busesRead More travelling back and forth all day. I've never seen more than three people on a bus. We could hire taxis for these same people for a whole lot less.
James Patrick O’Connell is shown here with his attorney, Shannon Smith, in Troy's 52-4 District Court after his arrest in August. (Screenshot: Patch video)
Laura April 16, 2014 at 08:30 am
If he's guilty, please revoke not only his bail, but his very LIFE. Thank you.
Lynn Vander Meer April 16, 2014 at 10:01 am
There is no "excuse" or defense for this.And the bigger shame is that he got away with itRead More for so long.Hopefully the children can heal from this. Stealing someone's innocence is in some ways worse than killing the body because it stays with you throughout your life.
Anon April 17, 2014 at 11:17 am
An innocent man was sentenced today. It makes me very scared of our justice system that one child'sRead More word of mouth is taken over a 60 year old man's.
An increased supply of heroin from Afghanistan has decreased prices, making it more readily available throughout Michigan, which has a significant public health problem, officials say. (Patch file photo)
Luther's Fan April 15, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Well, I was a parent to three, and all are successful medical professionals. Do you watch the newsRead More or know any teachers in public schools. Ask teachers if kids are fine. Most are total brats. When I look at all those on the welfare dole, seems like Darwinism needs a few more million years to weed out the lazy.
Racer Boy April 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Unfortunately, we created the lazy...LBJ's Great Society has spent $Trillions developing an entireRead More segment of society totally dependent on Government for it's survival. Now, that group has grown in such numbers as to be able to elect a Socialist-based representative government. They in turn, continue to provide more and more Government supplied perks. It will be very difficult to halt this death spiral into oblivion. They have control of our primary, secondary and collegiate educational system...literally indoctrinating our children into the Socialist lifestyle...which looks good on paper. It works really well until you run out of someone else's money. We are at the critical tipping point where the takers are dangerously close to out numbering the makers. We need to wake up now.
HARVEY JONES April 16, 2014 at 10:29 am
To the local POLICE DEPT: It is easy to find where these heroin houses are located Just follow yourRead More local cab companies and the Gratiot bus line.
Steve Utash, surrounded here by his children, awoke from his medically induced coma Friday. (Photo: Go Fund Me)
drbpor April 16, 2014 at 03:09 am
Silly negroes
Bill April 16, 2014 at 07:01 am
It doesn’t take much for the “mob mentality,” or “herd mentality” toRead More kick in. It appears this began as a hate crime and then that mob mentality kicked in, and emotions raged blinding all to the reality of their actions. There’s a lot of anger in this country - it doesn’t help that our political, legal and financial leaders are systematically destroying the middle class, creating a much larger, more lethal lower class.
Ron April 16, 2014 at 09:03 am
Michelle,, Please,,, "they PROBABLY bred the hatred for whites in him"....... I wouldRead More agree that we can teach our children ANYTHING we choose to. However,, I cannot imagine how you can make such a blatantly racist assertions without a SHRED of proof. I would suggest that the number of parents that actually knew their child was capable of a crime is quite low,,,, Timothy McVeigh,, Adam Lanza,, both white and both guilty of committing atrocities against innocent people,,,, can you seriously say the same thing about those white families you just said about the young man that attacked Mr. Utash in Detroit? Or do you have a different set of "standards" for white criminals?
Area religious leaders and others have organized a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Little Rock Baptist Church. (Patch file photos)
Ahmed Ismail April 10, 2014 at 09:54 am
I hope that those reading this article will take the time to do the right thing for Steve Utash byRead More going to the donation site listed above and make a donation to help the Utash family through this nightmare. Just skip what you were going to do this weekend and take that money and donate it to the Utash family. It's the right thing to do--you'll be helping someone who did the right thing as well. Thank you!
Reverend Barbara Sexton April 10, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Healing cannot occur until all 'pus' is cleared out! To state otherwise is either disingenuous orRead More is a complete lie or it's both. Furthermore, I can tell you that healing begins from 'within', so let's get on with it, our friends in Detroit. Rev. Barb Stamford, CT
Philip April 10, 2014 at 07:55 pm
according to a master plan for Detroit promoted a couple of years ago, the idea is to congregateRead More populated areas of the city and move out those who live in sparser settled areas. If that plan comes about, what happened to Mr. Utash will only be the first instance of a way of life. Although regular citizens will move out, there is certainty that the lawless will move into the vacated parts of Detroit. If you stay in a populated part of the city, you should be relatively safe. However, if you have business or pleasure that takes you out of one populated area into another populated area, you will have to pass through the "Sherwood Forest," full of outlaws, in between. Woe betide the innocent traveler, like Mr. Utash, who is caught out there. My response to this is to carve Detroit into three pieces: The City of Grand River (north of I-96 and west of Woodward), The City of Gratiot (north of I-96 and east of Woodward), and The City of Detroit (south of I-96). These cities would be self-sufficient, but could share resources if they wanted to. The benefit would be local control of utilities and services. Also, any empty spaces would be smaller and more easily controlled than ones in the present 139 square miles of Detroit. Additionally, with local control, builders would appear because people apparently want to live closer to the core of an area, which in this case, would be the smaller City of Detroit. Detroit once was a small settlement along the river bank. It expanded to take in a huge area as people flocked in. Why can't it retract in order to meet the current circumstances?
Steve Utash is pictured with his three children, who have established a Go Fund Me site that had raised $154,825 by mid-day Thursday, April 10.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Kate, Metro Detroit airport is actually in Romulus, so you wouldn't be in the D.
tamarya April 12, 2014 at 05:48 pm
If he hit a black child then i agree racial, however if he hit a white child then it is because heRead More hit the kid, even if black it could be he hit the kid and they had a problem with him doing that. Even though he hit a child that was unattended in the rd is no reason to have the crap beaten out of him. An accident is an accident, like i said earlier if this is how people react then especially when hitting a child police or the child's family should not question if someone commits a hit and run.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
The news has reported that the kids were jumping in and out of the street playing some kind of game.Read More Apparently this is fun now; playing chicken with cars.
"I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas because it's now in Hazel Park," Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said of stolen merchandise from a Vegas Victoria's Secret store found in the warehouse. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office photo)
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:50 pm
MontiLee - no they're not better than that.
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:52 pm
“I guess what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas because it’s now in HazelRead More Park,” - HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Oh, wait... that's not funny.
Richard Greaves April 10, 2014 at 09:29 pm
What's was shocking?
A lipstick case similar to this one was confiscated at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport over the weekend. (Photo: womenonguard.com)
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
l wonder if the securtiy alarms go off every time obama boards Air Force One? After all, he IS theRead More biggest threat to the whole U. S. A.
Steve Utash is pictured at a happier time with his three children, Joe Utash, back; Mandi Emerick, left; and Felicia Utash, right. (Screenshot: Go Fund Me online fund-raising site)
Ron April 10, 2014 at 07:50 pm
K. Scott,,, in a single word? Believe. To believe in ones self,, and self worth against all oddsRead More and all challenges. No matter our place in the world,, no matter our possessions or lack of,, to believe in yourself is crucial and that's what gives us strength to make ourselves better people.
Prometheus April 11, 2014 at 07:16 am
Personal responsibility, respect, integrity.
Racer Boy April 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
911 works pretty well if you need a Police report written...not so much if you need help in a timelyRead More manner.
Police have arrested three people in last week's attack on Adam Wagner, pictured, at a Westland 7-Eleven store. (Screenshot: WDIV video)
Racer Boy April 7, 2014 at 05:45 pm
Very curious as to why the identities of the thugs who did this have not been released.
Army Guy April 8, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Should be investigated as a hate crime. My understanding is that the 3 suspects are of MiddleRead More Eastern descent. Seems they singled this man out as a US service member, this seems racist in nature to me.
Old Carman April 14, 2014 at 09:27 am
We need a public retribution- eye for an eye....
All Birmingham dog owners should do this, says a man who's found himself in a steaming hot mess after he allegedly flung dog poop at a neighbor who didn't scoop. (Photo: Newtown.Patch.com)
Margaret potter April 7, 2014 at 03:09 pm
I agree with Mr Wolfe, I am a dog lover BUT dog handlers should have dogs on leashes and pick upRead More after them. While in Europe I was surprised to learn the 3 countries I visited allow dogs in parks, businesses and most everywhere as long as they were on a leash and with a handler that can control them.
Mr. Michael April 10, 2014 at 10:35 am
Piss poor reporting I guess eh Jay? The version you describe plays out nothing like the writtenRead More content of the article.
Racer Boy April 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm
So, once again who is telling the truth? Hopefully "eye witness" Jay has contacted theRead More Birmingham Police with his version.
A Michigan lesbian whose marriage to her partner was televised on a local news station was assaulted as she was walking home Monday. Her assailants allegedly referenced her marriage and punched her. (Patch file photo)
McGurk April 8, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Dale: Your metaphor was disgusting, insulting and meant to be so. The only thing worse? You areRead More pleased with yourself for that bit of scatilogical nonsense.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 07:36 pm
Dale: you have more than implied that gay people who live a full and open life are not realRead More Christians. They aren't the only ones you have denigrated in this way either. Are You trying to cover for your awful writing? It will not work. The intent with your metaphors are always clear. Nobody is confused. As mentioned before, there many other points of view than yours, or the two opinions I introduced you to at that website. Yours is no more important than anyone else's, no matter what labels you use. The way you run other people down only speaks volumes about you.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm
And Dale,you weren't commenting on drug use, you were comparing the heartfelt religious convictionsRead More of other people to drug use, and manure consumption, as well as other demeaning language. It is the sort of intolerant speech you trade in, while pretending to innocently hide behind the Bible or whatever. No matter how you couch it, it's just lousy stuff to say about other people. And then you whine about intolerance when someone calls you on it.
Photos from surveillance video show a suspect entering a Ferndale doctor's office. (Photo courtesy of Ferndale Police Department)
Sylvia Taylor April 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Writing your own prescriptions are we. Hope you got the DEA number.
Luther's Fan April 11, 2014 at 07:27 am
Going to have to start locking doors and buzzing people into businesses. If they do not remove hatsRead More and face gear; no entry.
Police in Flint, MI, are investigating what happened to a dozen dogs, most of them pit bulls, found in trash bags in a blighted area of town. (Patch file photo)
mpk2 March 27, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Barb that was a horrible thing to say, I've been following the patch now for a couple weeks and haveRead More seen you comment on here a lot. I signed up an account just to comment on one of the ignorant comments I've ever heard in my life. If you only knew what those poor animals went through for whatever time they had on this earth with those sick human beings you'd wish you could take that comment back. Maybe you got what you wanted, a bunch comments and pissed off people, but it was at the expense of making everyone think you are a terrible, insensitive person.
mpk2 March 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm
*most ignorant
Steve Krause March 28, 2014 at 10:12 am
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The moreRead More helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man." ~ Gandhi
This dog was recently rescued by the Detroit Animal Welfare Group, whose reports of 28 dead dogs at River Rouge Park are being disputed. (Screenshot: DAWG YouTube video)
Shera Osier March 26, 2014 at 05:56 am
As always, Detroit Police covering their butts. Or at least trying to. There were MANY dead dogsRead More found in that park last Friday. Not a few, rather many. The problem with DPD is, as always, they are , " alittle too late". So, after the case broke and went viral, DPD decides to go, " check out the park to see what they could find". What did the find? More dead dogs. Had they been there on Friday, they would of found 28 dead dogs, and may have found the other 4 or 5 they found on Monday. Im not sure the day will ever come , that Detroit will ever be that City, that we all hope for, as it was many decades ago. When the police are not willing to attack the root of the problem, and instead scramble for cover up, the City will continue to fall to crumble. Detroit Animal Welfare Group, aka DAWG has photos of dead dogs and the live ones that were saved. There were VIDEOS taken during the rescue and search mission. Most know that Detroit is the dog fighting capital, if anyone has doubts, go see for yourself. Investigate the issue yourself. This issue is a sport for people. They make money on fighting dogs. These dogs suffer horribly. The dogs that lose the fight are then shot, hung, or tossed and left to continue the pain of their death. Cowards cant get a job, but instead make money, at the expense of the voiceless who cant speak up. Disgusting. Until more folks come together, and stand up for the voicless, it will continue. Shame on you DPD. As always, alittle too late.
AMANDA LABONTY March 26, 2014 at 08:31 am
Wether there are 50,000 strays or 5,000 strays, 28 dead dogs found in Rouge Park or 28 dead dogs inRead More the city of Detroit in one day gives evidence of a significant problem that needs to be addressed! DAWG has received multiple calls of more dead dogs since Saturdays outreach in addition to more strays in Rouge park. DAWG rescue holds outreach missions in Detroit on the first and third Saturdays of every month where volunteers meet to help the strays of Detroit. In just 2 hours time DAWG takes in anywhere from 5-15 dogs every outreach. Many of the dogs are emaciated, sick, have mange, parvo, heartworm, wounds, and some with teeth ground down signifying a previous bait dog. Owners with dogs on chains or no food, water, shelter are educated on proper care of pets on our outreaches and straw and food provided. Michigan Humane Society provides DAWG with a limited number of spay/neuter vouchers to offer assistance of sterilization to those in need in the city also. DAWG has requested a meeting with the Mayor Duggan to work together to help solve the issue. The Detroit Police have not contacted any member of DAWG to verify any information as to the situation or events at Rouge park.
AMANDA LABONTY March 26, 2014 at 01:41 pm
One would be curious to know how a statement would be made that dog fighting in Detroit isRead More "highly embellished". Spend a day in the life of an active dog rescue that cares for the Detroit strays and see the injured dogs daily who suffer at the hands of humans and you would see the sad truth
Oakland County authorities say evidence collected at the home of Pia Farrenkopf suggest she died in early 2009. The mummified remains of a woman believed to be Farrenkopf were found in her home March 5. (Photo: "Mummified in Michigan" Facebook page)
niteman March 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm
I can only say: I am glad that I have always had close relationships with my brothers and sisters.Read More It's beyond sad that some folks hardly stay in touch with their own blood...I'd be embarrassed to admit that I was a sibling to this woman after what occurred. Yeez....
Donna Reed March 22, 2014 at 10:46 am
I agree with niteman. IMAGINE a sister not speaking to her sister in SEVEN years? I don't care WHATRead More went on between them.....don't you at least WONDER about them..and TRY to make contact? One can ALMOST excuse the neighbors..( though even that's a little hard to do)..but geez.....didn't she mean SOMETHING to SOMEONE? How sad this story is.......
Sofia Nikollbibaj March 24, 2014 at 04:21 pm
WOW! I am so glad my family (American with eastern european roots) has always been close andRead More instilled in us since a very young age that family always comes first. I feel really sad for whatever happened to this woman :(
John Darrell Hayes, 23, of Novi was arrested and charged with embezzlement and making a false report.
Mike deet March 20, 2014 at 03:50 pm
From the "look" of the picture not very surprising ......flame away liberals! AndRead More no,everyone is NOT the same
Jim Volt March 21, 2014 at 10:35 am
Really? In Novi? Wow...