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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Detroit.

Tuesday
Sep162014

Seven-Year-Old Girl in Critical Condition After Shooting

(DETROIT) -- A 7-year-old girl was listed in critical condition Monday after she was shot in Detroit on Sunday.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the girl was riding her bicycle when she was shot from a passing car.

A man in one car was reportedly chasing a man in another car after an argument over a dice game.

One man, a 22-year-old, has been arrested. Police are still looking for another suspect.


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Tuesday
Sep162014

M-1 Rail Project Receives $12.2 Million in Funding 

(DETROIT) -- The City of Detroit received a $12.2 million grant Monday for its M-1 Rail Project, helping to bring a 3.1-mile streetcar line to the historic Woodward Avenue corridor.

The streetcar is expected to link the city's downtown business district to destinations along Woodward Avenue.

M-1 Rail, a coalition of private-sector philathropists and business leaders, put forward more than $88 million toward construction and operation of the $136 million project. In 2011, the plan received a $25 million TIGER grant.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined local, state and federal government officials in announcing the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) fund.

"TIGER will connect a corridor that’s home to 40 percent of all the jobs in Detroit – and attracts 15 million visitors year. It’s a project that, simply put, will fire up the economic engine of the 'Motor City,'" Foxx said.

Once completed, station names will be designated based on the stop's street or area, but sponsors will be recognized as part of each station's design, according to M-1 Rail.


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Tuesday
Sep162014

Detroit Residents Plead Guilty to Defrauding IRS with Fake Identities 

(DETROIT) -- Two Detroit residents pleaded guilty to wire fraud and using false identification for taxes, officials announced Monday.

Brenda Knight and Adreann Turnage admitted to using the names and Social Security numbers of deceased individuals to prepare false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The pair claimed refunds totalling in more than $1 million with the help of Knight's husband and other co-conspirators.

Knight and Turnage also transmitted the returns through Internet connections at local hotels and coffee shops, directing the money to bank accounts created solely for the purpose of receiving the fraudulent funds.

Officials said Willie Watkins, Knight's husband, would issue checks to individuals his wife helped recruit. The participants would cash the checks and bring the money to Watkins for distribution.

Turnage and Knight face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud charges, along with 15 years for using false identification.


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Monday
Sep152014

Man Charged in Kalamazoo Rape Case

Michigan Attorney General's Office(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) -- A man has been charged for his alleged involvement in a 2008 Kalamazoo rape case, officials announced Monday.

The Attorney General's Criminal Division charged Calvin Ray Kelly, also known as Larry Calvin Jackson with multiple felonies in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a Southwest Michigan victim.

"Solving cold cases requires a combination of dedication, resources, and cooperation across jurisdictions," said Attorney General Bill Schuette.  "Our aggressive, victim-centered, offender-focused approach has brought us one step closer to securing justice for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones."

In April 2008, a victim told Kalamazoo Police that an unknown man had repeatedly raped her at knifepoint. DNA evidence did not link Kelly, of Memphis, Tennessee, to the incident until 2012.

Tennessee law enforcement officials arrested Kelly on Sept. 9. The 57-year-old is charged with one count of kidnapping, three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct.


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Monday
Sep152014

Saginaw Funeral Chapel Opens Drive-Thru Window

(SAGINAW, Mich.) -- A Saginaw funeral chapel is offering a unique experience for friends and families who have recently lost a loved one: drive-thru viewing.

Paradise Funeral chapel debuted its first drive-thru window Sunday.

The feature, which gives an 11-foot clearance for vehicles, showcases a large, curtained window that will allow visitors to see the body inside the building.

The facility also offers live webstreams of funeral services for out of town guests.


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