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Detroit Boy, 8, Shot, Killed in His Bed

Bullet went through outside wall: police

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who was lying in bed died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit him, Detroit police said. The child was struck about 1:15am today at his east side home and was taken to a hospital, where he died, police... More »

Boy Hidden in Basement Forced to Work Out

Regimen included 400 sit-ups a day, court filing states

(Newser) - The regime in the Bothuell household was an extreme one, according to court papers filed yesterday in the case of the Detroit boy found in his basement 11 days after he was reported missing. Charles Bothuell, 12 has told authorities he was forced to complete a workout twice a day... More »

Stepmom Told Boy to Stay in Basement, He Says

But lots of questions remain about case of Detroit's Charlie Bothuell V

(Newser) - Thanks to a court document obtained by the Detroit Free Press , we now know a little bit more about why a "missing" 12-year-old boy was found hunkered down in his basement : Charlie Bothuell V told authorities that his stepmother put him there and instructed him "not to come... More »

Basement Boy Case Gets Stranger

Detroit father could face child abuse charges

(Newser) - The Detroit father whose missing son was found behind a barricade in his own basement could face charges, police say, but it's not clear whether they will be related to the 11-day disappearance of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell. Sources tell Fox that the boy was home-schooled under a strict regimen... More »

UN Asked to Stop Detroit From Shutting Off Water

Activists say the city is violating poor residents' human rights

(Newser) - Detroit Water and Sewerage has been shutting off water to thousands of residents who are behind on paying their bills—and now a coalition of activists is asking the UN to get involved. As of March, nearly half of the city's 323,900 DWSD accounts were delinquent, the Detroit ... More »

Michigan Tosses Detroit a $195M Life Raft

But pensioners still need to sign off on 'grand bargain'

(Newser) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will today sign a bill giving Detroit $194.5 million as part of a "grand bargain" designed to lift the city out of bankruptcy, the Free Press reports. That money, combined with $370 million from charitable foundations and $100 million from the Detroit Institute of... More »

Man Drives 2K Miles With Girlfriend's Corpse

Ray Tomlinson's thinking: he had a 48-hour window

(Newser) - Ray Tomlinson set out from Michigan to Arizona to pick up his girlfriend from a mental health facility Sunday—then drove nearly all of the 1,900-mile return trek with her dead body propped up in the passenger seat. Somewhere in New Mexico, Tomlinson nudged her and "she was... More »

Detroit: We Need $850M to Tear Down 40K Houses

Major report on city blight carries a big price tag

(Newser) - Just how bad is Detroit's blight? It took a major task force 331 pages to summarize the problem and recommend solutions, but that's hardly the most jaw-dropping number involved. The panel says the city needs $850 million to tear down 40,000 mostly residential properties over the next... More »

JPMorgan Sinking $100M in Detroit Renewal

Effort aims to improve housing, offer job training

(Newser) - JPMorgan is moving to help a bankrupt city get back on its feet. The bank is putting $100 million, divided between loans and grants, toward Detroit's revitalization, the New York Times reports. The money is intended to help the city with an array of projects, including housing improvements, the... More »

Detroit Suburb Now Hawking Vacant Lots for $1

But only to adjacent property owners

(Newser) - A Detroit suburb is offering to sell city-owned vacant lots to adjacent property owners for $1. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts made the announcement in a news release yesterday, saying the suburb owns 136 lots from past tax-reverted purchases from Macomb County and 70 more will be available with this year'... More »

'Rosie the Riveter' Plant Saved

Group just about raises the $8M needed to buy 150K square feet of it

(Newser) - The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball , organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced today. The site's manager had given... More »

Got $1K? You Can Bid on Vacant Detroit Homes

City sets starting bids low in new revitalization project

(Newser) - Real-estate bargain hunters might want to check out Detroit's new plan to revitalize its neighborhoods. The city will put 15 vacant homes up for auction next month, with starting bids at just $1,000, reports the Detroit News . One house per day will be sold, and when this batch... More »

Driver Hits Kid, Stops, Gets Beaten Up

And robbed, too

(Newser) - A Detroit driver's truck hit an 11-year-old boy yesterday, but the boy is in better condition than the driver—because after he stopped and got out to check on the boy, he was beaten by a crowd of onlookers. "He got his," one anonymous witness tells USA ... More »

Mummified Detroit Woman Somehow Voted in 2010

Pia Farrenkopf case investigated as homicide

(Newser) - It's unclear how she managed it, but a woman who is thought to have died in 2008 apparently voted in the 2010 midterm elections. That woman: Pia Farrenkopf, believed to be the identity of the person found mummified in a garage in Pontiac, Mich. Voting records show Farrenkopf voted... More »

Cop Accused of Assaulting Woman Who Called for Help

Detroit officer charged with sex offenses

(Newser) - In the heinous-if-true department: A Detroit cop has been suspended amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman who called 911 for help, reports MLive . Prosecutors say officer Deon Nunlee and his partner answered a domestic violence call from a woman who said her boyfriend had assaulted her. While Nunlee'... More »

How Mummified Michigan Woman Went Unnoticed

Pia Farrenkopf died in her garage, had bills on autopay

(Newser) - Her name was Pia Farrenkopf. Authorities haven't confirmed it yet through dental records, but it's fairly certain that the mummified remains found in a garage in Pontiac, Mich., this week are Farrenkopf's. She would have been 49 today, but the best guess is that she died in... More »

Mummified Body Found at Foreclosed Detroit Home

Woman who owned house apparently died years ago inside vehicle in garage

(Newser) - The body of a woman whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago was found in an SUV parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit. An employee of a property management company working for a bank that now owns the house stumbled upon the body... More »

4 Shot In Detroit After Tax-Refund Argument

Dispute began because refund check wasn't ready

(Newser) - Four people were shot at a tax-preparation office in Detroit yesterday, and it reportedly happened after a woman got upset her refund check wasn't ready. The office's co-owner said that when the woman and two others were asked to leave for being disruptive, one of them pulled out... More »

Pension Cuts, Blight Fixes Highlight Detroit Plan

Some retirees face cuts of up to 34%

(Newser) - So how does a city $18 billion in debt go about ending the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history? Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, offered the broad strokes of the city's "adjustment plan" today:
  • Pension cuts: General city retirees face cuts of up to 34%, while police
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Victim's Mother the Suspect in Mich. Body Parts Mystery

Cops believe Donna Kay Scrivo killed, dismembered son

(Newser) - A horrific twist in the already horrific case of bags of body parts dumped on a Michigan highway : Police now believe the person who murdered and dismembered 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo was the victim's own mother, the Detroit Free Press reports. Donna Kay Scrivo, who had been staying with her... More »

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