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A Lincoln Park police officer made an unusual rescue when he came across something he thought he could fix.
"I just couldn't drive by and leave it," Officer Vince Weir said. The "it" Weir is referring to is the freshly poured concrete on Fort Park Boulevard.
Lincoln Park has been repaving streets and working on sewers, which means plenty of driveways have been getting ripped up and then poured.
Somebody vandalized one of those freshly poured driveways with tire marks, gouges and doodles. The homeowner called police to complain and Weir responded.
"Being a cement man before I became a police officer I thought I could fix it," Weir said.
Weir got down on his hands and knees and got to work. A contractor driving by stopped to help him.
In about 20 minutes, the driveway was pristine again. Engineers working on the repaving and pouring estimate Weir's fast action saved the city about $3,000.
A former Taylor school board member who was told he lost an election last fall found out Thursday that he actually won.
Ron Miller was on the school board when the election was approaching last fall, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to run for re-election. When he decided to run, it was after the filing deadline, so he ran as a write-in candidate.
Miller was told he lost to Dave Meyers, and earlier this year Miller filed a lawsuit against Meyers.
Miller said he knew something was wrong with the votes the night of the election because his own vote didn't show in the tally.
"Precinct one was right around the corner at the school. I vote there. My wife votes there so I knew that there were at least two votes," Miller said.
The interpretation of the written-in names left him with zero votes in nine precincts.
The recount results showed that he actually won by 44 votes.
Meyers was forced to step down from the board by a Wayne County judge.
Miller said now that the results are in, he will be "making sure the district is financially stable, making sure we have good programs for kids [and] making sure the community continues in a good direction."
The Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a new contract agreement Thursday with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
The three-year contract includes a 3 percent salary increase in the first year and a 4.13 percent salary increase in the second year.
A reopener clause in the third year allows both parties to negotiate wage terms. Also, wages cannot be reduced in the third year.
It is the first multi-year contract without concessions between the DFT and DPSCD in more than a decade.
The contract would also provide a $1,750 one-time bonus to teachers at the top of the salary scale.
The contract will go to the Financial Review Commission for consideration.
The DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti released a statement in response to the ratification:"The salary increases associated with this agreement are far from what our teachers deserve. However, it will be rewarding to provide teachers a necessary increase to their salary as the first step in making teacher salaries whole again after nearly a decade of ignoring the fact that our most important employees are teachers. We must, and will, prioritize competitive salaries for Detroit teachers as we all work together to rebuild our district."
Police are seeking information after a vehicle was stolen Friday from a Bloomfield Hills dealership.
According to police, a man was able to get keys to a 2017 Dodge Journey from an unattended sales desk between 11:50 a.m. and 12:06 p.m. at Golling Chrysler Jeep Dodge at 2405 South Telegraph Road.
He found the vehicle in the parking lot and drove it north on Telegraph, police said. Another man who was with him was seen walking north on Telegraph toward Costco.
The man who stole the vehicle is described as black, 18-25 years old and between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts and had a spikey afro, police said.
The other man is described as black, 18-25 years old and between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a yellow design on the front and shorts.
Anyone with information about the men should call police at 248-433-7755.
A Westland man was charged after a break-in Monday night at an apartment in Wayne.
Gregory Weaver, 26, was charged with first-degree home invasion.
According to police, officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. to an apartment complex in the area of Forest Avenue and Venoy Road.
Police said they determined Weaver broke a window to gain access to the building then forced his way into an apartment. He then assaulted a 19-year-old Taylor man inside the apartment, police said.
Police said the break-in was not random.
Weaver's bond was set at $100,000/10 percent. He is due back in court Aug. 1 for a probable cause conference.
When the election ballot comes out this November in South Lyon, there won't be any names listed as running for mayor because nobody filed by Tuesday's deadline.
But there might be a race for the mayor's office after all.
Local 4 went to South Lyon to find out why nobody in the town of 11,000 people wanted to run for mayor, but we found two candidates who had entered the race, and the campaign is already underway.
"Just filling out the application for write-in mayor," Bill Powell said.
Powell filed Thursday to be a write-in candidate, and he said he knows the other write-in candidate, Dan Pelchat, very well.
"When they told me, I about died laughing," Powell said.
Both Powell and Pelchat grew up in South Lyon and graduated high school together in 2001.
"Either way, we know we'll be in good hands," Pelchat said. "I couldn't be happier that it's you."
"Absolutely," Powell said. "You definitely know there's no mudslinging going on here."
There might not be any mudslinging, but both men are serious about the race. They tried out the mayor's chair and said they feel right at home.
"Definitely getting a new chair," Powell said.
"It feels normal," Pelchat said. "It feels natural."
Who's in the lead? Local 4's Jason Colthorp took a very unscientific poll that consisted of asking both candidates how many votes they think they have.
"Maybe 150?" Pelchat said. "Optimistically."
"Oh, at least 100," Powell said.
"My name's Dan Pelchat, and with me being elected mayor of the city of South Lyon, every day will be a great day," Pelchat said. "Vote for me."
"I'm Bill Powell, and I'm for civility and the citizens of South Lyon," Powell said. "Vote for me."
The race could get even crazier, because people can still join the race until 30 days before the election.
Thousands of young athletes from all across the country are in Metro Detroit right now competing to get in the record books at the AAU Junior Olympics kickoff.
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Teachers at two Metro Detroit charter schools are out thousands of dollars after the schools promised to pay them for the full year and didn't follow through.
Matchbook Learning charter schools in Redford and Detroit proclaimed to be special different and better. They company, whose logo was bright and cheerful, said the schools had good financial backing.
But an email sent out to teachers contained some bad news. The teachers are not getting their last three paychecks, even though they taught classes until the end of the year.
The Michigan Technical Academy in Redford is closed after parent company Matchbook Learning, of New Jersey, shuttered the place in June. It failed to do what its website promised to courageously turn around America's lowest-performing school.
Teachers, including Susan Nolfe, said they lost thousands of dollars after the school came up three paychecks short.
"About $7,300," Nolfe said.
She has the paperwork the school sent her, promising to pay her for a full year's work through August. But the message in an email sent Wednesday was: "We're sorry, but you're not getting your cash now."
"That's my livelihood," Nolfe said. "It's what I live off of. Now I'll be living off my savings."
Fellow veteran teacher Leslie Disterheft is angry about her missing checks and feels the school lied to the teachers.
"They just took their fee and they just left," Disterheft said. "That left the teachers and the students out to dry."
The teachers were left to file for unemployment, something they could have done last month if they had known this was coming.
The roughly 30 teachers, who together are owed more than $150,000, said they're not going away quietly.
"We've all put in our time, we've all put in our energy," Nolfe said. "We've bought into this new, innovative way of teaching these children, and now we are suffering the consequences. The children have suffered the consequences."
Matchbook Learning gave Local 4 a letter that is being sent to the teachers, saying the Michigan Department of Treasury diverted the money to bond holders, who were the lenders for the building and operations.
Matchbook Learning said it will fight the decision, to get the teachers their money.
A former strip club that has been an eyesore for Warren residents since 2010 will soon be a Dairy Queen.
Jon Jon's Go-Go used to occupy the site on Mound Road near 12 Mile Road. The owners built a cinder block building with the intention of making a giant strip club, but the city fought it, so the building has been empty for years.
"I drive by this monstrosity every day and I just want it torn down," Rick Bach said.
Bach used to go to Jon Jon's.
"Sometimes people park and pee, so it's pretty bad," Shawn Loiko said. From his home, he sees the building every day.
There are rats at the abandoned building, and some people break into it and live inside.
Loiko said that if the large strip club would have went into the building, he would have moved.
A post from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts' Facebook page said the plans for the strip club have been replaced with a more family-friendly option -- a Dairy Queen.
A Detroit man is fighting against scrappers in his neighborhood by documenting them in the act.
Stephen Boyle works in Downtown Detroit, where he sees the city's resurgence, but he comes home to witness scrappers tearing apart houses.
He rides a bus part of the way home and walks the rest of the way to his neighborhood near Woodward Avenue and West Nevada Street. When he's out, he stays aware.
"I observe so much more and interact so much more on our streets than so many other people get a chance to," Boyle said.
While walking one day, he heard siding being ripped off a vacant house. He caught a photo of a truck with out-of-state plates.
"They're just parasites within the system," Boyle said. "All of the things that prevent the house from falling apart are being taken away."
Boyle believes the houses being targeted by scrappers could be saved, and that's what he would like to see.
He posted the photos to the city's Improve Detroit app, and he will be meeting with Detroit police to show them his photos and videos.