The University of Michigan chapter of Psi Upsilon has been suspended after a fraternity official says a pledge was taken to a hospital after being found drunk. Tom Fox, executive director with Psi Upsilon's international office, said a young man was taken to a hospital after a March 14 party. Fox visited Ann Arbor early this week and is investigating. He said it's unclear whether hazing was involved. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the fraternity was expelled from Interfraternity Council, the governing institution for fraternities. He said the fraternity could try to rejoin, but that usually follows a change in leadership and reforms. The council said the chapter was expelled Wednesday for "recurring safety violations and poor risk-management."
Former U-M doctor sentenced for child porn: A former resident physician at University of Michigan Hospital has been sentenced to three years in prison in a child pornography case that revealed a delay in crime reporting. The case of Stephen Jenson showed a six-month delay in 2011 in reporting to police the discovery of suspected child pornography on a computer flash drive in a hospital lounge. The school later made changes to improve safety.
Incentives granted to tech company opening facility
The Southfield City Council agreed this week to create an Industrial Development District and grant economic development incentives for TelNet Worldwide Inc., which plans to open a $37 million data center at a facility on Lahser Road. According to a city news release, TelNet plans to add up to 40 full-time employees, who will make an average of $67,000 a year, by 2015. "Southfield is increasingly considered the high-tech hub of southeastern Michigan," Mayor Brenda Lawrence said in a statement.
City leaders to answer community questions: Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence will host a series of community roundtables this spring to discuss city issues. In the first event, at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Southfield Public Library meeting room, Lawrence will recap her State of the City address. Other scheduled events include a discussion of public safety at 7 p.m. April 24 and a forum on code enforcement May 22. City department heads will be available to answer questions.
GOP state representative to hold office hours
State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, will meet residents next month during office hours at the Shelby Township Library. The session is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 1 at the library, 51680 Van Dyke. Residents who are unable to attend can email JeffFarrington@house.mi.gov or call (517) 373-7768.
Mobile service offers document shredding
Oakland County residents can have personal documents shredded for free Monday by a mobile service being sponsored by the Sheriff's Office. Absolute Shreds is offering the service from 9-10 a.m. in the sheriff's parking lot, 1200 N. Telegraph Road., Building 38E., Pontiac. Residents are asked to limit themselves to three or four boxes of paper. The service is not for businesses.