News@noon: Padlocked woman, cross-dressing bank robber, Tigers return

The Detroit News

Today is Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and the Tigers open their season tonight in Miami. Fans will get to watch a recharged Verlander in action. Get ready for the game by watching Wojo and Niyobreak down the keys to the season here.

Where will the Tigers finish? Here's what our columnists think.

Here's what else is making news today:

Lifers get another look

Among those serving life sentences for crimes commited as a juvenile in Michigan are: Top row, from left, David Walton, James Porter, John Hall. Middle: Jonathan Belton. Bottom: Semaj Moran, Tia Skinner, Ihab Maslamani.

Strange cases

  • When authorities searched Ryon Travis’ Detroit home on separate occasions last month, they stumbled on a shocking scene. Three women inside who he claimed were his wives; nearby was a cellphone with multiple sexually explicit images involving young children, according to federal court documents. Then, in another probe, a 25-year-old woman was found chained to a stripper pole in the living room — a padlock at the neck.

Prosecutors allege it was Burton who was seen on video firing shots at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20 at a passenger in a vehicle at a gas station on the 15500 block of Fenkell.

UAW spending 

  • The United Auto Workers more than quadrupled its spending on a public relations firm during contentious collective bargaining negotiations last year with the Detroit automakers. At the same, President Dennis Williams and other top-ranking officials earned thousands of dollars less last year than they did in 2014, according to the union’s yearly filing with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Weeding out the bad ones

Good news

The cat lady 

In this Dec. 17, 2015 photo, Lynea Lattanzio, founder of Cat House On The Kings, plays with some of her cats in Reedley, Calif. Lattanzio has turned her twelve acre, four-thousand square foot ranch home into what's believed to be the largest no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the U.S.

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