News@noon: What really happened on Runyon Street
Today is Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and it appears Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Prosecutor's office are at odds over what to do next in the case that wrongfully sent Davontae Sanford to prison.
State police in May wrapped up an 11-month probe into the September 2007 quadruple homicide for which Sanford was convicted, and they submitted warrant requests for three men investigators say were responsible for the slayings on Runyon Street.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said three weeks ago the investigation needed more work before she’ll authorize the warrants.
Here's what else we're following today:
Schuette launches suit
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday sued three companies he claims contributed to the Flint water contamination crisis. Schuette filed the civil lawsuit in Genesee County Circuit Court against Veolia North America, Lockwood Andrews & Newnam (LAN) and the Leo A. Daly Co. The suit alleges that actions and omissions by the companies, each hired by Flint at various points, allowed pipe corrosion and lead to leach into the municipal water supply after the city began using river water in April 2014.
Man killed by train
- A man who was on the train tracks Wednesday morning near downtown Royal Oak died after being hit by a train, said Jim Cook, assistant chief of the Royal Oak Fire Department.
A pair of shootings
- A shooting that occurred on the Lodge Freeway yesterday during rush hour appears to be a case of road rage, police say. One man is in custody and a Southfield woman is in the hospital. The man had several guns in his car.
- A dispute over a trash can led to two men exchanging gunfire Tuesday evening on Detroit’s west side, police said. Investigators are still sorting out what happened, but the men — one 48 years old, the other 26 — apparently “had an argument over a garbage can and shot at each other," said police. Both have been hospitalized with injuries.
Walking for justice
- With her son, a sister and several friends in tow, Debbie Debolt fought off fatigue, heat, blisters, aching muscles and throbbing feet to complete a 60-mile walk Tuesday to protest a lack of treatment for veterans. Debolt, 60, led the walk down Telegraph to Dixie Highway in Oakland County and finally down a rural dirt back road to the Great Lakes National Veterans Cemetery — where her husband, a Vietnam War combat medic, was buried two years ago. She says he did not receive timely medical care.
Severe weather likely to pass by
Detroit is expected to dodge a patch of severe weather and instead get some much needed relief for the area’s browning lawns this evening. The threat of damaging winds, large hail and brief torrential rainfall has shifted to southern Wayne County. Instead, Detroiters should expect between a quarter- and a half-inch of rain from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
The new Little Caesars headquarters will have 14-foot-tall glass windows shaped like slices of pizza, the product that is the foundation of the Ilitch family’s business success. The nine-story Little Caesars Global Resource Center is expected to begin construction this summer in the Woodward parking lot south of the Fox Theatre, the current headquarters of the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain.
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