News@noon: Detroit empire aftermath; real 'Sharknado'

The Detroit News

Today is Thursday, March 30, 2017, and a prominent Metro Detroit music mogul accused of being one of the largest heroin dealers in the Midwest and using his rap label to launder drug money remains free after a federal judge refused to revoke his bond.

Rap mogul Brian Brown and his wife Akia have established several businesses, including BMB Records, to hide and disguise drug profits, the DEA alleges.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds came hours after The Detroit News chronicled an ongoing federal drug investigation targeting Brian “Peanut” Brown. The story was based on a sealed federal search warrant affidavit obtained by The News.

Here's what else is happening today in the news:

Fire at Victory Inn

Auto dreams and realities

Wall worries

  • Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the “big, beautiful wall” that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Building a wall “is complex in some areas,” including Big Bend National Park and along the river, which twists through nearly half of the 2,000-mile border, Zinke said.

The Tigers released pitcher Mike Pelfrey on Thursday.

So long Lakeland

  • If you don’t feel a splash of melancholy when spring training wraps up, you’re either fresh out of red blood or you’ve been overly dwelling on next week’s Michigan weather forecast. The Tigers said goodbye to their Publix Field home schedule Wednesday and this farewell wasn’t fun

  • Not leaving as a member of the Tigers: veteran pitcher Mike Pelfrey who was released today. 


Have you seen this lizard?

“All of our bearded dragons were taken along with many other lizards. All of our boarders were safe and unharmed,” the store representatives wrote in a post.

  • An exotic pet store in Livonia is turning to the public for tips to find a host of reptiles owners allege were stolen from the shop this week. On Monday, officials with the Stingers Exotics Reptile Specialty on Middle Belt wrote on their Facebook page about a break-in they discovered that morning. More than 20 animals were taken and it is estimated they’re worth thousands of dollars, the police captain said.


  •  An Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark in a puddle. It had apparently been swept up in the deluge.

Hair Wars returns

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