Records: Detroit emergency manager had tax liens


DETROIT  (AP) — The auto-industry turnaround expert picked to steer Detroit back from the  brink of financial ruin had tax liens on his Maryland home,  records show.

Kevyn  Orr, Detroit’s new emergency financial manager, had two outstanding liens on  his $1 million home in Chevy  Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011, The  Detroit News reported Saturday. The Maryland state records also show that two other liens of more than $16,000 in unemployment and income taxes were satisfied in 2010 and 2011.

Orr,  a partner in the Cleveland-based law firm of Jones  Day who represented Chrysler during its successful restructuring, was  appointed Detroit’s financial manager by Michigan Gov. Rick  Snyder on Thursday.

Orr  said Friday he didn’t know anything about the liens when shown the records by  the News. On Saturday, the Washington, D.C., bankruptcy attorney said he now is  paid up on state liens.

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Snow brings out skiers, snowboarders and sledders



BRIGHTON, Mich. (WJBK) — It’s been a long time coming and although it wasn’t easy getting there, for those hitting the slopes, the season’s first big snowfall was worth the wait.

“I’m very excited.  I’ve been waiting for a really long time,” said one person.

“I’m pretty pumped about this weather.  It’s a lot better than what we got last year and the year before, so I got out here soon as I could,” another said.

Mt. Brighton was packed Wednesday evening with skiers and snowboarders who didn’t mind the whipping winds and frigid temperatures.  They were eager to put their new snow toys to use.

Santa brought Natalie Bloomingberg a new GoPro, a camera locked to her helmet to capture her every move.

“I was really excited to get it because I’ve wanted this for a long time because I’m a really big snowboarder,” she said.  “I’m really happy about the snow, too.”

You probably remember we barely had a winter in metro Detroit last year, so when this snow storm started heading our way, snow lovers headed straight to the store.

“I would say probably triple as busy,” said Fidel Carino.

He manages Summit Sports in Brighton.  He said it is about time we saw snow like this.  Business couldn’t be better.

“For the majority of our customer, if it’s not outside our kitchen window, it is so off the radar they’re not even thinking about it.  But one inch here and there and just seeing it fall gets them all excited, gets everybody coming in,” Carino said.

Like Mark Duncan and his three sons.  He outfitted his kids in new gear to get them ready for the season they have been wishing for.

“Season was short last year.  It was tough and it made it hard, but this year we started out slow, but it looks like it’s getting better,” said Duncan.

From the ski hills to the sledding hills, even as night fell at Shepherd Park‘s Heritage Hill in Oak Park, nothing was going to stop the kids from enjoying some good old fashioned winter fun.  They just hope Old Man Winter sticks around for awhile.

2 men accused of killing a deer in Warren, MI

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WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) — Two suspected bow hunters accused of killing a deer in violation of Warren’s hunting ban face a four-year felony charge.

Nineteen-year-old Myles Ehret of Royal Oak and 27-year-old William Francis of Riverview are expected to be arraigned in a Macomb County courtroom on Thursday.

Warren police say the men dragged a deer out of a wooded area in the suburban Detroit community on Dec. 21. Residents in the area have complained about hearing gunshots.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens says police found a dead 5-point buck at Francis’ Wayne County home. Officers confiscated the deer and expect to donate it to an organization that helps the poor.

Ehret and Francis remain free on a $10,000 bond. It was not immediately known if they had a lawyer.

Warren Mayor JIm Fouts has said he hopes the pair receive the maximum penalty allowed by law. “I consider deer in our city a domesticated animal because their tameness and the joy they bring to observers, especially children,” said Fouts in a release

Black Friday protest planned for Michigan Walmart store.

Some workers from at least one Walmart store in Michigan reportedly plan to walk out and protest the retailer on Thanksgiving.

Walmart store and distribution center workers began walking off the job at several locations throughout the country last week, calling for better wages and benefits and fair scheduling. The actions came on the heels of pickets at about a dozen locations nationwide last month.

A protest at the Walmart at 2640 Crossing Circle in Traverse City is scheduled to begin when the Black Friday sale begins at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to Making a Change at Walmart.

The group, anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, is helping to organize the events along with Organization United for Respect (OUR) Walmart.

Several other civil rights groups and other organizations have offered their support.

“Walmart’s workers are dedicated to giving 100 percent to the jobs that they do,” Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, said in a statement. “The company must be as dedicated to its workers as it is to its profit margin.”

Organizers are calling the actions “strikes,” though employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are not unionized.


The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant recently filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the UFCW, which has previously attempted to unionize Walmart workers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Walmart called UFCW’s efforts a publicity stunt.

“We care about our associates and our associates care about providing a great customer experience on Black Friday,” Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said in a statement. “We’re confident that’s what our associates will deliver for customers this year at Walmart.”

Walmart has more than 90 locations in Michigan. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which also owns Sam’s Club, employs about 32,080 people in Michigan at 117 Walmart and Sam’s stores and one distribution center.

Mich. man admits killing woman in sex fantasy

BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 55-year-old ex-church employee in central Michigan is accused of beating and strangling a neighbor to fulfill a sexual fantasy.

John D. White was arraigned Thursday in Mount Pleasant on first-degree murder charges and jailed without bond.

White told investigators he repeatedly struck Rebekah Gay’s head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie at her Mount Pleasant trailer. He said he stripped her but does not remember if he carried out his fantasy of having sex with Gay’s dead body.

Gay’s 3-year-old son was home during the attack. A county sheriff says “hopefully he was sleeping.”

White told the judge he was a church employee until Wednesday. Church elder Donna Houghton told WOOD-TV that White was a pastor at the Christ Community Fellowship in Mount Pleasant.