Pedestrian Safety “Top Council Priority” in Dec., Months Later $450K for Pedestrian Safety at Schools Voted Down

Pedestrian Safety “Top Council Priority” in Dec., Months Later $450K for Pedestrian Safety at Schools Voted Down

by Patricia Lesko At the May 15, 2017 Ann Arbor City Council meeting, Ward 2 Council member Jane Lumm (I) put forward five of the seven proposed amendments to Ann Arbor’s over $350 million budget. Four of her amendments had co-sponsors, including Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4) and Sumi Kailasapathy (D-Ward 1). In every case, Lumm’s amendments […]

UPDATED: May 30 New Deadline to Take Online Survey About Community Interactions with Ann Arbor Police

UPDATED: May 30 New Deadline to Take Online Survey About Community Interactions with Ann Arbor Police

by Patricia Lesko The Project Team at consultant Hillard Heintze, a Chicago-based security consulting firm hired in Mar. 2017 by City Council, and who is being paid $200,000 to review the Ann Arbor Police Department, is seeking feedback to help “in understanding the community’s interactions with and opinion of the Ann Arbor Community Police Department,” according to a […]

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

by Jarrett Skorup Michigan has made great strides to reforming civil forfeiture — the process that allows law enforcement to take someone’s property and forfeit it to the government. But Michigan still has laws that are among the weakest in the nation when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. In 2015, legislators passed […]

New Study: Terrifying Percentage of People Use Their Phones While Driving

New Study: Terrifying Percentage of People Use Their Phones While Driving

Aaron Marshall Everyone knows that distracted driving is dangerous. Everyone knows it’s happening, and that it’s responsible for deaths on American roads. But when it comes to specifics, the knowledge runs dry. Exactly how many people are looking at their phones or whatever else instead of the road? How many of those distractions lead to crashes? […]

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team This video prepared by MDOT demonstrates how drivers should be using a roundabout. It’s not the traffic flow seen in many of Ann Arbor’s roundabouts. This is why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office released a guide on how drivers should approach a roundabout. Together with the guide, April 4 -May 1 […]

Ann Arbor Docs Convicted Of Running Narcotics “Pill Mill”

Ann Arbor Docs Convicted Of Running Narcotics “Pill Mill”

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team Two Ann Arbor-area doctors face significant prison time after they were found guilty on March 23 of writing unnecessary prescriptions for narcotics. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit confirmed that 46-year-old Dr. William McCutchen, III, and 61-year-old Dr. Anthony Conrardy — who both worked at the Meghnot Comprehensive Center for Hope on […]

Crime Data Show Rise in Reports of Violent Crime in Ann Arbor—Is It a Blip or a Trend?

Crime Data Show Rise in Reports of Violent Crime in Ann Arbor—Is It a Blip or a Trend?

by Patricia Lesko Ann Arbor recently passed Detroit as the city with the highest assessed value in the state. In the realm of public safety, however, while the number of violent crimes and property crimes in Detroit have fallen, in Ann Arbor the number of crimes reported against both people and property have risen since 2014. […]

AAPD is on Twitter: Police Are Using Social Media in New and Sometimes Disturbing Ways

AAPD is on Twitter: Police Are Using Social Media in New and Sometimes Disturbing Ways

by Laura Entis The Ann Arbor Police Dept. this week launched a Twitter account: @A2Police. In two days, Ann Arbor’s women and men in blue have Tweeted out three times. In the same time period, one of the seven Twitter accounts of the New York Police Dept. @NYPDNews, posted ten times that many Tweets: crime bulletins, Tweets […]

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