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WXYZ Detroit

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Past articles by Ross:

DPD officer who recently tested positive for cocaine now suspended without pay

The move reverses a controversial decision made earlier this month by the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. → Read More

Detroit now redacts police misconduct records it once fully disclosed, investigation finds

In a significant about-face, the city of Detroit is now redacting disciplinary records for police officers on the force today. → Read More

As Lafayette Towers suffers second fire in 9 months, residents say alarms came late

For the second time in nine months, residents of Lafayette Towers in Detroit were forced to evacuate after the popular high-rise apartment caught fire. → Read More

Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington ducks questions over harassment claims

As Wayne County Sheriff Raphael “Ray” Washington seeks a full-term as the county’s top cop, he is sidestepping new questions over allegations of harassment made throughout his law enforcement career. → Read More

Highland Park City Council calls for outside investigation into building's seizure

The Highland Park city council voted unanimously this week to request an outside investigation into the mayor and city attorney’s decision to seize a building in 2020 even though its owners were never charged with a crime. → Read More

Ex-Romulus mayor charged over campaign fund abuse following 7 Action News investigation

Former Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff has been charged after a 7 Action News investigation found he used campaign funds for personal expenses. → Read More

As big cities struggle to control crime, Detroit quietly reports sizable drops

While major cities like New York City and Chicago continue to report surging crime, Detroit is telling a different story. → Read More

Ex-officers: WCCCD police bosses sent us on food runs, told us to change reports

The allegations against WCCCD's police chief are mounting, as former officers claim he used them to run personnel errands and that other leaders told them to change police reports. → Read More

$9,000 towing bill prompts calls for stronger predatory towing laws in Michigan

The Detroit Towers Association is calling to add more teeth to Michigan’s laws against predatory towing after a Redford company was caught trying to bill a driver $9,000 after a major pileup on I-696. → Read More

Public defenders wants CCW cases dismissed in Wayne County

One of the largest public defender offices in Wayne County today called for prosecutor Kym Worthy to drop all cases against those accused of carrying a concealed weapon. → Read More

Homicides soared in 2021, but not in Detroit

It’s no cause to celebrate, but Detroit can say something that most major cities can’t: after murders soared in 2020, the city saw criminal homicides fall 5% in 2021. → Read More

Detroit police commissioners slam Arizona 'junket' for two outgoing members

Two outgoing Detroit police commissioners whose terms end this month are traveling to an out-of-state conference over the objection of their colleagues who call the taxpayer-funded trip a “junket." → Read More

Grand jury subpoenas Romulus over ties to disgraced developer

A years-long federal probe into corruption in Taylor appears to have spread to the city Romulus, according to a federal grand jury subpoena obtained by 7 Action News. → Read More

Towing corruption in Detroit: The names change, but the scandal stays the same

After a series of high-profile towing scandals, the city of Detroit is embroiled in its latest and, quite possibly, its most seismic. → Read More

Grand jury subpoenas Romulus mayor's campaign records following 7 Investigation

A federal grand jury subpoenaed the campaign records of Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff after a 7 Investigation revealed a slew of questionable expenses the mayor would later reimburse. → Read More

How troubled Detroit cops 'slipped through the cracks,' and a new chief’s plan to fix it

Newly appointed Detroit Police Chief James White is forming a new unit of oversight to hold accountable officers repeatedly accused of misconduct that, until recently, had “slipped through the cracks.” → Read More

Detroit Police scrutinizing sergeant that racked up 93 complaints, 12 lawsuits

On the force for 25 years, Zeolla was promoted just last year to sergeant, which may come as a surprise when you learn that no officer on the force today has received more complaints from citizens than him: 93 and counting. → Read More

'We lost all this money.' Wayne County tries to salvage software project as costs soar

Wayne County officials acknowledge they may have wasted millions paying a contractor to implement a software program now years behind schedule and budgeted to cost nearly twice what officials first planned. → Read More

Feds: Taylor mayor took cash, lottery tickets in bribery scheme

After being slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the corruption case against Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars appears to be heating up, according to a recent federal filing, with signs that multiple defendants could soon plead guilty. → Read More

Craig readies to enter gov's race, says he has 'evolved' on COVID-19 precautions

Forty-seven years since he was a student there, James Craig returned to Cass Tech High School in Detroit—one day before he’ll announce he’s running for Governor. → Read More