Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press

Frank Witsil

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Frank:

Roseville church vandalized with spray-painted swastikas, and what appears to be initials

It's unclear who did it — or why, police said. → Read More

Fireball over Michigan was neither a meteor nor an alien, astrophysics expert said

An astrophysicist concludes it was "defiantly not aliens — unless you count the Russians as aliens." → Read More

Forecast: Expect more thundershowers, and by the weekend it should feel like fall again

Rain is expected to cool things off, dropping temperatures into the 50s, which is normal for this time of year after running 5-10 degrees higher. → Read More

Mysterious fireball races across Michigan sky, stokes speculation about what it might be

Scientists say fireballs frequently appear in Earth's atmosphere, but three high-profile reports tend to inspire talk of alien visits. → Read More

50-pound cat's capture in Royal Oak may be just the beginning of legal battle

Royal Oak police have issued the owner five citations and given her until Monday, to make sure the cats leave the neighborhood. → Read More

African caracal cat on the loose in Royal Oak caught

Caracals are characterized by two black stripes extending from the forehead to the nose, white patches around the eyes and mouth, and tufted ears. → Read More

Calvin Johnson will be 1 of Detroit Thanksgiving parade's grand marshals

America’s Thanksgiving Parade this year will feature two grand marshals. → Read More

Report: Target workers claim they were pranked with cookie fortunes

Target said "we take our team members’ concerns seriously and we work directly with them to quickly address any issues." → Read More

'Chopped'-style cooking competition to feature Michigan chefs, Amanda Freitag

Expect basket ingredients to include fresh items from the farm, along with some Detroit favorites. → Read More

Michigan gas prices hit $3.33 a gallon, expected to keep climbing

Drivers are paying an average of $50 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline. → Read More

Veteran's Tribute in Oakland Twp. vandalized, police seeking tips to find who did it

A glass panel, that cost an estimated $50,000, was shattered, deputies said. → Read More

Report: Fox 2 News anchor Huel Perkins to retire in 2022

Deadline Detroit reported that "rumors are circulating that Fox 2 veterans Roop Raj and Taryn Asher may be candidates to replace them." → Read More

Sterling Heights police show compassion, hook up a distraught resident's TV for him

Two separate videos taken from the squad car dash cam show what went down. → Read More

West Point workshop brings science, leadership and ethics lessons to Detroit students

Students will need permission to miss school, but there is no cost to attend. → Read More

Farmington Hills food pantry receives grant from Gannett Foundation's A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowdfunding initiative sponsored by USA TODAY’s parent company, generated $2.3 million in 2021. → Read More

Trees across metro Detroit suddenly dropping tons of acorns: Here's why

It's raining nuts outside Here's why and what it means for your house, your car, and your tree. → Read More

Freep autos reporter Jamie LaReau: What's it like covering GM — and puppies

LaReau talks about covering General Motors and writing stories personal to her. → Read More

Spotted lanternfly, a crop-killing pest, is hitchhiking and hopping its way to Michigan

The dreaded spotted lanternfly made its way from Asia to the U.S. at least a decade ago, and agriculture officials fear it's heading to Michigan. → Read More

Videos of Michigan accounting professor as a talking potato head are going viral

One video, a report said, now has 49 million views. → Read More

Metro Detroit flood watch ends and worst of rainy weather appears to be over

The deluge in the past few days did not seem too bad, despite flood concerns issued by various communities. → Read More