Here are the headlines that occupied Dearborn News last month:
1. Video shows man attacking Muslim woman at Michigan hospital
A 19-year-old woman is suing a hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, saying she was physically attacked just for being Muslim. Surveillance video from the emergency room lobby show shows a man punching the woman who was wearing a hijab. After taking a fall on ice, the woman though she’d broken her jaw and attempted to check herself into the ER. Within seconds, her attacker comes from behind, dealing a repeated left hook to her head, knocking her to the ground.
2. Dearborn Teen Dies In Car Crash, Police Look For Witnesses
A teen is dead after a car crash that took place just after 1 a.m. Monday and police are trying to put together the pieces to see why he violently veered off the roadway. According to police, a 17-year-old Dearborn resident was driving a 2005 Nissan Maxima Greenfield at Hubbard when he veered off, struck a support cable for traffic signals and then struck a tree before coming to a rest on the median.
3. Pawn Shop Bust: 5 Men Face Charges For Selling Stolen Goods
Five local pawn shop employees are facing charges in connection to an organized retail fraud scheme where the men would allegedly pawn and sell stolen items from big box stores around the area. Both US Pawn in Dearborn Heights and Platinum Pawn Shop in Southgate were involved in the recent police crackdown.
4. River Rouge Man Faces More Police Impersonation Charges
A River Rouge man facing charges for impersonating a police officer has been charged with another round of misdemeanors for an event police say happened in November 2016 at Stahelin and Ford roads in Dearborn near the Detroit border. Blake Purvis, 23, again faces charges of impersonating a police officer, a one-year misdemeanor, for allegedly pulling men over who were working with a community patrol group.
5. Police Cracking Down On Distracted Driving Monday
Monday is the last day for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and as it comes to an end, law enforcement agencies across the state are conducting covert distracted driving stops. The initiative is called Operation Ghost Rider and police all around the country are taking part.
6. AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices decrease by 2 cents
AAA Michigan reported Sunday night the average daily gas price in the state went down by about 2 cents from last week. This is Michigan’s first weekly average decrease since April 2.
7. Bones Found In Dearborn Are Not Human: Police
Speculation swirled on social media Monday after bones were found in West Dearborn during a construction project. While they were initially announced as human bones, the Dearborn Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon that the bones are actually from a cow.
8. Fire Department First In Michigan To Foster Puppy
A group of Michigan firefighters are bringing on their newest recruit and it’s a 6-month old Blue Heeler named Bluebell, who is in need of some special care. As the first fire department in the state to do so, according to the Michigan Humane Society, the firefighters at the North Station in Dearborn Heights will welcome a foster dog into their home away from home to take care of her as she prepares for surgery to correct a malformed leg.
9. Alleyways, Roads Slated For Construction In Dearborn This Season
Spring is in the air and that means construction projects are underway. The City of Dearborn is in the midst of reconstructing its alleyways in East Dearborn and repairing some parts of the roadway West Dearborn, so be prepared for some orange cones this spring and smoother surfaces by late summer. Scheduled for repair this season are 650 paved locations around the city and 200 sidewalks, the city said.
10. University of Michigan-Dearborn breaks ground for $90M Engineering Lab amid lecturers union protest
As the University of Michigan – Dearborn broke ground April 20 for a $90 million Engineering Laboratory Building, lecturers protested against the school’s administrative policies they say fail to prioritize faculty salaries.