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Life Sentence for Gang Leader | Pontiac Murder Suspect at Large | 43K Ford SUVs Recalled for Fire Hazard

Pontiac Apartment Shooting Suspect Sought After Fatal Incident

Authorities are on the lookout for the individual responsible following a fatal shooting at North Hill Farms Apartments in Pontiac. The incident occurred early Wednesday, resulting in the death of one man and injuries to two others.

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE – The recent shooting at North Hill Farms Apartments in Pontiac, claiming the life of a 24-year-old man on Wednesday, underscores a recurring issue within the community. Residents express frustration over the ongoing violence, with multiple shootings occurring in close proximity over the past year.

Stacey Gelow, a resident, highlighted the concerning pattern, stating, “In just a little bit over a year, we’ve had, right within a 50-foot radius, we’ve had three separate shootings where people have been injured.” The continuous violence has left residents feeling exasperated.

Surveillance footage captured the latest gunfire, revealing that the shooting took place during a gathering in the apartment complex’s parking lot around 12:30 a.m. Apart from the fatality of 24-year-old Rayjon Barnes, two other individuals in their twenties sustained injuries.

The shooter, who remains at large, is being pursued by Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies. Any leads or information can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, with a potential reward of up to $2,000 for details leading to an arrest.

Recall Issued for Nearly 43,000 Ford SUVs Over Fire Hazard

Ford has initiated a recall affecting close to 43,000 small SUVs due to a fire risk associated with gasoline leakage from the fuel injectors onto hot engine surfaces. The recall pertains to certain Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years, along with 2022 Escape SUVs, all equipped with 1.5-liter engines.

According to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators, the recall addresses potential cracks in the fuel injectors, which could lead to the accumulation of gasoline or vapor near ignition sources, posing a fire hazard.

As part of the remedy, dealers will install a tube to redirect gasoline away from hot surfaces to the ground beneath the vehicle. Additionally, engine control software updates will be implemented to detect pressure drops in the fuel injection system. In the event of such a drop, the software will deactivate the high-pressure fuel pump, reduce engine power, and lower temperatures in the engine compartment.

Life Sentence for Leader of Seven Mile Bloods Gang

Billy Arnold, a prominent figure in Detroit’s Seven Mile Bloods gang, has been sentenced to life imprisonment following his conviction on 22 charges, including murder, racketeering, RICO conspiracy, and firearms offenses in federal court.

The sentencing comes after a six-week trial last December, where evidence presented detailed the gang’s operations on the city’s east side, specifically in the area between Seven and Eight Mile Roads. Referred to as the ‘Red Zone’ or ‘4-8-2-0-Die,’ the neighborhood was a focal point of the gang’s activities.

Arnold’s trial revealed his involvement in a gang war with rival factions from Detroit’s east side, with specific mention of a July 2014 murder. U.S. Attorney Ison emphasized that severe sentences like Arnold’s are reserved for individuals involved in grave crimes that inflict harm and instill fear in communities.

Detroit Child Confirmed to Have Measles

The Detroit Health Department has confirmed a case of measles in a 4-year-old child, prompting concerns about potential exposure at various locations. The child’s case, verified on April 9, has led to the family isolating themselves as a precaution.

Several sites of possible measles exposure have been identified, including an urgent care facility on Springwells, a pharmacy on West Vernor, and an emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Beaubien. Measles, known for its high contagiousness, poses a significant risk to unvaccinated individuals within the community.

Greenfield Village Welcomes Visitors with New Offerings

Greenfield Village in Dearborn is set to reopen its doors to visitors, introducing new attractions and experiences for the upcoming season. The historical site will first welcome members on Friday before opening to the public on Saturday.

Noteworthy additions this year include the reopening of the Detroit, Toledo, and Milwaukee Roundhouse, Dr. Howard’s Office, and Grimm Jewelry Store. Additionally, the debut of Stand 44, a restaurant adjacent to the iconic Detroit Central Market, will offer a menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients, with a focus on sustainability by composting waste.

Exciting changes await visitors at Greenfield Village, providing a blend of historical immersion and culinary delights for all to enjoy.

Former Trump Executive Receives Jail Sentence for Perjury

Allen Weisselberg, a former executive within Donald Trump’s real estate empire, has been sentenced to five months in jail for perjury during his testimony in a civil fraud lawsuit brought against the former president by New York’s attorney general.

Weisselberg, who pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury last month, admitted to providing false information regarding the valuation of Trump’s Manhattan penthouse in financial statements. The 76-year-old was promptly taken into custody following the sentencing, marking the culmination of his legal ordeal.