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State Rep. Karen Whitsett said Pres. Trump told her Kwame Kilpatrick would soon be released

State Rep. Karen Whitsett said Pres. Trump told her Kwame Kilpatrick would soon be released

State representative Karen Whitsett from metro Detroit tells FOX 2's Charlie Langton that she spoke with President Trump Thursday night and that he said Kwame Kilpatrick would be one of 3,000 prisoners soon released.  Rep. Whitsett says the early release is related to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the former mayor will be on house arrest, but that his risk factor was also taken into consideration for the release. An earlier report posted by FOX 2 incorrectly stated that Kwame Kilpatrick was granted clemency. This was incorrect and we have corrected the mistake. We regret the error. Rep....

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Father of 20-year-old patient who beat elderly man at Detroit nursing home says son shouldn't have been there

Father of 20-year-old patient who beat elderly man at Detroit nursing home says son shouldn't have been there

The video of a 20-year-old brutally beating an elderly patient at a Detroit nursing home has gotten national attention - and even the President has weighed in. Now police are investigating a possible second incident caught on camera while the young man's father says there's more to the story. The 20-year-old, who FOX 2 is not identifying as he has not yet been charged with a crime, The violent video is incredibly difficult to watch for most - including the father of the younger man, who says he's praying for the elderly victim. The father of a 20-year-old man seen on video beating an...

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick granted early release from prison, report says

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick granted early release from prison, report says

FOX 2 has reached out to the Justice Department for information. We have not yet independently verified the release. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was imprisoned in 2013 has been granted an early release from prison, a report from the Ebony Foundation says.  In a release published by the group on Friday, the foundation announced in March it had grouped together with several other black leaders in calling for Kilpatrick's release.  According to the Bureau of Prisons, Kilpatrick is still being held in a low-security federal prison in Louisiana and does not comment on an...

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Wixom Lake in Midland County is virtually empty after two catastrophic dam failures

Wixom Lake in Midland County is virtually empty after two catastrophic dam failures

When the Edenville Dam failed millions of gallons of water from Wixom Lake rushed through. Now, for people who lived on the northside of the dam, little is left of the lake. Video sent to FOX 2 from a viewer in Hadley shows what remains of Wixom Lake. In the video, you can see docks standing in mud and sand, boats seem to be suspended in mid-air, several feet above the earth, and water only where the river originally before the dam was put in. Edenville Dam, which gave way Tuesday evening, formed Wixom Lake when it was built. Now the lake is gone after the dam failed.Edenville Dam, which...

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Michigan State Police hand out $500 disorderly conduct citations at Operation Haircut in Lansing

Michigan State Police hand out $500 disorderly conduct citations at Operation Haircut in Lansing

Hundreds of people protested Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's closure of non-essential businesses including barbers and hair salons during Operation Haircut on Wednesday. Some even got haircuts on the front lawn of the capitol and Michigan State Police were handing out $500 disorderly conduct tickets. Operation Haircut was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and is the most recent protest against Gov. Whitmer's ordered closure of non-essential businesses. A group of conservatives gathered at the Capitol for what they called Operation Haircut to protest the Governor's Stay...

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FCA plant employee says co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 and 'it shouldn't have happened'

FCA plant employee says co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 and 'it shouldn't have happened'

A team leader at the FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant - who wishes to remain anonymous - says he is now home, without pay after a co-worker tested positive for the coronavirus. "What happened is uncalled for and it shouldn't have happened," said the worker. "The ball was dropped." A team leader at the plant says the ball was dropped.  The team leader says a couple hundred employees started work Monday. All of them filled out health questionnaires before entering the building. But he says another team leader - answered yes to one of the questions - because she had a cough. "If you answer...

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FAA investigating drone flight near Blue Angels flyover in Detroit

FAA investigating drone flight near Blue Angels flyover in Detroit

Earlier this week over southeast Michigan to support frontline workers. Many metro Detroiters saw it and took pictures and videos.  But one video circulating the internet right now shows a specific view that's too close for comfort.  The FAA is investigating a report of a drone flying too close to the Blue Angels flyover in Detroit. The video is from a drone and looks incredible, But, unfortunately, it's also incredibly dangerous and likely illegal.A FOX 2 photojournalist was shooting the Blue Angels safely from the ground and got video of the drone, which looks white, in the sky. During...

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Woman who sparked fight over mask that led to guard's shooting death arraigned on murder charges

Woman who sparked fight over mask that led to guard's shooting death arraigned on murder charges

The Flint woman who police said sparked the fatal shooting of a Family Dollar security guard when she refused to wear a mask and sent her husband and son inside has been arraigned on murder charged. Sharmel Teague, 45, was arraigned in Genesee County on first degree murder charges for the death of Calvin Munerlyn. According to the prosecutor's office, Teague was shopping at Family Dollar without a mask when Munerlyn, a guard at the store, told her she needed to put one on.Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton says Munerlyn got into an argument with the woman when he told he she needed to...

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VIDEO: Man wipes nose on Dollar Tree employee's shirt after being told to wear a mask

VIDEO: Man wipes nose on Dollar Tree employee's shirt after being told to wear a mask

Police in Holly, Michigan, have arrested a man they said used a Dollar Tree employee's shirt to wipe his nose after being advised that he had to wear a mask in the store. According to the Holly Police Department, the older man is expected to be charged for assaulting the Dollar Tree employee on Saturday. Police said around 1:30 p.m., the clerk was working in the store when she noticed an older man walking through the store without a mask, despite signs that said all customers must wear a mask to enter the store posted on the entry.When the clerked told the man that he needed to wear one,...

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Michigan GOP Senator, majority leader condems armed protesters in Capitol, calls them 'bunch of jackasses' 

Michigan GOP Senator, majority leader condems armed protesters in Capitol, calls them 'bunch of jackasses' 

In the wake of Thursday's raucous protest in Lansing against Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home order, Republican state Senator, and Majority Leader, Mike Shirkey said people who used threats to stir up fear not only do they not represent the cause of protesters, they are "a bunch of jackasses". Sen. Shirkey released a statement on Friday, at the same time Gov. Whitmer was talking about the state's efforts to fight COVID-19. Shirkey condemned Thursday protestors and said they hurt the cause of protestors. "Yesterday, we saw a great number of citizens protest the actions of their...

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Court sides with Gov Whitmer in case claiming stay home order violated constitutional rights

Court sides with Gov Whitmer in case claiming stay home order violated constitutional rights

LANSING - The Michigan Court of Claims sided with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and denied a motion for preliminary injunction holding that the current Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, and earlier versions of it, did not infringe upon the constitutional rights of Michigan residents, Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. The plaintiffs in Martinko et. al. v. Whitmer et. al. alleged that the “mandatory quarantine” imposed by the Stay Home, Stay Safe order (EO 2020-59) and the intrastate travel restrictions contained in an earlier version of the order (EO 2020-42) violate their rights...

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5 businesses sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over constitutional rights from shutdown

5 businesses sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over constitutional rights from shutdown

The Butzel Long law firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for five clients regarding the limits of a state’s police power.  "A declaratory and injunctive relief" is sought in violation of the constitutional rights of the businesses. The plaintiffs demand a trial by jury, according to a release. "The lawsuit cites speculative modeling on the infectiousness and lethality of a new coronavirus, Governor Whitmer has issued executive orders that have shuttered civil society, placed 10 million people under house arrest and taken jobs away from nearly 1.2 million...

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Michigan State Police catch speeder going 180 on I-75

Michigan State Police catch speeder going 180 on I-75

A driver in Monroe County found out the hard way getting clocked at 180 miles per hour in a 70 mile an hour speed zone, the MSP 1st District revealed in a tweet Tuesday. The driver was on southbound I-75 near Sigler Road in Berlin Township at the time of the traffic stop. He was stopped at 11:45 p.m. on April 19. "For some reason, the public has a perception with the stay-at-home stay-safe order with only essential drivers on the road that there is a lot less traffic and people are taking it on themselves to drive at high rates of speed and over the past couple of weeks, our troopers have...

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Blue Angels postpone flyover tribute to Michigan healthcare workers

Blue Angels postpone flyover tribute to Michigan healthcare workers

The were supposed to honor Michigan medical workers with a special flyover on Wednesday but, late Tuesday afternoon, the Blue Angels had to postpone the show. The series of flyovers, , was announced Monday and is taking place in the skies of the nation's regions hit the hardest by the coronavirus. According to a statement sent to FOX 2 by a representative of the Blue Angels, Wednesday's plan was postpone due to 'unforeseen circumstances'. The show was to be a formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Flacon and 6 F-18C/D Hornet aircraft and last approximately 35 minutes.The reason for the cancelation...

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Oak Park man opens restaurant for squirrels and birds amid coronavirus pandemic

Oak Park man opens restaurant for squirrels and birds amid coronavirus pandemic

With bars and restaurants closed across Michigan, a man built a new place with some open seating in Oak Park - for the wildlife. James Vreeland is the proprietor of Maison De Noix. It opened a few weeks ago and is already a hot spot with its stale bread/pizza crust and mixed seed trio. "Every morning we have a rush around 10:30 to 11," Vreeland said. "With the shutdown, there's not a lot of cafe options we're the only game in town."James said he wanted to do something fun and lighthearted in the middle of the anxiety and uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic."My wife Amanda, she's...

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New York Bagel in Ferndale takes advantage of small business grants to keep employees paid during COVID-19 pandemic

New York Bagel in Ferndale takes advantage of small business grants to keep employees paid during COVID-19 pandemic

Michigan is now on day 22 of its coronavirus shutdown and restaurants are some of the businesses feeling the squeeze the most. But many small businesses can keep paying employees thanks to the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program. One of those companies is New York Bagel which has been in business for 99 years. It has survived the Great Depression and World War II and nothing could slow them down. Until now. Small businesses with less than 500 employees can get grants from the federal government to keep their employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. Fourth-generation...

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FBI raids Shelby Township's Allure Medical Spa Thursday morning | FOX 2 Detroit

FBI raids Shelby Township's Allure Medical Spa Thursday morning | FOX 2 Detroit

Close the sidebarThe FBI is executing a raid on a Shelby Township medical business Thursday morning.Federal law enforcement officials entered Allure Medical Spa, located at 8180 26 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township. Officials would not confirm the reason for the raid.Officials outfitted in tactical gear were spotted outside the building around 8:00 in the morning. Joining them were U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In mid-April, Allure Medical announced its founder Dr. Charles Mok was providing high-dose intravenous Vitamin C Therapy to all essential Michigan workers at risk of...

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expects short term extension of stay home order

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expects short term extension of stay home order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during a press conference on Wednesday that she expects a short-term extension to the Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be necessary, which is currently set to expire at the end of April. Gov. Whitmer made that announcement during a Wednesday press conference from Lansing and was be joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and Dr. Marisa Eisenberg from the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology.  Whitmer said there are reasons for cautious optimism in Michigan's fight against...

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President Trump tweets: 'LIBERATE MICHIGAN!'

President Trump tweets: 'LIBERATE MICHIGAN!'

President Donald Trump  "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" on Friday morning, the day after Michigan passed 2,000 total coronavirus-related deaths and the day it will likely pass a total of 30,000 total cases. Michigan was one of three states called out by the President in his series of 'liberating' states. Minnesota and Virginia were the two others mentioned. In Minnesota, protesters are using the 'Liberate Minnesota' in the state capital of St. Paul to protest their state's stay-home orders. Michigan has been under a Stay  Home order since March 23 and it's currently in place until the end of April....

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Beaumont Wayne abruptly closes, employees left with more questions than answers

Beaumont Wayne abruptly closes, employees left with more questions than answers

The sign says Beaumont Wayne is closed temporarily. But when the state just finished turning convention centers into field hospitals - some, including the now laid-off workers - are asking why close a perfectly good hospital.  When the state just finished turning convention centers into field hospitals - some, including the now laid-off workers are asking why close a perfectly good hospital.  It happened quick and without any warning at the Wayne location, according to a union president representing 300 healthcare workers.  "These workers have been heroes during the pandemic coming to...

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Upset with Gov. Whitmer, protesters bring Lansing to a halt during 'Operation Gridlock'

Upset with Gov. Whitmer, protesters bring Lansing to a halt during 'Operation Gridlock'

A conservative group upset with the Michigan governor's restrictive shelter-in-place order are protesting Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home order in Lansing on Wednesday. The is organized Operation Gridlock in Lansing today. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people drove into Lansing and have surrounded the Michigan Capitol Building to create a traffic jam - a symbolic gesture of disagreement with Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Safe, Stay Home directive. "We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19.  Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices. ...

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Worst day on Wall Street since 1987 as coronavirus fears spread

Worst day on Wall Street since 1987 as coronavirus fears spread

The escalating coronavirus emergency sent the stock market Thursday into its worst slide since the Black Monday crash of 1987, extending a sell-off that has now wiped out most of Wall Street’s big gains since President Donald Trump took office. The S&P 500 plummeted 9.5%, for a total drop of 26.7% from its all-time high, set just last month. That puts it way over the 20% threshold for a bear market, officially ending Wall Street's unprecedented bull-market run of nearly 11 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 10%, its heaviest loss since its nearly 23% drop on Oct. 19, 1987....

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