Thursday, June 22, 2017

Homicide suspect wanted for questioning in death of Ypsilanti/Detroit resident Latisha Bargaineer


According to a Thursday, June 22 press release from the Ypsilanti Police Department, on June 20, 2017, the Ypsilanti Police Department was notified that a possible homicide suspect may be residing within the city of Ypsilanti. The Ypsilanti Police Department was advised after Detroit Police were investigating the death of 29 year old Ypsilanti/Detroit resident Latisha Bargaineer. On June 18, 2017, Bargaineer was found deceased in a red Ford Flex. The vehicle was typically driven by her boyfriend Demetrius Montgomery. According to the press release, Ypsilanti Police discovered what is being considered a possible crime scene inside the couples Ypsilanti apartment that is located in the 300 block of W. Cross St.

According to the press release, "Mr. Montgomery is wanted for questioning involving Ms. Bargaineer's death." According to police Montgomery may be in a black GMC Yukon, Michigan Reg. of DRR6262 taken from Montgomery's cousin near the area of the location where Bargaineer was found. According to the release, "Until further evidence indicated otherwise, we are treating this case as a homicide."

Mr. Montgomery is not in custody. It is important that he be approached with caution. Police add Mr. Montgomery is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

News Alert: Officer stabbed in neck Bishop Airport in Flint Wednesday morning. Flint City Hall on lock down.

Updated Wednesday June 21, 2017,  6:20 PM.

WJRT ABC 12 News station in Flint is reporting that an officer has been stabbed in the neck at Bishop Airport in Flint. Officials have stated that a police officer was stabbed in the neck around 9 AM Wednesday, morning June 21. According to WJRT Channel 12 News Flint, Bishop Airport has been evacuated and is now closed as of 12:32 Wednesday afternoon.

Sources have stated to WJRT Flint that Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who retired from the Genesse County Sheriff's Office, has been stabbed in the neck. Neville is currently listed in stable condition. Sources tell WJRT News that Neville was attacked from behind while stationed near the escalators by an individual with a large knife.

According to Channel 12 News Flint, the western side of Bishop Airport is lined with police and emergency vehicles. The police and law enforcement vehicles are backed up from Bristol to Torrey Road in Flint near the airport.

According to airport officials all of the passengers are safe, although sources tell WJRT that there were 100 people at one point who were standing on the sidewalk in front of the terminal.

As of 12:32 PM Wednesday, Flint City Hall and the Flint Police Dept are on lock down for precautionary reasons according to WJRT.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates.

As of 2:34 PM Wednesday Bishop International Airport in Flint has issued an update:

According to Bishop Airport, " The stabbing incident at the airport remains under FBI led investigation. Local, state and federal agencies are on the scene. The airport remains closed until further notice. The police officer is in stable condition. The suspect is in custody and is currently being questioned.

 According to WJRT the stabbing is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

UPDATE: Wednesday June 21, 2017, 6:20: At approximately 5:30 PM Wednesday June 21, 2017 the FBI held a press conference at Flint Bishop International Airport. According to FBI Special Agent in charge David Gelios, the FBI is running the investigation. The stabbing is being investigated as an act of terrorism. Gelios stated that the attacker is a 50 year old Canadian citizen named Amor Fatouhi who entered the United State through Up State New York on June 16, 2017.

According to Gelios, the attacker used a 12 inch knife with an 8 inch serrated blade. According to wittinesses during the attack Ftouhi yelled Allahu Akbar and then said, "You have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan."

Special Agent Gelios stated that Ftouhi entered the airport in a public non-secure area and entered an airport restaurant just prior to the attack. Ftouhi did not go through a screening area.

Officer Neville is in a Flint hospital in stable condition and did require surgery.

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Motown in Zimbabwe: Joyce Jenje Makwenda at Cultivate in Ypsilanti June 22.


An interesting event will be taking place at Cultivate in Ypsilanti Thursday, June 22. Archivist, historian. ethnomusicologist, and writer Joyce Jeje Makwenda will be speaking at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. Makwenda was born in Zimbabwe in 1958.  Makwenda resides in and works in Harare where she founded and operates the Joyce Jenje Makwenda Collection Archive. The archive is one of the oldest in  in Zimbabwe containing interviews, newspapers, vinyl records, photography, musical instruments, as well as other materials.

For over three decades Makwenda's work has concentrated on on matters of early urban culture, politics, music, education media, religion, cultural issues and Women's histories in Zimbabwe. Her published works include Zimbabwe Township Music (2005), Divorce Taken (2009), and Women Musicians  of Zimbabwe (2013).

Makwenda will be speaking with archivist, historian, and writer Dr Melvin Peters who taught in the Department African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

The event is presented in partnership with the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit.

The event will take place Thursday, June 22, 6 pm at Cultivate located at 307 N. River Street in Ypsilanti.

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Color Run in Ypsilanti coming up June 24.


The much celebrated Color Run is coming back to Ypsi and you don't want to miss it! The Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 24, at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. The event will be held from 8 AM to 12 noon. There will be open registration from 8 AM to 8:45. The race will begin 9 AM. There will be a pre-race party with music at the starting line prior to the race. There will also be giveaways during the pre race dancing, warm-up and stretching. Sounds like a great time! More info here.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 25 Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation Historic Home Tour to be memorable event.


 The YHF (Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation) Historic Home Tour is coming soon and promises to be a memorable event in Ypsilanti. Featured will be the renowned designs of local architect Ward Swarts. Tour goers will visit four mid-century homes. Although the homes may have interior similarities, structurally they are unique.

The YHF tour will also include three historically significant businesses located in downtown Ypsilanti. Each of the three downtown businesses are within easy walking distance of each other. Landline Creative Labs located in downtown is located in the Michigan Bell phone company building that was constructed in 1928. The building features a light fixture constructed from a telephone pole and glass telephone insulators. The fantastic locally owned Go! Ice Cream parlor is located in the building that once housed the People's State Bank which went out of business during the Great Depression. Last, check out Ypsilanti's Growing Hope Farmers Marketplace which is comfortably situated in an old warehouse that was once a showroom for the Studebaker.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at these Ypsilanti locations: Norton's Flowers, Eyrie, Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, Haab's, Materials, Salt City Antiques and Aubree's on Whitaker Rd. In Ann Arbor at Downtown Home & Garden. Learn more here. On the day of the tour you can purchase tickets in front of the Towner House on N. Huron St. Towner House will receive funds from the tour for restoration.

 Check out the YHF Historic Home Tour June 25th in Ypsilanti! You'll have great time!

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.