3 teens held in Uber driver carjacking
Authorities are weighing whether to charge three teens as adults for allegedly attacking an Uber driver in Eastpointe this week.
The three are being held at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center, Eastpointe police Lt. Neil Childs said Thursday. Officials are not releasing the names of the suspects because they are minors. The suspects are ages 15, 14 and 14.
Police said the youths are accused of assaulting and carjacking the driver on Charles R. Street near Gratiot about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The teenscalled for an Uber ride from Harper Woods, he said. The driver took the three to a home in Eastpointe near Gratiot and Nine Mile, Childs said.
When one of the teens told the driver he had left something in the back seat, the driver helped search the rear of the vehicle, police said. When the driver’s back was turned, the other two teens began assaulting him.
NAACP gets sponsors for Detroit convention
Detroit — General Motors Co., Quicken Loans, Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy Co. are among the corporate sponsors announced Thursday to serve on a blue ribbon committee for the 110th National NAACP Convention next summer in Detroit.
The event, to be hosted by the Detroit branch NAACP, will take place July 20.
Branch president the Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony was flanked by about 25 dignitaries, including Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, at the NAACP headquarters on Second Avenue as he announced the sponsors.
This marks the fourth time the organization will bring the convention to Detroit. The most recent was in 2007.
In lame duck, PFAS legislation a no-show
Lansing — The Legislature will not consider bills that would change the drinking water safety threshold for chemical contaminants that have been a priority for Gov. Rick Snyder for the past year.
The class of chemicals, once used in Scotchgard, Teflon and firefighting foam, is linked to cancer and immune system problems. The links are those of association, not causation, said Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s top medical officer.
Panel approves union ‘paid release time’ ban
Lansing — House lawmakers signed off Thursday on legislation that would ban paid “release time” for most public employees and prohibit release time service credit from retirement calculations for public school employees.
The bills will now move to the full House floor.
Republican Rep. Steve Johnson’s bill would prevent government agencies, including public schools, from entering into contracts with employees that pay employees for time spent doing union work. The bill includes an exemption for police officers, firefighters and corrections officers.