3 teens held in Uber driver car­jack­ing

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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.

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