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               THE BELLEVILLE          Assault charges against 10-year-old dropped
               Vol. 134, No. 31           The criminal charges may                                                               response to her Facebook com-
                                       have been dropped but legal ram-  There has been quite a bit of inaccurate reporting in this  ments.
            Van Buren Township will    ifications may ensue from an inci-                                                          Worthy said that race did not
          use $76,581 of Community     dent on a school playground last  case. There are also facts that played into our decision  play a factor in the decision to
          Block Grant funding this     spring.                           that have not, due to ethical rules, been reported.     charge or drop the case.
          year to demolish seven          A game of Tips on the Eriksson                                                           “When this case was reviewed
          vacant and apparently aban-  Elementary School playground in                                                           by my office, no one paid atten-
          doned structures in the      April came to an abrupt halt  County Prosecutor Kym Worthy  statement.                    tion the race of either party. It is
          township.                    when a 10-year-old student threw  where criminal charges of aggra-  According to Maurice Davis,  categorically wrong to suggest
                          See page 4.  the ball at a 9-year-old classmate,  vated assault were filed against  the attorney for the family of the  that this was charged based on
                                       striking him in the face. The child,  the third-grade student. Those  10-year-old, “The victim had some  race or geography.
                  THE CANTON           according to reports, suffered a  charges were almost immediately  type of disorder that made him  “There has been quite a bit of
             EAGLE                     concussion and facial lacerations  dropped and Worthy issued a for-  especially susceptible to a facial  inaccurate reporting in this case.
                                                                     mal statement regarding the inci-
                                       from the force of the blow.
                                                                                                   or head injury.”
                                                                                                                                 There are also facts that played
               Vol. 72, No. 31            Tips is a game played with a  dent.                        Cameishi Lindley, the mother  into our decision that have not,
                                       rubber ball that is thrown into the  “This case came to us as a not-  of the accused child, said that she  due to ethical rules, been report-
            Canton Leisure Services    air and caught by players jumping  In-custody case - that means that  wants to take the case further as  ed,” Worthy said in her statement.
          is    partnering    with     in the air.                   there was never an arrest. Efforts  she feels that her son will forever  “I have no doubt that both fami-
          KultureCity in an effort to     The parent of the 9-year-old  were made to resolve this matter  be “the little 10-year-old black  lies involved love their children
          ensure programs and events   filed a complaint with the school  before it was sent to us for a  child in Canton that was charged  and want the best for them. But I
          are sensory inclusive and    and then with the Canton      charge consideration. The mother  with playing a game.” She said  do think that there is a better way
          welcoming to all.            Township Police claiming the  of the alleged victim had every  she remains unsure of what she  to go forward at this time. And the
                          See page 3.  incident was an assault. Police  right to go to the authorities and  will do although she has had  cooperation of all parties is need-
                                       investigated and referred the  the authorities had an obligation  nearly $15,000 pledged for legal
                THE INKSTER            information to the office of Wayne  to investigate,” Worthy said in her  fees through social media in  See Charges, page 3
          LEDGER STAR                  Changes are planned for Plymouth Fall Festival next month
          LEDGER STAR
               Vol. 72, No. 31
                                          As the countdown to the    sale and Bingo along with the    Kathy Turnquist of the     able at $15 for adults and $5 for
            Michigan State Attorney    Plymouth Fall Festival contin-  famous Kiwanis Pancake      Civitans who helps organize the  ages 5-10. Those 5 and younger
          General Dana Nessel is con-  ues, organizers and civic groups  Breakfast and the famous  event said she is very pleased  are admitted at no cost with an
          ducting a state-wide listen-  are finalizing a few changes to  Rotary Chicken Barbeque on  with the new location, putting  adult admission. Tickets at the
          ing tour to identify addition-  the traditional attractions set  Sunday.                 the Taste-Fest closer to the  door this year will be $20 and
          al issues for the Michigan   for Sept. 6, 7 and 8 this year.  One big change is the new  other festival events.        $10 for children 5-10 years old.
          Elder Abuse Task Force.         The festival will be open  location of the Plymouth-        The Veterans' Tent, formerly  Advance tickets are available
                          See page 4.  from noon until 10 p.m. Friday,  Canton Civitan Club Taste Fest  the Party Tent, will accommo-  for purchase at the Plymouth
                                       from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.     set for 6-8 p.m. Friday. This year,  date the more than 15 restau-  Chamber of Commerce, 850
                  THE NORTHVILLE       Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 6  the Taste Fest will take place in  rants already scheduled to par-  West Ann Arbor Trail in
             EAGLE                     p.m. on Sunday.               the Veterans' Tent located    ticipate in the Taste-Fest which  Plymouth and at E.G. Nick's.
                                                                                                                                   “We are really looking for-
                                          All the traditional and much
                                                                                                   will feature live entertainment,
                                                                     behind E.G. Nick's restaurant
               Vol. 19, No. 31         anticipated events will return  on Forest Avenue in downtown  beer tasting and a cash bar. Pre-  ward to it,” noted Frank
                                       including the car show, the craft  Plymouth.                sale tickets are already avail-  Agostini at E.G. Nick's. “This
            Tipping Point Theatre in
          Northville will present the                                                                                            year we are able to participate,
                                                                                                                                 along with helping host the
          Michigan Premiere of                                                                                                   event.”
          Anatomy of a Hug by Kat                                                                                                  Agostini said that the
          Ramsburg tonight through                                                                                               Veteran's Tent will remain open
          Aug.. 25.                                                                                                              following the Taste Fest for the
                          See page 5.
                                                                                                                                 traditional Friday night festival
                                                                                                                                 party with entertainment from
                  THE PLYMOUTH                                                                                                   Smoke 'n' Mirrors beginning at
             EAGLE                                                                                                               8:30 p.m. and ending at mid-
               Vol. 19, No. 31                                                                                                   night.
                                                                                                                                   “The $5 cover charge at the
            The Plymouth Historical                                                                                              tent after the Taste Fest goes
          Museum has a new exhibit                                                                                               directly to the Plymouth Canton
          dedicated to the decade of                                                                                             veterans group,” Agostini said.
          peace movements, riots, the                                                                                            “The crowd usually fills the
          Vietnam War and many other                                                                                             place to hear the band and peo-
          events of the 1960s.                                                                                                   ple are pretty generous, know-
                          See page 5.                                                                                            ing the cover goes to help the
                                                                                                                                 vets.  If there is anything we can
                                                                                                                                 do to help these guys, we try to
                   THE ROMULUS                                                                                                   do it.”
             ROMAN                                                                                                                 There is a change in the
               Vol. 134, No. 31                                                                                                  Rotary Club of Plymouth AM
                                                                                                                                 Spaghetti Dinner, too. The din-
            The Romulus Community                                                                                                ner, set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday,
          Schools District will host the
          annual Academic Fun Fair                                                                                                        See Festival, page 5
          from 10 a.m. until 1p.m.
          Saturday, Aug. 10 at Romulus  Annual memorial for slain police officers set in Inkster
          High School.
                          See page 4.     A memorial service for        Hoover and Dubiel had been  witnesses who called police.
                                       Inkster Police officers killed in  dispatched to the motel on a  The four officers who respond-
                  THE WAYNE            the line of duty is planned for  routine call to serve warrants on  ed were also fired on and forced
             EAGLE                     11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the  Easter and one of her sons for  to retreat while more officers
                                       Inkster Police Department.
                                                                                                   responded. Hundreds of rounds
                                                                     bad checks issued to a rental car
               Vol. 72, No. 31            There will be a luncheon fol-  agency. The two entered the  were fired during the standoff.
            This weekend will bring    lowing the service at the Booker  room where Easter asked for  Police used tear gas but Easter
          the Downtown Days festival   Dozier Recreation Complex.    help for one of her sons who had  and her sons had gas masks and
          to Veterans Plaza in Wayne, a   Honored will be Ofc. Kenneth  recently had a medical emer-  continued the standoff while
          two-day event presented by   E. Woodmore who was killed by  gency. The officers then request-  hundreds of police, Michigan  Ofc. Kenneth    Sgt. Ira
          Wayne Main Street.           gunfire June 17, 1994 and Sgt.  ed help from Parker, their  State Police troopers, and FBI  E. Woodmore         Parker
                          See page 2.  Ira Parker, 41, a 15-year police  supervisor.  Investigations con-  agents converged at the site.
                                       veteran; Ofc. Daniel Dubiel, 38,  cluded that when Parker     Easter and her sons eventual-
                                       a 15-year veteran, and Ofc. Clay  arrived and entered the motel  ly surrendered.
                  THE WESTLAND         Hoover, 25, who had joined the  room, all the officers were shot  Easter was charged with first-
             EAGLE                     Inkster force only four months  multiple times. During the 10-  degree murder as were her
               Vol. 72, No. 31         before being slain during the  hour standoff, Easter continued  sons; Roy Lemons Jr. 47; George
                                                                                                   Lester Lemons, 45; and William
                                       July 9, 1987 shooting at the
                                                                     to tell police negotiators that the
            Troopers    from    the    Bungalow Motel.               officers were still alive.    Monroe Lemons, 43. All were
          Michigan State Police           Each of the officers had been  Hoover and Dubiel had gone  found guilty and sentenced to
          Computer Crimes Unit,        shot five to nine times before a  to the motel to serve the war-  three life terms in prison. The  Ofc. Daniel  Ofc. Clay
          Internet Crimes Against      10-hour standoff at the motel  rants at about 5:15 p.m.     mother died in prison June 12,       Dubiel        Hoover
          Children Task Force, arrest-  ended at about 3:30 a.m. with  Thursday and then requested  2011. One of her sons died in  For information, call (313) 563-
          ed a Westland man for pos-   the surrender of 68-year-old  the help of Parker, their supervi-  prison in 1996.         9850. The Booker Dozier
          session of child sexually abu-  Alberta Easter and her three  sor. When the three officers  The memorial service is open  Recreation Complex is located
          sive material.               heavily-armed sons from the   were in the motel room a volley  to the public. The police station  at 2025 Middlebelt Road in
                          See page 2.  barricaded motel room.        of about 20 shots was heard by  is located at 26279 Michigan Ave.  Inkster.

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