Local 4 News at 11 — May 13, 2024

HIGH IN HOMES AROUND METRO DETROIT CONTINUE TO BE TARGETED BY CHILEAN GANGS. SO FAR, OAKLAND COUNTY HAS ARRESTED TWO OF THESE CREWS, BUT OTHERS CONTINUE TO WORK. METRO DETROIT, THE TWO MOST RECENT HOMES HIT CLINTON TOWNSHIP LAW ENFORCEMENT AROUND THE METRO AREA, SHARING INFORMATION, TRYING TO GET TO

THE BOTTOM OF IT. AND IT TOPS OUR NEWS AT 11. >> I’M DEVIN SCILLIAN, I’M KIMBERLY GILL. TONIGHT, THE OAKLAND COUNTY SHERIFF, ALONG WITH THE BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP AND BLOOMFIELD HILLS POLICE DEPARTMENTS, HELD A TOWN HALL AT CHRIST CHURCH, CRANBOK. THAT’S WHERE MARA MACDONALD IS LIVE TONIGHT. MARA, THERE’S

SOME PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR EVERYBODY HERE. >> WELL, KIMBERLY. EXACTLY. THEY GAVE SOME REALLY GOOD TIPS INSIDE HERE, STARTING WITH HOW TO STOP POSTING YOUR VACATION PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK WHILE YOU’RE STILL OUT OF TOWN. SAVE IT FOR WHEN YOU COME BACK. AND NUMBER TWO, BASIC SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. YOU KNOW

WHAT’S NORMAL FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE OR CARS SEEM OUT OF PLACE. IT NEVER HURTS TO CALL THE POLICE JUST TO CHECK. >> BEEN HOME FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. EVERYTHING SEEMED NORMAL. TURN MY ALARM OFF AND EVERYTHING WENT UPSTAIRS TO FIND MY BEDROOM HAD BEEN BROKEN

INTO AND BREACHED AND COMPLETELY RANSACKED. >> THAT’S THE TARGET. ACCORDING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. JEWELRY, CASH AND HIGH END HANDBAGS. THESE CREWS ARE ORGANIZED, DO SURVEILLANCE AND CARRY JAMMING DEVICES.

>> INTELLIGENCE REPORTS TELLS US JUST THE CHILEAN TEAMS ARE 100 OR MORE AND TYPICALLY A TEAM IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

3 AND 6 PEOPLE. SO THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST TRAVELING THIS COUNTRY, HAMMERING HIGH END NEIGHBORHOODS, BOUCHARD SAYS. >> THEY ENTER THROUGH THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM IN MICHIGAN. WHILE IT’S CERTAINLY NOT THE ONLY TARGET, INDIANA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, WEST VIRGINIA. >> AND TO BRING, YOU KNOW,

THIS AWARENESS, TOO, BECAUSE A LOT OF THE TIMES WE’RE SEEING THAT THE SAME CREWS ARE HITTING THOSE AREAS AS WELL. >> TONIGHT AT CHRIST CHURCH, CRANBROOK, THE SHERIFF AND BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP AND BLOOMFIELD HILLS HAD A LARGE CROWD. PEOPLE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS. >> HAVE THERE BEEN ANY

INSTANCES WHERE THE HARDWARE IS PICKED UP AND INVASION IN PROGRESS, AND THE POLICE HAVE RESPONDED? >> BEST ADVICE FROM THEPROFESSIN ALARM SYSTEM THAT’S WIRELESS. >> YOU’LL SEE THE GUY ACTUALLY EXTEND THE JAMMER INTO THE HOUSE , HAVE IT TETHERED TO A LANDLINE SO IT CAN’T BE JAMMED. >>

THE FIRST PLACE THESE THIEVES TARGET IS BEDROOMS AND DON’T ASSUME BECAUSE YOU HAVE A SAFE, IT’LL STOP THEM. IT WON’T BOLT IT TO THE FLOOR AND HIDE IT SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE BEDROOM. >> I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN TRACKING IT, BUT TO HEAR IT FIRSTHAND HAS BEEN REALLY

INFORMATIVE AND TO SPREAD THE WORD SO THAT ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER AND, YOU KNOW, BRING THE COMMUNITY TETHER TO PROTECT OURSELVES. THE BLOOMFIELD HILLS BACK HERE LIVE. >> YOU KNOW, THE M.O. HAS BEEN THE SAME

IN ALL OF THESE TARGETED HIGH END HOMES. AND THE SHERIFF SAID ONE THING TO BE AWARE OF IF THEY BREAK IN AND THEY FIGURE OUT SOMEONE’S ACTUALLY INSIDE THE HOUSE, THEY SKEDADDLE OUT OF THERE. THEY DON’T WANT A CONFRONTATION. ONE OF THE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WAS ASKED INSIDE

HERE TONIGHT, DO THEY TARGET ANIMALS? MEANING LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE FAMILY PET, FAMILY DOG? SO FAR, THE ANSWER TO THAT IS NO. WE’RE LIVE IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS TONIGHT. I’M MARA MACDONALD, LOCAL 4. >> OKAY, MARA. THANK YOU. NEW AT SIX SIX. NEW AT 11. EXCUSE ME. SIX PEOPLE

ARE IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A MURDER SUSPECT CRASHES INTO AN UBER DRIVER DURING A POLICE CHASE. THAT CHASE STARTED IN SOUTHFIELD AT 12 MILE AND NORTHWESTERN HIGHWAY. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CHASE CONTINUED INTO DETROIT. THEY SAY THE SUSPECT RAN A RED LIGHT, CRASHED INTO AN UBER DRIVER AT THE

INTERSECTION OF WEST OUTER DRIVE AND JAMES COUSINS ON THE CITY’S WEST SIDE. WE’RE TOLD A WOMAN IN THE UBER WAS THROWN FROM THAT VEHICLE. SHE’S IN CRITICAL CONDITION. IN TOTAL, SIX PEOPLE ARE IN THE HOSPITAL. >> TWO OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE HOSPITALIZED ARE IN FACT THE PERPETRATOR

AND A PASSENGER THAT WAS BEING CHASED BY SOUTHFIELD, THE PERPETRATOR IS WANTED AS A PAROLE ABSCONDER. >> SECOND DEGREE MURDER. ALSO POSSESSION OF COCAINE. SO THAT’S WHAT LED TO THE PURSUIT. >> DETROIT POLICE WILL TAKE THE LEAD ON THE INVESTIGATION. NO WORD ON WHAT THE SUSPECT WILL FACE

IN SOUTHFIELD FOR RUNNING FROM POLICE. >> ROAD DIETS ARE MORE AND MORE PREVALENT IN MICHIGAN. THESE DAYS. THEY TREAT BICYCLE MASS TRANSIT AND MOTORCYCLES ON PAR WITH CARS. TRUCKS WITH SUVS. ROD MELONI TELLS US IT MEANS LESS STREET FOR THE TRADITIONAL TRAFFIC. YET THE TRANSITION IS NOT WITHOUT

ITS BUMPS AND BRUISES. QUITE LITERALLY, FOR ONE BICYCLIST IN FERNDALE, OUT HERE ON NINE MILE AND FERNDALE, THEY HAVE THE TRADITIONAL BIKE LANES. >> FOR INSTANCE, YOU HAVE THIS ONE GOING WITH TRAFFIC ON THIS SIDE AND THEN ON THIS SIDE AGAIN, GOING WITH THE TRAFFIC. BUT OUT ON

WOODWARD AVENUE, NOT THE CASE. THEY HAVE TWO BIKE LANES TOGETHER, ONE GOING AGAINST TRAFFIC. AND THE DRIVERS OUT THERE ARE DECIDEDLY NOT READY FOR IT. >> HERE IN THE BIKE LANE, YOU’RE IN THE BIKE LANE. >> IT’S A CHANGE. CYCLIST JOHN THIEBAUD DISCOVERED THE HARD WAY CAN GET

DANGEROUS. >> IT SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME. >> TWO WEEKS AGO, JOHN RODE HIS BIKE SOUTH ON WOODWARD IN THE BIKE LANES AND CAME UP TO THE TACO BELL. >> AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, AS I’M IN FRONT OF THIS CAR, THIS WOMAN COMES OUT, HITS ME

AND PUSHES ME OUT TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, AND EVERYTHING JUST FLASHED BEFORE ME. >> THE DRIVER DIDN’T LOOK RIGHT, LEAVING JOHN’S BIKE FRAME AND TIRES NT AND COMPLETELY TOTALED. JOHN ENDED UP WITH A CONCUSSION AND BRUISES. HE SPOKE TO FERNDALE CITY COUNCIL’S MONDAY NIGHT MEETING, HOPING COUNCIL WOULD TRY

TO GET THE STATE TO DITCH THE TWO WAY LANE. >> IT WAS ONLY BY PURE LUCK THAT ADDITIONAL ACCIDENTS WERE AVOIDED FROM ONCOMING TRAFFIC. >> WOODWARD’S BIKE LANES ARE A PILOT. THE TWO WAY DESIGN AND MDOT CREATION, AND PART OF A FULL REPAVING HERE. >> BUT IT’S A

STATE HIGHWAY. IT’S A STATE DESIGN. >> FERNDALE CITY MANAGER JOE GACHO TELLS LOCAL 4. THIS FIRST OF ITS KIND IDEA ISN’T COMPLETE, ASSURING THAT WE’LL SEE MORE GREEN PAINTED INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS BEFORE IT’S FINISHED NEXT MONTH, HE ADDS. IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME FOR EVERYONE ON

THIS SLIM DOWN STRETCH, MORE USED TO CRUISING CARS THAN CYCLISTS TO PAY CLOSER ATTENTION, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET DRIVERS MORE USED TO NOT INFRINGING ON THE RIGHT OF WAY WHEN THEY PULL OUT TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN, AND THEN LOOKING BOTH WAYS, LIKE YOU’RE TAUGHT IN

DRIVER’S HEAD. >> I KNOW NOT ALL DRIVERS DO THAT. >> I LIKE LANE, SO TO THAT END, IN TWO WEEKS TIME RIGHT HERE AT FERNDALE CITY HALL, THEY’RE GOING TO BE HOLDING AN EDUCATION SESSION, INCLUDING THE LEAGUE OF CHIGAN CYCLISTS, TO TEACH EVERYBODY ABOUT HOW TO USE THIS

NEW ROAD DIET TO THEIR BEST. >> AND SAFEST ADVANTAGE IN FERNDALE. ROD MELONI, LOCAL 4. >> ROD THANK YOU. A MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT BREAKS GROUND AT THE FORMER NORTHVILLE DOWNS HORSE RACING SITE. THE DOWNS WILL BE A MIXED USE SPACE FEATURING APARTMENTS, CONDOS AND TOWNHOMES. THERE WILL BE

TRADITIONAL SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ADDED TO THE AREA, ALONG WITH A NEARLY 20,000 SQUARE FOOT COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR STORES. THERE ARE ALSO PLANS FOR PARKS AND TO IMPROVE THE WATERWAYS IN THE AREA TO HELP WITH FLOODING PROBLEMS. THE TEAM LEADING THE REDEVELOPMENT SAYS COMMUNITY MEMBERS PLAYED A KEY ROLE

IN THE PLANNING PROCESS. >> I THOUGHT IT WAS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET THE OPINIONS OF ALL THESE RESIDENTS TO BE PART OF EVERY ASPECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT. I ENDED UP BEING DEAD WRONG. I HAVE NEVER WORKED WITH SO MANY SMART, ABLE AND WILLING RESIDENTS

TO WORK ON A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECT LEADERS SAY A TEN ACRE PARK WILL BE THE FIRST THING BUILT THAT SHOULD BE DONE. >> BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THE ENTIRE PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETED SOMETIME IN THE YEAR 2027. >> FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FORMER LAWYER MICHAEL

COHEN, TESTIFYING TODAY IN THE HUSH MONEY TRIAL. HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TESTIMONY. PROSECUTORS SAY COHEN IS A KEY WITNESS IN THE CASE. COHEN SAID UNDER TRUMP’S DIRECTION, HE PAID ADULT FILM ACTRESS STORMY DANIELS TO STAY SILENT ABOUT AN AFFAIR WITH MR. TRUMP. TRUMP DENIES ALL THE CLAIMS. COHEN ALSO TESTIFIED

TRUMP WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT THE STORY WOULD HAVE ON VOTERS AND THE RUN UP TO THE 2016 ELECTION. COHEN IS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE STAND FOR SEVERAL DAYS. PROSECUTIO THOUGH, SAYS IT COULD WRAP UP ITS CASE BY THE END OF THE WEEK AND HAND IT

OVER TO THE DEFENSE FOR THE SECOND SEASON IN A ROW. >> THE LIONS HAVE SOLD OUT SEASON TICKETS AT FORD FIELD. TAKE A LOOK AT LIVE PICTURES FROM FORD FIELD TONIGHT. THE TEAM ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THE ENTIRE ALLOTMENT HAS BEEN SOLD AND THE SELLOUT COMES THREE MONTHS EARLIER

THAN LAST YEAR. SOME SINGLE GAME TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THAT’S WHEN THE NFL SCHEDULE IS RELEASED FOR NEXT SEASON. COMING UP IN SPORTS, BERNIE WILL HAVE MORE ON THE LIONS EXTENDING THE CONTRACT OF QUARTERBACK JARED GOFF. >> WHAT? WE HAD A REALLY, REALLY LOVELY DAY.

CLOUDED UP A LITTLE BIT HERE TONIGHT. IT WAS SPECTACULAR. >> BUT WE DO HAVE SOME CHANGES ON THE WAY. LET’S CHECK IN WITH KIM ADAMS AND YOUR FORECAST KIM. >> WELL IT IS GOING TO BE QUITE A BIT COOLER TOMORROW AS OUR HIGHS ONLY REACH THE UPPER 60S

TONIGHT. IT’S 74 DOWNTOWN MID 60S IN HOWELL, 61 IN LAPEER, UPPER 60S IN MONROE. BUT THE WINDS ARE JUST NOW STARTING TO SHIFT AROUND. AND INSTEAD OF COMING OUT OF THE SOUTH, WE’LL HAVE NORTHEASTERLY WINDS TOMORROW. WE’LL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE FOR A FEW SPOTTY SHOWERS AT THE

BUS STOP WITH TEMPS IN THE UPPER 50S BY 3:00 SHOULD BE CLEARED OUT WITH AEMP OF 66 DEGREES RIGHT NOW. FRONTAL BOUNDARY UP TO OUR NORTH HAS BROUGHT A FEW SHOWERS NORTH OF I 69 OVER TO SANDUSKY. NORTH OF PORT HURON. SAW ONE LITTLE AREA OF SPRINKLES MOVE

THROUGH OAKLAND COUNTY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS, BUT OTHERWISE JUST SPOTTY SHOWERS FOR YOUR MORNING COMMUTE. THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL ABOUT 1 OR 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. 63 IN PORT HURON, 66 IN PONTIAC, MID 60S IN ANN ARBOR AND 71 OUT AT THE AIRPORT. SO TOMORROW, SHOWERS

IN THE MORNING AGAIN, JUST SPOTTY SHOWERS THOUGH NOT AN ALL DAY RAIN EVENT. WE’LL CLEAR OUT IN THE AFTERNOON AND MAKE IT TO A HIGH OF 67. WE ARE NOT DONE WITH THE 80 DEGREE WEATHER JUST YET. IN FACT, WE GET BA

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