Dexter http://michiganradio.org en Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-voters-will-be-casting-ballots-tuesday <p>Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p>School bond issues dominate the ballot in most of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>For example, Kalamazoo voters are being asked to decide on a $62 million bond request. If voters give their OK, the district would spend most of the money on maintaining city school buildings.</p><p></p><p>There are a few elected offices on the ballot of note.</p><p></p><p>In Genesee County, voters are picking a new state senator. Former senator John Gleason stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12399 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday In Dexter, they're repairing the damage of Thursday's tornado (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/dexter-theyre-repairing-damage-thursdays-tornado-photos <p><strong>Update 2:21 p.m.</strong></p><p>Cleanup work is underway in Dexter after Thursday&rsquo;s tornado. Much of the repair work is being done by Southfield-based Statewide Disaster Restoration</p><p>Raymond Eddy, the company&rsquo;s executive director, said his crews started arriving last night, and they&rsquo;re been busy securing homes pummeled by the tornado.</p><p>&ldquo;In the case of the home were working on right here, the side wall is blown out. We&rsquo;re putting a temporary wall in,&rdquo; said Eddy. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re basically in March.&nbsp; It could snow tomorrow. You never know in the state of Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p>There&rsquo;s no snow, but rain is in the forecast this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Eddy said they&rsquo;re focusing on securing homes missing walls and roofs.</p><p>&ldquo;These homes are these people&rsquo;s castles,&rdquo; said Eddy. &ldquo;So without some of the disaster restoration contractors here to help them out, these people don&rsquo;t have a beginning &hellip;you know&hellip;see the light at the end of the tunnel.&rdquo;</p><p>More than a dozen homes in Dexter were destroyed in Thursday&rsquo;s tornado. Repair work to more than a hundred others may take weeks or months to complete.</p><p><strong>10:18 a.m.</strong></p><p>Repair work is getting under way a day after a tornado damaged and demolished homes in Dexter.</p><p>The sound of power saws cutting through wood that just yesterday had been the walls of homes fills the air today in this Dexter subdivision.</p><p>Thursday&rsquo;s tornado destroyed more than a dozen homes.&nbsp;&nbsp; More than a hundred others suffered damage.</p><p>No death or serious injuries have been linked to the strong that ripped through Washtenaw County late in the afternoon.</p><p>There&rsquo;s no estimated cost so far of the damaged caused by the unusual March twister. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:21:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 6665 at http://michiganradio.org In Dexter, they're repairing the damage of Thursday's tornado (PHOTOS) Healing from a tornado, one hot dog at a time http://michiganradio.org/post/healing-tornado-one-hot-dog-time <p>People in Dexter are pulling together after Thursday&rsquo;s tornado that destroyed or&nbsp;damaged more than a hundred homes and businesses</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Help yourselves&hellip;there&rsquo;s chips&hellip;.&rdquo;&nbsp;Supermarket manager Gary Winters&nbsp;told&nbsp;a woman who&nbsp;rode out&nbsp;Thursday&#39;s tornado&nbsp;in her Dexter&nbsp;home.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Winter&nbsp;spent his morning&nbsp;delivering water&nbsp;and snacks to&nbsp;emergency workers and&nbsp;construction&nbsp;contractors.&nbsp;&nbsp; By&nbsp;midday, he was&nbsp;turning hot dogs on the barbeque grill as people from the tornado ravaged subdivision next door line up.</p><p>He says giving away free food and water is the least they could do for their neighbors..</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Once you walk down there and see what actually happened last night,&quot; Winters pauses, &quot;I don&rsquo;t think&hellip;the pictures on the news really showed the amount of devastation down there.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Everyone here says they are just grateful no one was seriously hurt or killed in the tornado. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:28:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 6669 at http://michiganradio.org Healing from a tornado, one hot dog at a time F-3 tornado destroys homes in Dexter (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/f-3-tornado-destroys-homes-dexter-photos <p><strong>Update 9:30 a.m.</strong></p><p>The Associated Press reports more than 100 homes were severely damaged and 13 homes were destroyed in last night&#39;s F3 tornado in Dexter.</p><p>It appears people were warned in time. &nbsp;Miraculously, there have been no reports of serious injuries or deaths.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Initial estimates indicate the tornado that hit Dexter, northwest of Ann Arbor, Thursday evening was packing winds of around 135 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Freitag said Friday. He said it was on the ground for about a half hour and plowed a path about 10 miles long.</p></blockquote><p>Dexter firefighter Dave Wisley told the <a href="http://www.heritage.com/articles/2012/03/16/dexter_leader/news/doc4f62779ad7839820899447.txt">Dexter Leader</a> there are multiple gas leaks reported, but no fires have been reported.</p><p>The Red Cross reports officials are assessing affected neighborhoods this morning.&nbsp;</p><p>Two shelters have been set up in the wake of last night&#39;s storms to&nbsp;provide health services, mental health services, food, water and basic needs.</p><ol><li>For those affected by the tornado in Dexter the shelter is at the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: normal; font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter. The school is located at </span>7305 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd.</li><li><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">For those affected by flooding at the Park Place Apartments in Ann Arbor a second shelter in Ann Arbor has been set up.&nbsp;This shelter is at the </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Salvation Army at 100 Arbana Drive in Ann Arbor.</span></li></ol><p><a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/dexter-tornado-damage-aftermath-schools/">AnnArbor.com</a> reports on power outages in Dexter:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">An estimated 4,000 homes were&nbsp;without power this morning in Washtenaw County, most of them in the Dexter area.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Paul Ganz, regional manager for&nbsp;DTE Energy, said it was an &quot;all-out call-out.&#39;&#39;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&quot;Dexter is a priority today,&#39;&#39; he said.</p></blockquote><p><strong>10:39 p.m.</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer Guerra traveled to the Huron Farms neighborhood, where dozens of houses were damaged by the tornado: roofs torn off, siding blown into the street, whole walls missing.</p><p>Some houses were completely destroyed, reduced to nothing more than a heaping pile of wood.</p><p>Monica Waidley&nbsp;and her family were among the lucky ones. She says the tornado didn&rsquo;t touch their house:</p><p>&quot;We were in the basement watching things fly through the air out of our backdoor; peoples&rsquo; lives landing in our backyards, it was really scary.&quot;</p><p><span class="st">The Waidleys were visiting their friend, Vicki Shieck, who also lives in the neighborhood. Shieck says she was &quot;down in the basement, doing the tornado tuck&quot; when the tornado hit. </span><span class="st">Her house was spared, with just a little bit of window and roof damage. </span></p><p><span class="st">Shieck says the tornado &quot;</span>literally went kitty corner&quot; between her and her neighbors&#39; house, before it careened up the path and destroyed nearby houses.</p><p>Residents were seen leaving the neighborhood with suitcases, some carrying whatever valuables they could.</p><p>There have been no reports that anyone was injured or killed.</p><p><strong>9:15 p.m.</strong></p><p>A powerful tornado&nbsp;touched down in Dexter, Michigan at 5:33 p.m.&nbsp;Thursday evening.</p><p>The tornado demolished homes and damaged many others, uprooting trees and power lines.</p><p>It appears&nbsp;that&nbsp;no one was seriously injured or killed.</p><p>There were&nbsp;also reports of funnel clouds in&nbsp;Northfield Township and Saline, but trained spotters&nbsp;did not report any&nbsp;actual tornados.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Zoe Clark traveled to the scene and reported seeing homes with roofs and exterior walls stripped off.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120315/NEWS05/120315061/Warning-Severe-thunderstorm-watch?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that at least 50 homes are damaged:</p><blockquote><p>...with roofs torn off, walls missing and interior rooms now exposed in Dexter. Debris litters the neighborhood. Insulation from houses float in large puddles in the streets and yard.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://annarbor.com/news/dexter/no-deaths-serious-injuries-reported-so-far-from-tornado/">AnnArbor.com</a> reports the Washtenaw County Sheriff&#39;s Department says so far, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported:</p><blockquote><p>Police and rescuers are searching door to door to confirm that, spokesman Derrick Jackson said in an e-mailed message.</p><p>A shelter has been set up at Mill Creek School and people who need shelter can go there, he said. People who have power were advised to stay in their homes.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:30:54 +0000 Tracy Samilton, Mark Brush, Jennifer Guerra & Zoe Clark 6662 at http://michiganradio.org F-3 tornado destroys homes in Dexter (PHOTOS) In this morning's news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-headlines-4 <p><strong>Storms spin off tornadoes in southeast Michigan</strong></p><p>More than 100 homes were severely damaged and 13 homes were destroyed by an F3 tornado in Dexter; a tornado touched down for 3-5 minutes in Monroe County; and a possible third tornado ripped a home from its foundation in Lapeer&nbsp;County.</p><p>But amazingly, so far, there have been no reported deaths or serious injuries from these storms.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/several-homes-damages-no-injuries-reported-after-tornado-touches-down-in-southeast-mich/2012/03/15/gIQA48D9ES_story.html">Associated Press</a> spoke with Washtenaw County Sheriff&rsquo;s Deputy Ray Yee after he went door to door in Dexter:</p><blockquote><p>Yee approached one destroyed home Thursday, and saw a hand sticking out of the rubble. He pulled out an elderly man, who was shaken but walked away.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s the best part,&rdquo; Yee said. &ldquo;Every place I went to, I would have thought I would have found somebody laying there &mdash; deceased or whatever. But, knock on wood, everybody was OK.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>A shelter has been set up to help those affected by the storm in Dexter at the Mill Creek Middle School.</p><p>The Associated Press reports teams from the weather service will examine the damage today in Washtenaw, Monroe, and Lapeer counties.</p><p><strong>Flint&#39;s emergency manager stripped of his power</strong></p><p>Flint&rsquo;s emergency&nbsp;manager, Michael Brown, will have to step down from his position after a judge prevented him from &lsquo;taking any action&rsquo; on behalf of the city.</p><p>The judge&#39;s order was sought by Flint&#39;s unions. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-strips-power-flints-emergency-manager">Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody</a> spoke with a union representative about the order:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Because these proceedings were conducted illegally, including the appointment of Michael Brown as Emergency Manager, the court has quite properly enjoined Mr. Brown from acting on behalf of the City of Flint,&quot; says Lawrence Roehrig,&nbsp;Secretary-Treasurer of&nbsp;Michigan Council&nbsp;25 of the American Federation&nbsp;of State,&nbsp;County and Municipal Employees.</p></blockquote><p>State officials say Brown will abide by the order. A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.</p><p><strong>More power for Bing? Detroit leaders working on counterproposal&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The state&#39;s consent agreement plan unveiled to Detroit&#39;s city leaders on Tuesday was loudly rejected by Mayor Bing and several city council members. Bing and council members are working on a counterproposal to the state.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120316/NEWS01/203160431/City-s-draft-consent-deal-would-give-Mayor-Dave-Bing-power">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that proposal would give Bing more power than he has now:</p><blockquote><p>Under the 26-page draft, obtained Thursday by the Free Press and first reported on freep.com , Bing proposes taking over many of the responsibilities of the state&#39;s proposed financial advisory board. He would assume the powers of an emergency manager, except that of being able to terminate union contracts.</p></blockquote><p>Their time to work up a proposal is limited. Gov. Snyder says his deadline is March 26, and as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/behind-detroit-consent-agreement-its-all-politics">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek reports</a> &quot;their position gets even weaker as their bank account approaches zero&mdash;a time bomb that could blow up before the end of April.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:53:27 +0000 Mark Brush 6664 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news headlines... VIDEO: Tornado touches down at Hudson Mills Metro Park http://michiganradio.org/post/video-tornado-touches-down-hudson-mills-metro-park <p>This video was taken by Matthew Altruda at 5:30pm on March 15.</p><p>Warning: this video contains graphic language</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEJT6jEEqAg</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:29:23 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 6660 at http://michiganradio.org Severe weather rips through parts of southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/severe-weather-rips-through-parts-southeast-michigan <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DEXTER, Mich. (AP) &mdash; A Washtenaw County official says his office is responding to reports of &quot;lots of damage&quot; after reports of at least one tornado striking the ground.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">County director of Emergency Management Marc Breckenridge says he could not confirm any reports of injuries or deaths from the twister Thursday afternoon. He could not provide details of the damage. No injuries or deaths have been reported.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">National Weather Service spotters are reporting a tornado touchdown in the Dexter and Pinckney area of Washtenaw County. Weather Service Observation Program Leader Debra Elliott says radar also &quot;is highly suggesting&quot; a touchdown.</span></p><p><a href="http://annarbor.com/news/video-of-a-funnel-cloud-spotted-near-dexter/"><span style="font-size: 11px">Annarbor.com posted a video of the possible&nbsp;twister near Dexter.</span></a></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Rain, hail and high winds have been moving across parts of southeastern Michigan late Thursday afternoon.</span></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:01:09 +0000 The Associated Press 6659 at http://michiganradio.org Severe weather rips through parts of southeast Michigan Artisan chocolate makers, fair trade from Ecuador to Michigan (video) http://michiganradio.org/post/artisan-chocolate-makers-fair-trade-ecuador-michigan-video <p>Barbara Wilson and Jose (Joe)&nbsp;Meza live in Dexter, Michigan and they own a successful auto repair business in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Joe was born in Ecuador. After 40 years of living in Michigan, he and his wife Barbara went back to Ecuador a few years ago.</p><p>Barbara says Joe fell in love with his home country, so they decided to build a small house in Mindo, Ecuador.</p><p>What they didn&rsquo;t expect was that they would become craft chocolate makers, forging connections from Ecuador to Michigan, one chocolate bar at a time.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onS3RjOjHWM</p><p> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 2093 at http://michiganradio.org Artisan chocolate makers, fair trade from Ecuador to Michigan (video)