Flint crime http://michiganradio.org en New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/new-flint-church-seeks-save-neighborhood <p>Flint’s newest church has an unusual mission.</p><p></p><p>Its goal is to save the neighborhood that surrounds it.</p><p></p><p>Community Impact Church held its first Sunday service yesterday in a formally abandoned church. The church is surrounded by abandoned homes, blight, and vacant lots filled with weeds.</p><p></p><p>Pastor Corey James says his Allen Park-based ministry decided to set up in one of Flint’s more distressed northside neighborhoods for a reason: To help people rebuild their neighborhood.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17820 at http://michiganradio.org New Flint church seeks to save a neighborhood Flint police turning to donors to meet needs http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-turning-donors-meet-needs <p>The Flint Police Department is taking a new approach to solving one of its biggest problems: money.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s declining tax base has meant deep cuts to the city’s police department for well over a decade. The result has been fewer police officers working with increasingly aging equipment.</p><p></p><p>The new Flint Police Foundation is intended to help fill the gap between the department’s needs and what its budget will allow.</p><p></p><p>The foundation will search for donors who can either provide cash or equipment.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16669 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police turning to donors to meet needs Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-now-only-2nd-most-violent-city-america <p>Flint is no longer the most violent city in America – barely.</p><p></p><p>Flint has topped the FBI’s list of cities of 100,000 or more for per capita violent crime for three years.</p><p></p><p>But FBI statistics for the first six months of 2013 show Oakland, California has passed Flint, though by a very small margin.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert credits a 26% drop in murders, robberies, and aggravated assault on the public stepping forward to provide much-needed information on crimes in the city.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:28:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16519 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-em-wants-consultant-look-citys-public-safety-department <p>A consultant is being brought in to assess what can be done with the city of Flint’s public safety department.</p><p></p><p>Budget cuts and smaller workforces have strained Flint’s police and fire departments in recent years.</p><p></p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says efforts to reorganize the city's public safety departments have "really brought into question" their effectiveness.</p><p></p><p>He says the goal of the new study is to translate the city's financial resources into the public safety services the community needs.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16453 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's EM wants a consultant to look at the city's public safety department Arson arrests drop in Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/arson-arrests-drop-flint <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A newspaper reports that Flint is spending less time and money investigating arsons and making fewer arrests for the crime even though the city leads the nation in arsons per capita.<br /> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:14:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15411 at http://michiganradio.org Arson arrests drop in Flint Flint sees improvement in violent crime rate http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-sees-improvement-violent-crime-rate <p>Flint’s police chief says violent crime is down in his city, despite the city reaching a grim milestone this past week.</p><p>Last Sunday, 16 year old Wesley Gillmore became the 50th person murdered in Flint this year. &nbsp;&nbsp;Flint has notched at least fifty homicides in each of the last four years. The city set a record with 67 murders in 2012.</p><p>Still police Chief James Tolbert says Flint’s violent crime rate is improving, down 29% in the last 11 months.</p><p>To keep that downward direction, Tolbert says the public’s help is needed.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15408 at http://michiganradio.org Flint sees improvement in violent crime rate What is driving the violence in Detroit and Flint? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-driving-violence-detroit-and-flint <p>Election Day 2013 is close at hand.</p><p>And that's when Detroit voters will decide whether their next Mayor will be Mike Duggan or Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>The winner of the election will inherit the huge challenge of what to do about the crime rate in Detroit.</p><p>At least 386 people were murdered in the city last year, and recent FBI statistics put Detroit neck and neck with Flint for the top spot of most violent cities in America.</p><p>The high crime rate means those folks who can are getting out of these cities, which makes the economic downward spiral even worse.</p><p>What can be done? And do we really know what is driving the violence in cities like Detroit and Flint?</p><p>Michigan State University sociologist Dr. Carl Taylor joined us today from East Lansing. His new book "Third City" looks at the challenges in post-industrial Detroit and Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:53:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 15119 at http://michiganradio.org What is driving the violence in Detroit and Flint? Flint's top cop resigns http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-top-cop-resigns <p>Flint&rsquo;s Public Safety Director is resigning.</p><p>Alvern Lock submitted his resignation today.&nbsp;</p><p>Alvern Lock has overseen Flint&rsquo;s police and fire departments since 2009, when he was appointed to the job by then-interim mayor Mike Brown.&nbsp; He submitted his letter of resignation to Mike Brown, just days before Brown himself will step down as Flint&rsquo;s emergency manager. &nbsp;&nbsp;Flint&rsquo;s new emergency manager starts next month.&nbsp; Brown will stay at city hall through the end of October.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:28:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14630 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's top cop resigns Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw <p>Governor Rick Snyder says new FBI crime numbers show there’s still work to be done to make Michigan cities safer.</p><p>Flint and Detroit topped the FBI’s list of most-dangerous cities, which is based on 2011 data.</p><p>But Governor Snyder says the state’s been aggressive about public safety, especially in Detroit, where violent crime rates have improved.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:55:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 14466 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy mediation, city crime rates, car insurance fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-detroit-bankruptcy-mediation-city-crime-rates-car-insurance-fraud <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy mediation begins today</strong></p><p>“The mediation portion of Detroit’s bankruptcy starts today. The city and its creditors will try to find common ground outside court. City and state officials will meet with the city’s major unions and retirement systems,” Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/crucial-mediation-process-starts-detroit-bankruptcy-case">reports.</a></p><p><strong>16% of Michiganders are driving with fraudulent insurance </strong></p><p>“Michigan’s Secretary of State says statistics show a large percentage of Michigan motorists are driving around with phony auto insurance policies. A recent one day survey found 16 percent of auto registration renewals used fraudulent paper insurance certificates,” Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-launching-crackdown-auto-insurance-fraud">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Flint and Detroit still get top rankings for violence</strong></p><p>Flint and Detroit remain the most violent cities in America. The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130917/METRO06/309170024/1415/METRO06/Flint-Detroit-retain-most-violent-rankings">Detroit News reports</a> on FBI crime statistics released Monday.<br>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Flint saw an overall rise in violent crime. The city reported 2,774 violent crimes in 2012, nearly 400 more than 2011’s total of 2,392, the FBI reported. Detroit saw a small drop in violent crime with 15,011 incidents in 2012, compared to 15,245 in 2011.”</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:27:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14449 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy mediation, city crime rates, car insurance fraud President Obama seeks advice from Flint's mayor on youth violence http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-seeks-advice-flints-mayor-youth-violence <div><p>It isn't every day when the President of the United States turns to you for advice.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Flint's Mayor Dane Walling is now in that relatively small group who can say exactly that.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mayor Walling was among 18 mayors who sat down in a White House meeting with President Obama. The topic: how to reduce violence among young people -- something Dane Walling is faced with every single day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That's because Flint is among the top U.S. cities of more than 50,000 people with the worst crime rates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mayor Dane Walling joined us today.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></div><div> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:52:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 14360 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama seeks advice from Flint's mayor on youth violence Flint pastors ask for God's and the governor's help with their city's crime problem http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-pastors-ask-gods-and-governors-help-their-citys-crime-problem <p>Some pastors in Flint say Governor Snyder needs to be more involved in solving their city’s violent crime problem.</p><p></p><p>The pastors prayed for “a healing in our land” at the beginning of news conference at Flint’s Mt. Carmel Baptist Church this morning.</p><p></p><p>But the pastors say more than prayers are needed to fix the city’s crime problem.</p><p></p><p>This week Flint recorded its 38th homicide of the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:17:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 13875 at http://michiganradio.org Flint pastors ask for God's and the governor's help with their city's crime problem Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-communities-marking-national-night-out-week <p>Communities across Michigan will be marking National Night Out this week.</p><p></p><p>National Night Out is intended to encourage people to get out of their homes and meet their neighbors.</p><p></p><p>Flint is holding a community party downtown today.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint community leaders hope this week’s National Night Out will help them battle the city’s crime problem.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint has recorded three dozen homicides this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:35:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13840 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week Flint police will get more help next month http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-police-will-get-more-help-next-month <p>The Flint police department will soon get even more help patrolling its city’s streets.</p><p></p><p>26 Michigan state troopers currently assist Flint’s police officers. That number will expand next month, though the exact number is not yet known.</p><p></p><p>Flint could use the help. &nbsp;Recently the city has seen a spate of violent crime that left seven people dead, including two children, in just six days. &nbsp;Two suspects are in custody.&nbsp; Police are looking for two other suspects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:58:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 13683 at http://michiganradio.org Flint police will get more help next month Making plans for Flint's future http://michiganradio.org/post/making-plans-flints-future <p>The city of Flint is drawing closer to having a new plan for its future.</p><p></p><p>For decades, Flint’s population has been shrinking.&nbsp; More than 50 percent of the homes in many Flint neighborhoods are vacant. &nbsp;That's led to crime and other problems.</p><p></p><p>This week, about 200 city residents and consultants pored over maps of the city. They were making recommendations for which parts of Flint should be turned into parks, business centers and residential neighborhoods.</p><p></p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13379 at http://michiganradio.org Making plans for Flint's future Flint cops not confident about Chief Alvern Lock http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-cops-not-confident-about-chief-alvern-lock <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint's police chief may not get invited to summer barbecues with his officers.<br><br>The police union says Chief Alvern Lock got a no-confidence vote from 85 percent of officers who cast a ballot. Seventy percent of 85 members participated.<br><br>The Flint Journal says the ballot mentioned a "lack of planning to increase staffing" to protect the public. Lock says he didn't know anything about the vote and had no reaction.<br><br>Mayor Dayne Walling disagrees with the union's position and calls Lock one of the Flint's hardest-working employees.<br> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13310 at http://michiganradio.org Flint cops not confident about Chief Alvern Lock The 6 most dangerous neighborhoods in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/6-most-dangerous-neighborhoods-michigan <p>With all the problems in Flint and Detroit, it's no surprise we see these cities end up on "<a href="http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml">most dangerous cities</a>" lists.</p><p>The lists are generated using violent crime statistics from the FBI's annual "<a href="http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr">Uniform Crime Reports</a>."</p><p>But all cities have neighborhoods prone to crime and many&nbsp;other neighborhoods that are not.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They are safe, for the most part.</span></p><p>Location, Inc. says they took data from the FBI and other "exclusive data" developed by the company to rank the safety of specific neighborhoods around the country.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, they released their list,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/neighborhoods/crime-rates/25-most-dangerous-neighborhoods/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;on their website </span>NeighborhoodScout<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are six Michigan neighborhoods on the list. The top three are in Detroit.</span></p><p>(Click on the street names below to see a map of the neighborhoods.)</p><ol><li>Detroit (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/detroit/chicago/">West Chicago / Livernois Avenue</a>)</li><li>Detroit (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/detroit/mack-helen/">Mack Avenue / Helen Street</a>)</li><li>Detroit (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/detroit/gratiot-rosemary/">Gratiot Avenue / Rosemary</a>)</li><li>Detroit (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/detroit/wyoming-st/">Wyoming Street / Orangelawn Street</a>)</li><li>Saginaw (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/saginaw/holland-ave/">East Holland Avenue / East Genesee Avenue</a>)</li><li>Flint (<a href="http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mi/flint/chambers-st/">Chambers Street / Stonegate Drive</a>) Fri, 31 May 2013 18:02:27 +0000 Mark Brush 12820 at http://michiganradio.org The 6 most dangerous neighborhoods in Michigan