Man charged in Southfield bus stop stabbings
A 39-year-old Detroit man faces two counts of assault with intent to murder following an attack at a Southfield bus stop.
Terrence Thomas is accused of stabbing two men Saturday night at the Northland Mall stop. Southfield police say a 52-year-old Detroit man had wounds to his head, neck and back and a 51-year-old Detroit man had a hand wound.
Both were treated and released from a hospital.
Thomas was arrested nearby. Police recovered two knives.
In addition to the assault with intent to murder charges, Thomas faces a weapons charge and possession of marijuana charge. He is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 25 for a pre-examination conference.
The men who were attacked told police that the suspect made several comments about his religion and asked them about their religious beliefs just before the attack. Police and the FBI are investigating to determine whether it was a hate crime. Police didn’t specify the religious beliefs involved.
The Southfield police chief told Local 4 the man never professed his allegiance to any sort of religious entity. He believes the attacker is a mentally unstable man. He said the FBI was notified strictly as a precaution because religion was discussed prior to the stabbing.
Questions linger as family of four lost in Hamtramck house fire
Neighbors watched helplessly as flames overtook a Hamtramck home early Tuesday morning, killing the family of four inside.
“I kept saying somebody’s got to be inside because they tried to get the screen door open but they couldn’t,” one neighbor told Local 4.
The house on Yemens Avenue caught fire just before 2 a.m.
The couple, James and Freddye Parker, both 46, and their sons, Jarred, 7, and James. Jr., 11, were killed. Their bodies were found in upstairs bedrooms. The couple also has two older daughters who are away at college at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
“They were just a great family. They were just very gracious — very loving in the community,” neighbor Ibrahim Aljahim said.
The boys played football with the Motor City All-Stars. Their parents also coached.
Detroit PAL Athletic Director DeWayne Jones said the Parkers’ passing leaves a big hole in the community.
“Randy and Dee did a great job of going out and mobilizing that entire community around football, basketball and baseball,” Jones said.
The cause of the fire is still being determined, but fire officials said there was a lot of clutter in the home, which made it difficult for rescue crews to fight the fire.
Donations are being collected online for the Parker Family Memorial Fund.
Charles Pugh wants judge to reveal accuser’s identity in sexting scandal
Former Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh is going on the offensive and asking a federal judge to reveal the identity of his then teenage accuser in a text messaging scandal.
When the scandal broke, the now-former City Council president packed up his bags in the middle of the night and ran out of town.
Pugh faces accusations from a Detroit Public Schools student who attended the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men and also Pugh’s leadership seminar, which he taught at the school.
The male student’s attorney claims Pugh was grooming the teen for sex and offering him money in return for the teen to make a sex tape and give it to Pugh. The text conversations between the two are part of the lawsuit against Pugh and the school district.
One thing is clear: Pugh texted the teen a lot and was always offering cash as an incentive to get this student to make a sex tape for him. Exchanges such as the following are common within the texts.
Pugh: “Plus I guess u should know about my straight friend special. LOL. i give $100 for all solo vids my straight friends make for their girls and just happen to let me download lol. So if u ever need extra cash keep that in mind. My friends LOVE me.”
The student appears very apprehensive in the messages, but he’s also clearly broke and wanting the money. Pugh kept after him.
Pugh: “Just make it man. Stop being scared. You’ll be fine!! Your ear won’t fall off. LOL. You’ll always be fine. I’ll always have your back if u have mine. I got u.”
Accuser: “So record me getting myself off.”
Pugh: “No n****. I thought you were doing it. I can if you want lol, i’m a good camera man lol.”
The Detroit Public Schools system also wants the accuser’s identity revealed. An attorney for DPS is arguing in court that because the young man did not complain about the text messages and because he texted Pugh back that there is no crime.
The accuser’s attorney, of course, does not agree.
“I think anybody who reads these text messages will not reach the same conclusion,” said Bill Seiklay, accuser’s attorney.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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