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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced

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Stage play to focus on role of exotic dancer Tamara Greene in downfall of Kwame Kilpatrick

Questions about the case remain unanswered to this day.

Did the alleged party at the Manoogian mansion while Kwame Kilpatrick was Detroit’s mayor ever really take place?

More than a decade later, one of the central figures in the downfall of Kilpatrick, exotic dancer Tamara Greene, is the focus of a stage play written and produced by Carol Teegardin, a former reporter and columnist for the Detroit News and Free Press.

The play, entitled “Strawberry,” is adapted from Teegardin’s book on the life and death of Greene, who was murdered in a drive by shooting outside on April 30, 2003.

The play will be staged at the Marygrove College Theatre  on Sept. 25, 26, 27 and Oct. 2, 3, and 4. Auditions will he held in July … click here for more details.

Man found murdered in Inkster

Detectives from the Michigan State Police Department are investigating a deadly shooting this morning in Inkster.

Sources tell Local 4 the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Moore Street near Inkster and Annapolis.  A man was found shot multiple times in the middle of the road.

Local 4 has a reporter at the scene gathering more information … click here for more details.

Sen. Virgil Smith charged in shooting, relieved of Lansing duties

Sen. Virgil Smith has been sacked from his Lansing duties according to a release from Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich.

In Ananich’s statement, he said: “We are responsible for ensuring the people of Michigan, and the people of the 4th Senate District, are represented by a Senator who can serve them effectively.

“To that end, Senator Smith has been removed from his committees and been relieved of his caucus responsibilities, effective immediately.”

Smith is out on bond tonight, he’s now charged with multiple felonies including assault and firearms counts.

Police say he opened fire on his ex-wife early Sunday morning, hitting her car – but his defense attorney claims his ex-wife was the aggressor, not his client.

Smith – now defendant Virgil Smith – was charged with felony firearm, felonious assault, malicious destruction of property and domestic violence.

Police say he shot up his ex-wife’s Mercedes-Benz after she showed up at his house at 1 a.m. Sunday and found him naked with another woman in his bed and the ex-spouses started fighting.

Smith’s attorney defended his client’s actions … click here for more details.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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