By ZEINAB NAJM
Photo by Zeinab Najm. 2016 began with protests against the December 2015 fatal shooting by police of Kevin Matthews. The Rev. David Alexander Bullock (right), of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park and spokesman for Change Agent Consortium, leads a protest during a rally at the Dearborn Police Department.
Here’s a look back at the first third of 2016 and the news that shaped Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
Protestors took to Greenfield Road and Michigan Avenue Jan. 4 to protest the shooting of Detroit resident Kevin Matthews. He was shot and killed by a Dearborn police officer on Dec. 23 following a foot chase and struggle in Detroit.
Shortly after, the group New Era Detroit held a rally for Matthews Jan. 12 outside the Dearborn Administrative Center. They attempted to enter the building for a city council meeting but were locked out. The group called for the police officer responsible for killing Matthews to be fired.
In Dearborn Heights on Jan. 13, a man died when he was ejected from his vehicle during a five-vehicle crash because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
A Comerica Bank in Dearborn Heights was robbed Jan. 14 when a woman entered and passed a note stating she had a bomb strapped to her body. She then fled in a GMC Yukon.
The first artists moved into the new City Hall Artspace Lofts on Jan. 17 making the transition from city hall to lofts complete. The $16.5 million project includes lofts, studios, co-working space, galleries and incubator space for artists to work and live.
Ali Beydoun, 23, from Dearborn was found dead inside his vehicle at Walgreens, 13601 Warren Ave. Jan. 21. He was found in the parking lot and there was no signs of criminal activity, according to police.
Dearborn police shot and killed a Detroit resident on Hubbard Drive near Fairlane Town Center Jan. 27. Janet Wilson fled the mall after she caused a disturbance inside and refused to follow police instructions when an officer shot her multiple times.
In Dearborn Heights a Detroit woman was arraigned for her alleged involvement in bank robberies on Jan. 15 and 25. A total of $8,000 was stolen from Comerica Bank and Dearborn Federal Savings Bank. Candace Glover-Carter was charged with two counts of bank and armed robbery Jan. 27 in 20th District Court.
A homicide in the 25700 block of Hopkins Street was investigated by Dearborn Heights police when a man was shot and killed Feb. 4. The homeowner said the victim was visiting the house when he was shot by another man after a drug deal gone wrong.
Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, from Dearborn Heights faced charges for possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance on Feb. 8 in federal court. He was under FBI surveillance after posts were found on his social media accounts declaring his support of ISIS, but did not face changes for the threatening attacks on a Detroit church.
Hype Recreation Center announced Feb. 9 that it will be opening a new rehab center at its Dearborn Heights campus. The rehab center will include services and treatment for substance abuse and violence for those who need it.
Dearborn City Clerk Kathleen Buda retired from her position on Feb. 17 following an embezzlement investigation by Michigan State Police. She worked 20 years for the city; Lola Isiminger took over as clerk.
A 60-year-old man was found dead inside his house near Snow and Chestnut Feb. 21 possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife said he pointed the gun at her during an argument, but she and her son were able to escape and call police.
The same day, Dearborn teenager Hussein Alqadhi, 19, was killed in a vehicle crash after he veered off the road striking multiple traffic signs. He was in the area of Ford Road and Hawthrone Street with four other passengers; he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Protestors rallied outside the Dearborn Police Department Feb. 27 seeking justice for two Detroit residents who were shot and killed by city officers. The friends and families of Kevin Matthews and Janet Wilson asked the city and police department for answers in the two killings.
A Dearborn woman dropped her lawsuit against the city of Dearborn and its police department after she claimed officers forced her to remove her religious hijab during her booking. A new department policy says that the removal of a hijab will be optional for booking photos.
The body of Sajjad Almayali, 24, was found in the Detroit River on March 12 after he was first reported missing on Jan. 5 by family members. Almayali was last known to be on Belle Isle where his vehicle was found with his car keys, wallet, jewelry inside and all the doors locked.
Two men were in custody following an attempted break-in at Arab American News, 5706 Chase Road, March 11. Deandre Bey, 20, of Detroit and Kawayne Powell, 22, of Taylor were taken into custody on March 14 and 21, respectively. They were arraigned on attempted breaking and entering, larceny from a vehicle, malicious destruction of property and possession of burglary tools.
Kristina Howarth, 38, of Dearborn Heights was arraigned for multiple felonies in an alleged child sex sting in 41B District Court in Clinton Township March 29. She faces one count of using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime and two counts of child sexually abusive activity via video link. She attempted to attain a sexual encounter between a man and his underage daughter who ended up being undercover detectives.
Dearborn Heights was awarded a $2.8 million FEMA Mitigation grant allowing the city to acquire and demolish 15 flood-prone houses near the Ecorse Creek in the city’s south end. The announcement was made March 30 where Dearborn Heights Mayor Daniel Plaletko said the Hanover and Madison area suffer the most frequent flooding during rain storms.
Maricka Zachery-Seay, 28, of Sterling Heights was arrested following a shooting in the parking lot behind Post Bar April 3. She was charged for assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, two counts assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearm, possession of a firearm while under the influence and reckless use of a firearm on April 5. Nobody was injured.
The Michigan Court of Appeals on April 6 called for the re-sentencing of Dearborn Heights resident Theodore Wafer, 57, who shot and killed Renish McBride on his front porch in 2013. The court upheld Wafer’s second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony charges ruling the Michigan Supreme Court judges are required to consider changed sentencing guidelines, but are not restricted to them.
Liv Lounge, 21961 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, a source of noise complaints and violence, closed its doors April 11 after two years of operation after the landlord bought out the club’s lease. The owners said they did not plan to open another bar or club in the location and are exploring future options.
A Florida woman was reunited with her dog, Zeus, April 12 at the Dearborn Animal Shelter after they had been separated for two years. In August 2014, she left her subdivision and noticed Zeus followed her to a local restaurant but did not return home, instead a man who later moved to Dearborn took the dog. On April 5, the shelter called her informing her the dog was found at a local bar and taken to the shelter where he was scanned for his microchip.
Ford Motor Co. announced a $1.2 billion retransformation plan in Dearborn April 12 which includes adding a research and engineering center, a second campus and design center. All new development will be completed by 2026 allowing its 30,000 employees to move from 70 buildings into two campus locations.
Ali Mohamad-Sahrif Al-Aboosi, 45, of Dearborn was charged for sexual assault with intent to commit sexual penetration on April 14 after he lured a woman in Canton Township to a house for a cleaning job. He allegedly picked up the woman and drove her to a vacant house near Lilley and Warren where he allegedly assaulted her before she was able to escape.
Beaumont Health received a $1 million gift from Children’s Miracle Network April 19 to support children’s programs. Over 140,000 children in the area will benefit from the funding across the many Beaumont facilities including its Dearborn campus.
The Stout Middle School choir sang the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park April 26. The opportunity was made possible when a parent took the flyer to the school and the program submitted its audition video to the ball club.
(Next week, May to August.)