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Ann Arbor Cronyism & “Double-Dipping” Scams Go Prime Time in Detroit Water Department Scandal

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by P.D. Lesko Bonnie “remained confident” in Clyde. Ma Barker “remained confident” in her boys. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Sue McCormick said Friday she “remains confident” in former Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones. Her department also sent  out a press release January 11th affirming confidence in Jones and pointing out his long background […]

January 12th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Police,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Ann Arbor Mayor and Council Member Live in Highest Crime Neighborhoods


by P.D. Lesko It pays, literally, to live in at least one of the high rent neighborhoods in Ann Arbor. Specifically, outgoing Ward 2 Council member Tony Derezinski’s neighborhood. Between January and September 2012, within a 1 mile radium of Derezinski’s home, there were just 27 crimes reported, the majority of them forced entry burglaries. […]

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Police,Safety | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: Ann Arbor’s Mayor Hieftje Talks About Crime Spree


John Hieftje sat down to an interview with AnnArbor.com’s “editorial board,” almost one year ago to talk about the city’s budget. The city’s CFO Tom Crawford tagged along, primarily to nod, as it is commonly known around City Hall that Crawford uses his fingers to count, and that certain staffers in the finance department do […]

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Crime,Featured,Fire,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr],Police,Safety | Read More »

WHISPER: After $4.9 Million Face Lift, Photos Show Larcom Basement Filled With Mold, Unrepaired 8 Months After Flood


by P.D. Lesko “I just hope everyone who’s asked to sign a petition gets all the information about the condition of the spaces we’re trying to replace and the cost of not doing anything,” said Council Member Chris Easthope, who’s worked on the plan for a new police-court building for several years.—Ann Arbor News, April […]

September 21st, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Money,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes,Whisper | Read More »

Local Media Used As A Collective Patsy to Mislead Public About Police Dispatcher Outsourcing Facts


Documents released by Ann Arbor city officials in response to a recent FOIA request revealed that the March 31, 2011 meeting to discuss “police dispatch” was set up via email and included Ann Arbor’s interim City Administrator Tom Crawford, management consultant Kerry Laycock, and Gregory Dill, director of administrative services for Washtenaw County. By April, […]

August 10th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Investigations,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Mayor & Police Chief’s Longtime Claims That “Crime Is Down” Bogus? AAPD Sources Reveal Crime Reports Not Filed & Allege Crimes Misclassified


A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. In answer to how often the officers on Ann Arbor’s police department simply skip the step of filing official police reports, a source within the AAPD told A2Politico: “Probably four times per month and all of the officers are doing this. […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Crime,Featured,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

WHISPER: City & County Staffers Held Secret Meetings to Further Reduce Ann Arbor Police Staff


On Sunday July 31, 2011, Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones and Mayor John Hieftje hauled out the dog and pony show for AnnArbor.com. In a lengthy piece meant to calm citizen concerns about a the sharp increase in violent crime in Ann Arbor—stabbings, shootings, armed robberies, assaults and, rapes—the two men talked about the […]

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in City Council,City Services,County Politics,Featured,Police,Safety,Whisper | Read More »

John Hieftje Still “Pretty Comfortable” With Deep Cuts to Police After Attacks On Five Women?

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[A2P Notes: This is an open letter to Ann Arbor’s Mayor, John Hieftje. After it was posted, Hieftje spoke to AnnArbor.com: He “said an investigation into five recent attacks on women in the city, including two rapes Monday, is being treated with the highest priority. Police Chief Barnett Jones can have whatever resources he needs in the […]

July 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Crime,Featured,Police,Safety | Read More »

Police Department Citizens Action Committee Uses Social Media and Email Campaign to Pressure Politicos to Rescind Cuts to Emergency Services


John Hieftje has a mantra: “crime is down.” On September 8, 2009, A2Politico posted a Whisper about Mayor Hieftje’s email response to Sunset area neighbors concerned about a growing number of daylight break-ins. On September 10, 2009, the Ann Arbor Police Department issued a Crime Alert, and a representative from the AA Police Department met with concerned neighbors. […]

June 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Fire,Police,Safety | Read More »

WEEKLY WHOPPER: Ann Arbor Mayor Claims University Police At Disposal of City


On April 14, 2011, AnnArbor.com reported that John Hieftje said, “Ann Arbor has more police officers than most think. In addition to the 124 sworn officers in the Ann Arbor Police Department, he said the University of Michigan has 54 officers and they’re available to assist the city in emergency situations.” An official with the University […]

April 20th, 2011 | Posted in Fact Check,Police,Safety,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

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