TUESDAY NEWS – John O’Leary had been a fixture in Detroit radio since the 1970s and started out as one of WABX’s original “Air Aces”, working at several rock and roll radio stations and connecting with listeners.
Police said the 67-year-old man on Sunday was found stabbed multiple times in the yard of his Highland Park home.
“It’s so shocking – he was the nicest guy at his level, nice,” said Detroit radio legend Jim Harper.
“It’s scary because it’s right across the street,” neighbor Ms. Upshaw said. “It’s right here in the area and when it happens to someone you know, that’s enough.”
We are told Highland Park Police received calls early last week that John O’Leary had died in the backyard of his home.
Officers attended the house and checked the backyard of his house on Chandler Street, but found nothing.
It wasn’t until the police returned Sunday for a welfare check – they discovered O’Leary’s body buried under the debris in the backyard.
Investigators say evidence found nearby led them to the suspect, who actually lived in the house.
Upshaw watched as the police took him into custody.
“They had big long guns trying to call people at 1:55 am, and they didn’t come out,” she said. “And when they finally got him – got a little guy out of there – dealing with what happened.”
Police say a possible motive and the identity of the suspect will be revealed when he is charged on Tuesday.
In the meantime, longtime listeners and those who worked with him have posted heartfelt posts on social media.
Detroit Morning Radio star Jim Harper remembers when they worked in the same building. He was at Magic 105.1, O’Leary at 94.7 WCSX.
“No matter what radio format you were in, what kind of show you were doing, he was always happy with everyone else’s success,” Harper said.
Harper continued these thoughts in a touching Facebook post – calling O’Leary tremendously talented, one of the nicest guys he’s ever met, and how he’ll try to live the rest of his life as kind as he is. he was.
“If you ask around, everyone, from the listeners he’s dealt with for the past 40 years to everyone he’s worked with, you just can’t find anyone to speak badly of him.
“He was a special guy.”
$ 150 million lawsuit filed against Bloomfield Hills HS
They were first demonstrations and walkouts, then listening sessions between school teachers and students. Now a $ 150 million lawsuit was filed against Bloomfield Hills High School and its administrative officials for not doing enough to protect students from the racist attacks that have been reported in the building.
Racist graffiti was found twice in the school, reported by the same student. The two made similar threats. “I have not seen this kind of crass and blatant expressions of racial hatred as killing children because of their race,” lawyer Leonard Mungo said.
Bloomfield Hills High School was in virtual learning mode last week and will continue to do so until Thanksgiving. As authorities have attempted to turn down the heat in the neighborhood, Mungo argues that incidents of racist behavior have been rife in the past – such as the time a black doll was hung in the common areas of the school.
They will change this trial – so that if and when someone is found responsible for making these threats, they will come after them and their families. In a statement, the district said:
“Our work, along with continued reflection, rest and healing, will continue tomorrow, as our teachers prepare to return to their classrooms with students next week. We’ll also review additional Learning for Justice materials and resources on recognizing bias in the classroom. We know that the District will come out stronger and better as a result of these conversations, undeterred by its commitment to all students and facilitating a safe and supportive school environment for every student. “
Driver killed after series of accidents on I75
The driver of a car that crashed into I-75 in Hazel Park was killed when a second vehicle struck him. The initial accident occurred when the driver lost control and collided with the guardrail that separated the freeway from the Eight Mile Road exit.
While stopped, the driver got out of his car and was looking at the damage when he was hit and killed. The chain reaction started around 3 a.m., police said, blocking the two right lanes.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the two occupants of the second vehicle were transported to Royal Oak Beaumont with minor injuries.
A witness said the second vehicle was traveling at high speed before the accident. The accident is still under investigation.
Expert Talks Precautions For Thanksgiving Parade In Detroit
A driver rampage left five dead and dozens injured during a Christmas parade in Wisconsin last weekend. As the nation mourns the unthinkable, it asks questions on safety during Thursday’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. Gerald Collins of Prudential Security, who has worked in parade security in the past, is betting the Detroit Police and the security company they hired are stepping up their protections.
“In any local parade in Detroit, they’re going to have ID, and that has the road in the back and all access,” he said. Collins showed us his 2012 Unlimited Access Badge. It’s a way spectators can identify who is protecting them. He says when his company organized the parade, they used 100 security guards and set up a perimeter from start to finish with officers walking the route.
“They were in constant communication, 24 hours a day, all day long, on the radio,” he said. Which is a good thing since every year a new threat emerges. This is where the people in the crowd can become an asset to the police.
“If you see something, take a photo,” he said. “Show it to that officer. That way we have a record of it and a timeline as well. “
Rebel Dogs Detroit Needs Help Turn Illegal Dump Site Into Animal Rescue
A dog rescue in Detroit is trying to build a new shelter on a former illegal dump site.
Rebel Dogs Detroit has helped 1,500 stray dogs over the past few years. However, the shelter lacks space to house the dogs.
“Currently, shelters that are available for the population to bring in the stray dogs that they have found or the dogs that surrender, they are being refused because there is no room,” said Juniper Fleming with Rebel Dogs. “We take care of critical medical cases all the time. The police are calling us about dogs being hit by a car or being shot… we must not take such cases at this time.”
Rescue has plans for the new shelter, but there is little money left to make this plan a reality. To donate, visit the Dog Rescue website or donate to this Facebook fundraiser.
What else are we looking at
- The mayor of Detroit will announce a new protocol for the city related to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Mike Duggan will speak at 11 a.m. and FOX 2 will broadcast the press conference.
- Police are investigating a possible house explosion in Flint late Monday night. Home security footage that captured the explosion revealed the sky was lighting up.
- Danny Fenster, the recently released reporter and native of Huntington Woods, will be one of the people expected to appear at the Menorah in the D event, one of the largest Hanukkah gatherings in the region.
- Is Michigan’s workload leveling off? For the first time in months, the state’s 7-day moving average of new cases was down from the week below. Case rates are still the highest in the country, but that could be a sign the outbreak is leveling off.
- Netflix transgender employees have decided to drop their lawsuit against the streaming service over their criticism of Dave Chapelle and his stand-up.
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It’s the coldest day of the season on Tuesday, as freezing temperatures were even lower due to an intense wind chill from the northwest. The sun won’t help much either, but expect temperatures to hit 40 today. The weather for the Thanksgiving holiday is looking pretty good.
Biden releases 50 million barrels of oil reserves to lower gas prices
President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he was operating the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The President announced that the Department of Energy would release 50 million barrels of oil held on reserve as Americans continue to pay more for gas now than they have in years.
This decision is coordinated with other countries, including China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom, all major consumers of energy. The US Department of Energy will make oil available from the Strategic Oil Reserve in two ways; 32 million barrels will be released in the coming months and will return to the reserve in the years to come, the White House said. Another 18 barrels will be part of an oil sale that Congress previously authorized.
The move is an effort to bring down rising gas prices. Gasoline prices nationwide are averaging about $ 3.40 per gallon, more than double their price a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association. “The president is ready to take further action, if necessary, and is ready to use his full authority working in coordination with the rest of the world to maintain an adequate supply as we emerge from the pandemic,” the White House said in a statement.