Child finds mastodon tooth, fake cop arrested: Ann Arbor makes headlines September 25-30

ANN ARBOR, MI – A 6-year-old boy hiking with his family has found a prehistoric fossil which he now donates to a museum in Ann Arbor.

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Mastodon tooth found by a 6-year-old child during a hike. He donates it to the University of Michigan

Like many 6-year-olds, Julian Gagnon likes to pick things up on the floor. Sticks, rocks, you name it.

Earlier this month, he made his most important discovery to date. Important enough to get the attention of the University of Michigan Paleontology Museum.

Julian found an ancient mastodon tooth while hiking on September 6 with his family in Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester Hills. Scientists at the UM museum have verified its authenticity and Julian will donate it to the museum to ensure its preservation.

Man with gun and badge at crash scene was not actually a police officer, officials say

A state conservation officer stopping to help a man who crashed in Northfield Township ended up arresting the driver after discovering he was an armed criminal posing as a police officer.

George Michael Galbraith, 63, of Clarkston, was arraigned Friday, September 24, on several counts after being found illegally armed and posing as an officer at the scene of the accident.

Ann Arbor votes to hire the black city’s first administrator in over 40 years

City Council chose Milton Dohoney to lead Ann Arbor Town Hall as interim city administrator.

The council voted unanimously at a special meeting Monday night, Sept. 27, in favor of offering the job to Dohoney, who has decades of experience in municipal government in Arizona, Ohio and Kentucky.

“You Can’t Close Your Eyes”: New Dingell Bill Calls Universities Accountable for Sexual Misconduct

In an effort to tackle sexual violence on college campuses, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, on Tuesday introduced new legislation to strengthen Title IX language and hold universities accountable for mismanagement of investigations on sexual misconduct.

Dingell, who joined U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes of Connecticut in introducing the bill on September 28, said sexual abuse scandals at Michigan State University with Dr. Larry Nassar and the University of Michigan along with the late Dr. Robert Anderson and rape cases at the University of Eastern Michigan prompted her to draft the bill.

University of Michigan offers residents $ 200 to participate in home heating study

Researchers at the University of Michigan suggest paying residents $ 200 to participate in a home energy study for a societal transition to electrified heating.

The study, designed to support policies that allow society to shift to sustainable heating and cooling methods in a fair and equitable manner, is open to residents of Washtenaw and Wayne counties and runs through February 2023.

Defective air filter resulted in fatal plane crash near Howell, investigation finds

Federal investigators have determined what caused a plane crash, killing two people, shortly after it took off near Howell two years ago.

Philip Henry Colmer, 64, of Chelsea, and James Tafralian, 68, of Webberville, died on August 20, 2019, when their single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from Spencer J. Hardy Airport in the county of Livingston, northwest of Howell.

External lawyer to investigate allegations against Ann Arbor domestic violence shelter, board says

Ann Arbor-based domestic violence advocacy organization that has provided emergency shelter for survivors of abuse for decades is hiring an outside lawyer to investigate allegations that it “did not lived up to its high standards, ”according to an unsigned statement from its board of directors released on September 22.

SafeHouse Center, a non-profit organization, operates 24/7 telephone support and a free shelter for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Washtenaw County Department of Health to Offer Pfizer Booster Injections to Eligible Adults

The Washtenaw County Department of Health will be offering Pfizer booster shots to eligible adults during the month of October.

Biotech firm to launch $ 57 million project at Ann Arbor ‘flex-tech’ research park

Ann Arbor Development Project Received $ 1.2 Million Grant From Michigan Strategic Fund, The Next Step In Creating Flex-Tech Space In Ann’s Research Park Technical Loop Arbor.

This is all part of a $ 57 million project planned by Sartorius BioAnalytical Instruments, a supplier of pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment. In collaboration with Portage Capital Partners, it plans to build a 130,000 square foot facility at 3874 Research Park Drive.

Augmented reality, autonomous vehicles on display at the next Ann Arbor tech event

Ann Arbor SPARK is hosting their annual a2Tech360 event October 1-8, with events taking place in Ann Arbor.

The event, which originated from SPARK’s Tech Trek, is now a weeklong event with an awards ceremony, multiple thematic summits and a showcase for investors.

Tech Track was a walking tour of Ann Arbor that gave the city’s tech companies a chance to showcase their business to the public.

The proposed policy would provide protections for transgender students in schools in Saline

As a parent of a transgender ninth grader and a gender non-compliant sixth grader, Dave Rosenfeld urged the Saline school board to consider how a policy for children like his would provide the necessary special protections. .

“They are particularly intimidated, harassed and discriminated against simply because they are transgender,” Rosenfeld said at the board meeting on Tuesday, September 28.

“Some people like to think that all of these bad results are a natural result of being transgender, but what we’ve actually discovered, and there’s more and more evidence for it all the time, is that they are really the result of the way transgender youth are treated by others.

Township approves final plans to develop 264 housing units north of Ann Arbor

After strong reluctance from some residents earlier this year, plans for a development that will place homes and townhouses on 79 acres of farmland in rural Northfield Township have gone through a final approval process.

The township board of directors voted unanimously on Tuesday, September 28 to approve the final application for planned unit development and rezoning from Howell-based Chestnut Development, LLC at its regular meeting.

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