Showing posts with label Detroit MI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Detroit MI. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Missing veteran Jesse Conger...a billionaire wants to know where you are

update They have not given up searching for Jesse Conger!

Make that $30,000

Detroit billionaire offering $10,000 reward for missing Scottsdale marine #MissingVeteranAlert

FOX 10 Phoenix
By Justin Lum
August 25, 2019
Conger may be driving a 2015 Toyota Camry with Nevada license plate number 696G03 and is believed to possibly be in Mexico. Smith says there are many families of veterans with PTSD who just need to reach out before it's too late.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A billionaire and philanthropist from Detroit, Michigan is offering a $10,000 reward to the person who finds a missing combat veteran from Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Police say Jesse Conger was last seen August 14 at his Scottsdale apartment. He is described as a 37-year-old white man, 6'2", 200 pounds, with brown hair, a full beard, and blue eyes. He has tattoos on his left arm and the word "rise" tattooed on his chest.

Conger is a veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to family. Police said he reportedly made suicidal statements in the days leading up to his disappearance.

Bill Pulte, the Chief Executive Officer of Pulte Capital and Blight Authority, offered to help in the search, vowing to give $10,000 in reward money to whoever helps find Conger.
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Vietnam veteran robbed at gunpoint on his own porch

Cameras capture men robbing Vietnam veteran at gunpoint at Detroit home
Click On Detroit
By Larry Spruill - Reporter
July 21, 2018

Kendrick Hardaway's eyes dilated when robbers approach him

DETROIT - A Vietnam veteran claims two men robbed him on the front porch of his Detroit home while he was under medication. The good news is everything was recorded on camera.

Kendrick Hardaway has seen a lot over the years, mostly from his front porch. Hardaway sits in the same chair with his best friend beside him. That daily ritual was delayed Friday because Hardaway had a doctor’s appointment to get his eyes dilated.

When he got home, he got out of his car.

“Out of nowhere, two guys popped up, and said, 'Give it up,'” Hardaway said. “It happened in less than two minutes,” Hardaway said.
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Marine calls Detroit girl fighting disease his "little sis"

Unbreakable friendship: Marine calls Detroit girl fighting disease his "little sis" 
WXYZ ABC Detroit 
Amanda Allie 
Apr 3, 2016
(WXYZ) - A picture showing a marine weightlifter and a Detroit girl fighting a rare disease is capturing hearts all over the world.

David "The Beast" Douglas calls 12-year-old Lindsay Ratcliffe his "little sis."

Lindsay suffers from a genetic disorder called Progeria.

The photo shows David wearing a shirt that says "strong" across his shoulders and "stronger" with an arrow pointing to Lindsay as he holds her hand.

David says people call him strong, but everything about Lindsay is stronger.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Naval Petty Officer Second Class Terrence Hill Murder Still Unsolved

Iraq war vet's 2013 murder in Detroit remains unsolved
Terrence Hill, 24, survived two Afghanistan tours before he was killed in robbery on 7 mile
Detroit Free Press
Robert Allen
November 11, 2014
Terrence Hill Jr. was killed in January 2013 robbery while on leave from the Navy.
(Photo: Photo courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Detroit police and the mother of an Iraq war veteran slain in a robbery after he returned home in January 2013 are asking anyone who knows who did it to come forward.

U.S. Naval Petty Officer Second Class Terrence Hill, Jr., 24, was shot and killed on Detroit's northwest side, and the shooter fled the scene and hasn't been found.

Hill's mother Julia Spencer, 43, at a press conference specially called on Veterans Day, said she wants justice for her son.

"It's hard, because this is a day when we would call him up... and just say, 'Happy Veterans Day, thank you so much. We love you for being so great,'" she said, adding that instead, "today is a day when we're still trying to get answers."

Hill, who was on leave at the time, was sitting with a 21-year-old woman in a Ford F-150 in the 19100 block of Manor, near 7 Mile, when the gunman and another person approached, ordering Hill out of the vehicle. During the robbery, a struggle ensued and Hill was shot, according to Detroit Police Department.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vietnam Veteran killed saving granddaughter from thieves

Vietnam Veteran and grandfather dies saving 12-year-old granddaughter from thieves
Detroit Police are still searching for suspects
By: Kim Russell
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police are searching for the thieves who barged into a house full of children, beat a 16-year-old with a baseball bat, then shot and killed a grandfather.

“He jumped in front of a bullet for his 12-year-old granddaughter,” said Melissa Villneff, the daughter of the man killed.

She and her brother Michael Villneff describe their father as a hero. They say 62-year-old John Villneff was a Vietnam Veteran who received two Purple Hearts. He had one son, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

He lived next door to his daughter’s house on Rutland on the city’s west side. His adult children were out enjoying a Tigers game. His grandchildren, who are between the ages of 10 and 16 were at home together Wednesday night when young men with guns and a bat came to their home.

Relatives say the young men attacked the 16-year-old, hitting him in the head with a baseball bat. They demanded what was inside a safe at the home. They soon learned the safe contained almost nothing of value. They then stole a Wii and an Xbox.

A 12-year-old girl at the home managed to take pictures of the suspects as they committed their crime. She then ran from the home towards her grandfather’s home next door. He came out to see what was wrong. The war veteran saw armed men coming for her, covered her, and pushed her into the safety of his home as he was shot.

He died at his home.

“I didn’t get to tell him I love him,” said Michael Villneff. “He is a hero.”
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2 Officers Dead In Murder-Suicide

2 Officers Dead In Murder-Suicide
Couple Had History Of Domestic Abuse

POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
UPDATED: 6:13 pm EDT September 22, 2009

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Two Detroit police officers died Tuesday in what is being called a murder-suicide.

Canton police said witnesses reported seeing a man shoot a woman, and then himself, just after 9 a.m. in the parking lot that is shared by the Canton Public Library and the Canton Police Department.

Detroit police homicide detective of 15 years, Edward Williams II, 36, and his wife, Patricia, a 33-year-old Detroit police officer, have been identified as the victims.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Students shot at bus stop in Detroit

Seven people hurt in Detroit bus stop shooting
Story Highlights
At least five of the victims are students

Police say gunmen asked for specific person

Two victims are in critical condition

Gunmen covered their faces; no one in custody, police say

(CNN) -- Seven people, at least five of them high-school students, were shot Tuesday at a bus stop in Detroit, Michigan, officials said.

Tuesday's shooting occurred off school property, a Detroit Public Schools spokesman said.

Two of the victims were in critical condition; the others were in serious condition at area hospitals, Police Chief Roderick Grimes said.

"Two perpetrators, possibly three, pulled up in a vehicle, exited their vehicle with weapons, asked for a person by name and then opened fire onto the crowd," he said.
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Seven people hurt in Detroit bus stop shooting

Thursday, October 16, 2008

VFW reports 4 VA offices involved in document shredding

VA claims found in piles to be shredded

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 16, 2008 16:35:50 EDT

Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices have been ordered to immediately stop shredding documents after an investigation found some benefits claims and supporting documents among piles of papers waiting to be destroyed.

Claims often include personal records supplied by veterans that are not duplicated in government files and might be difficult to replace, such as certificates for births, deaths and marriage.

In a statement, VA Secretary James Peake said only a handful of documents were found among piles of documents set aside to be shredded. But he is not pleased.

“I insist on the highest possible standards for processing and safeguarding information in VA’s custody,” Peake said. “It is unacceptable that documents important to a veteran’s claim for benefits should be misplaced or destroyed.”

Peake said three of VA’s 57 regional offices were involved, without naming them. Veterans of Foreign Wars said they were told four regional offices — in Detroit, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Waco, Texas — were identified as having documents in shredding bins that should not have been there.

VFW National Commander Glen Gardner said the problem could be significant.

“The VA inspector general conducted a routine investigation of Detroit’s mailroom and discovered five documents in the shredder bin, then three pieces are found in St. Louis, two in Waco, and some more in St. Petersburg,” he said. “The question that begs to be asked and answered is how many veterans had their disability and compensation claims disappear down a paper shredder?”
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