MLive Detroit crime reporter Gus Burns reported, “Detroit officials have reported 66 fires since Midnight Tuesday, 31 of which have been deemed suspicious, likely arson. The heaviest night of fires is traditionally Oct. 30, known as Devil’s night to arsonists and Angels’ Night to the public-private coordinated effort attempting to thwart the efforts of firebugs. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office reports 38 fires on Thursday though midnight, 24 of which were labeled suspicious. That’s’ a reduction by one fire compared to the same period in 2013.”
On the way to the Detroit Jazz Festival for an assignment I took a short detour to follow the plume of smoke billowing up from the city’s near east side. This time it lead me to an abandon house fire in Detroit’s Old Poletown. Somehow the colors and light just fit. Here are some Instagram edits of the photos from a short detour.
Detroit News photo gallery: 4th annual American Coney Dog Eating Challenge
Easter Sunday at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral in SW Detroit:
Detroit Mass Mob is a Detroit phenomenon that brings church-goers from around the South East Michigan to a different church each weekend. It’s goal is to fill the pews and donation baskets on struggling historic churches and parishes.
I assisted the Detroit News on their staff’s coverage of the 2014 Detroit Fireworks. Covering the curfew violations in the early evening and the fireworks watchers in Hart Plaza, the main location to view the fireworks. This year’s fireworks went off without any police incidents, which are common in year’s past.
And this gem, that didn’t get published:
I was very fortunate to have a Sunday 1A cover portrait for my first assignment freelance assignment with the Detroit Free Press. The assignment was an environmental portrait of Sharon Chapman who lives on the Huron River in Hamburg Township, an area that has a 56% of major flood risk. The 3-5 inches of snowpack melt would contribute to the flood risk, where a 2 inch snowpack in March is already considered high. The high school teacher has no flood insurance on her home and worries the snowmelt might severely damage her home that sits only 2 inches above the flood plan.
I got lucky that the assignment fell on a day where it was not snowing (rare for this past winter), but on a warm sunny day where her dirt road was covered in snow melt and puddles.
And more published work featuring #porchkitty: