October 20, 2022

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A missing man was found dead in an apparent hit and run last week, a murder suspect reportedly confessed, a sex offender entered a guity plea, and gun charges against an EMU basketball star will be dropped. Glen Ave. temporarily closed for emergency repairs, curb bump-outs changed the traffic pattern at Seventh and Huron, and planning commissioners praised a proposed all-electric apartment building.

In Ann Arbor, Lewis Jewelers’ Maple Rd. location is open at last, while in Ypsi, a new record store is set to open. Runs this weekend benefit the Arboretum and domestic violence survivors, and the city and business groups are sharing plans for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Dayton Hare, editor

At Seventh and Huron, new curb bump-outs eliminate the southbound left-turn lane. Drivers coming from Miller can only continue toward Liberty or turn right. Photo: John Hilton.

The News...Briefly

The county’s Covid-19 snapshot reports 780 cases in the two weeks ending yesterday, down from 860 last week. There are 120.8 cases per 100,000 residents, up slightly from last week’s 113.7, and the test positivity rate is 9 percent. The CDC community level continues to be “medium,” and will update at 8 p.m. tonight.

A missing man was found dead after an apparent hit and run, MLive reports. Trevor Woolery had been missing since Oct. 9, and his family feared that he may have been suicidal. His body was discovered off an M-14 ramp Friday morning, and police believe he was struck by a vehicle three to five days previously. The investigation is ongoing.

A Superior Township man confessed to killing his girlfriend and burning her body, MLive reports, in an update to last week’s report. He reportedly admitted to shooting her during an argument and attempting to destroy her body in a Flint garage. He is being held without bond.

A man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was sentenced to five years’ probation, MLive reports. Accused of soliciting nude photos of children online, Eric David Kurtz must register as a sex offender and is prohibited from using the internet recreationally.

Police are investigating an alleged assault on a teammate by Huron High junior varsity football players, MLive reports. Four players allegedly pushed the victim to the floor of the locker room, wrapped him in netting, and broke his phone. Their suspension resulted in the cancellation of an upcoming game and put an abrupt end to River Rats’ JV season.

Charges against EMU basketball star Emoni Bates will be dropped in exchange for a misdemeanor plea, the Detroit Free Press reports. Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon with altered ID marks after a traffic stop last month. His suspension from the team has been lifted, and his record will be expunged if he completes a diversion program and enters a mentorship program.

Curb bump-outs on southbound Seventh at Huron are complete, MLive reports. The changes are intended to make the misaligned intersection less dangerous by narrowing the street and banning southbound left turns.

Glen Ave. temporarily closed after a mysterious two-foot bump appeared in the road last Thursday, MLive reports. Emergency repair work allowed the street to reopen to traffic on Friday. A water main break was found, but it’s unclear whether the break caused the street issue. Officials are exploring the possibility that both may be linked to nearby excavation work for a new hotel.

Planning commissioners praised an all-electric apartment building planned for the west side, MLive reports. The commission unanimously approved plans for the 79-unit, four-story building, which would use solar panels and possibly geothermal energy. Fifteen percent of the units would be set aside for people earning up to 60 percent of the area median.


Lots of people stop and ask ‘What are you doing? What is this?’” says Jessica Oberholtzer (right, with Nick and Lisa Rombes). "Well, it's art." Photo: John Heider.

Hilldale Dr. neighbors made an art project out of their overgrown landscaping, John C. Heider reports in the October Observer. Inspired by the Dutch practice of takkenril, Jess Oberholtzer created “land art” by weaving  tree limbs into garden walls that twist and turn as if alive.

Lovers of Ann Arbor’s fairy doors can see eleven of them on a $10 tour, MLive reports. Self-guided with the assistance of an app from Built Story, which develops tours all around the country, participants will trek about two miles around town to see Jonathan B. Wright’s whimsical art installations.

“Good Morning America” surprised a former track star turned doctor with $1 million from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation this morning, the show reports. Feranmi Okanlami, the director of Disability Services and Adaptive Sports at U-M, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2013. Since then, he has become a physician and an advocate for changing the narrative around living with disability.

Halloween is fast approaching, and the city has guidance for safe trick-or-treating. The Briarwood Mall Boo Bash is next Thursday, the Downtown Trick-or-Treating & Costume parade is on the 30th, and the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre hosts a “monster petting farm” at Domino’s Farms this weekend and next.

Last weekend Michigan football came back in the second half to crush Penn State 41-17 in its most challenging game so far this season, the Michigan Daily reports. They have a bye this week, but next weekend at the Big House the Wolverines are set to square off with longtime rivals the MSU Spartans, who recently tweeted and deleted a post that taunted Michigan.

“Everything is very open, similar to the other store,” says Lewis Jewelers assistant manager Keith Largin (left, with owner David Lewis). “It’s like we’re adding water to it and making it grow.” Photo: J. Adrian Wylie.

Marketplace Changes

Lewis Jewelers’ new Maple Rd. store is finally open, Micki Maynard reports in the October Observer. At the city’s insistence, what they thought would be a quick remodel turned into a total reconstruction of the site and an all-new building with space for other tenants. Lewis’s 10,000-square-foot store opened in September, featuring a variety of luxury brands and a 3D printer to make mockups of custom designs.

MoonWinks Café in Dixboro has new owners, Shelley Daily reports in the October Observer. Kevin Cox and Nate McCardell remodeled the restaurant in August and reopened with a fresh look, bagel sandwiches, vegan ice cream and cheesecake, Hyperion coffee, and more.

Ypsi’s S. Washington will soon see a new record shop, MLive reports. Along with vinyl, Wyrd Byrd plans to offer zines, books, and vintage role-playing games.

Van Boven Shoes and Teriyaki Time both closed up shop last month, Shelley Daily and John Hilton report in the October Observer. The future is uncertain for the shoe store as Nickels Arcade works “to figure out a direction for the space,” but things are clear cut for Teriyaki Time: Its owners are retiring as the triangular corner parcel is turned into condos by developer Tom Fitzsimmons.

MoonWinks Café in Dixboro reopened with new owners after a remodel. Photo: Madeline Endres.


The Purple Run 5k on Saturday raises awareness of domestic violence and money for its prevention. Hosted by the U-M Division of Public Safety & Security, Ann Arbor Police Department, Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, and SafeHouse Center, the event costs $35 if you pre-register, $40 for day-of registration, and students receive $5 off.

Things to Do

By Jennifer Taylor

21 Friday: Escape from zombies on the “Zombie Run,” a 5-km obstacle course at Nichols Arboretum. Runners get two “lives” (flags) that “zombies” try to steal as they pass; the goal is to finish with at least one life left. A fundraiser for the Arb. 6–8 p.m. (check-in begins at 5 p.m.), Arb Visitor Center, 1610 Washington Hts. $40 (members, $35). 647–7600.

22 Saturday: See the University Musical Society presentation of “The Rite of Spring,” Pina Bausch’s 1975 dance drama, set to Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 music, telling the ancient story of a woman who must dance herself to death so that spring may come. Dancers from more than a dozen African dance companies have been brought together for this program, which also includes Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo’s new piece common ground[s], a tenderly poetic antidote to Rite. Oct. 21 & 22, 8 p.m. Power Center. Tickets $50–$81 (students $12–$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.

23 Sunday: Tour eight newly remodeled local homes at the Remodelers Home Tour, mounted by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor. Oct. 22 & 23, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., various locations. Tickets $10 in advance or (cash or check only) at any of the tour houses. 996–0100. 

See the Observer’s online calendar for many more local events. 

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