Home Intruder Flees After Single Mom Preaches Bible Verses, Tells Him ‘God Loves You’ as He Attacked Her
To aid Homeland Security in “protecting its citizens”
(Bloomberg.com) On both sides of Dorothy Wafer’s Detroit home sit rows of crumbling houses among trash-strewn lots. A body was found in a car down the street last month, and there was an attempted rape, she said.
There’s no place like home, though. Wafer, 61, last week planted roses in front of her two-story house, with islands of hostas, lilies and carnations in the yard and icicle lights on her chain-link fence.
“I might live in a ghetto, but I’m not a ghetto person,” said Wafer. “This is what I know, and I don’t want to move.”
Detroit, which filed the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy on July 18, has almost 150,000 vacant parcels and 700,000 people on 139 square miles (360 square kilometers) after losing more than half its population since the 1950s. Planners envision farms and other nonresidential uses for empty land, and creating population-dense areas where it’s easier to offer services. Yet residents such as Wafer have kept gracious homes, put down roots and don’t want to move.
DETROIT — Fire consumed a commercial warehouse that encompasses an entire Detroit block in Detroit just north of Interstate 94 late Thursday afternoon just in time for rush hour traffic.
The smoke was visible from well beyond the city limits of Detroit.
Fire crews from Detroit and Highland Park worked to contain the raging blaze that showed little sign of weakening as of 5 p.m.
The shatter of glass caused by the extreme heat was audible from outside as thick yellow and black plumes of smoke rose skyward.
The warehouse, with signs that read P & I Truck and Trailer, is located at Martin and Pittsburgh. According to WDIV, Channel 4 News in Detroit, the business is abandoned, although security still hung from the building’s exterior.
Channel 4 is reporting no injuries to firefighters as of 5 p.m.