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The Voice of Downriver

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
■ North Zone Edition



Pumpkin pickin’

Chrysler adds to investment at Van Horn Complex
City approves $40 million increase in tax abatements
By J. Patrick Pepper
The News-Herald

Photo by Dave Chapman

Three-year-old Bailey Judd of Redford picked her pumpkin during the Taylor Fire Department’s pumpkin patch event Saturday. A bouncy house, doughnuts, cupcakes and photo opportunities on the fire engines also were offered.

TRENTON — The investment at the Trenton Engine Complex is growing. The City Council recently approved a tax abatement on $40 million in additional upgrades at the complex on Van Horn Road, following approval of abatements on $114 million of investment at the plant in June. The Oct. 15 council meeting was the first public mention of the increased investment. “It will give the plant flexibility in its production process to not only build the DOWNRIVER’S#1 CHEVY DEALER Pentastar V-6 engine, but also, under different times, build the Tigershark engine as well,” said Leven Wiess, a senior manager of civic and community relations at Chrysler. “So, it would be a flex line in addition to increasing the capacity of our Pentastar engine.” A Chrysler spokeswoman declined further comment yesterday, but said a formal announcement should come in the next few weeks. on Allen Rd. at West Rd. The Tigershark is Woodhaven Chrysler’s new four-cylin1-734-676-9600 der engine platform, which www.rodgerschevrolet.com is highlighted by cutting Chevy Runs Deep edge valve-activation technology. It has displacements of 2.0 liters and 2.4 liters. The engine made its debut in the Dodge Dart C-segment sedan. The previously announced $114 million investment is estimated to create 268 new jobs and will be used to repurpose about one-fifth, or nearly 400,000-square-feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant, which ceased operations in May 2011, for the production of core components for the Pentastar engine produced at its sister plant, Trenton



Masked man approaches children, pulls out knife
By Jim Kasuba
The News-Herald


WYANDOTTE — A knifewielding masked man tried to pick up three girls on their way to Wilson Middle School on the morning of Oct. 22. An officer was sent to the school at 1275 15th St. at about 7:30 a.m. and spoke to the girls and their father in the office of Principal Jason Krajewski. The girls, identified by police as sisters, reside in Ecorse. Two are 13 and the youngest is 10 years old. All three girls gave similar accounts of what happened. The girls’ father said he took a bus with the

girls that morning to the McDonald’s restaurant on Fort Street, near Goddard Road, in Lincoln Park. He then continued on the bus with another one of his children and the three girls walked to school from that location. One of the 13-year-olds told the officer they were walking east on Goddard on the north sidewalk and were near the Indian Village apartment complex at 18th Street when they saw a car driving east on Goddard coming up from behind them, with its lights flashing on and off. She described the car as a small black vehicle with four

doors that stopped on the road near them. The girl said the driver was wearing a black ski mask pulled down over his face and a black hoodie. He asked them to come over to his car. The girl said that when they refused, he pulled out and opened a folding knife and held it where they could see it, saying, “Come here now.” The girls then ran down an alley and kept running until they reached the school. Police said they hid behind a tree until someone let them into the school. The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. Upon further question-

ing, the other 13-year-old girl said she recognized the man’s car, having seen it on Oct. 19 as she was walking in the area of Ninth and Oak Street at about 5 or 6 p.m. near a place where a relative works. She said the same car, occupied by someone wearing a ski mask, followed her. She arrived at her destination and told her relative, but a police report was not made at that time. The officer asked the girls’ father if his family was experiencing problems with anyone, or if there were family issues that could be related to this situPLEASE SEE KNIFE/2-A

Photo by E.L. Conley

Ariahna Lamoreaux (right) joined Elaine Slingland (left) and Regina and Greg Plank on Friday for some trunk-or-treating. The Planks organized the annual trunk-or-treat event behind Romulus Middle School. About 200 children participated. A concession stand also raised money for the high school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program.

School’s new director of admissions is vocal advocate of faith-based education
By Jim Kasuba
The News-Herald

There’s never been a better way to stay well. We’re now offering FREE 60-minute yoga sessions every Wednesday throughout November.

RIVERVIEW — At a time when private, faith-based schools are closing due a difficult economic climate and subsequent low enrollments, it would seem this is not the ideal time to be director of admissions at Gabriel Richard Catholic

High School. Mary Lehnert doesn’t see it that way. Lehnert, who Lehnert took the job this fall, isn’t a typical director of admissions. Her only experience in admissions is working

for the office of undergraduate admissions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and running the university’s Huetwell Visitors Center there for a short time. But what Lehnert said she is accustomed to is being affiliated with growth and success, something she

hopes to bring to Gabriel Richard. Lehnert has what she refers to as a unique list of qualifications for the job of director of admissions, including a teaching degree, state and federal grant implementation experience,

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