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The Rev. Edward Belczak, who served as priest at St. Thomas More Parish for more than 30 years, was indicted in the theft of nearly $700,000 in church funds. (Patch file photo)
Sue Czarnecki April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am
Another big black mark on the Catholic Church. I wonder how many more parishioners will acceptRead More & live with these crimes without leaving for another religion or just give up altogether?
DELandis April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Ms Czarnecki, even you must live with the crime as it has already occurred, but I think the majorityRead More of Parishoners won't accept it especially if found guilty. I'm not defending the man, but he is entitled to his day in court. I also believe, even if convicted, most won't give up leave or give up their religion, as everyone should know, there are evil and corrupt people everywhere! So the best choice is to gather together the good amongst us and drive the wrongful ones away, not try to hide!
Luca Brazzi April 24, 2014 at 04:44 pm
Belczak got used to the good life at STM. Wined and dined by wealthy parishoners, travelved freeRead More first classs on trips and was treated like royalty. I can recall one time when he ranted and raved at the pulpit because some were taking his Polish Christmas hosts without leaving a donation. I thought that was strange. Now I know why he was keeping the money for himself. Never felt comfortable around him. A con artist!
A generic form of the tranquilizer Xanax was reportedly found inside a plastic egg a 4-year-old received at an Easter party at Huron Park Elementary School in Roseville.
Jamie Adair April 22, 2014 at 01:58 am
Someone needs to pay for this.
Southpaw April 22, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Kids can't even have fun anymore without parents having to worry if something's going to happen toRead More any of them. Some a-hole obviously thought this was funny. Hope they find out who did it.
Bob April 22, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Ironically, the parent taking the Xanax probably aint feeling worried... Good job by the parent whoRead More was paying attention to their child!
Steve Utash is still unable to distinguish reality from delusions nearly three weeks after he was attacked by a mob on Detroit's east side, his family says. (Go Fund Me photo)
RON Ostrodamus April 22, 2014 at 01:21 pm
Thugs AND racists. These are terms excusing those who drop down to the level of mob, or what I wouldRead More describe more as pack behavior found in the animal kingdom. Society has failed to deal with this problem for centuries. It just tries to define it with labels. That these monsters still exhibit the same behavior in the courtroom conclusively defines this as a hate crime. The scary part is that someday they will be turned loose to do whatever they please. A good reason to carry protection in the world these creeps inhabit.
RON Ostrodamus April 22, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Add that as "Cummings" brandished a handgun at Utash before shouting "I am going toRead More kill him" underscores the need for stop and frisk no matter the outcry that this is discriminatory in a mostly African American neighborhood. I am sick and tired of seeing the race card played when public safety for ALL is as stake. I would take being frisked over being beaten, or shot to death anytime. That sensitivity and better police training is needed in these situations is a given. I am sure all citizens living in a high crime area would prefer extended police powers to more crime.
Racer Boy April 22, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I TOTALLY agree on "stop and frisk" policies. But, all citizens living in high crime areasRead More DO NOT prefer extended Police powers. As a matter of fact, they hate the police, they refuse to "rat" on those criminals that inhabit their neighborhoods, they work to stymie crime solving. You clearly have spent no time in the jungles of Detroit or you would not have made that statement.
“You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it," Judge John McBain told Camia Gamet during her sentencing Wednesday. (Screenshot: WJBK Video)
LKLEX April 20, 2014 at 04:30 pm
To criticize the judge in these circumstances is beyond absurd. Sadly, our criminal justice systemRead More reeks of sexism. Even if Michigan had the death penalty, it is extremely unlikely that it would be imposed, much less carried out, against a female murderer. Since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976, men have accounted for more than 1,400 of those executed, compared to only 14 women, a ratio of more than 100:1. Anyway, this woman, this piece of scum, should rot and die in prison...before she rots in hell.
Anna Belle April 20, 2014 at 04:36 pm
This woman is trash, and her actions desreve more than just his rage. It is too bad she can't beRead More executed, because it is obvious she has no value in this or any other world.
mark April 21, 2014 at 01:53 pm
What is the reason she killed her boyfriend? I'm sure she didn't kill him for no reason at all? DidRead More he abuse her? Beat her? Cheat on her? I'm sure dating someone that looks like her, he must have a criminal background? I am sure he was no road scholar himself! Either one of them is no loss to society! We have 2 less ghetto junkies on our streets!
The children of Steven Utash, 54, have established an online fundraiser on the Go Fund Me site to raise money to help offset their father's mounting hospital bills. (Screenshot: Go Fund Me)
Racer Boy April 18, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Obama, Sharpton and Jackson are well-documented race-baters. They carefully choose to weigh in withRead More charges of racism when it fits their agenda. Obama with Trayvon Martin and Henry Louis Gates. Sharpton with Tawana Brawley and Jesse Jackson making a living from extorting money from large corporations for his own personal gain are all great examples. So, with these Black leaders serving as examples to our Black youth, what other result would you expect? The facts are indisputable...sad but true.
Dale Murrish April 19, 2014 at 02:59 pm
Good for Kym Worthy. Also, his lawyer is going a good job of defending him. We'll see how this playsRead More out. Hopefully good for Metro Detroit will come out of this tragic racial incident and there will be healing for our city. Finally.
Todd Priest April 19, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Throw the book at this idiot.
A former Novi police officer who sued for wrongful termination alleged the department instituted a quota system, which is illegal. (Patch file photo)
Hairman April 18, 2014 at 09:57 am
NOW make sure ALL of Michigan's law enforcement agency's are in compliance with the " NO QUOTARead More " laws!!!
margaret willis April 18, 2014 at 11:19 am
Bully employers suck....I know. This guy helped me out...he was a good cop! Just like lots ofRead More other large employers (not to be mentioned) they run the good people off and keep the crappy ones. Now I know why so many people say they don't want to visit Novi (because Novi is known as a city whose cops give out lots of tickets).
Jim Van April 21, 2014 at 04:18 pm
David Molloy's mindlessly defensive comment, it's clear he's overmatched. Let's see, he just costRead More the city of Novi $250,000! Watch the quotas go UP,UP,UP!!!!
Novi District Judge Dennis Powers will decide if there's enough evidence to proceed with open murder charges filed against Charles Simkins, 28, of Walled Lake. (Patch file photo)
Michael Ritenour April 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm
But for this idiot carrying a gun (legal or otherwise), this confrontation would not have escalatedRead More to the point where he apparently thought it would acceptable to shoot his neighbor in the leg to "keep him down". Of course, the NRA and others who think the Second Amendment trumps ALL other laws and rights still oppose ANY kind of restrictions on gun ownership or possession. Unless and until we join with victims like Gabby Giffords and James Brady and stand up to these self-absorbed morons, the rest of us will continue to be victimized by them.
An increased supply of heroin from Afghanistan has decreased prices, making it more readily available throughout Michigan, which has a significant public health problem, officials say. (Patch file photo)
Luther's Fan April 15, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Well, I was a parent to three, and all are successful medical professionals. Do you watch the newsRead More or know any teachers in public schools. Ask teachers if kids are fine. Most are total brats. When I look at all those on the welfare dole, seems like Darwinism needs a few more million years to weed out the lazy.
Racer Boy April 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Unfortunately, we created the lazy...LBJ's Great Society has spent $Trillions developing an entireRead More segment of society totally dependent on Government for it's survival. Now, that group has grown in such numbers as to be able to elect a Socialist-based representative government. They in turn, continue to provide more and more Government supplied perks. It will be very difficult to halt this death spiral into oblivion. They have control of our primary, secondary and collegiate educational system...literally indoctrinating our children into the Socialist lifestyle...which looks good on paper. It works really well until you run out of someone else's money. We are at the critical tipping point where the takers are dangerously close to out numbering the makers. We need to wake up now.
HARVEY JONES April 16, 2014 at 10:29 am
To the local POLICE DEPT: It is easy to find where these heroin houses are located Just follow yourRead More local cab companies and the Gratiot bus line.
Steve Utash, surrounded here by his children, awoke from his medically induced coma Friday. (Photo: Go Fund Me)
Love All April 16, 2014 at 09:03 am
Michelle,, Please,,, "they PROBABLY bred the hatred for whites in him"....... I wouldRead More agree that we can teach our children ANYTHING we choose to. However,, I cannot imagine how you can make such a blatantly racist assertions without a SHRED of proof. I would suggest that the number of parents that actually knew their child was capable of a crime is quite low,,,, Timothy McVeigh,, Adam Lanza,, both white and both guilty of committing atrocities against innocent people,,,, can you seriously say the same thing about those white families you just said about the young man that attacked Mr. Utash in Detroit? Or do you have a different set of "standards" for white criminals?
Greg Thrasher April 18, 2014 at 10:25 am
Pitiful reading the racist depravity that is posted on this site . Interesting how so many of theseRead More bigots hide behind alias and their computers ...
Kc Heller April 19, 2014 at 02:20 am
probably like you greg......... takes one to know one...........
Area religious leaders and others have organized a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Little Rock Baptist Church. (Patch file photos)
Ahmed Ismail April 10, 2014 at 09:54 am
I hope that those reading this article will take the time to do the right thing for Steve Utash byRead More going to the donation site listed above and make a donation to help the Utash family through this nightmare. Just skip what you were going to do this weekend and take that money and donate it to the Utash family. It's the right thing to do--you'll be helping someone who did the right thing as well. Thank you!
Reverend Barbara Sexton April 10, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Healing cannot occur until all 'pus' is cleared out! To state otherwise is either disingenuous orRead More is a complete lie or it's both. Furthermore, I can tell you that healing begins from 'within', so let's get on with it, our friends in Detroit. Rev. Barb Stamford, CT
Philip April 10, 2014 at 07:55 pm
according to a master plan for Detroit promoted a couple of years ago, the idea is to congregateRead More populated areas of the city and move out those who live in sparser settled areas. If that plan comes about, what happened to Mr. Utash will only be the first instance of a way of life. Although regular citizens will move out, there is certainty that the lawless will move into the vacated parts of Detroit. If you stay in a populated part of the city, you should be relatively safe. However, if you have business or pleasure that takes you out of one populated area into another populated area, you will have to pass through the "Sherwood Forest," full of outlaws, in between. Woe betide the innocent traveler, like Mr. Utash, who is caught out there. My response to this is to carve Detroit into three pieces: The City of Grand River (north of I-96 and west of Woodward), The City of Gratiot (north of I-96 and east of Woodward), and The City of Detroit (south of I-96). These cities would be self-sufficient, but could share resources if they wanted to. The benefit would be local control of utilities and services. Also, any empty spaces would be smaller and more easily controlled than ones in the present 139 square miles of Detroit. Additionally, with local control, builders would appear because people apparently want to live closer to the core of an area, which in this case, would be the smaller City of Detroit. Detroit once was a small settlement along the river bank. It expanded to take in a huge area as people flocked in. Why can't it retract in order to meet the current circumstances?
Steve Utash is pictured with his three children, who have established a Go Fund Me site that had raised $154,825 by mid-day Thursday, April 10.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Kate, Metro Detroit airport is actually in Romulus, so you wouldn't be in the D.
tamarya April 12, 2014 at 05:48 pm
If he hit a black child then i agree racial, however if he hit a white child then it is because heRead More hit the kid, even if black it could be he hit the kid and they had a problem with him doing that. Even though he hit a child that was unattended in the rd is no reason to have the crap beaten out of him. An accident is an accident, like i said earlier if this is how people react then especially when hitting a child police or the child's family should not question if someone commits a hit and run.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
The news has reported that the kids were jumping in and out of the street playing some kind of game.Read More Apparently this is fun now; playing chicken with cars.
"I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas because it's now in Hazel Park," Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said of stolen merchandise from a Vegas Victoria's Secret store found in the warehouse. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office photo)
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:50 pm
MontiLee - no they're not better than that.
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:52 pm
“I guess what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas because it’s now in HazelRead More Park,” - HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Oh, wait... that's not funny.
Richard Greaves April 10, 2014 at 09:29 pm
What's was shocking?
A lipstick case similar to this one was confiscated at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport over the weekend. (Photo: womenonguard.com)
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
l wonder if the securtiy alarms go off every time obama boards Air Force One? After all, he IS theRead More biggest threat to the whole U. S. A.
Steve Utash is pictured at a happier time with his three children, Joe Utash, back; Mandi Emerick, left; and Felicia Utash, right. (Screenshot: Go Fund Me online fund-raising site)
Love All April 10, 2014 at 07:50 pm
K. Scott,,, in a single word? Believe. To believe in ones self,, and self worth against all oddsRead More and all challenges. No matter our place in the world,, no matter our possessions or lack of,, to believe in yourself is crucial and that's what gives us strength to make ourselves better people.
Prometheus April 11, 2014 at 07:16 am
Personal responsibility, respect, integrity.
Racer Boy April 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
911 works pretty well if you need a Police report written...not so much if you need help in a timelyRead More manner.
Police have arrested three people in last week's attack on Adam Wagner, pictured, at a Westland 7-Eleven store. (Screenshot: WDIV video)
Racer Boy April 7, 2014 at 05:45 pm
Very curious as to why the identities of the thugs who did this have not been released.
Army Guy April 8, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Should be investigated as a hate crime. My understanding is that the 3 suspects are of MiddleRead More Eastern descent. Seems they singled this man out as a US service member, this seems racist in nature to me.
Old Carman April 14, 2014 at 09:27 am
We need a public retribution- eye for an eye....
Washtenaw County authorities have released this sketch of a man believed to have assaulted a Ypsilanti Township woman because she is a lesbian.
Brad Jensen April 3, 2014 at 10:32 am
“There’s no reason for us not to believe her, and we’ll proceed with theRead More investigation. Everything we see matches what she said.” It is sad that this was necessary to say. There are plenty of people who are much too willing to blame the victim with zero evidence.
Jeanette Victoria Runyon April 5, 2014 at 06:39 am
Give it a few weeks......it will turn out to another hoax
All Birmingham dog owners should do this, says a man who's found himself in a steaming hot mess after he allegedly flung dog poop at a neighbor who didn't scoop. (Photo: Newtown.Patch.com)
Mr. Michael April 10, 2014 at 10:35 am
Piss poor reporting I guess eh Jay? The version you describe plays out nothing like the writtenRead More content of the article.
Racer Boy April 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm
So, once again who is telling the truth? Hopefully "eye witness" Jay has contacted theRead More Birmingham Police with his version.
Bob April 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm
People do over react.....woman should pick up poop. That simple....not sure why guy would attackRead More woman if she was doing it...doesnt make sense. Anyways....much ado about nothing again.....please pick up after your dog.
A Michigan lesbian whose marriage to her partner was televised on a local news station was assaulted as she was walking home Monday. Her assailants allegedly referenced her marriage and punched her. (Patch file photo)
McGurk April 8, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Dale: Your metaphor was disgusting, insulting and meant to be so. The only thing worse? You areRead More pleased with yourself for that bit of scatilogical nonsense.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 07:36 pm
Dale: you have more than implied that gay people who live a full and open life are not realRead More Christians. They aren't the only ones you have denigrated in this way either. Are You trying to cover for your awful writing? It will not work. The intent with your metaphors are always clear. Nobody is confused. As mentioned before, there many other points of view than yours, or the two opinions I introduced you to at that website. Yours is no more important than anyone else's, no matter what labels you use. The way you run other people down only speaks volumes about you.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm
And Dale,you weren't commenting on drug use, you were comparing the heartfelt religious convictionsRead More of other people to drug use, and manure consumption, as well as other demeaning language. It is the sort of intolerant speech you trade in, while pretending to innocently hide behind the Bible or whatever. No matter how you couch it, it's just lousy stuff to say about other people. And then you whine about intolerance when someone calls you on it.
Green Oak Township police say the area where Kevin Douglas Simon was walking is not illuminated by street lights. (Patch file photo)
Sherry Spehar March 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm
Did she leave the scene of the accident to call the police?Story doesnt sound right.
Michael Ritenour April 1, 2014 at 09:48 am
More spelling and grammar errors, more evidence of the decline of Patch since Joni Hubred-Golden wasRead More so unceremoniously dumped.
Sherry Spehar April 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm
This was taken from the Press's reporter and was clariied after much anger by the family to readRead More that the suspect called the police from the scene.The writing is so poor and the ideas are not thought out.I am sure a school paper would have been better written.The ediors never catch any errors ahead of the print copy.
A woman's Facebook post that she passed a random Breathlyzer test even though she had been drinking got her in hot water with her probation officer. (Patch file photo)
boileroperator March 27, 2014 at 08:36 pm
my dumba** is an understatement.
T as in Truth March 28, 2014 at 02:44 am
Texting while driving should be enforced. Give them probation and disconnect their cell andRead More internet service.
Police in Flint, MI, are investigating what happened to a dozen dogs, most of them pit bulls, found in trash bags in a blighted area of town. (Patch file photo)
mpk2 March 27, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Barb that was a horrible thing to say, I've been following the patch now for a couple weeks and haveRead More seen you comment on here a lot. I signed up an account just to comment on one of the ignorant comments I've ever heard in my life. If you only knew what those poor animals went through for whatever time they had on this earth with those sick human beings you'd wish you could take that comment back. Maybe you got what you wanted, a bunch comments and pissed off people, but it was at the expense of making everyone think you are a terrible, insensitive person.
mpk2 March 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm
*most ignorant
Steve Krause March 28, 2014 at 10:12 am
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The moreRead More helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man." ~ Gandhi