Monday, April 23, 2012
Police say the number and types of incidents downtown this spring is 'unique,' but they don't think the downtown area is more dangerous this year.
This story is part of a series on downtown Birmingham that explores issues raised by recent incidents, as well as the city's response to them. As the weather warms up, crowds are returning to downtown Birmingham during the weekends — and with them comes disturbances and increased crime. Although Birmingham Police say they don't expect this spring and summer to be any different — or more dangerous — than any other year, the recent incidents and the public outcry against them has raised the level of awareness and has prompted some early and proactive action. And even though the department has fewer officers than in recent years, Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said Chief Don Studt is confident the department can maintain public safety …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Birmingham is also moving forward with charges against a Redford woman who fired a weapon into the air on April 2 and a teen who was found carrying a rifle downtown.
As Birmingham Police gear up for another busy weekend and despite several recent high-profile incidents downtown, police say they aren't worried that this year will be any worse for crime. "We go through this every year when it gets warm," Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said. "We always increase the number of foot patrols downtown while trying to be prepared." The city is still figuring out how to deal with a spate of incidents at downtown bars and restaurants, beginning with a 29-year-old Redford woman who shot a gun into the air after a fight outside South Bar on April 2. Other recent incidents include fights outside Chen Chow Brasserie and in the bar area at the Hamilton Room and a cab driver who was beaten up April 8 after …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The city doesn't regulate trick-or-treat hours, but Birmingham Police Cmdr. Kiernan shares advice to make the most of the holiday.
It’s almost that time of year when pirates, Superman, Darth Vader, Batman and more will all take the streets at the same time with the same mission — to collect as much candy as possible. Though some area cities restrict trick-or-treating hours, Birmingham does not regulate hours for the Halloween ritual. Birmingham Police Department Cmdr. Terry Kiernan notes that many trick-or-treaters tend to start collecting candy between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; he suggests they stop at dusk as a safety and courtesy measure.
Friday, May 27, 2011
County offers tips on how to stay safe after recent storms.
Friday, May 27, 2011
In response to recent flooding, the Oakland County Health Division urges residents to follow these safety precautions to reduce possible illness and/or injury: Avoid floodwater and mosquitoes: It is important that everyone, especially children and animals, stay out of flooded areas, including streets and standing water. Floodwaters may have contaminates, such as raw sewage. Keep all pets and children out of flooded basements until the areas have been drained, washed, and disinfected. Follow all warnings about water on roadways. Do not drive vehicles through floodwaters. Prevent mosquito bites by wearing long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts and by using insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin. Listen to and follow public …