Hamtramck spa owner alleges bias, FBI agent accused of assaulting wife, lawsuit against Michigan Catholic school


A Hamtramck spa owner claims the city discriminates against her and her business because of her race.

But Tiara Boyd’s claims don’t just come from the disgruntled business owner. She has the backing of the mayor who agrees.

“I’m not a Muslim, I’m not an Arab, I’m not Yemeni. I’m just a black woman here to help others, that’s all,” Boyd said. “And for someone to say ‘what kind of people she’s going to bring,’ that was more than enough for (talking about) race.”

It refers to a comment made by a member of the Zoning Appeal Board during a Zoom meeting. Nasr Hussain had said he was worried about the safety of people walking around “and I don’t know about the people who would go into this business – how would they act, how would they drive”.

Boyd runs the Esthi Queen Healing spa in Hamtramck. Recently, the city told Boyd that his business was zoned for residential use.

If it wants to continue operating it, it needs a zoning board exemption. This is because a spa is not on a list of acceptable businesses in a residential area, according to the ZBA.

Boyd’s alley in government, Mayor Karen Majewski believes that there is no legitimate reason to refuse a waiver since it is not on the list.

“Some of the words I heard from both the audience and members of the ZBA baffled me and really bothered me,” she said.

When asked if it was racist, Majewski replied: “It indicates to me that it could be racial”.

But Hussain does not agree with this characterization. “I have no problem with the spa,” he said. “The mayor and city council could easily, in one or two meetings, change the ordinance to allow a spa in a residential area.”

But he “never mentioned what kind of people are going to talk to,” referring to criticisms that his argument was racial.

Boyd is not moved by the argument and plans to appeal as well as protest next Tuesday outside Hamtramck town hall

Detroit woman charged in July 4 shooting

A Detroit woman who shot another woman at a gas station after an argument has been charged with assault and battery and firearms. Artshantel Cierra Surles was arrested for the July 19 incident. She allegedly shot the victim on July 4.

The incident happened in the 19000 block of Van Dyke Street around 10:30 p.m. A statement from the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office said Surles, 22, was standing outside the gas station when she had a verbal altercation with a 27-year-old Detroit resident. .

After exchanging words, Surles discharged a handgun, non-fatally injuring the victim. Surles fled while the victim was taken to a local hospital. The suspect was arrested after being identified a few weeks later.

Surles is charged with one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one count of discharging a building causing injury, one count of harbor of concealed weapon and three counts of criminal firearm.

Michigan Catholic School lawsuit claims mask rules protect ‘image of God’

Mask mandates in schools have become a political and social debate, but the rules are now becoming a religious flashpoint after a Michigan Catholic school claims that the requirement interferes with “the image and likeness of God”.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit of Cincinnati hears the appeal of the Resurrection School in Lansing, Mich., And two parents after filing their initial complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in October 2020. In December, the court dismissed the school’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the mask warrant. The school filed an appeal two days later.

In the initial lawsuit filed, the school opposed the state-imposed mask mandate on religious grounds, saying it ultimately interferes with Catholic education.

“Unfortunately, a mask protects our humanity,” reads the lawsuit. “And because God created us in his image, we mask that image.”

FBI agent arrested for assault punched his wife at swinger party

The FBI agent involved in the Whitmer kidnapping plot is at center of a domestic violence case after allegedly smashing his wife’s head against his bedside table after an argument at a swinger party. Special Constable Richard Trask, 39, has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, less than murder after the incident, which allegedly took place over the weekend.

Trask has been the public face of the FBI in a daring plot that accused several Michigan men of attempting to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer. Trask’s arrest complicates the office’s position in the case, as well as his image.

A lawyer for one of the men accused in the kidnapping case was unhappy that Trask was “cleared on personal bail and allowed out, where my non-violent client received $ 10 million ( bail)”. Nicholas Somberg talks about his client Joseph Morrison. Many know Morrison as the man who said “one, two, three four, I’m going through Governor Whitmer’s door,” Trask recalled in court. Somberg replied in court that it “sounds like a poem to me.”

“It just goes to character and credibility,” Somberg said of the violence Trask is accused of. “Look at the guys (the FBI) ​​are hiring. They are not boy scouts, they are not honest people. They go to swingers parties and beat their wives – worse than my client ever did.”

Outer Drive murder suspect arrested

Detroit Police arrested a man on suspicion of shooting a 31-year-old man on East Outer Drive in June.

Levertis Riley, 36, was identified by police on June 19 as the suspect shooter after the incident the previous day. Riley was considered armed and dangerous by the time they started a manhunt for him.

Riley was arraigned on Wednesday for homicide and firearms charges. He remained silent and pleaded not guilty.

Levertis Riley IV suspect, 36, named in fatal shooting of 31-year-old man

His bail was refused. A probable causes conference is scheduled for August 19.

What else are we looking at

  1. Better late than never, Mount Clemens is hosting its fireworks tonight after the Independence Day celebratory fireworks had to be rescheduled. The makeup date, July 22, will take place along the Clinton River waterfront.
  2. It’s official. James Craig is candidate for governor. The former police chief appeared in campaign videos on Wednesday before making an appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, confirming his intention to run for the management position.
  3. Inkster rep Jewell Jones can’t seem to avoid trouble after being accused of failing to make payment for his alcohol monitor, which he was ordered to wear after breaching his bond and having distorted his intention to leave the National Guard.
  4. Indoor skydiving has arrived in Detroit. The iFLY world opens its first Michigan location in Novi this weekend. Josh Landon from FOX 2 has the chance to try the install today.
  5. Oakland County Director Dave Coulter presents his budget recommendations for the county’s fiscal years 2022-2024. He will do the presentation at 6 p.m.

Live on FOX 2

Daily forecast

Another dry and sunny day is on its way Thursday after the ideal temperatures on Wednesday. But the humidity will set in shortly after today and bring possible thunderstorms on Friday and this weekend.

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