WATCH LIVE: Vigil for Detroit police Officer Darren Weathers, who was killed in crash

A vigil will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. for Officer Darren Weathers, who was killed Tuesday in a crash.

Officer killed in crash on Michigan Avenue

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a news conference Wednesday that Officer Darren Weathers may have been engaged in surveillance training when the crash happened on Michigan Avenue at Clark Avenue. However, the chief said it’s still unclear if Weathers was engaged in the training or trying to meet up with a team.

“He could have been trying to meet with his team who was actively involved (in training),” Craig said.

The chief said an investigation into the crash is still in preliminary stages, but he does believe the light at the intersection was red when Weathers traveled through it and struck another vehicle.

“We are not absolutely certain at the time of the accident that he was connected with the team,” the chief said.

Surveillance is not supposed to be at high speed, Craig said, and he does not condone this type of training being conducted in an uncontrolled zone. The area is considered a “risky” area to be speeding anyway, Craig said.

“Surveillance is not high speed,” Craig said. “Even during the training, surveillance is not high speed.”

High speed maneuvers are taught on Belle Isle, the chief said.

Weathers’ vehicle collided with one other vehicle at the intersection before going airborne and striking a brick wall. Craig said Tuesday the officer’s vehicle hit a metal pylon, but further investigation revealed the vehicle actually hit a brick wall and was split in half. The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

The Detroit Police Department is conducting a crash investigation. The chief said due to the fact that Weathers and his team were working undercover there is no dashcam video of the crash.

Watch Craig’s Wednesday news conference here:

Officer Weathers remembered as hero

At 25 years young, Weathers already was a combat veteran and the father of a little girl. He grew up on Detroit’s east side, so it was natural for him to stop and talk to the neighborhood kids. He saw them playing basketball this past summer and asked if he could join in. He wanted kids to have a more positive relationship with police.

“Sometimes kids don’t have good role models in their families. If I can reach out in any type of way then I feel like I won,” he said at the time.

Weathers will be remembered for such touching moments and community involvement, but it wasn’t always like that for him. At only a year and a half on the job he was involved in a dangerous shootout. Weathers was credited for his heroic actions as he saved the life of a fellow officer.

He and Officer Waldis Johnson were on a domestic violence run on April 30, 2017 when a man started shooting at them. Johnson was shot in the face. Weathers returned fire and pulled his partner to safety.

“His response to it, it was just textbook. For a young officer to respond that way, he relied on his training and instincts … he truly is a hero and one of Detroit’s finest,” said Chief James Craig.

It was no surprise when he was chosen for the Detroit Police Department’s Integrity Unit.

On Tuesday morning he was on a training run when his vehicle was struck on Michigan Avenue near Clark Avenue. Chief Craig was visibly shaken as he held a news conference to announce Weathers was killed.

“He was a phenomenal officer,” said Craig.

Friends, family and colleagues remember him as the type of role model they wanted on the streets of Detroit.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

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Police investigating after body of burned woman found on Detroit's east side

Detroit police are investigating after the body of a burned woman with no clothes from the waist down was found Saturday on the city’s east side.

Police said a call came in at about 6:45 a.m. about the body between houses in the 12000 block of Evanston Street.

Police are conducting a homicide investigation.

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates.

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4 units destroyed after fire breaks out at Rochester apartment building

Four apartment units were destroyed Friday night after a fire broke out in Rochester.

The fire started on the lower level of the eight-unit Romeo Street Apartments on Romeo Street near Rochester Road.

Only minor injuries were reported, officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Partly sunny, chilly start to Presidents' Day Weekend

Presidents’ Day Weekend is here, and Motown will see some sun. Snowflakes are on the way, too, but spring-like temps arrive toward the end and early next week.

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Saturday morning will be cold with fair skies. Temps start in the middle and upper teens.

Sunrise is at 7:28 a.m. ET.

As temps rise through the 20s after breakfast, families must wear their coats, hats, scarves and gloves while traveling to services or activities like Discovering Macomb at MCC’s South Campus in Warren or The Little Scientist Club at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Saturday afternoon will become partly sunny and mostly cloudy. It will be chilly with highs in the middle to upper 30s. Continued thawing will make some streets wet. More urgently, additonal potholes will be revealed. Drivers my remain alert and leave plenty of space between themselves and other vehicles.

Sunset is at 6:07 p.m. ET.

Saturday evening will be mostly cloudy and chilly with temps in the middle then low 30s. After 6 p.m. some snow showers develop and arrive ahead of a weak cold front. Scattered snow will slicken roads, and minor accumulations are expected.

Skies clear a few hours after midnight, Saturday night-early Sunday morning. It will be chilly with lows in the upper 20s.

Sunday will become mostly sunny, and temperatures rise close to and slightly above 40°F. High pressure provides stable air.

Welcome to Presidents’ Day, Monday! As quickly as that area of high pressure arrives, it leaves and a warm front races closer. Clouds increase Sunday night into the holiday, Monday. Rain showers develop arrive along with warmer air. Highs will be in the middle and upper 50s.

Tuesday will be even warmer with more rain and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be near 60°F. Downpours are possible, and residents need to watch for ponding on roads and other forms of minor flooding.

Wednesday and Thursday will get chillier and brighter. Highs in the low and mid 40s Wednesday. Highs in the upper 30s Thursday.

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Crews donate time to complete repairs on Detroit home that veteran will win

A once-vacant house on Detroit’s west side will soon be a veteran’s new home.

I Am New Detroit, a local nonprofit, will present the home to a veteran Saturday at the third annual Black Tie Gala.

“We wanted to bless families,” Odell Hines, of I Am New Detroit, said.

When the organization purchased the four-bedroom home, it needed work inside and out. Repairs started, but with less than a week until the home would be given away, the original contractors bailed on the project.

A crew from Burton and Associates stepped in to finish the project, which included touching up tile grout, cleaning, doing electrical work and making plumbing repairs.

“I could not see it being done in a couple days,” Mary Burton said.

The crew volunteered an estimated 10,000 hours to make it work, though, and the home was completed in three days.

The veteran who receives the home will not only get a house, but will have a money saving plan to help maintain it.

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Judge strikes down ballot proposals loosening restrictions on marijuana dispensaries in Detroit

A Wayne County judge overturned a marijuana ballot proposal and part of another proposal Friday.

The voter-approved ballot proposals pertain to zoning of marijuana dispensaries in the city. The judge said that zoning can’t be done by ballot initiative and thus, the language in the proposals is illegal and should not stand.

Hear more about what the ruling means in Mara MacDonald’s story above.
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