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Man suspected in many Detroit-area rapes faces new charges

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old man suspected in roughly three dozen Detroit-area sexual assaults and home invasions faces new charges.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Ikeie R. Smith of Redford Township was charged Tuesday with home invasion and three criminal sexual conduct counts stemming from a July 2015 incident in Allen Park. A second warrant was denied.
Prosecutors are reviewing two warrants from Dearborn Heights.

Smith was jailed without bond after court hearings Friday in Garden City and Redford Township on charges of home invasion and sex crimes involving three women between 2014 and this year.

Smith has asked for a court-appointed lawyer and faces probable cause hearings next week.

Dearborn police say three cases have been confirmed in that city. State police say DNA evidence was recovered in seven cases.


Alumni should reserve a spot for Wayne Law Reunion on Oct. 14

All Wayne State University Law School alumni are invited to the Wayne Law Reunion on Friday, Oct. 14.

A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Int Ice at MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St. Tickets to the reception are $25. To register, visit law.wayne.edu/reunion or call 313-577-6199 by Friday, Sept. 30.
At the reunion, the classes of 2006 and 2011 will be honored.

Class of 2006 leaders are Alexander A. Ayar, Catherine A. Brainerd, Kelly A. Van Suilichem, Amanda D. Szukala, Ronda Tate Truvillion and Mark Ulfig. Class of 2011 leaders are Daimeon Cotton, David J. Deeg, Laura Marie Kubit, Andrew M.
Mast, Erica Moise, Erika A. Riggs Monfette and Glenn Ross.


Michigan sued over poor reading skills of Detroit students

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is being sued over the poor reading skills of Detroit students at five schools, including two charter schools.

The lawsuit says the schools are in “slum-like conditions” and “functionally incapable of delivering access to literacy.” The case, filed Tuesday in federal court, accuses Gov. Rick Snyder, the state school board and others of violating the civil rights of low-income students.

The lawsuit says the state of Michigan is responsible for complying with constitutional mandates in education. The lawsuit seeks literacy instruction at all grades, screening for literacy problems and regular oversight.
In 2012, a similar lawsuit was filed in Wayne County court on behalf of Highland Park students. It was ultimately dismissed in favor of the state.