The death of a second member of the Detroit Police Department adds to enormous grief already being felt as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Like all who knew Captain Jonathan Parnell for years, we also saw his professionalism and dedication to the city up close.
On Wednesday, his uncle, a retired firefighter and DPD Chief James Craig are opening up about this loss.
A proud and highly devoted father and husband, Parnell was a role model for many. Serving DPD for more than 30 years, the 50-year-old had a passion for public service. “Our whole family has served the city in one way or another. He just wanted to be a part of helping people. It’s how we were raised,” says Dave Parnell, Jonathan's uncle. “Quit acting like it don’t fit you. Because it fits everybody. Think about what they’re talking about. They’re saying it’s older people like myself, 60, 70 years old. He’s 50. [Would've been] 51 August 28. How does he fit in the criteria?” Loved ones say Jonathan had no recent history of travel nor underlying health issues. “Jonathan was extraordinary. He cherished his DPD family and we all loved him back. A deputy chief referred to him as a true leader, friend and great person,” Craig says.
The mayor says officers are going to be tested for fevers when they come to work from now on, in additional to all those currently under quarantine.
Police are investigating the deaths of two men, 39 and 43, on Detroit's west side Monday.
Neither victim had clear signs of trauma or drug use, and both had been in recent contact with loved ones, police said. They lived about a mile and a half from one another.
At about 4:10 p.m., the body of a 43-year-old man was found by a loved one on the 17100 block of Fenmore. That's at West McNichols, just east of the Southfield Freeway.
The victim had reportedly gone to sleep about 6 a.m., but by noon he had stopped breathing. There were no signs of foul play and no drug paraphernalia found nearby, said Latrice Crawford, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.
About 20 minutes later, on the 19300 block of Greenview — north of West Seven Mile, west of the Southfield Freeway — a 39-year-old man's body was found, police said.
The person who reported the death had spoken with the victim about 7 p.m. the previous night, said Latrice Crawford, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.
The victim was found lying on his back in his bed.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office will determine both victims' cause of death. #DetroitNews #CrimeInTheD
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Coronavirus is spreading to the state's crowded correctional facilities.
The Michigan Department of Corrections reports three inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 while another is awaiting results. All are in isolation and efforts are being made to trace their contacts, the department said.
Two of the prisoners confirmed to have contracted the virus are housed at the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson. The prisoner whose status is pending is at the Newberry Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula.
An inmate at the Detroit Reentry Center tested positive for the virus but has since been paroled. MDOC says the test result didn't come in until after they were released on March 24.
Another prisoner originally housed at Kinross Correctional Facility, in the Upper Peninsula, has also tested positive for coronavirus. They've been in the hospital since March 11 and were tested on March 17.
Correctional facilities, with tight quarters and limited sanitation options, are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases and could inundate local hospitals in the event of a severe outbreak.
Dozens of prisoners are in quarantine as a result of the cases.
Three MDOC staffmembers have also tested positive for coronavirus. One works at the Thumb Correctional Facility and another at the Detroit Detention Center. A Jackson County probation officer also tested positive, but did not have contact with inmates.
To mitigate the spread of the illness, MDOC has suspended visits and is screening all employees for fever. The department has also made soap freely available.
Spokesman Chris Gautz told Deadline Detroit last week that it could additionally consider releasing select inmates to thin the prison population should the outbreak “continue for a long period of time.” #DeadlineDetroit #CrimeInTheD
“Standing up wasn’t even an option.” A Detroit TV news anchor is battling the coronavirus. WDIV-TV says Evrod Cassimy has tested positive for Covid-19. Cassimy is a morning anchor at Local 4.
Cassimy gave an emotional plea to viewers in a phone call last night to WDIV. “It’s hard to even imagine that this is real life,” Cassimy said live on the air. "Take this seriously because I would not want anybody to go through what I’ve gone through. I took it as seriously as most people are and still got it. I’m hurting, but I am going to be OK.” Cassimy, who is in his lower 30s, told morning viewers via phone a short time ago the pain was so bad, he couldn’t even get out of bed. 'For me, coronavirus has been excruciating pain. I went home after work last Tuesday with a tiny bit of pain. After I slept, it intensified. That’s when the nightmare began. It was crippling pain. I couldn’t even roll over in bed. Standing up wasn’t even an option. I couldn’t get out of bed." Cassimy says he has no clue how he contracted the virus. "I’m confused. I haven’t traveled. I never had a fever. I never had a cough. My breathing has always been fine. It’s the worst pain and aches I’ve ever had in my entire life.” Cassimy also posted this message on Facebook this morning. “Please keep praying. For all those fighting coronavirus, I’m fighting with you and I know it’s not easy. To those who have lost loved ones to this disgusting virus, my heart goes out to you. I’m gonna take this time to get better. Thank you all for the incredibly kind messages. I love you all and cant wait see you again soon." Cassimy is a Michigan native. He has been with WDIV-TV since 2013. Before coming to Local 4, he worked in TV news in Grand Junction, CO, Madison, WI, Orlando, FL, Richmond, VA and Denver. He is also a musician.
WDIV says as a precaution, some of Cassimy’s morning show co-workers will be working from home for the next week. #MLive #CrimeInTheD
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A 26-year-old woman has opened up about her alarming experience after contracting coronavirus.
Fiona Lowenstein initially thought she could ride out the illness at home upon first experiencing symptoms, but wound up being hospitalized after she had trouble speaking and walking.
Lowenstein, who doesn’t have any prior autoimmune or respiratory conditions, said she first came down with a fever on Friday, March 13th.
“The fever persisted through the next day when I started to experience a cough,” the millennial told CNN. Over the weekend, she began to slowly feel better and thought the worst was now in the past.
“I started planning to take a shower on Monday, get back to some of my household tasks,” she said.
But on Sunday evening things took a dramatic turn as she began to experience chills, vomiting and shortness of breath.
“It exacerbated throughout Monday to the point where I had to go to the ER because I couldn’t speak, couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat,” Lowenstein added.
She was admitted into a New York hospital, given oxygen and eventually tested positive for COVID-19.
Lowenstein wound up spending two days in the hospital and has since been released, but remains in isolation.
“I’m feeling better every day but there are some lingering symptoms so it will probably be a while before I’m back up to my normal self,” she said.
She also wants to make sure young people realize her situation wasn’t an isolated case.
“After I was admitted, I was told that there was a 30-year-old in the next room who was also otherwise healthy, but who had also experienced serious trouble breathing,” she told the New York Times. “The hospital staff told me that more and more patients my age were showing up at the E.R.”
Lowenstein’s account appears to echo a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which revealed younger adults are at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.
While Americans aged 80 and older have a higher risk of dying from the virus, a significant portion of those hospitalized for the illness were younger, the study found. #WWJNewsRadio #CrimeInTheD
The case against an Illinois man charged with stealing purses priced at around $51,000 from a store in Troy has advanced to Oakland County Circuit Court.
Rollen Ligon, 32, waived his preliminary exam in 52-4 District Court on Tuesday, and Judge Kristen Niewsen Hartig bound the case over to the higher court.
Ligon, charged with first-degree retail fraud, was arrested March 12 as he tried to flee Saks Fifth Avenue at 2901 W. Big Beaver Road. He was seen grabbing a number of Louis Vuitton handbags, along with two others who drove away in a rental car which was later recovered in Lathrup Village, police said.
It’s believed the three traveled from out of state with the purpose of committing the crime, according to police. Ligon is held in the Oakland County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. He’s scheduled for arraignment April 2 before Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson. #OaklandPress #CrimeInTheD
Shoppers in parts of Oakland County are outraged after dirty gloves have been found littering parking lots of stores in the area.
Photos sent to 7 Action News show the dirty gloves in parking lots at five different stores, as well as masks.
People who are using the gloves should be disposing of them correctly. Check out the photos and each location below. #WXYZ #CrimeInTheD
Boyfriend named person of interest in Southfield woman’s murder, police say #ClickOnDetroit #CrimeInTheD
The boyfriend of a woman who was shot and killed last week at a Southfield apartment complex has been named a person of interest in her murder, police said.
Markia Leggett, 29, of Southfield, was killed around 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the Pine Aire Apartments in the 26000 block of West 12 Mile Road, according to authorities. When police arrived, police found Leggett suffering from a gunshot wound inside her apartment, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives investigating the case said they believed Leggett was killed by her boyfriend, Adrian Deshawn Hill.
Hill, 32, was seen running from the apartment building after the shooting, authorities said. He got into a maroon or whilte Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with Michigan license plate DWC9109 and fled the parking lot, police said. Hill was officially identified as a person of interest on Wednesday.
He is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds, officials said. He was last seen wearing a white jacket.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Southfield police at 248-796-5500. #ClickOnDetroit #CrimeInTheD