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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.

Tennis instructor accused of flashing Nazi salute at Birmingham schools meeting loses his job

By: - August 23, 2021

Paul Marcum, who witnesses say flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” at a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting last week, has lost his job as a tennis instructor at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield. Marcum worked at the health and fitness club every fall but he won’t be allowed to return this year, […]

Nazi salute, insults hurled at chaotic Birmingham schools meeting over mask mandate

By: - August 20, 2021

Police are investigating a man who flashed a Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” during a raucous Birmingham Board of Education meeting over a mask mandate for students. Unruly anti-maskers booed and hurled insults at board members and speakers, including a high school student, who spoke in favor of face coverings during the meeting Wednesday […]

Michigan’s ethnic intimidation law protects transgender people, court rules

By: - August 11, 2021

A Michigan law that makes it a crime to intimidate people based on their gender protects transgender residents, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The ruling involves a case in which a transgender woman was shot at a gas station in July 2018. The gunman, Deonton Rogers, was charged with ethnic intimidation after police […]

Son of former Michigan lawmaker sentenced to time served for participating in Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - August 4, 2021

An Upper Peninsula man who threatened “war everywhere if we let this election get stolen” was sentenced Wednesday to time served after spending six months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Karl Dresch, 41, of Calumet, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly demonstrating in a Capitol building. […]

State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot

By: - August 2, 2021

Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]

Detroit City Council approves reparations measure, but challenges lie ahead

By: - July 22, 2021

Black Detroiters moved a step closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination, but the historic measure still faces legal and funding uncertainties. The Detroit City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that would give residents the opportunity to vote on whether the city should “establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing […]

Trump’s AG dismissed claims of election fraud in Detroit and elsewhere as ‘bulls–t’

By: - June 30, 2021

Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr reviewed President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud at the TCF Center in Detroit last year and concluded they were baseless, he told the Atlantic in an interview. Barr broke the news to Trump at a meeting in the White House, where the president was watching a Michigan legislative hearing on […]

Michigan man imprisoned for 32 years is freed after DNA evidence exonerated him of murder

By: - May 28, 2021

A Michigan man who spent nearly 32 years in prison for murder was released this week after DNA evidence ruled him out as the killer. Gilbert Lee Poole Jr. was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for the murder of Robert Mejia, who was stabbed to death after leaving a bar in Pontiac. At […]