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VOL. 18, NO. 46

Teen arrested for shooting man at party

By Ben Baird
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WISD interviews 18 for new school board

By Danny Shaw
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A suspect has been arrested for shooting a 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township man in the stomach Nov. 4 at a party . Jared Douglas Marks, a 19-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, was arrested Thursday for the shooting. He is being held in Washtenaw County Jail and was scheduled to be arraigned on charges Friday, according to Ypsilanti police. Police were assisted by the Michigan State Police first district fugitive team to arrest Marks. Ypsilanti investigators received information indicating Marks was in the Lansing area. He was located coming out of a Lansing hotel and arrested without incident. He was taken to the Ypsilanti Police Department for processing and question before being lodged in jail. Detectives obtained a search warrant and executed it to search Marks Lansing hotel room, according to police, where they found the gun believed to have been used in the shooting. The victim was transported to the hospital after he was shot in the stomach at about 1:50 a.m. Nov. 4 during a party at an apartment in the 800 block of Green Road in Ypsilanti, according to police. He remains hospitalized as of Friday but he is expected to recover. Officers were dispatched at the time to investigate a report of gunshots. There officers learned the victim had already been transported to the hospital by some friends and the gunman had fled, lost in the crowd of other party goers, before police arrived. Police determined two acquaintances at an apartment the party was held at had an argument that escalated to the point the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun, a black revolver, and fired one shot through the apartment that struck the victim, according to police.

What should the new board of education look like for the unified Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts? A mix of new faces, fresh perspectives and a dash of familiarity said some community members that attended the two, threehour public interview sessions Monday and Tuesday. For long-time Ypsilanti resident and 1958 Ypsilanti High School graduate E.L. Weathers, regardless of which seven applicants are chosen, he thinks the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education will pick the


right people for the job and the new district will prosper. I think that once its unified, everybodys going to be pleasantly surprised, Weathers said. Its going to be a stronger district. Its basically because of the support of the community. Theres a lot of community support here. Kiera Birman, now a former Ypsilanti school board trustee after the consolidation vote, said the 18-person applicant pool will provide WISD Board members with the right mix of familiarity and freshness a new district needs. I think its really time for some new ideas and new perspectives but we also do

need some continuity with the past districts, Birman said. Im hoping we will get the benefit of those aspects in the new board. I have no doubt they will find seven good people. I think we have more than seven good people who applied. Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki said she was particularly surprised with the varied backgrounds and experiences of each candidate. Lisiscki said thats exactly what she and other administrators wanted to see from the applicants. Theyre all different, Lisiscki said. They all come with different skill sets and theyve been very different in their presen-

tation style to what they bring to the table. For WISD Board President Gregory Peoples and his four fellow trustees, the variance and qualifications of all 18 applicants is what makes their decision to eliminate 11 from the running to tough. Everyones so different and were happy to see so many qualified people, Peoples said. I was glad to see that. I think people ran the gamut. It just makes it that much more difficult but exciting because we do have such an outstanding applicant pool to chose from. For Ypsilanti

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