Storms leave trail of damage • Ethan Crumbley's Miller hearing starts today • Boy stabbed over basketball game

Metro Detroiters are in the dark and faced with big messes after Wednesday's storms.

The thunderstorms brought strong winds that knocked over trees and took down branches onto power lines, homes, and vehicles.

"It started getting bad. I went into the house, and I was standing in the window and all of a sudden we heard the boom and a crack," a resident who lives in a hard-hit area of Livonia said.

Around Metro Detroit, trees can be found blocking streets while limbs litter yards. Some homes suffered damage from fallen trees and branches, including a house in Redford Township, on a street where a large tree fell and blocked the road.

"I get home and I couldn't even get to my street," Michael said. "This is terrible."

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Metro Detroit storm damage: Strong winds topple trees and branches onto homes, vehicles, power lines

Thunderstorms Wednesday brought heavy winds that left destruction across Metro Detroit. Along with power outages, residents are faced with cleaning up big messes left by the strong winds.

Thousands without power

Another effect of the strong storms? Power outages.

As of 8:20 a.m. Thursday, DTE Energy is reporting that 163,869 customers are without power, a number that has been steadily rising this morning. More than 2,700 crews are in the field.

Stay at least 20 feet from downed wires. Do not touch the power lines or use an object to touch them. Do not drive over downed wires. Also, avoid touching anything the wire touches, such as a fence or a puddle.

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Nearly 160K DTE customers without power in Southeast Michigan after storms cause widespread damage

Strong winds brought down trees and limbs around Metro Detroit, leading to power outages that have left more than 157,000 in the dark.

Ethan Crumbley in court for Miller hearing

Thursday, the process for deciding if 16-year-old Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley should face life without parole begins.

Crumbley, who was 15 at the time of the school shooting, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder, one count of terrorism, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony after the Nov. 30, 2021 shooting. 

However, he cannot be sentenced until a judge considers his age since he is a teenager facing life in prison. 

Factors such as Crumbley's age, life circumstances, and crime circumstances will be weighed during the hearing, which could take several days.

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Judge deciding if Ethan Crumbley should get life without parole for Oxford High School shooting

A judge is deciding if Ethan Crumbley can be sentenced to life without parole for the Oxford High School shooting.

Mother says son murdered over basketball game

Daivion Henderson's mother said a group mad over losing a basketball game murdered the 14-year-old. 

Terronda Henderson said a group of teens, including her son Daivion, was playing basketball on Detroit's west side Tuesday night in the area of Burgess and Thatcher. The game led to a fight.

Terronda said Daivion won that game, but the teens he was playing against were mad. She said they tried to fight him, but Daivion was a boxer and was apparently winning the fight.

That's when someone stabbed Daivion.

"Over a basketball game - it's crazy what happened to him, you win some, you lose some," she said.

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Mom of 14-year-old stabbed to death at Detroit park says it was over a basketball game

Henderson says Daivion won that game, but the teens he was playing against were mad, they tried to fight him, but Daivion was a boxer, and was apparently winning the fight. Then, it took a turn.

Suspect in MSU student's hit-and-run death gets prison

A woman who fled to Thailand after hitting and killing a man on New Year's Day is headed to prison.

Michigan State University student Ben Kable was home for the holidays when he was hit and killed by Tubtim "Sue" Howson in Oakland Township. Instead of stopping, Howson took off and fled the country.

US Marshals tracked her down and brought her back to the US in February with the help of Thailand’s government. She was sentenced Wednesday to 1-5 years in prison.

"Did you provide any aid or comfort as Ben laid dying in the road?" said Michael Kable, Ben's father. "Instead you selfishly fled the scene and left him in the road to be run over. Shame on you, you showed no decency, empathy, or compassion for others."

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Woman who fled to Thailand after hit and run that killed MSU student, sentenced to prison

"I want to apologize to the family of the victim and the victim himself, what happened," said the 57-year-old Howson.

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President Joe Biden’s son Hunter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two tax crimes after a plea deal with federal prosecutors unraveled during a court hearing following the judge's concerns over the agreement.

Hunter Biden was charged last month with two misdemeanor tax crimes of failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes from over $1.5 million in income in both 2017 and 2018, and he had made an agreement with prosecutors, who were planning to recommend two years of probation. That deal is now on hold.

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