copper thieves

Abandoned cars are completely under water on I-696. (Credit: Bill Szumanski/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Copper Theft A Possible Factor In Metro Detroit Freeway Flooding

Scrap metal thieves are adding to the delays in getting water cleared from flooded roads.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/13/2014

(Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Scrappers Leave Old Detroit Police Precinct A Complete Eyesore

No place is safe from scrap metal thieves in Detroit — not even police precincts.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/20/2014

Michigan House OKs Metal Theft Bill After Deal

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the vote was “great news” for his city and other communities struggling with illegal scrappers.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/20/2014

Copper pipes (credit: istock)

Metal Theft Bill Hung Up Despite Leaders’ Push

The legislation would tighten rules in what can be a lucrative scrap metal market, giving police and prosecutors more tools to bolster cases against thieves.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/16/2014

New LED lights illuminate both sides of I-94 west of Cadieux.  Just two weeks ago all of the lights were out after being sabotaged by copper thieves. (WWJ/Scott Lewis)

Scott Lewis: Voilá! New LED Freeway Lights Darkened By Copper Thieves Are Back On

Less than two weeks after my report detailing how copper thieves had sabotaged a $3.2 million dollar LED lighting project on I-94, most of the lights are already back on.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/10/2014

These freeway lights are illuminated along I-94 in Detroit, even though it’s the middle of the day. When it gets dark out, many of the lights are off, leaving a lot of Detroiters scratching their heads. (Credit: Scott Lewis/CBS Detroit)

Detroit’s New LED Freeway Lights Off At Night, On During The Day

Last summer, MDOT spent $3.2 million on a project to install 330 new LED lights on a five-mile stretch of I-94. The problem is; the damn things don’t work.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2014

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