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Detroit, Michigan
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Thursday, August 16, 1984
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DETROIT FREE PRESSTHURSDAY, AUG. 16, 1984 15A, Traffic jam is expected on the main road to concerts CONCERTS, from Page 3A Livernois Road to just north of Big Beaver Road. In addition, drivers headed east on Big Beaver won't be able to get on to the northbound 1-75 ramp. They will have to circle into the westbound lane to get onto 1-75 north. There will be some alleviating factors, however. Because Diamond's shows start at 8 p.m. each night, those seeing him may catch only the tail end of rush hour and vacationers heading north. And because the Jacksons won't start until dark, from 9:15 to 9:30 each night, their fans will have a chance to avoid the heaviest traffic. Still, most Oakland County sheriff's deputies are telling callers to leave a half -hour earlier than normal. Automobile Club of Michigan spokesman Jerry Cheske said it would be advisable to plan on arriving an hour before starting time. Auburn Road east to Opdyke. TO PINE KNOB: From the south and southeast: Take 1-75 north to Square Lake Road, west to Telegraph Road, north to Dixie Highway, west to Sashabaw Road, north to the theater entrance. Take 1-75 north to M-24, north to Clarkston Road, west to Pine Knob Road, south to Sashabaw Road, south. . j From the southwest: Take 1-275 north to 1-696, east to Telegraph Road (US-24), north to Dixie Highway (US-10), west to Sashabaw Road, north to the theater entrance. TO MEADOW BROOK: A Meadow Brook spokesman recommends taking Woodward to Adams Road to avoid the freeway. w "There's not much we can do about it," Cox added. "A lot of that work can't be undone just for the weekend. Once you tear up a bridge deck, you can't take the barricades down because there are holes in the road." The department has urged contractors working on the road to opt n as many lanes as possible to avoid & total standstill. ; DRIVERS USING both northbound and southbound 1-75 in the area of the concerts this weekend will encounter three major potential bottlenecks: one of three lanes closed from the Genesee County line to U.S. 10 (Dixie Highway); one-lane traffic only on six bridges between M-15 and University Drive, and one of three lanes closed from "A lot of that work can't be undone just for the weekend." Both agencies and the state Department of Transportation said those coming from the north should have little trouble. To help ease the crush, they offered these alternate routes: TO THE SILVERDOME FROM THE SOUTH: Take Woodward north to Opdyke Road, which goes straight to the Silverdome. Follow Woodward until it becomes Widetrack, and take NONE TO REOPEN IN CITY 'm:'"" . " i Rrv-nt'i r rl p l-W"- f ; : 1 VNn A 0 ' ' II fir ''kJfZ- 3 Errrl -.-biCsv. 1 i gJ'-ftfLJatv BL Isw k Kroger will rehire 3,500 for 45 stores KROGER, from Page 1A Kroger has 12 other stores in out-state Michigan that were not closed last month. Workers there had granted concessions earlier. Free Press File Photo by DAVID TURNLbY Vera Sutton and her daughter, Jackie, 5, at a closed Kroger store at 1 855 1 Grand River in Detroit last month. Kroger is not planning to reopen the store. Reopening Aug. 23 1. 1140 Broadway, Ann Arbor 2. 2603 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor 3. 2502 Packard Road, Ann Arbor . 4. 2020 Green St., Ann Arbor 5. 1919 Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor 6. 5720 N. Sheldon, Canton 7. 13661 Colson, Dearborn 8. 16919 Kercheval, Grosse Polnte 9. 15265 Dixie Highway, Monroe 10. 41941 Garfield, Mt. Clemens 11. 1215 24th St., Port Huron 12. 2907 Krafft, Port Huron 13. 65 S. Livernois, Rochester 14. 2855 Union Lake Road, Union Lake 15. 4745 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsllantl 16. 1771 Michigan, Ypsllantl Reopening Aug. 29 17. 3200 S. Boulevard East, Auburn Hts. 18. 601 Euclid, Bay City 19. 3675 W. Maple, Birmingham 20. 1005 E. Grand River, Brighton 21. 23001 Michigan Ave., Dearborn 22. 2986 Center, Essexvllle 23. 37025 Grand River, Farmlngton 24. 8999 Macomb, Grosse He 25. 18670 Mack Ave., Grosse Polnte 26. 1 1 35 E. Grand River, Howell 27. 27301 Cherry Hill Road, Inkster 28. 401 W. Genesee, Lapeer 29. 2808 Ashman, Midland 30. 670 Highland Road, Mllford 31. 33195 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore 32. 43525 W. Oaks Drive, Novl 33. 4395 Orchard Lake Rd., Orchard Lk. 34. 67500 Gratiot, Richmond 35. 26150 Gratiot, Rosevllle 36. 3389 N. Woodward, Royal Oak 37. 23191 Marter, St. Clair Shores 38. 43680 Earle Memorial, Sterling Hts. 39. 31 E. Long Lake Road, Troy 40. 26233 Hoover Road, Warren 41. 26800 Dequlndre, Warren 42. 5640 Dixie Highway, Waterford 43. 36111 Michigan Way, Wayne 44. 35700 Warren, Westland 45. 19001 West Road, Woodhaven Still closed These stores, Kroger said, will not reopen as Kroger stores and are in the process of being sold. The company said It is expected that most, if not all, of these stores will reopen as food stores under new ownership In the near future. 46. 1410 W. Maumee, Adrian 47. 1392 S. Adrian Highway, Adrian 48. 755 State Street, Caro 49. 10335 W. Warren, Dearborn 50. 4901 Conner, Detroit 51. 25451 Grand River, Detroit 52. 10620 W. McNIchols, Detroit 53. 18551 Grand River, Detroit 54. 1 940 E. Eight Mile Road, Detroit , 55. 5685 W. Fort St., Detroit 56. 600 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale 57. 27335 Telegraph, Flat Rock 58. 2625 Dlx-Toledo, Lincoln Park 59. 37300 Five Mile Road, Livonia 60. 33151 Plymouth Road, Livonia 61. 1599 W. 14 Mile Rd., Madison Heights 62. 2575 S. Van Dyke, Marlette 63. 240 N. Main, Plymouth 64. 3745 Highland, Pontlac 65. 22555 Greenfield, Southlleld 66. 14155 Eureka Road, Southgate 67. 201 N. Riverside, St. Clair 68. 22175 Eureka Road, Taylor 69. 1007 W. Chicago, Tecumseh 70. 13700 14 Mile Road, Warren Source: The Kroger Co. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS are being made to sell the stores that are not being reopened as Kroger stores, Ber-nish said. "It is anticipated that final closings (on the sales contracts) will be arranged in four to six weeks. It is our hope that most, if not all, of these stores will be reopened as food stores." Bernish said Kroger would not announce the potential buyers' names but said "expressions of interest . . . have run the gamut from larger chains to one-store operations." An industry source close to Kroger said Wednesday he expects some stores to be sold to Alfred Kessel, who owns eight former Kroger stores in the Flint and Saginaw areas. The source said it is unlikely that any one buyer will purchase most of the stores. Kroger has said it would favor buyers who might purchase supplies from its new wholesale operation, Foodland Distributors, which means it is unlikely Kroger will sell to chains that have their own supply subsidiaries. Foodland is a joint venture with Wetterau Inc., a St. Louis-based food wholesaler. In Pittsburgh, where Kroger and Wetterau formed a similar joint venture after Kroger closed 45 stores in February, Wetterau bought 27 stores and helped finance their sale to independent operators who would be supplied by Foodland. KROGER CLOSED the southeastern Michigan stores last month after clerks and cashiers rejected a contract proposal with major concessions that the union said would have reduced most workers to part-time status and taken away their seniority. The two sides reopened talks after the closings and reached a new contract with wage and benefit concessions that retained seniority rights. Last week, butchers, clerks and cashiers, represented by United Food & Commercial Workers Union locals 539 and 876, ratified the agreement. Employes with enough seniority to be rehired will have seven days to claim jobs, Bernish said. Kroger will begin an advertising and merchandising program to lure back old customers who have had a month to find new places to shop. "I don't think anyone is assuming they'll come back to us," Bernish said. He said Kroger will "try new things," including more customer service and giving a better selection of meats and produce. State vs. firemen in town's blazes ARSON TRIAL, from Page 1A THE 11 officially have been charged in the six fires over the nearly two-year period, but investigators say they believe the, men, and others still under investigation, could be responsible for other suspicious fires dating to 1979. Fire Chief Douglas Hazzard, whose son Charles II is charged with burning real property, said he does not believe the allegations. "They said they weren't guilty, and when these guys tell me that, I've got to believe them," Hazzard said. "I'd go to the wall, go to the wire, I'd go all the way with these guys." .: But detectives Trooper James Paul and Sgt. Terry Essex, of the Michigan State Police fire marshal's division, said most of those charged admitted setting the fires and named accomplices. . "In their statements, they said it was just something to do; there was nothing else to do," Paul said. "As far as the fires went, my impression was they did not seem to think it was that important." ' THE FIRE DISTRICT - serving 3,200 people in the 72 square miles of the village of Decatur and townships of Decatur and Hamilton, 20 miles southwest of Kalamazoo has been plagued by 31 suspicious blazes or confirmed arsons since 1979. -Residents were relieved when a young couple was arrested on arson charges last summer and the mysterious fires stopped. But investigators remained concerned when the couple admitted to setting only four of the fires. "Yes, I knew we had a problem, but I thought it was all oyer with the arrest of those kids," Hazzard said. "The fires just stopped then." But Paul and Essex said an alternate theory to explain the cessation of the fires was the Investigation, which intensified and became more visible. STATE POLICE Detective Paul Kinville and the FBI began investigating the arson outbreak after an anonymous caller tipped the FBI in January 1983 that a Decatur police officer might be involved in a business fire. ' Hazzard acknowledged that the unusual number of fires had provoked jokes about the local fire department and pes Lake County sheriff faces state charges over checks SHERIFF, from Page 3A case one for $31 1.33 in July 1980 from an auto dealer for an overpayment on patrol car repairs, and checks for $575 and $2,648 in December 1982 from the Genesee County treasurer for housing prisoners in the Lake County Jail. "We're not charging, nor are we implying, embezzlement," said Dan Loepp, Kelley's spokesman. "As far as we can tell," he said, the contingency fund was used for "operations in the Sheriff's Department." Blevinsls charged with a felony with a maximum sentence offive years in prison if convicted, and two misdemeanors carrying one year each. Loepp said he did not know ho w the Attorney General's Office initially became involved in the case. Blevins' department has been at the center of a civil rights controversy, heightened when a black resident of Baldwin was shot by a white deputy. A task force appointed by Gov. Blanchard concluded that Lake County "has experienced a breakdown in police-community relations." It recommended a review of operations in the Sheriff's Department and at the county jail. Blevins is running for re-election this year. I at the volunteers. But Paul said the jokes may have covered a deeper fear of some residents and other volunteers. "I get the feeling that some townspeople knew but were hesitant to come forward, Paul said. Tve heard some volunteers quit because they were getting bad feelings about the fires. They were going out three and four times a week. Attention soon focused on emergency road flares that officials said were used to set some of the fires. A detailed analysis of residue found that the flares were the same type carried by state police and supplied by them to the Decatur Police Department. FORMER POLICE OFFICER Jon Shroyer, on suspension since December, was questioned on July 2. Essex said Shroyer "did a lot of hedging. "The last thing we told him was to think about it for a couple of days, Essex said. On July 5, he came back and named the firemen and implicated himself He admitted giving them flares, and he knew what they were going to be used for." Added Paul: "Then it was like the domino effect. One would talk and lead to another." On Friday, the men were notified of the charges and ordered to appear in Paw Paw District' Court today for arraignment and the setting of bonds. The seven fire fighters were suspended, leaving a volunteer force of 16 men, Hazzard said. "And only six of them are available during the day," he said. "I'm trying to recruit some new people and get some former members to become active again. But I don't know what we'll do if we get a big one." soundoff Should' U. S. let sailors stay? The Immigration and Naturalization Service will decide within 30 days whether two Polish sailors who defected in Detroit will be granted political asylum. Do you think they should be allowed to stay in the United States? YES, 74 percent: "The immigration service should take time to reread the inscription on the Statue of Liberty." . . . "Hamtramck will take care of the Poles. . . . "This is the land of immigrants." . . . "They let everybody else come to the United States. Why not two nice Polish boys?" NO, 26 percent: "You're sending the Mexicans back, you won't let the Haitians in, so let them go back to Poland." ... If they grant the Polish people, they ought to grant everybody political asylum." . . . "The Haitians couldn't stay. Why should they?" Soundoff is a non-scientlflc, reader-opinion feature. Percentages are based on 732 calls. 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