Youngsters gathered at Frenchie’s and the Enchanted Florist this morning for a chance to have breakfast with Santa Claus and present him with their wish lists. About 100 kids and their families came for the event, which started off with brunch at Frenchie’s before moving to the Enchanted Florist where they got to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him their Christmas wishes and receive an early present. While the event is geared to bring smiles to kids’ faces, it’s also a food and blanket drive for Blanket Express and S.O.S.
Fraud suspect arraigned Robert George appeared for arraignment on Thursday for a 25-count felony warrant for swindling $700,000 out of Ypsilanti Township residents alone. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Parviz alleges George was selling condominiums in the Crystal Ponds Condominiums development, but pocketing deposits, construction payments and other fees for personal use. The investigation began in 2005 and the charges include obtaining money under false pretenses in excess of $20,000, larceny by conversion and fraudulent use of building contract funds. Parviz named 30 people who have lost their life savings because of the scheme. George has sought the protection of the U.S.
The good news is Café Luwak owner Jim Karnopp officially put to rest the rumor he is shutting down Depot Town’s best stop for a latte and a sandwich.