'Negligence,' But No Charges In Case Of Detroit House Mistakenly Demolished

WWJ News
February 14, 2020 - 4:35 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) - There will be no charges in the strange case of a home that went missing in Detroit. 

State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo filed a complaint with the city last September saying a house she owned on Minock Street, near Evergreen Road and Lyndon, was torn down without notice to her or her nonprofit group, Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education, 

Gay-Dagnogo didn't live in the home, which had been transferred from the Detroit Land Bank, but planned to fix it up and make it available to a family in need. 

Detroit police quickly launched an investigation that found that Sherman Gipson, owner of local company Gipson Brothers Trucking, was behind the wrecking ball.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the 66-year-old "readily admits" that he "jumped the gun” and demolished the house without final confirmation that his bid was accepted. The debris was dumped in a Waste Management landfill.

According to prosecutors, it appears there was a misunderstanding regarding whether Gipson was being asked to give a quote, or had received final clearance for the project. 

"Nothing suggests anything other than negligence on the suspect’s part. For these reasons the warrant is being denied," prosecutors added, in a statement Friday. 

Gay-Dagnogo, who was briefed by police on the outcome of the investigation, earlier told WWJ Newsradio 950 she was not totally convinced; and that she wondered if she was possibly targeted because of politics.