Detroit man who walked 21 miles to work each day forced to move for his safety

Published: Monday, February 02, 2015 @ 6:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 1:46 PM

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UPDATE: James Robertson told police that he did not feel safe in his current home after receiving a new car and being the subject of a fundraiser that has collected over $300,000. The Detroit Free Press reports that crime prevention specialists assisted Robertson with moving to a safer temporary residence. Robertson told police that people had been asking him for money. Robertson has not received any cash yet from the fundraiser, and is meeting with financial advisers who will help manage the man's newfound wealth.

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Here's a man with a big heart and even more determination.

Each day, James Robertson, 56, walks 21 miles each day round trip just to get to his job. No matter what the weather, Robertson has been hiking it to work ever since his car broke down 10 years ago, he tells the Detroit Free Press.

"By the time Friday comes, you’re mentally and physically drained," Robertson tells the Free Press, saying that he's "extremely tired" by the grueling commute that leaves him only a couple hours to sleep each week night.

His job at a factory pays $10.55 so he says he can't afford a car and the bus only takes him so far to work. The rest he has to walk, consuming large amounts of Coca-Cola and Mountain Dew just to stay awake. The walk only leaves him with a few hours of sleep before he has to do it all over again, but he loves the people he works with so he makes it work.

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His story has reached millions, prompting 19-year-old Evan Leedy to set up a GoFundMe page to help Robertson out. 

"I just used my phone," Leedy told the Free Press. "I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000." The crowdfunding page has raised over $149,000, according to People.

The funds likely will be managed by a board of professionals who would make sure the donations go towards the cost of having and maintaining a car, including the high auto insurance rates that Detroit motorists pay.

But that's not the only gift Robertson is getting. According to The BlazeRodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven, Michigan, offered to give Robertson a free 2014 Chevrolet Cruz or Sonic after sales manager Darwin Filey came across his story on Facebook.

Robertson couldn't be more grateful.

However, when it was suggested that a new federal program might temporarily provide a door-to-door public transit service for Robertson, he said he'd rather see those funds used on a 24/7 bus service that everyone can use.

While the donations and offers of cars pour in, Robertson is determined to not miss a shift.

"Where there's a will there's a way."

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

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WATCH: Bear roams outside cabin rental office, hops into truck

Published: Saturday, May 05, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

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A cabin rental office in Tennessee received surprise visitors this week.

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A bear roamed the parking lot of the Chalet Village office on Wednesday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. After unsuccessfully trying to access a trash bin and pausing at the front door, the bear sauntered over to a company pickup truck and easily opened the door. The bear climbed into the back of the truck momentarily, before being shooed out by employees.

Chalet Village representative Cindy Dale Jenkins told the Knoxville News Sentinel that another bear paid a visit to a company truck on Thursday, this time settling into the driver's seat.

Jenkins said that employees should have followed the advice they give to guests, which is to keep all vehicles locked and to be aware that bears may be in the area.

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Giant inflatable duck named Quacky bounces down street in Iowa

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 1:56 PM

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High winds set loose a giant inflatable duck which surprised motorists in Iowa Thursday evening.

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The duck, named Quacky, belongs to the Youth Emergency Shelter and Services in Des Moines, The Associated Press reported. Windy conditions set the inflatable loose, and the duck proceeded to bounce down a 2-block stretch in a Des Moines neighborhood. 

Video captured the unusual scene.

The inflatable duck has been returned to its owners, and is receiving repairs so it will be ready for its appearance at a May 5 fundraiser, the AP reported.

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Florida man arrested after shooting over cat hair, police say

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

Casselberry police arrested Craig A. Tull on April 26 following an altercation with his roommate over cat hair on a couch.
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Casselberry police arrested Craig A. Tull on April 26 following an altercation with his roommate over cat hair on a couch.(Casselberry Police Department)

A Florida man told his roommate, "The next one's going in you!" after shooting at him following an altercation over cat hair, according to a police report obtained by WFTV

The incident occurred April 26 at a home in Casselberry.

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Craig Allen Tull told the responding officer his roommate, Christopher D. Schaffner, did not clean up after his cat when it left hair all over the couch. He said he ordered Schaffner to leave the house, but he refused, at which point he shoved Schaffner. 

Schaffner told police he was sitting at his computer in the living room when Tull got his gun from his bedroom and pointed it at him, firing a round in his direction but not hitting him. Schaffer also told the officer Tull grabbed his car keys from his belt before jabbing the gun into his rib cage, causing minor bruising.

Crime scene investigators found bullet holes in a wood cabinet that were consistent with the silver Taurus Judge revolver in the home, WFTV reported.

Police arrested Tull, but had to use four sets of handcuffs because he was unable to put his hands behind his back. He faces multiple charges, included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

Schaffner told the officer he and Tull have been roommates for two years since Schaffner's girlfriend died. 

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Man accused of spreading nails on road to punish speeding drivers

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

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A Minnesota man is facing a felony charge, accused of tampering with the road outside of his home as a way to punish speeding drivers, authorities said.

Joseph Kurimay, 75, has been charged with one felony count of damage to property, WCCO reported. 

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Kurimay has been under investigation since October, according to the criminal complaint. He is accused of scattering mason nails on the road outside of his home. The criminal complaint says more than 100 vehicles have been damaged due to Kurimay's actions.

Police gathered evidence from employees at a car repair shop and from surveillance video at a hardware store, the criminal complaint said. Police said they linked a credit card used to purchase mason nails to Kurimay, and found a nearly empty box of mason nails during a search of Kurimay's garage.

Kurimay initially denied involvement, but then expressed frustration that authorities had not responded to his complaints about speeding in the neighborhood, so he took matters into his own hands, according the criminal complaint.

Police told WCCO that 115 victims have been identified, and over $22,000 has been reported in damages.

Kurimay could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted, WCCO reported.

A review of Kurimay's criminal record found several speeding tickets, WCCO reported.

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