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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
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plex, which is located next door
Police also arrested 18-year-
old Ian MacKenzie in connection
with the fire.
The prosecutor told Easthope
that Arens has "a significant
criminal history" for someone of
his age. Arens, who is 21, has pre-
viously been convicted of home
invasion and retail fraud, among
other crimes. The prosecutor
also cited substance abuse issues
as reasons to keep the bond at
The court order lists Arens's
address as an area homeless shel-
ter, but the prosecutor said he
probably wasn't actually living at
the shelter at the time of the fire.
Easthope said he would keep
the bond set where it is and
revisit the issue during the Dec.
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will prosecute," Pawlowski said.
"They will inform us when they
decide - to our knowledge, they
haven't made a final decision."
Office of the Attorney Gen-
eral Spokesman Nick De Leeuw
refused to give information about
when a decision whether to pros-
ecute would be reached, but Paw-
lowski said he anticipates it would
be made within the next few
MIOSHA has inspected Dav-
enport Masonry on eight sepa-
rate occasions over the past five
years and has cited the company
for more than a dozen safety vio-
lations, according to records on
the U.S. Department of Labor's
Several calls to officials from
Davenport Masonry over the last
week went unreturned.
Marina Roelofs, the executive
director of Architecture, Engi-
neering and Construction at
the University, said Davenport
Masonrywas chosen forthe North
Quad project before Felty's death.
She also said Davenport was not
directly vetted by the University
for either project because in both
cases Davenport was acting as a
The University never direct-
ly screens sub-contractors, but
Architecture, Engineering and
Construction does perform a "full
pre-qualification" for construction
managers that includes scrutiny of
the firm's hiring process for sub-
"That's one of the criteria that
we look at," Roelofs said.
Swedish construction company
Skanska was the construction man-
ager for the UMMA project.
Davenport Masonry, based in
Holt, Mich., lists an extensive port-
folio of projects for various colleges
and universities, religious facilities
and office buildings on its website.
Among these are many University
structures, including the Replace-
ment Hospital Enclosure, the Bio-
medical Science Research Building,
the Ambulatory and the School
of Public Health. Davenport also
worked on the Michigan Theatre
on State Street.
Most recently, the company was
tapped to help construct the new
$175 million North Quad residen-
tial and academic complex located
at 105S. State St. To ensure safety at
this new site, MIOSHA performed
standard planned inspections this
pasi May and July.
"We have done two inspections
and they have both been clean,"
Pawlowski said. "We want to see
firms being more diligent about
adhering to our standards, espe-
cially after serious violations."
Though the willful violations
against Davenport Masonry are
grounds for concern, violations
against construction companies are
more commonplace than generally
Barton Malow Co., the contrac-
tor working on C.S. Mott's Chil-
dren's and Women's Hospital and
the Michigan Stadium renovation,
has been cited for 36 violations since
2005, according to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor's website. Walbridge
Aldinger, the general contractor
working on North Quad that also
built the new Hill- Dining Center,
has had six violations levied against
them since 2005. None of the viola-
tions for either company, however,
were classified as willful.
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