Shelby TownshipJune 21, 2012
Disorderly conduct arrest follows county investigation at smoke shop
By Brad D. Bates
C & G Staff Writer
Two men are in trouble with the law for actions occurring hours after county officials investigated reports of a local smoke shop selling synthetic marijuana.
County Executive Mark Hackel and County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham led an investigation of Woodstock Tobacco and More during the late-afternoon hours of June 11.
The search resulted in officials finding no contraband, but employees at the store became irate upon the appearance of the county officials and members of the media.
According to a report from the Shelby Township Police Department, store employees continued to harass a female reporter covering the event into the night, culminating with the arrest of a 17-year-old employee for disorderly conduct and the request for a warrant for the arrest of Dabish Jeffery-Adel Dabish, 34.
The reporter contacted Shelby Township police at roughly 10 p.m., and upon arrival officers noted a brown SUV parked behind the reporter’s news van at 46660 Van Dyke Ave., across the street from Woodstock Tobacco and More, and a group of men surrounding the reporter and a cameraman.
The driver of the SUV informed police that his vehicle was “stalled” and he could not start it. He then told officers that he had freedom of speech and assembly rights.
At this time, the officer heard the suspects yelling at the reporter and cameraman. The officer noticed the 17-year-old “purposefully” step on a camera cord, nearly causing the cameraman to fall.
When the cameraman asked the teen to “stop pulling his cords,” the suspect responded by telling the man to “shut the f--- up.”
At this point, the officer told the 17-year-old he was under arrest for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and/or 90 days jail.
As officers were placing the man under arrest, they witnessed Dabish Dabish squatting behind the reporter with a lit cigarette lighter and making lewd remarks while low enough to the ground to attempt to look up the reporter’s skirt.
As the officer approached Dabish Dabish, he fled across Van Dyke and headed to the Citgo station located at 46555 Van Dyke Ave.
The officer informed the driver of the brown SUV, identified as Dabish Dabish’s brother, that they had the right to assemble but Dabish Dabish’s actions warranted arrest.
Officers then pushed the brown SUV from behind the news van and watched the driver start it and drive away.
The reporter and cameraman were able to finish their broadcast without further incidents.
A warrant for the arrest of Dabish Dabish was granted by the 41A District Court June 19 on misdemeanor charges that he conducted “himself in a disorderly manner by interfering with another person’s pursuit of lawful occupation.”
The 17-year-old was also charged for being a minor in possession of tobacco, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and/or 90 days jail, after a cigar and a pack of cigarettes were found on him when he was arrested.
When contacted by the Shelby-Utica News, Dabish Dabish claimed he didn’t harass the reporter but declined further comment. He was unaware of any charges or a warrant against him.
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