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Published February 8, 2016

FRANKLIN — Multiple homes in Franklin that have been up for sale were invaded and had appliances stolen while homeowners were out of the house recently.

Three home invasions happened along 14 Mile, between Telegraph and Inkster, between Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, all of the homes with “For Sale” signs in front.

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Published February 4, 2016

DETROIT — Two teens have been charged in a carjacking that occurred in the 14400 block of Edmore Jan. 23 that led to one of the teens allegedly shooting the victim.

Rayvon Smith, 18, was charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm.

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Published February 4, 2016

A man with no fixed address has been arrested and arraigned for allegedly stealing a donation jar from the Ram’s Horn at 29220 Gratiot Ave. Jan. 27.

Cory Gebhart, 28, was arraigned on a charge of larceny from a building Feb. 4 in 39th District Court. His next court date was scheduled for Feb. 17.

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Published February 1, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspect is reportedly on the loose after shooting a Clinton Township man multiple times.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, outside the apartments on Village Road. The apartments are located off 15 Mile Road, between Gratiot and Harper avenues.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the victim, a 35-year-old Clinton Township man, saw a person close by who was somewhat recognizable.

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Published January 26, 2016

On Jan. 26, Judge Denis LeDuc, of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, granted a motion from the prosecution to adjourn the preliminary examination of a 30-year-old Pontiac man charged with carjacking and assaulting and/or obstructing a police officer.

LeDuc also adjourned a Jan. 12 probable cause hearing for defendant Michael Garrett because the prosecution and defense were in agreement to adjourn, given that the key witness was out of state.

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — United States Attorney Barbara McQuade — joined by West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton and representatives from the FBI — announced Jan. 13 that an Ontario man had pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two minor girls. 

Antonio Fontana, 58, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation, including the unlawful coercion and enticement of the two girls, the production of child pornography and the extortion of the girls using the Internet.

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Published January 26, 2016

WARREN — Warren police and Van Dyke Public Schools officials started off the school week of Jan. 25 investigating a social media threat against Lincoln High School.

Because of the alleged threat, district Superintendent Joseph Pius canceled classes for students Jan. 25.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the threat was posted on Instagram and through the Kik messenger app. The person responsible for the posts reportedly referenced a shooting to take place at the school at noon last Monday.

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Published January 26, 2016

Eastpointe man Timothy Fradeneck, 38, pleaded “guilty but mentally ill” in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens Jan. 25 to charges that he murdered his wife and two children.

Fradeneck made the plea to first-degree murder charges and first-degree child abuse charges at an evidentiary hearing before Judge Diane Druzinski. His sentencing is scheduled for March 1; the sentencing for the murder charges is life without parole, while the child abuse charges can see a number of years up to life in prison.

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Published January 25, 2016

UPDATE: School repoens after threat deemed not credible: 

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing at press time Jan. 25 after a threat posted on social media led to the closure of Warren’s Lincoln High School.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the threat was posted on Instagram and through the Kik messenger app. The person responsible for the posts reportedly referenced a shooting to take place at the school at noon on Monday.

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Published January 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Timothy Fradeneck, the Eastpointe man accused of killing his wife and children on April 13 last year, was considering a guilty plea at his next circuit court hearing.

The hearing was scheduled for Jan. 25, after press time.

“We’re exploring entering a plea of guilty but mentally ill,” said Fradeneck’s attorney, Steven Kaplan. “A guilty-but-mentally-ill verdict spares the family of hearing the details of the crime, and it enables him to receive mental health help in prison.”

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One suspect is dead and an officer is injured following an incident during a human trafficking sting in Southfield last week.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 outside the Detroit Marriott Southfield hotel, 27033 Northwestern Highway, during an undercover operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the hotel.

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The trial of Angela Alexie, who faces charges of first-degree child abuse and first-degree murder following the death of her newborn son in December 2014, has been postponed until March 1.

Her trial was set to begin Jan. 12, but it was delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Additionally, Alexie has a Walker hearing and competency hearing scheduled for Feb. 9. A Walker hearing regards the possibility of disallowing a defendant’s possibly incriminating statements based on the circumstances around the defendant making the statements in the first place.

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Published January 19, 2016

A 21-year-old Center Line man reportedly took a kitchen knife to church with the intent to enter during services and stabbed a volunteer who intervened just after noon Jan. 17.

Police received a 911 call at 12:08 p.m. of a stabbing at Christ the King Syriac Church at 2300 John R Road.

According to reports, Brian Boulus arrived at the church with a small kitchen knife and approached the church door during services.
Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that parishioners at the church originate from Iraq and Syria.

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Published January 19, 2016

On Jan. 19, defendant Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, did not appear for his probable cause hearing at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township. Defense attorney Stephen Rabaut said his client was not in court because he had been hospitalized.

Frame was arrested Jan. 1 and charged with five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and a misdemeanor for possessing marijuana.

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Published January 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — A man suspected in several recent violent attacks on women is now facing charges for one on a woman in Grosse Pointe Park last month.

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Published January 19, 2016

Police are on the hunt for a man they say is tied to several bank robberies in Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

The Southfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man responsible for robbing Huntington Bank, 23195 Greenfield Road.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Loussia said the man entered the bank and handed a teller a note that demanded money.

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Published January 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of a local couple.

James and Christy McKeogh, who were married 20 years, were found dead in their home in the 15000 block of Uthers Street — just off Hayes Road — on the afternoon of Jan. 15 due to blunt force trauma.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said Christy McKeogh’s brother — who co-owned a manufacturing company in Shelby Township with her and another individual — found the couple around 1:30 p.m. that day.

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Published January 18, 2016

Two men are facing felony charges after their vehicle was found to contain a copious amount of marijuana.

According to a police report, police pulled over a 33-year-old Riverside, California, man and his passenger, a 26-year-old Melvindale man, in the area of Lake Shore and Colonial roads at 11:57 p.m. Jan. 11 after noticing a strong smell of burning marijuana coming from the car, a 2001 Mercedes with a California license plate. The men allegedly had been smoking marijuana.

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Published January 15, 2016

Police are urging officials at local houses of worship to be cautious and aware that there has been suspicious activity reported at a church in Troy.

“Presently, the Troy Police Department is investigating two incidents of suspicious activity at a local church,” police said in a statement released Jan. 14.  “On two different occasions in the past two months, church security intercepted individuals that appeared to be scoping out the church facility and were uninvolved in worship activity.”

Police did not name the specific church.

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Published January 13, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department is asking for the public’s help in apprehending a home invasion suspect.

At 7:34 p.m. Jan. 12, the Farmington Hills Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion in the 28000 block of Peppermill Street near the area of 12 Mile Road and Farmington Road.

“We’re looking for the public's help (with) anything they can provide,” Lieutenant Paul Nicholas said.

The homeowner arrived home and interrupted a crime, according to a press release. 

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