Police & Courts

Published July 20, 2016

With Pokémon GO exploding in popularity over the past weeks — it has already surpassed Candy Crush Saga with the most active daily users in the United States at the peak of that game’s popularity — it only seems inevitable that the smartphone app could cause some problems in the real world.

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Published July 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Taylor man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly attempting to use someone else’s identity to upgrade cellphones.

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Published July 19, 2016

Residents are being warned to look out for a man posing as a city worker and attempting to scam homeowners out of cash and other valuables.

On July 15, officers responded to a larceny complaint from a victim who lives in the north end of the city. The victim, 93, reported that a man claiming to be from the Eastpointe Water Department stole money from the victim’s home.

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Published July 19, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department will be the first department in the county to have the Next Generation 911 equipment and services to replace its older system.

The system currently in use was damaged in the August 2014 floods and needed spare parts from around the state to get it in working shape.

“We work with the county to determine the 911 system,” City Manager April Lynch said. “We were already in the docket at some point in the next couple of years to get a new system, but in 2014 we lost our 911 system in the flood.”

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Published July 19, 2016

DETROIT — There will be no new trial for Robert “Bob” Bashara, 58.

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Published July 19, 2016

CLAWSON — A 36-year-old Lathrup Village man is facing numerous charges following an alleged drunk driving spree that began downtown and ended in neighboring Royal Oak.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said charges were forwarded to the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office this week.

“We’re seeking charges for defrauding an innkeeper, which is running out on a tab or a bill, leaving the scene of two property damage accidents and assault and battery,” Sarvello said.

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Published July 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police caught two suspects July 14 with a toddler in their car after the men allegedly perpetrated a bank robbery moments earlier.

Police said there were no injuries during the incident and the child was turned over to protective services.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said the department received a call that a robbery had taken place late in the morning July 14 at Community Choice Credit Union, located at 1709 Crooks Road.

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Published July 19, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — A 35-year-old man from Keego Harbor was in custody after allegedly firing a shot at or near Keego Harbor and West Bloomfield police officers July 17. 

According to Oakland County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Keego Harbor officers were dispatched to a house in the 3000 block of Portman Street, near Cass Lake and Orchard Lake roads, around 1 a.m. for a domestic assault complaint. West Bloomfield officers were on the scene to assist with perimeter security. 

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Published July 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A former Farmington Hills police officer was recently bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court for his alleged involvement in viewing child pornography.

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Published July 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Warren man was issued two tickets after fleeing the scene of an accident during which he left his boat and trailer behind.

A man in his 40s was driving down 9 Mile Road the night of July 10 when his trailer that held a Rinker speed boat became detached from his vehicle, according to St. Clair Shores Police Officer Paul Opper. The trailer and boat crashed into a utility pole and struck a vehicle at the Roy O’Brien Ford dealership.

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Published July 15, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The effects of an opioid overdose can include confusion, slow and arrested breathing, unconsciousness, and even death. Time is of the essence when emergency responders are faced with someone suffering from an overdose.

Now police officers in Madison Heights will be able to counter the effects of an opioid overdose with the fast-acting drug Narcan, also known as Naloxone, administered via a nasal spray.

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Published July 14, 2016

At approximately 10:40 p.m. July 13, police received reports about a three-car crash that had occurred on 25 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr Road.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said apparently the driver of a 2007 Ford Fusion rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light, which crashed into another vehicle.

Schmittler said the Ford Fusion's driver, a 46-year-old man from Macomb Township, then drove off eastbound along 25 Mile Road and crashed at the roundabout at 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

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Published July 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After an investigation that began several months ago, the former treasurer of the Parcells Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has been charged with embezzling funds.

On the morning of July 8, Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court Judge Theodore Metry charged Ywanda Ndiaye with embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. She was released on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.

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Published July 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police arrested a teenager last week for his alleged involvement in a July 1 fire inside a downtown parking structure.

“It was some construction material allegedly set on fire,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.

Clemens did not give any further details about the suspect other than the boy was a 15-year-old Brown City resident who was visiting friends in the area over the weekend.

Police do not believe there was a motive to do greater widespread harm.

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Published July 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At approximately 10:38 p.m. July 2, a 30-year-old Royal Oak man crashed his motorcycle into a car wash in Clinton Township.

Clinton Township police Sgt. Christopher Allis said the man was riding his motorcycle southbound on Utica Road. While in the right lane approaching 15 Mile Road, he suddenly drifted into the driveway of Royal Touch Car Wash and lost control.

The motorcycle went down on its left side, striking a curb and coming to a stop near the boulevard grass.

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Published July 13, 2016

PONTIAC — A Detroit man has been convicted in the murder of a Madison Heights resident he met on Craigslist.

Christopher Charles-Ruben King, 20, was tried for first-degree murder and convicted of second-degree murder. He was also convicted of second-degree arson and unlawfully driving away an automobile.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar described King as “defiant” and remorseless. She sentenced him to a minimum 30 years in prison June 28, after which he will be eligible for parole. King appeared unfazed by the sentence. 

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Published July 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Smash-and-grabs are a crime of opportunity, and local police say a thief or thieves are taking advantage of businesses after hours.

According to police records, numerous smash-and-grabs have been occurring overnight or in the early morning hours at local nail salons, beauty salons and ATMs.

“We have seen a slight increase in the numbers we’ve had over the last few weeks,” Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said. “It’s always a problem, not just in Southfield, but the metro Detroit area.”

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Published July 11, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 43-year-old Bloomfield Township man is expected in court this week on multiple charges stemming from an alleged domestic shooting two weeks ago.

According to the Bloomfield Township Police Department, it all started around 9 a.m. June 29, when officers were called to the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on reports of a woman with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 38-year-old victim was allegedly shot by her boyfriend, Jaisen Clanagan, at their shared home on Winthrop Road.

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Published July 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Following the cross examination of two prosecution witnesses July 6, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd determined there was sufficient probable cause for child pornography-related charges against a Shelby Township man.

Shepherd bound over the case against Philip Frame, 61, the former director of the Macomb County Office of Public Affairs, to the Macomb County Circuit Court for a trial by jury.

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Published July 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A man suspected of robbing a CVS pharmacy in St. Clair Shores and then heading down to Ohio and allegedly committing another robbery has turned himself in to police.

Eric John Auchmuty, a 31-year-old from Eastpointe, was arraigned in front of Magistrate Mark Metry July 6 on charges of armed robbery and making a false report of a felony.

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