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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A Romeo man is in the Macomb County Jail after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from an undercover Macomb County Sheriff’s Office detective posing as a minor online.

According to Lt. John Michalke, detectives assigned to the sheriff’s Macomb Area Computer Enforcement team responded to an advertisement June 29 that was posted on a popular website. Over a two-day period, the individual who posted the ad sent graphic messages, including photographs, to the detective in an effort to arrange a sexual liaison.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores’ public safety officers will have one more tool at their disposal to aid people in need of medical care.

During the June 21 City Council meeting, Public Safety Director John Schulte said that a grant had enabled his department to equip each patrol vehicle with a portable trauma bag. These bags contain items “for immediate treatment in life-threatening moments,” he said. 

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Published July 6, 2016

A months-long investigation into a child pornography case has led to the arrest of a Clinton Township man.

On June 26, Richard Sherman Johnson, 43, was arrested for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, and using a computer to commit the crime.

Detectives from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence in the Silver Springs mobile home park, near North Avenue, between Groesbeck Highway and Elizabeth Road.

Sherman lives at the home with his wife and one other couple, police said.

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A man has been arrested for breaking into multiple vehicles in West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake and Bloomfield Township recently. 

Richard Duran, 20, was charged with three counts of financial transaction device, which is a felony, and two counts of larceny from a vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged a West Bloomfield doctor who was under investigation after police found drugs and post-conception material in his impounded vehicle in September 2015.

Michael Roth, 74, was charged June 23 with possession with intent to deliver the Schedule II narcotic fentanyl, and six counts of identity theft in 48th District Court. He also faces three counts of larceny in a building in 38th District Court in Eastpointe.  

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Published July 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Based on a professionally shot photo showcasing the various uniforms worn by the Shelby Township Police Department, a national uniform association named the township the best-dressed department in the 100-officers-or-less category.

Sgt. Jeffrey Bellomo took on the project in February. The photo was shot March 11, and the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors announced the winners in May.

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Published July 5, 2016

Police have submitted warrants for multiple driving offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, against a 26-year-old driver from Sterling Heights for an incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3.

According to police, the driver of a silver 2005 Cadillac drove at a high rate of speed through a parking lot, hit the curb, cleared a 5-foot wall and crash-landed into a home near Janis Street and Van Dyke Avenue.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said no one was in the home at the time of the crash.

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Published July 5, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY —  As District 1 state Rep. Brian Banks prepares for his re-election campaign, the Harper Woods Democrat is facing several felony charges. 

On June 28, the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed two counts of uttering and publishing, one count of false pretenses and one count of false statements against the 39-year-old elected official related to an application for a loan. 

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Published July 5, 2016

Police are looking for an angry bicyclist who recently punched a teen girl on the Paint Creek Trail in Orion Township.

Lt. Dan Toth, from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Orion Township substation, said the incident happened at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, on the Paint Creek Trail in Orion Township.

The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was walking on the trail with a group of three other girls —  ages 9-14 — when the bicyclist approached.

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Published July 5, 2016

Police on patrol this summer will keep a special eye out to catch kids being good.

The Troy Police Department is introducing the Operation Safe Summer Program to encourage safety this summer.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the purpose of the program is to promote safe, positive summer activities and to encourage Troy residents and visitors to get to know the officers of the Troy Police Department. Officers will be available to provide safety tips and answer questions at the request of residents.

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Published July 3, 2016

HAZEL PARK — They had to wait a bit for him to grow big enough to be fitted, but now Lando, Hazel Park’s K-9 officer, has a bullet- and stab-proof vest to keep him safe.

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Published July 1, 2016

FERNDALE — A former Ferndale police officer has been arrested and arraigned on assault and battery charges after allegations that he physically abused a prisoner he arrested.

In the early morning hours of Monday, April 18, former officer Jason White arrested a 17-year-old in a southeast Ferndale neighborhood for larceny from an automobile. It was the teen’s fifth similar offense in a two-year period, according to police.

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Published July 1, 2016

A library patron has started a GoFundMe campaign to help repair and/or replace over 200 hardcover books that have been ripped apart at the spine at the Troy Public Library over the last three weeks.

The Troy resident reportedly started the  GoFundMe page — www.gofundme.com/helptroylibrary — after she received an email as part of an e-blast from the library June 24.

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Published July 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff’s investigators say the Mount Clemens girl who claimed she was thrown into the Clinton River by a stranger fabricated the entire story.

According to the original report taken on June 22, the girl said she and her 14-year-old stepbrother were walking on the boardwalk alongside the Clinton River at around 11 p.m. when they encountered an intoxicated man.

The girl said the man picked her up and threw her into the Clinton River. She also claimed  that she hit her head on the way down.

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Published July 1, 2016

While thousands of metro Detroiters celebrated the red, white and blue, local police wrapped up their summer Operation Blue Light campaign to thwart ignorers of red lights and more.

The Sterling Heights Police Department participated in Operation Blue Light through a joint effort with police departments from Shelby Township and Utica. The cops’ campaign began June 20 and ended July 4.

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Published June 30, 2016

The Bloomfield Township Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place in the 1600 block of Winthrop Road, near Woodward Avenue and East Square Lake Road, around 9 a.m. June 29.

According to Sgt. John Weise, a local hospital reported that a woman in her 30s had been shot in the chest by her boyfriend. She is listed in stable condition.

It is unknown if the shooting was accidental or intentional. In lieu of calling 911, the woman was driven to a local hospital.

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Published June 29, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Over 200 people packed the Berman Center for the Performing Arts June 23 to raise money for the West Bloomfield Police Foundation. 

The Concert for a Cause — which was hosted by the foundation and the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission — featured performances by Karen Newman, Kyle Johnson and Steve Acho. In total, the foundation — which provides financial support for officers and their families, and community members in need — raised over $28,000.

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Published June 29, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — The men authorities alleged were behind a spate of recent bank robberies, including one in Sterling Heights that led to a pursuit and two crashes in Warren on June 23, now face both federal and state-level charges.

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Published June 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into a reported armed robbery that occurred recently.

According to a police report, around 10:34 p.m. June 6, police responded to the 24000 block of Cashmere Court on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Police dispatch personnel advised officers that they had received multiple calls from residents at the Autumn Ridge Condominiums who reported that they had heard gunshots in the area.

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