Police & Courts

Published June 10, 2016

An Oakland County Circuit Court jury found Royal Oak resident Kirk Leach not guilty of the murder of 28-year-old Kenith Walter inside Leach’s Fern Street home in October 2015.

The jury reached the unanimous decision the afternoon of June 9, finding Leach not guilty on a count of open murder, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison.

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Published June 10, 2016

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EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe police are investigating a fatal automobile crash that occurred June 8.

At around 11 p.m., 47-year-old Jenell Capreice Bailey, of Royal Oak, allegedly was driving her minivan northbound on Gratiot Avenue. Eastpointe Detective Lt. Neil Childs said Bailey was driving at a high rate of speed that was higher than the speed limit.

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Published June 9, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Following an investigation into questionable charges on the Pleasant Lake Elementary School PTA’s checking account, a West Bloomfield resident has been charged with embezzlement. 

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Published June 9, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Two Mount Clemens teens were recently sentenced to prison for the fatal stabbing of a Clinton Township man during a small-time drug deal last year.

Jayvon Cates, 19, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a Macomb County Circuit Court jury in March, while DeAndre Arnold, also 19, was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2015 death of Alexander Burkart, who was 22 at the time.

The two were tried in separate trials.

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Published June 8, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A 17-year-old Farmington resident was recently arrested after allegedly stealing from multiple vehicles in the area over the past couple of weeks, according to a Farmington public safety and Nixle report. 

According to the report, the suspect was seen walking in the area of Shiawassee and Farmington in the early-morning hours on May 26, when an officer met the suspect, who claimed that he was walking home from a friend’s house. 

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Published June 8, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Police have been investigating an incident at a local nail salon where an employee allegedly brandished a gun during an argument with a customer.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Nail Tech, 22551 Gratiot Ave.

According to Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs, the incident happened between an employee and a customer.

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Published June 8, 2016

A Southfield man faces multiple charges after police say he exposed himself, watched a woman undress and grabbed at her in a locker room at a health club just after 2:30 p.m. May 26.

According to reports, a woman showering in the locker room at LA Fitness at 3501 W. Maple Road allegedly saw Luis Augusto Ramirez, 49, of Southfield, in the women’s locker room.

The woman reportedly told Ramirez that he was in the wrong locker room and then saw him watching her under the stall.

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Published June 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local restaurant owner issued a challenge that if the Shelby Township Police Department could collect 100 pounds of prescription medications during May, he would donate $1,000 to its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

The final counts are in, and the community dropped off 148 pounds of unused prescription medications last month.

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Published June 7, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A church in Eastpointe suffered a break-in last week in which a TV, cash and a video game system were stolen from the property.

Employees from Immanuel United Methodist Church, 23715 Gratiot Ave., contacted Eastpointe police at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 30, about the break-in. Police said it’s believed that the robbery occurred sometime after 1:30 p.m. May 29.

“They found it looked like it had been burglarized because they’d seen the offices had been ransacked,” Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs said.

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Published June 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In an effort to establish open communication with more facets of the community, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide recently launched an initiative to pair a police officer with each place of worship in the township.

“We’re just making contacts, finding what the issues and problems are, and getting the program up and running,” Shelide said. “We want churches to know our people and be able to pick the phone up and call them. It’s just all about relationship building.”

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Published June 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Technology has made its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, especially shopping.

With resale sites like Craigslist, eBay and Facebook sale groups, the bargain hunt is always on. Until, that is, a deal turns sour.

“Caveat emptor” is especially true these days, when the news is sprinkled with tales of scams — even assaults — from ill-intentioned sellers online.

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Published June 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight break-in and theft that took place at the Macomb County Administration Building in the early morning hours of June 3.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, employees from the Treasurer’s Office arrived for work and noticed several office items and personal items missing. These items include two empty cash register drawers, an Apple iPod, and a tablet.

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Published June 3, 2016

WARREN — High-tech gadgetry and a quick police response thwarted an early-morning burglary attempt June 2 at a south Warren landscape business.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said a 25-year-old man who reportedly said he was homeless was taken into custody after a short foot chase that began at Beste’s Lawn & Patio Supply on Schoenherr, just south of Toepfer.

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Published June 2, 2016

At approximately 8:05 a.m. June 2, police and firefighters responded to Malow Junior High School, 6400 25 Mile Road, after two smoke bombs about the size of a soda can were set off in the cafeteria.

When police arrived, all of the students were in the process of evacuating the building.

Jason Schmittler, acting deputy chief of the Shelby Township Police Department, said police arrested five juveniles — all students at Malow Junior High School — and that the incident lasted less than an hour.

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Published June 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy sustained minor injuries during an arrest of an attempted robbery suspect in the city of Mount Clemens May 29.

According to the crime report released by Capt. David Kennedy, deputies were dispatched to F&A Beauty Supply, 1142 S. Gratiot Ave., at 3:45 p.m. in response to an armed robbery in progress.

Witnesses state that the male suspect entered the business and immediately produced a pistol from his waistband, at which time an employee fled the store and the suspect gave chase.

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Published June 1, 2016

DETROIT — Despite having signed an affidavit in which he claims to have single-handedly committed the murder of mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara at her Grosse Pointe Park home the evening of Jan. 24, 2012, former handyman Joseph “Joe” Gentz repeated in court that the contents of said affidavit are the stuff of fiction.

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Published June 1, 2016

One suspect is in police custody and another is at large following a shooting at a local middle school.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. May 21 to Thompson Middle School, 16300 Lincoln Drive, on a report of gunshots in the area.

Police discovered that a large group of youths had gathered at the school for a fight between several females from two different schools.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is welcoming three new police officers to the force, which brings the department close to being fully staffed.

Austin Bishop, Kenneth Csizmadia and Matthew Gardiner were introduced by Police Chief Tim Collins at the May 24 Ferndale City Council meeting.

Mayor Dave Coulter said that after years of staff reductions on the police force, it feels good to be able to fill some of the positions.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — With nicer weather, communities might have an uptick in crimes.

One situation that parents can educate their kids about is “stranger danger” and what kids can do if they’re ever confronted by a suspicious adult.

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Published June 1, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, waived his right to a preliminary exam in 52-4 District Court May 26.

Jones, of Pontiac, is charged with first-degree felony home invasion in connection with the stabbing death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7. He allegedly gave keys to the victim’s apartment to her neighbor, Charles Stephens, who is on trial for her murder.

Jones’ arraignment is set for June 8 with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant.

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