Police & Courts

Published May 24, 2016

Troy police have put extra patrols near Wass Elementary School, in the Long Lake and Dequindre Road area, after two 10-year-old girls said a man in a white car exposed himself to them as they walked home from school about 4 p.m. May 23.

According to police, a man stopped his car within viewing distance of the girls, arched his back, exposed himself to the girls, then drove off.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said last week the city is a safe place to live, as evidenced by historical crime data and a dedicated police force.

“We’ve had steady drops in crime for really two decades,” O’Donohue said. “And this year we had a 5 percent increase in Part A crimes.”

O’Donohue said many reported crimes in the city are still decreasing despite seeing an increase in a couple of categories — significantly frauds.

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Published May 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Like many municipalities in the Eagle’s coverage area, Bloomfield Township’s violent crimes and robbery incidents were down in 2015, while fraud causes climbed, according to the annual report.

But when officer Kelly Marthen presented the report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting May 9, he noted that something else was on the rise last year: agitation with police.

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Published May 23, 2016

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — On May 16, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Edward Servitto set a trial date for a carjacking case in which a Pontiac man allegedly held up a Washington Township man at knifepoint near the Macomb Orchard Trail and drove off in the victim’s truck Jan 2.

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Published May 19, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Five juveniles were arrested and a sixth was still being sought at press time in connection with a large-scale theft of guns, cellphones and jewelry at the Gibraltar Trade Center and elsewhere around Mount Clemens, Macomb County sheriff’s officials reported.

According to a report, deputies were dispatched to two separate vendor sites inside the Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road in Mount Clemens, on May 17 after it was determined that both vendors had experienced thefts several days prior.

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Published May 19, 2016

A suspect who allegedly produced a handgun and threatened a Harper Woods High School student while the student was walking to school was formally charged in 32A District Court May 13.

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Published May 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for his involvement in the armed robbery of Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and the attempted armed robbery of Medawar Jewelers in Kent County, Michigan, in April 2014. 

Nathaniel Pembrook, 43, was sentenced May 3 by U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson. 

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Police are looking for a man they say attempted to kill a motorist recently during a traffic altercation.

According to police records, the original incident occurred around 2:39 p.m. May 7 in the area of West 11 Mile and Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, when one driver allegedly cut off another.

The second driver told police that after the incident, the suspect followed him into Southfield, to the 27000 block of Pierce.

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A Flint man has confessed to a Nov. 17, 2015, home invasion involving a 77-year-old woman who was threatened with a gun and bound with duct tape at her home in the 2800 block of Crooks Road. 

According to a police report, DNA evidence linked the suspect to the home invasion.

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Published May 17, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A suspicious man driving a black sedan approached a 14-year-old boy at 9:48 p.m. May 12 in the 2700 block of Invitational Drive, near Buell and Rochester roads, a police report states.

According to the report, the car approached the teen, and the driver said, “Come help me, can you come to my car?” After the approach, the boy ran into his house to get his house sitter. Once the sitter approached the car, it drove away.

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Published May 17, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, asked a judge to waive his right to a preliminary exam within 21 days of being charged to allow his attorney time to examine evidence.

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.

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Published May 17, 2016

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for killing a Southfield woman last week.

According to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, deputies were dispatched around midnight May 13 to the area of Roselawn Drive and Maines Avenue on a report of a woman found lying in the street.

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Published May 17, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting incident in which shots were fired at a house in the 6000 block of Long Avenue, near Halsted and Walnut Lake roads, sometime between 2:20 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. May 9.

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, officers were dispatched to the house to meet with the 49-year-old homeowner, who reported that he had discovered two holes in his garage. Officers located the two holes, which were consistent with gun shot holes, and traced the bullets’ trajectories.

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Published May 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s four-legged police officers are getting an extra layer of protection while they are out on the job, thanks to a private donation for a pair of safety vests.

Roseville’s two K-9 officers, Corporal and Chase, are each receiving bulletproof and stab-resistant vests, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. The vests are being provided by Vested Interest in K9s, with the $4,600 needed for them coming from sisters Sharon Peters and Patricia Settimo.

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Published May 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 11, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia sentenced Joseph Wolf, 52, of Shelby Township, to two years of reporting, supervised probation and lifted Wolf’s bond provision that barred him from coaching.

Wolf is the former director and founding member of the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball league. During a routine audit, the Michigan Gaming Control Board discovered a misuse in the handling of funds, which led to a criminal investigation.

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Published May 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Empire Tile and Marble, a longtime Eastpointe business in the 17000 block of Stephens Road, suffered heavy damage in an early morning fire May 6, and investigators last week did not believe it was accidental.

According to Public Safety Director John McNeilance, firefighters received the call at 3:48 a.m. and found upon arrival that the office area and workshop area were engulfed in flames. St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Warren and Detroit Arsenal responded through mutual aid to help get the blaze under control, McNeilance said.

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Published May 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The multiday trial for Hilary Ulp, the woman charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring a 14-month-old boy in May 2015, resulted in a hung jury May 12 in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Ulp’s case now returns to a pretrial conference May 25 in circuit court. It is possible that another trial will be held.

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Published May 13, 2016

After releasing a security camera's image of a suspect to the media, Ferndale police apprehended a 36-year-old man who has since pleaded guilty to multiple bike thefts in the area.

Ryan Perry pleaded guilty in 43rd District Court on Wednesday, May 11, to two counts of misdemeanor larceny after he was arrested earlier that day, around 12:30 a.m., at Como’s Restaurant, 22812 Woodward Ave. He was being held on a $3,000 surety bond for each count while awaiting sentencing.

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Published May 13, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is asking residents of nearby communities to be on the lookout for a bank robber.

The robbery occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. May 12 at Bank of America, 34200 Utica Road in Fraser.

A press release issued by Fraser Police stated that a white female walked into the building, wearing large sunglasses and a dark wig. The real hair color of the suspect was described as being brown, or light brown.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing and charges were believed to be forthcoming at press time after an alleged robbery and shooting on May 10 wounded a 45-year-old Warren man at the Red Roof Inn on Dequindre, just north of the I-696 service drive.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the victim arrived at the hotel where he met with a 23-year-old suspect. The pair reportedly went into a room where another suspect was waiting with a handgun. The victim reportedly told police the second suspect demanded money.

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