Police & Courts

Published February 15, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A teenager and three adults were arrested for allegedly trying to invade a home in Eastpointe Feb. 7, leading to a shot allegedly being fired at one of the victims.

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Published February 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department released its annual report last week, and the summary of crime during 2015 is probably what residents might expect: Street crime is still low, crimes of opportunity have remained steady, and fraud scams are through the roof.

Chief Don Studt said Birmingham, which has always been known as a safe community, beefed up its reputation in 2015 with fewer assaults, incidents of vandalism, arsons and burglaries.

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Published February 11, 2016

On Feb. 11, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc granted a motion to quash medical records obtained by law enforcement that indicated passenger Joseph Narra, 18, of Shelby Township, had a blood alcohol content of 0.03 at the time of a fatal May 8 car crash.

After a pretrial conference held between the defense and prosecuting attorneys — and a chambers meeting with LeDuc — both parties agreed that Narra would plead no contest to a minor in possession charge.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor who is charged with four counts of child pornography has asked that his statements taken at the time of his arrest be suppressed from evidence because his request for an attorney was ignored.

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Published February 9, 2016

Roseville police are seeking information on a man who apparently tried to break into the Kroger gas station at 30200 Gratiot Ave. Feb. 6.

According to a press release by Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon, the perpetrator approached the gas station apparently from a field to the east off Beaconsfield on a bike at about 3:45 a.m. Surveillance footage reportedly showed the suspect remove a large rock from a black plastic bag that had been attached to the bike's rear rack and hurl the rock at the gas station’s glass.

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Published February 9, 2016

On Feb. 9, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc mandated that the preliminary examination for a man accused of a carjacking near the Macomb Orchard Trail would take place March 1, no matter what, after LeDuc agreed to adjourn the case for a third time.

Defense attorney R. Timothy Kohler said defendant Michael Garrett, 30, of Pontiac, wished to hold the preliminary examination at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, despite a perceived understanding that the case would be bound over to the Macomb County Circuit Court.

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Published February 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 28, five suspects were arraigned on multiple counts of delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and conspiracy charges in connection to an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary. The charges are all four-year felonies.

The suspects are Danny Jamil, 36, of Warren; Ryan Masters, 31, of Sterling Heights; Andrew Zuhrab, 24, of Shelby Township; David Carbone, 25, of Roseville; and David Pando, 23, of Washington Township.

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Published February 8, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The alleged shooter in a Clinton Township attack was arraigned Monday, Feb. 8.

Alfie Parker, 33, of Clinton Township, was arrested on a multi-count warrant issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Clinton Township Police Department worked with the FBI-Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force — of which Clinton Township is a member — to make the arrest at around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Detroit.

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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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