Police & Courts

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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Published May 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A Farmington Hills police officer is being investigated for his alleged use of child pornography.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office issued criminal charges against police officer Matthew Parsons, according to a press release.

On May 25, investigators from the Attorney General Criminal Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, served search warrants at the Farmington Hills Police Department, according to the report, and interviewed Parsons regarding the criminal case.  

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies arrested a pair of teens who were allegedly trying to break into a home around 12:15 p.m. May 24 on Valerie Drive, which is near 21 Mile Road and Hayes Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the area after a caller claimed to be witnessing a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking around a neighbor’s house and banging on a screen door.

After the subject was seen by the caller, he entered a nearby vehicle that was occupied by another male, and the two drove away from the homes.

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A head-on collision led to a truck also striking a condominium building near Hayes Road and Hall Road around 8 a.m. May 26.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash, which involved a 61-year-old Shelby Township man who was driving southbound on Hayes. As the man approached stopped traffic heading toward Hall Road, he was unable to stop in time and turned into oncoming traffic.

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Published May 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Barbecues, beach trips and gardening are coveted activities enjoyed by residents when the mercury finally begins to rise; but unfortunately, police warn that the high temperatures also mean the return of warm-weather rips-offs.

“Every summer, we have different scams that people pull,” said Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens. “You will have groups that go around and they will want to seal your driveway, for example, or say that you have a tree that is dangerous and needs to be trimmed.”

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — As heroin usage has increased on a local and national level, Ferndale police officers have been trained to use a nasal spray to fight the effects of an overdose.

Ferndale officers have been trained to use Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride, which helps stop the low blood pressure and respiratory depression that results from an opioid overdose.

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Published May 24, 2016

A jury awarded the two children of Sally LaMay $5 million for the pain and suffering the 37-year-old mother of two suffered after she was struck and killed by a bus in November 2014. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger represented LaMay’s children, ages 16 and 11, and asked the jury to award them $47.5 million. 

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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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