Traffic Incidents

Published December 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — An officer from the Madison Heights Police Department was involved in a car crash the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 6.

According to a news release issued by Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke, the officer was driving through the intersection at Dartmouth Street and University Avenue around 5:36 a.m. when another vehicle reportedly disregarded a stop sign and crashed into the officer’s patrol vehicle.

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Published December 5, 2016

TROY — A man reportedly got out of his white Volvo just after 7:15 p.m. Dec. 3 on northbound Adams Road, south of South Boulevard, and pointed a handgun at a woman, police said. 

According to police reports, the woman driving behind the Volvo mistakenly thought the roadway changed to two lanes and pulled alongside the Volvo. Police said she realized the second lane she was traveling in was ending, so she slowed down to let the man in the Volvo pass her. 

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Published December 2, 2016

Sterling Heights police took four men into custody after reportedly discovering a large supply of what is described as “high-potency marijuana” from outside the state.

Police said they initiated a traffic stop during the afternoon of Nov. 30 in the 33000 block of Van Dyke Avenue, north of 14 Mile Road. Inside the vehicle was a stash of about 200 pounds of prepackaged, illegal marijuana, police said. Officers then arrested the three male suspects inside the vehicle.

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Published November 29, 2016

TROY — Police confiscated a .45-caliber handgun from two men who repeatedly rammed squad cars with a 2005 Dodge Caravan while trying to flee from officers at 11:45 p.m. Nov. 23. 

Capt. Bob Redmond said the officers suffered bruises and other injuries that did not require medical treatment, and three police squad cars were not drivable. 

Police received a report that two men were seen breaking into vehicles parked in a lot at 750 Stephenson Highway, then got into the van and fled the area. 

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Published November 21, 2016

A 30-year-old Troy man died after he was ejected from a car he was driving on southbound Interstate 75 at Crooks Road in the early hours of Nov. 20.

According to Troy police, Joshua Watkins was driving a black 2013 Cadillac CTS with a 21-year-old Pontiac woman in the passenger seat at 3:10 a.m. when he lost control of the car and struck the median guardrail.

Police said the car travelled across the freeway and hit the guardrail on the shoulder and overturned.

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Published November 10, 2016

Local authorities are searching for clues that could lead to information on a deadly incident recently.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, two officers were on patrol around 11 p.m. Nov. 7 at Eight Mile and Northland Drive when a Farmington Hills driver, 54, travelling westbound crossed into the median and crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Goff said that when the officers went to the man’s aid he was semiconscious. Paramedics discovered that the man had been shot once in the left shoulder.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLAWSON — Police say it could be weeks before blood tests reveal the exact cause of a serious car crash last week that hospitalized a mother and her 9-year-old son.

“The case remains under investigation,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello, adding that they were not releasing the names of those involved or further details at this time.

Sarvello said late last week that speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor, but the use of prescription medications by the driver is being investigated.

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Published November 4, 2016

A man who stood outside his broken-down 2004 Cadillac on northbound Interstate 75, south of Crooks Road, just after 6:45 a.m. Nov. 3 died after a tractor/trailer hauling cement powder struck him, police said.

According to a police report, Patrick Seamus Arthurs, 43, of Allen Park, had pulled onto the right shoulder just south of the Crooks Road overpass, got out of his car and was standing next to it. Police said the hood of the car was up, but the car lights and emergency flashers were not activated.

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Published November 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Dakota High School sophomore was killed while walking to school this morning.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Victoria Cartwright, 14, was hit while crossing Heydenreich Road near Vine Drive, in between 21 and 22 Mile Road, around 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

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Published October 18, 2016

At approximately 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, police responded to a white 2007 Mercury Milan that had driven through the glass exterior of a Shamrock gas station located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of M-59.

Utica Police Chief David Faber said he feared at first that the incident was the result of a chase or road rage, but he quickly learned that an inexperienced driver went to park in a spot in front of the business, but hit the accelerator instead of the brakes.

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Published October 17, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Hamtramck man died Oct. 11 after crashing his car into a piece of construction equipment on the Shook Road Bridge in Harrison Township, Macomb County sheriff’s officials report.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, a witness driving past the site at 3:15 a.m. observed the victim’s car lodged under a large piece of equipment on Shook Road just west of Interstate 94.

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Published October 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — More than a year after it began, a construction project on Nine Mile Road has finally wrapped up.

The $2.8 million project is part of a $99 million, citywide infrastructure overhaul that voters approved in 2014. Federal funding provided $1.3 million for the project.

City officials and residents met in the turn lane of the road to celebrate the completion of the project at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

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Published October 11, 2016

At approximately 12:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a 911 call that two double-bottom haulers had collided on Ryan Road, south of 22 Mile Road, near Coyote Joe’s Nightclub.

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Published October 7, 2016

NEW HAVEN — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 78-year-old Harrison Township man died today after his motorcycle struck an SUV in New Haven.

According to Lt. John Michalke, the incident happened at 11:10 a.m. A 56-year-old New Haven woman was traveling eastbound on New Haven Road and was turning northbound onto Gratiot Avenue when the victim, who was traveling westbound on New Haven Road, struck her 2003 Ford Explorer. He ultimately died from his injuries, officials report.

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Published October 4, 2016

FRASER/WARREN/ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man has been charged with armed robbery following a police pursuit involving multiple departments.

Kenneth James Ervin, 41, was arraigned Oct. 3, in 39th District Court in Roseville. His bond was set at $250,000 without 10 percent cash or surety.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Walgreens near 13 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway in Fraser.

Ervin allegedly walked into the store and approached two female clerks. He allegedly implied he had a gun.

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Published October 3, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Several were injured in a multi-vehicle crash caused by an alleged drunken driver on Interstate 94 in Harrison Township Sept. 28.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, a 30-year-old Romulus woman was traveling in a silver 2002 Dodge Durango in the westbound lanes of the highway near N. River Road at around 11:43 p.m. when she reportedly rear-ended another vehicle.

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Published September 28, 2016

WARREN — Warren police said James Nowak, of St. Clair Shores, died Sept. 27 after the motorcycle he was operating struck a curb around 3:25 p.m. on Hoover Road at Chicago Road.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said Nowak, 54, was travelling southbound on Hoover when he apparently lost control of the 2013 Harley-Davidson and crashed. Nowak was reportedly dead at the scene. 

“He was catapulted in the air. The bike landed on top of him,” Mills said. “He was wearing a helmet. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.”

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Published September 26, 2016

At approximately 4:23 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a crash on M-53 between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads.

The initial investigation found that a red Ford Explorer driven by a 44-year-old Capac man was heading southbound on M-53 when it crossed the center median and struck a white Chevy Malibu driven by a 37-year-old Memphis man.

The 37-year-old man, Scott L. Bajorek, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published September 26, 2016

A Michigan State Police trooper is recovering from a broken clavicle and two broken ribs after being struck by another vehicle on Interstate 94 as he was traveling to a funeral.

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Published September 22, 2016

A portion of eastbound Hall Road in Sterling Heights was temporarily closed Sept. 21 after a four-car crash sent four people to the hospital with injuries — one person’s critical — according to Sterling Heights police.

According to a police report, at around 2:30 p.m. on Hall Road, near Delco Boulevard, a man driving a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck reportedly struck the back of a 2015 Buick Encore. The first impact caused a chain of crashes involving a 2007 Pontiac Vibe and a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, police said.

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