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Oakland County crime briefs from the second half of 2019

C&G Newspapers | Published January 3, 2020

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Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from July to December:


Drunken driver blames crash on deer
TROY — Police were called to Coolidge Highway, south of Briarwood Drive, just before 4:30 a.m. July 7 on a report that a vehicle drove off the roadway and struck a house.

Police said they found two people standing outside a black 2019 Chevrolet Impala that had driven off the roadway.

According to the police report, the Impala struck a parked car in a driveway and pushed that car into the garage door and the side of the garage.

The garage door reportedly struck two vehicles parked inside the garage.

Police said the driver, a 24-year-old Lewisville, Texas, man who reportedly smelled of alcohol, said he was driving the vehicle back from Mackinaw City to a friend’s house when he swerved to avoid a deer.

According to the police report, he admitted to drinking two drinks, failed sobriety tests and blew a 0.103% blood alcohol content on a breath test.

He was arrested and charged with drunken driving.


Lottery tickets switched out
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — At around 1:40 a.m. July 8, officers were dispatched to the BP gas station at 6495 Telegraph Road on a report of a theft.

A man allegedly stole $110 worth of lottery tickets. The clerk said the man had asked for 10 Club Keno EZ Pick lottery tickets and a pack of cigarettes. He attempted to pay for the items using a credit card, which was declined, and then said he would get cash from his vehicle parked near a gas pump.

The clerk watched the man allegedly get into the driver’s side of a black Honda Pilot and leave the gas station, and only later noticed that the tickets were missing from the counter and had been replaced with old expired lottery tickets.

An investigation was ongoing.


Men fight in nursing home
FARMINGTON HILLS — Police were dispatched to a nursing home at 1:26 p.m. July 15 after the manager of the Manor of Farmington Hills, 21017 Middlebelt Road, reported two residents were fighting, and one had assaulted the other.

The suspect, a 70-year-old Farmington Hills man, reportedly struck the victim, a 73-year-old Farmington Hills man, once in the mouth with a closed fist. The suspect claimed the victim was antagonizing him during a verbal altercation, which led to the assault.

The victim walked away with a minor injury to his bottom lip, but neither man needed medical attention at the time of the incident. Both men stated they didn’t want to get police involved any further; however, the manager said she had to report the assault due to the nursing home’s policy.


Woman arrested for bringing stun gun to court
ROCHESTER HILLS — A 20-year-old woman from Pontiac was arrested after trying to bring a stun gun into the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills at 1:50 p.m. July 15.

Deputies assigned to the courthouse security detail reportedly observed a suspicious item inside the woman’s bag as it passed through the X-ray machine.

The item was retrieved from the bag and was found to be a stun gun, which the woman said she had purchased from Amazon.

The woman, who did not possess a valid concealed pistol license, was in violation of the carrying a concealed weapon statute.

She refused to make any further statement, and was arrested and detained in the court detention area. She was later transported to the Oakland County Jail, where she was lodged pending the issuance of criminal charges.   


Man defecates near river platform
BIRMINGHAM — A woman told police at 7 p.m. July 22 that she saw a man defecating near the observation platform of the river along the south side of Midland Street.

She took a picture of the license plate of the car the man left in, and police contacted him. The 60-year-old West Bloomfield man was cited with disorderly conduct.


Woman arrested for cocaine possession
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 37-year-old Highland Township woman was arrested July 22 for possession of cocaine.

At 10:43 p.m., police stopped the woman driving down M-5 as she approached the Interstate 96 and Interstate 275 junction for failure to signal to switch lanes. The woman stated that she was returning home after dropping off a friend.

Officers observed a prescription bottle with a marijuana stem contained in it. The woman said she was unaware that the prescription bottle was in her car.

When asked about weapons, the woman said there was a knife in the center console.

Officers found two black straws containing cocaine residue and a bag containing 3 grams of cocaine in the woman’s purse. She said her friend must have left the items in her car.

The woman was arrested. At the police station, officers found another black straw and a folded piece of paper containing another gram of cocaine concealed in the woman’s shoes. The woman said her friend left those items in her car as well.


Items stolen from beauty supply store
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 35-year-old Farmington HIlls woman was arrested at 10:29 a.m. July 30 and charged with first-degree theft from a beauty supply store in the 28000 block of Orchard Lake Road.

An employee told a shopper that the employee believed the store had just been stolen from, that another customer had taken hair products from a stand near the register and walked into an aisle and out of sight before leaving the store.

The uninvolved shopper got into her car and followed the suspect as the suspect walked southbound down Orchard Lake Road. The customer notified police of the theft and the direction of the suspect.

Officers stopped the suspect at a nearby gas station and arrested her. In a large tote bag they found a stolen blue purse and various hair care products. The hair products were valued at around $547.


Injured ‘penguin’ saved
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Officers were dispatched twice July 31 to the 100 block of Bloomfield Hills Parkway on reports of an “injured penguin.”

Officers responded to the area to find a black-crowned night heron with an obvious leg injury. The bird became agitated as officers captured and crated it.

Officers contacted the Howell Nature Center, in Livingston County, and staff there offered to rehabilitate the heron. Police delivered the bird to the center, where personnel noticed that it was tagged with a leg band — a practice reportedly common with a local zoo where the birds are bred and released in an effort to repopulate the species in its natural habitat.

Officers closed the investigation and said they were pleased with the outcome, but disappointed that they didn’t find an actual penguin.


Grounds maintenance men squabble over music volume
TROY — Two employees from a grounds maintenance company riding in a truck together on their way to a job site at 3305 W. South Blvd. reportedly argued about the volume of the music on the radio just before 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1.

Police received conflicting reports. One man — who reportedly suffered a cut over his left eye and a knocked-out tooth — said his co-worker punched him in the face four times and two more times after he fell to the ground, according to the police report. He was treated at the scene.

Police contacted the suspect, who had left the scene, by phone. He reportedly admitted to the fight but said it was a mutual donnybrook.

A third employee riding in the truck told police the fight was mutual, according to the police report. Police were investigating.


Naked couple busted at police station
BIRMINGHAM — As an officer pulled into the Birmingham Police Department, 151 Martin St., just after midnight Aug. 1, he noticed an unknown vehicle parked and running in a spot marked for municipal vehicles only.

He approached the car and noticed that the rear windows were fogged up.

He found a 24-year-old Clinton Township man and a 25-year-old Sterling Heights woman undressed in the back seat. They were issued citations for disorderly conduct and were given a court date.


Irate ex accused of trying to run over three people
TROY — Police were called to westbound Vanderpool Drive, west of Rochester Road and north of Big Beaver Road, just after 1:30 a.m. Aug. 3 on a report that a 27-year-old Clawson man, reportedly an ex-boyfriend of a resident, was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion up and down the drive, honking his horn and yelling obscenities.

Police stopped him to investigate the report. Three people said they had seen the Clawson man driving past the home of the ex-girlfriend on several occasions, yelling, according to the police report.

The witnesses told police that the man had tried to run them down with his car, forcing them to run to avoid being hit.

He was arrested for felonious assault with a motor vehicle.


Man cited for hit-and-run in neighborhood
ROCHESTER HILLS — A deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation was dispatched to a home in the 500 block of Marquette Drive for a report of an attempted larceny at 11:11 p.m. Aug. 4. The caller stated that a trailer had been stolen, and while it was being stolen, the trailer struck two parked cars.

Two neighbors in the area told deputies that they witnessed the incident and said that the man who owns the trailer had reportedly hit the two cars, but while in his black Saturn, before driving off.

The man again told deputies that someone was trying to steal his trailer and struck the two cars. Following an investigation, the man was issued a citation for a hit-and-run for leaving the scene of an accident.


Man apprehends woman police say stole co-worker’s car
TROY — Police were called to Dequindre Road, south of Big Beaver Road, just before 9 a.m. Aug. 6 on a report that a black 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was being stolen from where it had been parked near a construction site. The car belonged to a construction worker.

According to the police report, a woman got into the car and drove away using keys left in the glove box.

Police said that as she was driving away, the owner approached her and she tried to strike him with the car.

Another employee reportedly got into his pickup truck and followed her as she drove south on Dequindre Road and then behind businesses on Maple Road. The other employee blocked the car with the pickup truck.

The woman reportedly got out of the car and threw a drink at the employee and tried to hit him.

Police said he was able to pull her to the ground to immobilize her until police arrived.

The suspect, a 31-year-old Warren woman, was arrested and charged with unlawful driving away of an automobile and felonious assault.


Shirtless man arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting and obstructing police
ROCHESTER — Officers were dispatched to the area of Third and Main streets for a report of a man running downtown with no shirt on at 6:20 p.m. Aug. 10. The initial caller stated that the man appeared extremely intoxicated and was trying to provoke a physical altercation with other people downtown.

Officers arrived in the area and located a man matching the description running across the street, causing vehicles to stop. They made contact with the suspect, a 24-year-old Rochester Hills man, who was highly intoxicated and was unable to answer any questions the officers were asking.

As the officers went to place the man under arrest, he pulled his hands away and would not comply with the officers’ commands. The man was still failing to comply with the officers’ commands, but the officers were able to handcuff him and transport him to the Rochester Police Department.

He was held until sober and released with a pending court date for disorderly conduct and resisting and obstructing police.


Man with 3 children in tow arrested while reportedly selling candy in restaurants
TROY — A 19-year-old Detroit man was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, solicitation without a permit and larceny in a building the evening of Aug. 10.

Police said the children who were with him — two 10-year-olds and a 9-year-old, all from Detroit — told police they do not play football, which they reportedly told prospective customers in order to sell candy in local restaurants.

According to the police report, the children said the 19-year-old Detroit man had paid them to sell the candy.

The manager of one of the restaurants, on Big Beaver Road, asked the Detroit man and the children, who were reportedly trying to sell the candy to customers, to leave, but the man became aggressive and threatened to fight him before he left, according to the police report.

Police located the man and the children walking westbound on Big Beaver Road, near Livernois Road, and learned that he did not have a permit to solicit in the city of Troy. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and solicitation without a permit. Officers released him and the children from the scene.

Police were then called to another restaurant on Big Beaver Road just after 9:45 p.m. on a report that a man and three children were trying to sell candy to customers.

Management asked them to leave, and they reportedly entered the bathroom.

According to the police report, the hostess discovered that her purse was missing, and an employee reported that suspicious behavior was occurring in the bathroom.

Police said the Detroit man left the bathroom stall and ran across Big Beaver Road, where police later located him and the children.

According to the police report, police found the hostess’s purse inside the bathroom stall; $40 was missing from it.


Man takes a snooze in tow lot
BIRMINGHAM — Employees at Bob Adams Towing, 2500 Cole St., called police at around 7 a.m. Aug. 13 to report that there was an unknown person in their secured back parking lot.

Officers arrived and approached the man, a 24-year-old from Livonia, who said his truck had been towed and he had climbed the fence when he realized that his phone and his wallet were in the truck.

He said he then decided to take a nap in the truck. He was issued a citation for trespassing.


Yelling man found to be drunk
BIRMINGHAM — Police received multiple reports of a man yelling in various restaurants around the downtown area at 11 p.m. Aug. 15.

According to reports, the man caused a scene inside 220 Merrill, Market North End and Leo’s Coney Island throughout the evening.

Officers caught up with the man at Sidecar Sliders, at South Old Woodward Avenue and Merrill Street, where employees said the man was lying on the curb while yelling and swearing at people.

The man, a 40-year-old from Detroit, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for disorderly conduct.


Driver gives 3 reasons for speeding
BERKLEY — A 47-year-old Southfield man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at 1:21 p.m. Aug. 20 near the intersection of Greenfield Road and Beverly Boulevard.

According to the report, an officer was traveling on Greenfield when the suspect’s vehicle was observed to be driving at 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. When the officer pulled over the vehicle and asked the man why he had been speeding, the man reportedly replied, “Because I’m an a------.”

According to the report, the man also said that he was driving fast because another vehicle he had passed had showed him a gun, and that he had “f----- up.”

The man refused sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test, and he was arrested at the scene.


Jesus reportedly took the wheel
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — At 9:39 p.m. Sept. 2, officers responded to the 700 block of Kennebec Court on reports that a man had driven into a resident’s yard and claimed to be Jesus Christ. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

Woman being followed drives to Troy Police Department

TROY — A woman reported to police that a black 2012 Cadillac CTS had been following her for 30 minutes Sept. 6.

The woman drove to the Troy Police Department, where police stopped the Cadillac driver just after 9:30 p.m.

The Cadillac driver, a 34-year-old Flint woman, reportedly told police that she was on her way to Detroit and thought she was following her sister.

Police said the car smelled of alcohol. The driver admitted to drinking alcohol an hour earlier. She failed sobriety tests and blew a 0.145% blood alcohol content on a breath test.

She was arrested and reportedly refused to take a breath test.

She was charged with drunken driving, pending the results of a court-ordered blood test.


Man allegedly punches motorist for comment about wife
TROY — Police were called to westbound Big Beaver Road, east of Interstate 75, just after 4 p.m. Sept. 6 on a report of two people fighting.

According to the police report, when officers spoke with one of the people involved, a 40-year-old Troy man, he told officers he had attempted to merge as his lane was ending and struck another vehicle.

The Troy man said that while both drivers were in heated discussion, his wife got out of the vehicle. At that point, according to the police report, the Troy man said the other driver made an inappropriate comment about his wife, which infuriated him. He told police he struck the other driver once, knocking him to the ground.

The other driver reportedly admitted to being involved in a heated discussion and making the inappropriate comment, but he did not remember how he was assaulted. He said he plans to press assault charges because he did not throw any punches, according to the police report.

Two construction workers reportedly witnessed the altercation and told police the 40-year-old Troy man punched the other driver three times.

The Troy man was arrested and charged with assault.


Naked man taken into custody after firing gun in neighborhood
ROCHESTER HILLS — A 59-year-old Rochester Hills man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation Sept. 12 after running through a neighborhood naked with a pistol.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation responded to Toucan Street, in the Avon on the Lake mobile home community, on a report that a naked man was running through the streets with a handgun at 1:52 p.m.

Deputies located the man crouched down near a storage shed, and he appeared to be holding a semi-automatic pistol.

He was reportedly sweating profusely and appeared to be very confused.

When deputies ordered the subject to place the pistol on the ground, he surrendered the handgun and was taken into custody without incident.

The man said someone was going to shoot him, but deputies did not find evidence to support that claim.

Neighbors and other witnesses told police that the man had not pointed his handgun at them or made any threats, but he did mention that someone was trying to kill him.

Paramedics took the man to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, for a psychological evaluation.

Detectives discovered that the man had fired several rounds inside his home, then entered a neighbor’s home and fired one round before going back outside. Several bullet holes and spent shell casings were located inside the subject’s residence, according to reports. Deputies confiscated a shotgun located inside the man’s residence.

Although a neighboring residence received damage from the gunshot, the neighbor said they did not want to pursue criminal charges.

No one else was inside the man’s home at the time of the shooting, according to police. Detectives were continuing to investigate.


Man steals good Samaritan’s phone
SOUTHFIELD — A man told police that he let another man use his cellphone at an apartment complex in the 16000 block of Cumberland Road at around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

The suspect told the victim that he was using the phone to call someone to pick him up, but after he was done using it, he refused to give it back.

Once his ride arrived, he fled the area with the victim’s phone.

Police said the suspect had been identified, and the incident was under investigation.


Police recover stolen vehicle
BERKLEY — A stolen vehicle was recovered by the Berkley Public Safety Department at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 2600 block of Kenmore Road.

Reports state that earlier that morning, at 1:24 a.m., police attempted to pull over a silver Dodge Charger for speeding near Kipling Avenue and West 11 Mile Road. The vehicle began to accelerate to between 70 and 80 miles per hour and sped through stop signs to evade police. The pursuit was terminated due to the speed and potential danger to residents and other drivers.

Hours later, police were called to the home of a 27-year-old Berkley woman who said that there was an unknown vehicle in her driveway. The vehicle matched the description of the one that had fled from police earlier. A Law Enforcement Information Network database search showed that the vehicle had been reported stolen.


Man arrested after coming into station drunk, driving
ROCHESTER — Police were advised by a city ordinance officer that someone went into the Rochester Police Department lobby smelling of intoxicants at approximately 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

The subject was observed sitting in his vehicle a short time later and was advised by an officer not to drive under the influence of alcohol.

A short time later, the subject was seen disobeying a stop sign at southbound Pine and west Third streets.

An officer initiated a traffic stop and the  driver, a 59-year-old Rochester Hills man, failed sobriety tasks. A preliminary breath test registered a 0.232% blood alcohol content. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated and was taken to the Rochester Police Department for further testing.

He was booked, processed and released. A warrant was being sought for operating while intoxicated-high blood alcohol content.


Customer accused of breaking glass door at local business
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 70-year-old business owner reported to police at 7:34 a.m. Sept. 30 that one of his regular customers broke the glass on his business’s front door.

The business owner had locked the door and placed a sign on it stating that he would be back in a few minutes, he said. When he returned, he found the customer irately knocking on the door, trying to get in.

The business owner said through the door to the customer, “Can’t you read the sign?”

The customer then allegedly kicked the glass door and shattered it, though the door pane stayed intact.

The customer took off southbound on Middlebelt Road on foot. The business owner doesn’t wish to prosecute, but he said he wants the customer to pay to fix the door. He told police he could retrieve the customer’s name.


Driver allegedly points gun at deliveryman
BERKLEY — A 65-year-old Berkley man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at another man at 12:31 p.m. Oct. 1 near the intersection of Henley Avenue and Oxford Road, which is near Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway.

According to the report, police made contact with a 28-year-old Detroit man who is an Amazon delivery driver. He said that he was delivering a package in the area when he noticed a man in a vehicle following him. After the Amazon employee made a delivery, the man pulled up to him and started yelling at him. The man eventually showed the delivery driver a silver handgun, according to the report.

The deliveryman, afraid for his life, jumped into his van and drove off. He said he saw the man following him, but the man then parked his car and entered a nearby building.

Police said they found the man at his apartment and questioned him about the argument. At first, he denied having a firearm on him, but he did admit to owning a gun, police said. The delivery driver identified the man to police, and he was arrested for aggravated felonious assault, police said.


Driver mows down road signs
HUNTINGTON WOODS — A 62-year-old Southfield woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated after driving through multiple road signs.

The incident occurred at 9:32 p.m. Oct. 1 near West 10 Mile and Scotia roads. According to the report, the Public Safety Department received information about a driver driving over a curb and hitting road signs. A witness followed the vehicle to a parking lot, where police found the suspect’s sedan with heavy front end damage.

Police located the woman in her apartment, where she reportedly stated that she had been at a friend’s home drinking earlier and admitted to hitting the signs. She was arrested for drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.


Deputies investigate holes drilled in gas tanks
ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation and Rochester Hills Fire Department personnel responded to the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership, located in the 1300 block of Rochester Road, at 11:38 p.m. Oct. 10 after a man walking his dog reported a strong odor of gasoline.

It was discovered that gasoline had been leaking from three 2019 Ram pickup trucks parked behind a store in the 1200 block of South Rochester Road. According to reports, holes had been drilled into the gas tank of each of the vehicles and gas was leaking onto the ground. While checking several of the other vehicles, deputies recovered a hand drill and a gasoline can.

Deputies said a fourth vehicle appeared to have been tampered with, but no hole was made in the gas tank. The pickup trucks, according to reports, are part of the new sales stock currently owned by the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership.

A K-9 unit conducted a track that led southbound from the parking lot, but the track was terminated without success.

An evidence technician responded to process the scene, and evidence was transported to a lab for testing. Detectives were continuing to investigate.


Drunken driver strikes police car
ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation responded to the 300 block of Arlington Drive on a report of a hit-and-run crash at 1:07 a.m. Oct. 11.

While police were speaking with the complainant, the responsible driver, a 54-year-old woman from Shelby Township, drove past in the suspect vehicle. The complainant identified the vehicle as the one that had fled the scene following the crash.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop a few blocks away from the scene of the original crash. The deputy approached the suspect vehicle and asked the driver to place her vehicle in park. The driver placed the vehicle into reverse and struck the deputy’s patrol vehicle.

The driver was arrested and lodged at the Oakland County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.


Man falls off bicycle, gets arrested for not paying child support
TROY — Police were called to Coolidge Highway, near Cunningham Drive, just after 11:15 p.m. Oct. 14 to check on a report that a man had fallen off his bicycle.

Police said the 45-year-old Ferndale man told officers he was OK.

However, police learned that he had two Friend of the Court child support arrest warrants from Oakland County Circuit Court, and he was arrested, according to the police report.

Police reportedly found a crack pipe and Xanax pills that the man didn’t have a prescription for on his person.

He was charged with illegal possession of prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Pedestrian hits vehicle with walking stick, fight ensues
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Police were dispatched to the area of Halsted and Wood Pond roads on a report of a fight on the side of the road at 5:39 p.m. Oct. 18.

Police said that a man who was roller-skating in the area became upset with a man who was driving a 2019 Lexus due to an incident as the roller skater crossed the road.

The roller skater allegedly damaged the Lexus with a walking stick/pole, and a fight broke out on the side of the road, police said.

The roller skater left the scene and was not identified, police said.

Detectives were investigating.


Fight reported between valet staffer, customer
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Police said a fight occurred at 10:29 p.m. Oct. 18 at a business in the 5600 block of Maple Road.

According to the police report, a customer and a valet staff member got into a disagreement over where the customer should park, and they got into a physical altercation.

The incident was under investigation, police said.


Man thwarts car theft
TROY — A man reportedly spotted someone in the driver’s seat of his black 2009 Mercedes GL320 as he walked from his place of employment, Diamond Vault at 801 W. Big Beaver Road, to his bank just after 2:15 p.m. Oct. 22.

Police said the man dialed 911, and responding officers approached the suspect, a 45-year-old Clinton Township man, and arrested him.

According to the police report, nothing was disturbed inside the vehicle.

The Clinton Township man was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.


Tip jar stolen by woman in shower cap
SOUTHFIELD — The owner of a pizza restaurant in the 25000 block of Evergreen Road was notified by an employee that the business’s tip jar had been stolen at 6:49 p.m. Oct. 23.

The owner was advised of the woman’s description, which included that she was wearing a red shower cap, and he went out to look for her.

The man told police he found the woman hiding in a bush near a bus stop, and he confronted her about the tip jar, but she got on a bus and headed south on Evergreen Road.

The tip jar was recovered from the bushes.


Mystery guest found in living room
BIRMINGHAM — Officers responded to the 1300 block of Melton Road around 3 a.m. Nov. 2 on reports of a home invasion.

The homeowner said a man had just walked into their home and sat on the couch in their living room. When the homeowner confronted the intruder, he ran out of the home.

Officers located the man, a 24-year-old from Birmingham, who was reportedly intoxicated and said he thought he was in his friend’s home. He was arrested and cited for unlawful entry and disorderly conduct.


Drunken woman knees nurse in face
SOUTHFIELD — Officers responded to a report of a driver slumped in a vehicle in the area of 10 Mile and Berg roads around 12:54 a.m. Nov. 4.

Police said the driver was found to be intoxicated, and that she was combative with officers and a family member who was at the scene.

The woman was arrested and transported to a hospital for a blood draw.

While at the hospital, the woman was being aggressive toward staff by yelling and using profanity and racial slurs.

Police said the woman refused treatment from hospital staff and refused to let staff take her vital signs.

The woman kneed a nurse in the face while the nurse was attempting to get a blood sample, police said.

Once the woman was cleared from the hospital, she was taken to the Southfield jail and was charged with operating while intoxicated, and assault and battery on hospital staff.


Rifle reportedly seen pointing outside window
FARMINGTON — Farmington police were dispatched Nov. 6 to the River Glen condo complex, 32718 Grand River Ave., after receiving a report of a rifle being pointed out of a window.

When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that the rifle was a BB gun, and that an 88-year-old woman was trying to shoot a squirrel. Police advised the woman of the city ordinance prohibiting the discharge of BB guns in the city.

Police returned to the woman’s residence again Nov. 7 after another report came in of her pointing the BB rifle out the window. Officers at this time confiscated the rifle and contacted the woman’s son.

The woman’s son told police he will make sure his mother stops violating the ordinance.


Man tries to order McDonald’s at Del Taco
CLAWSON — At approximately 1:50 a.m. Nov. 17, police responded to a report of a man in a winter hat who was pounding on the door of Del Taco, 1120 W. 14 Mile Road.

Police learned that the man, who smelled of intoxicants and was struggling to give a cohesive statement, was trying to get McDonald’s, according to the police report. He said he could not remember where he came from and what he had been doing, but was cooperative with officers, according to the report.

Police used the man’s phone to locate a ride for him, and they contacted another man, who walked to the location from the Hideout bar, 1110 W. 14 Mile Road. He stated that he had also been drinking, but he was very coherent, according to the report. He and a police officer contacted an Uber to take the two men back to the first subject’s home.


Women brawl over parking spot
TROY —  Police were called to the parking lot of La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine, 3720 Rochester Road, just before noon Nov. 21 on a report of two women fighting.

Police said the two combatants, a 57-year-old Warren woman and a 47-year-old Royal Oak woman, verbally argued over a parking space, and the argument turned physical.

According to the police report, the Royal Oak woman was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut to the back of her head and complained of a possibly broken wrist.

She was transported to a hospital for further treatment, according to the police report.

Police said the 57-year-old woman had a swollen thumb, but declined medical treatment.

According to the police report, a witness said each woman was equally hitting the other with slaps and kicks to the shins.

Police issued both women misdemeanor citations for fighting in public.


Landlord reportedly bites renter’s father on the arm
TROY — A man told police he was moving out of a rented home on Pearl Drive, at Square Lake and Dequindre roads, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and doing a final walk-through with the owners when the discussion became heated.

According to the police report, one of the owners, a 73-year-old Clarkston woman, began poking him in the chest.

He told police that when he asked her to stop, she punched him in the face.

The conversation moved outside.

According to the police report, when the victim’s father tried to talk calmly with the homeowners, the woman brushed past her husband and bit the father on his arm.

Assault charges were being sought against the woman.