Police & Courts

Published May 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A suspect who allegedly produced a handgun and threatened a Harper Woods High School student while the student was walking to school is in police custody, according to a press release issued by Harper Woods Public Safety Deputy Chief John Vorgitch. 

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Published May 11, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department hopes to change an uptick in thefts from vehicles by informing residents about how to keep their valuables and vehicles safe.

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Published May 11, 2016

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that for the past 15 years, the Troy Police Department has partnered with local hotels to promote a safer prom and graduation season through the Hotel Alcohol Awareness Project.

Lehman said police work to engage hotel staff in an effort to prevent after-event parties involving underage alcohol use.

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Published May 11, 2016

PARK — The last year under retired Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Chief David Hiller’s watch was a relatively quiet one.

New Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni, who took over in January, delivered the results from 2015 during an April 11 City Council meeting.

“It was a really good report,” he said. “Overall crime decreased in excess of 12 percent … (and) the most serious crime … went down 10 percent.”

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Published May 11, 2016

UTICA — At press time, 16 misdemeanors had been filed against one of the residents of a home on Nancy Avenue from which Macomb County Animal Control removed a large number of dogs March 31.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said his agency removed 40 dogs, including puppies, and nine cats and issued a number of license violations to the homeowners. He said the homeowners appeared to be breeding the dogs to sell, and operating a kennel out of a home would violate Utica’s city ordinance.

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Published May 10, 2016

An armed suspect robbed a Speedway Gas Station in the 20000 block of 13 Mile Road May 7.

No injuries were reported.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, the suspect entered the store at approximately 8 a.m., at which time security camera footage reportedly caught him wandering around for a few minutes; police believe he was checking the location of cigarettes within the store.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s a great day every spring when it’s finally warm enough to take a drive around town with the windows down.

It’s considerably less great, though, when you realize later that you left that window down and someone snatched your purse off the passenger seat while you were away.

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Published May 9, 2016

Birmingham Groves High School is resuming its normal school day after being  on lockdown from approximately 10:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. May 9 after a despondent, armed individual was found on the school’s baseball field.

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Published May 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman, charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring her boyfriend’s 14-month-old son in May 2015, went on trial in Macomb County Circuit Court last week.

The trial started May 4, continued May 5 and 6, and was scheduled to resume May 10, after press time.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The search for a missing Troy woman came to a tragic end when a Hazel Park man allegedly confessed to police that her body was hidden in his home.

Jordan McClanahan, 23, is charged in the murder of Jessica White, 21, whose badly decomposed body was found wrapped up and stowed away in a roofline storage area connected to the bedroom of his father’s bungalow home.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A woman who works as a police dispatcher in Warren is filing a civil lawsuit  in federal court against a Hazel Park police officer, claiming he used her boyfriend’s confiscated smartphone to access the nanny cam in her home and spy on her while she breast-fed her baby.

The plaintiff is Megan Pearce, mother of the baby, who is being represented by the Detroit-based law firm Ernst & Marko PLC. The accused is officer Michael Emmi.

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Published May 5, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA announced April 29 that it is cooperating with the West Bloomfield Police Department on an investigation into the PTA’s financial records. 

More than $6,100 in questionable charges are being investigated. 

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Published May 5, 2016

An employee of the Somerset Apartments, William Vernell Jones, 42, of Pontiac, was 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.

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Published May 5, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale police arrested a 28-year-old Pontiac motorist after he allegedly fled from an officer and crashed into another car.

Travis Dawayne Lee was arraigned in the 43rd District Court on Saturday, April 30, on charges of third-degree fleeing and eluding police, a five-year felony; resisting a police officer, a two-year felony; and driving with a suspended license-second offense, a one-year misdemeanor.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspected late night of drinking led to the destruction of traffic lights at a busy Clinton Township intersection.

Clinton Township police said that around 3:30 a.m. on April 24 a vehicle was traveling southbound on Groesbeck Highway, ran a red light and proceeded to hit another vehicle that was traveling westbound on Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published May 4, 2016

HARPER WOODS — At 9:45 a.m. March 31, Harper Woods public safety officers were dispatched to the 18900 block of Kingsville to investigate a burglary in progress, according to a press release issued by Public Safety Director Jim Burke. 

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Published May 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After investigating a breaking and entering incident that allegedly occurred April 18 at a residence on Iverness Lane, near West Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads, the West Bloomfield Police Department determined that the incident did not happen and there is no suspect at large. 

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Published May 4, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Officers arrested two men early April 24 after one allegedly grabbed a purse from inside Mr. B’s and ran to a stolen vehicle.

Detroit residents Ivan Sheppard, 24, and Ashton Currie, 22, were arraigned April 25 in 44th District Court before Magistrate Donald Chisholm. Sheppard was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and larceny in a building. He was given a $25,000 bond, no 10 percent. Currie was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property and possession of marijuana. He was given a $50,000 bond, no 10 percent.

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Published May 4, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is asking residents across all of Macomb County to be wary of a suspect allegedly involved in an abduction attempt.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. May 2. An 11-year-old Fraser boy was walking down Richert Street, near 13 Mile and Hayes roads, when he was allegedly approached by an unknown individual.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a stranger danger incident took place during the evening of May 3 in Macomb Township.

The incident reportedly took place on Burgandy Drive, which is between Card Road and Heydenreich Road just north of Hall Road, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy and his parents filed a report with the sheriff’s office claiming that the boy was approached by a black man driving a white vehicle while he was walking home around 2:30 p.m.

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