Police & Courts

Published September 6, 2016

WARREN — The driver of a minivan that pinballed through a parking lot at Halmich Park, striking four cars and injuring two women, over the holiday weekend was allegedly “huffing” an air-dusting inhalant before the crash.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported recently that deputies arrested a man after he allegedly committed larceny from the Smoker’s House on 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

On Aug. 17, Nathaniel Hargett, 29, of Macomb Township, reportedly grabbed money from an open cash register while the clerk on duty had his back turned. The clerk attempted to chase Hargett as he got away.

Sheriff’s deputies used a K-9 unit to try to find the suspect, and the K-9’s track led to the Camelot Mobile Home Park.

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Published September 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since Police Chief Robert Shelide was sworn in on Jan. 19, 2015, he has taken charge of the Police Department and led it in a direction to match the mission statement that he and Deputy Chief Mark Coil coined.

Shelide said that statement — “Striving to set the standard for law enforcement excellence in Macomb County” — is achievable, and his hope is to expand it to southeast Michigan and, eventually, Michigan.

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Published September 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After hearing hours of testimony during cross-examinations of two witnesses Aug. 30, Shelby Township 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd bound over five defendants on felony drug charges to Macomb County Circuit Court, as requested by the prosecutor.

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Published September 2, 2016

WARREN — A judge said probable cause exists to send Devon Williams to trial for his wife’s murder, but whether he’ll be tried for a premeditated act will be the subject of a continued debate between prosecutors and defense counsel.

Williams, 25, was charged in March with the murder of his wife, Michelle Williams. He was back in the 37th District Court on Aug. 30 for a preliminary examination, where Judge John Chmura heard arguments from attorneys on both sides and testimony from five prosecution witnesses.

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Published September 1, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/EASTPOINTE — Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to a diner robbery.

Victor John Casazza, 40, and Robert John Parzynski, 46, were arrested Aug. 27 by Eastpointe police for their alleged roles in a grab-and-go theft operation.

After warrants were issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, the pair were arraigned Aug. 29 at 41-B District Court in Clinton Township in front of Magistrate Daniel Goulette.

Each was charged with unarmed robbery, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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Published September 1, 2016

WARREN — The man accused of killing 61-year-old Dona Lawrence in her apartment near 13 Mile and Schoenherr was back in court Aug. 30, when a judge agreed to refer him for a mental health evaluation before the criminal case goes any further.

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Published August 31, 2016

FERNDALE — Two people have been arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a device from a vehicle while working at a nearby store.

Jabrel Moore, 22, and Gabriel Haygood, 20, were arrested for stealing a Garmin GPS out of a vehicle parked near Garden Fresh Gourmet, 1501 Bonner St., where the two suspects were “temporary workers,” according to police. The incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Published August 31, 2016

FERNDALE — Someone stole a Ferndale woman’s classic car from outside a bar during the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The car, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette, was stolen from a parking lot near Rosie O’Grady’s,  279 W. Nine Mile Road, on Saturday, Aug. 20, during the cruise. The car was parked in the lot at around 1:30 p.m., and the owner discovered it missing at around 3:30 p.m.

“She parked it and came out a short time later, and she saw that her car was gone,” Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said.

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Published August 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Since 1990, John Kosanke has been a public safety officer, traffic enforcement officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant with the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety.

Kosanke will now begin another chapter of his law enforcement career — that of public safety director. 

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Published August 31, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to replace a car with more than 90,000 miles and 4,784 idle hours, the Police Department is purchasing its first new car of the 2016-17 fiscal year before the end-of-the-year auto shutdown could raise the price.

Lt. Tony Pietrzak came before City Council Aug. 15 to request the purchase of a 2016 Dodge Charger with a V-6 engine and regular wheel drive for $23,115. He said using the state bid process saved more than $10,000 on the cost of the vehicle.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that ended the life of a 55-year-old Detroit man around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 20 on Northwestern Highway, north of 13 Mile Road.

According to a Farmington Hills Police Department press release, a 25-year-old Dearborn man driving a pickup truck struck the Detroit man’s motorcycle from behind.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — After a 20-year career at the Farmington Hills Police Department, Matthew Parsons was sentenced to prison on three felony counts involving child sexually abusive material Aug. 24.

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Published August 30, 2016

Authorities are looking into a recent shooting in which a man was shot by his father.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, officers responded on report of a shooting at the Towers of Southfield Apartments, 20875 Lahser Road, around 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

When officers arrived they located a 19-year-old Detroit man who had been shot one time by his father. The man received a wound to the face that was not life threatening, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Published August 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man who is a licensed foster parent has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.

Jackie Lee Pittman, 61, has been charged by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which are 15-year felonies.

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Published August 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At press time, the Clinton Township Police Department was requesting public assistance in identifying two suspects involved in multiple crimes.

The two male suspects are wanted for fraudulent use of a credit card, along with unlawfully driving away in a motor vehicle.

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Published August 29, 2016

WARREN — Police said a confrontation at a home near Nine Mile and Van Dyke left a man dead and a woman with severe injuries early on Aug. 28.

The suspect, 52-year-old Vincent Earl Johnson, was arrested several hours later, and he was arraigned Aug. 30 in the 37th District Court on charges including first-degree murder. 

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Published August 26, 2016

ROSEVILLE — During a motion hearing Aug. 24 at 39-A District Court for Brandon Williams, the 15-year-old charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old at Veterans Memorial Park in late July, Judge Joseph F. Boedeker denied a motion seeking to reduce Williams’ bond from $100,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent.

Sheila Miller, Williams’ attorney, defined the purpose of bond and explained to Boedeker why Williams wouldn’t miss future court dates.

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Published August 26, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A trio of teenage boys are facing charges in Macomb County Juvenile Court after they allegedly attempted to rob a 59-year-old Roseville man Aug. 19 near MacArthur Park in Mount Clemens.

According to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim had just exited a bus and was on foot heading toward the Gibraltar Trade Center on North River Road at around 2 p.m. when he observed three juveniles on bikes approaching from the park.

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Published August 26, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Macomb County Friend of the Court teamed up yet again for another weeklong bench warrant enforcement sweep in an effort to locate individuals with outstanding warrants for nonpayment of child support.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said the sweep took place Aug. 8-12.

He said the sweeps, which are executed multiple times each year, are traditionally announced beforehand in order to encourage those with outstanding warrants to voluntarily appear and avoid arrest. 

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