Police & Courts

Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the past two years, the Rochester Police Department has seen a surge in calls for service, which, in turn, has caused the department’s response time for non-emergency incidents to increase for the first time in seven years.

With the average jumping from four minutes and four seconds to five minutes, Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm is hoping to bring that number back down with the help of a new K-9 program.

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Published May 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A stabbing that left a Grosse Pointe Farms man clinging to life in March has now turned into a murder case.

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Published May 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, authorities were investigating the circumstances of a woman’s death in Madison Heights.

Cynthia Marie McCabe, 56, was found dead April 19 inside her home at Ackels Mobile Home Community, located at 25151 Dequindre Road.

The deceased was reportedly found by her husband, who also lives at the residence. The husband called 911 and reported the incident.

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Published May 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 26, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to an adjournment of a case regarding an alleged marijuana dispensary that police raided and shut down July 10, 2015.

Police said they arrested five men and seized 12 pounds and 200 jars of marijuana, 993 marijuana edibles, a large variety of drug paraphernalia and $10,000 in cash from Advance Medical Supply, located near Van Dyke Avenue and 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 2, 2016

It was just a couple of weeks ago that a resident in Bloomfield Hills overdosed on an opiate narcotic.

And thanks to some quick thinking and a sometimes controversial medication, that resident’s life was saved.

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Published May 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At an April 26 court hearing, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd scheduled a special half-day preliminary examination for Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, who is charged with more than 70 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.

William Harding, chief of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office Internet and ID Theft Unit, said the exam will be lengthy because of the number of exhibits to present, and that at least two witnesses will be called to testify.

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Published April 29, 2016

WARREN — The alleged at-fault driver in an early morning crash that killed a 65-year-old husband and father on April 13 reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, according to test results recently received by the Warren Police Department.

What’s more, the driver, Moncia Denise Lacey, of Warren, apparently never obtained a license and is currently being held on outstanding traffic-related warrants from three separate agencies beyond her most recent charges out of the 37th District Court, jail records show.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — During an April 11 Grosse Pointe Park City Council meeting, Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni publicly acknowledged with departmental commendations the exceptional work of several members of the department last year.

Lt. Ed Arnold and Sgt. Anthony Blain were honored for their work in the arrest of a suspect who ultimately confessed to six home invasions, 25 larcenies from vehicles and three bike thefts, Poloni said.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The latest annual crime report shows that Grosse Pointe Shores continues to be one of the safest places to live anywhere.

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Published April 27, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City experienced a slight increase in crime from 2014 to 2015, but the community remains a fairly safe one.

In the recently released annual report for 2015, Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni acknowledged that index crimes — the more serious types of offenses — rose by 3 percent over 2014 levels, from 103 incidents in 2014 to 106 in 2015. 

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two Detroit teens are in custody on robbery charges after they allegedly stole from the cash register at a local pizza shop.

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Published April 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 30, the Shelby Township Police Department honored many of its members and several residents for quick thinking, heroic actions and professionalism.

“This is a very exciting day for many of our officers,” Police Chief Robert Shelide said during the annual awards ceremony at the township municipal building. “Our heroes are acknowledged on this day.”

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The original dedication plaque for the old Brooklands School has gone missing, and police are on the case.

Rochester Community Schools Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the district filed a police report after noticing that the plaque was missing from the 1927 building, which has been vacant for nearly two years.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said it is “extremely disappointing” that someone would take the dedication plaque, which he said serves as “a treasured piece of history” within the community.

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Published April 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Although crime in Southfield has been relatively quiet as of late, police said they are seeing an increase in home invasions at vacant or for-sale homes.

Chief Eric Hawkins said that even though the numbers of some crimes are decreasing, home invasions are on the rise.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 25-year-old Detroit woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through a Craigslist personal ad sometime before 10:39 p.m. April 16 on Village Circle.

According to a police report, the woman said she responded to the man’s personal ad. The woman was not physically injured during the assault and did not require medical attention, the report states.

The suspect is a 42-year-old Rochester Hills man, the report states.

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Published April 26, 2016

DETROIT — If Robert “Bob” Bashara, 58, thought testimony from his former handyman, Joseph “Joe” Gentz, 52, would secure him a new trial for the murder of his wife, Jane Bashara, he was in for quite a shock.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary examination hearing April 11 resulted in the case of a 26-year-old Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder to be bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr. is facing charges following the death of Brian Dequan Shepard, 21, of Macomb Township, in the early morning hours of this past Valentine’s Day.

The two were reportedly in a dating relationship for about three years and had gotten into an argument the night of the incident.

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Published April 25, 2016

Police are looking for a man reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a woman in critical condition April 23.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is searching for Romulus resident Terrel Dewhite Johnson, 24-year-old black man, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. 

The incident occurred in the area of eastbound Grand River Avenue, north of Eight Mile Road, at around 5 a.m. April 23.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The widely sought-after suspect in a Jan. 29 armed robbery at a cash advance loan business in Shelby Township is in custody on another case, police said.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said an FBI crime task force is in charge of the case and that the Shelby Township Police Department has been working closely with them.

Besides Shelby Township, Shelide said the suspect has been linked to four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights and Lansing.

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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman convicted of leaving her newborn infant in a garage for days until his death was sentenced to life in prison during a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court April 19.

A jury found Angela Alexie, 25, guilty March 4 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse regarding her newborn son’s death in December 2014. Alexie had given birth Dec. 22 in the garage of the house she had been staying at after spending months hiding the pregnancy. She never brought the newborn indoors, and he died after a few days, on Dec. 24.

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