Police & Courts

Published November 30, 2016

WARREN — A man accused of robbing a BP gas station on 13 Mile Road at Hoover Nov. 25 reportedly left in a silver minivan, but not before a security camera recorded an image that Warren police hope will lead to his identification and arrest.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said officers were sent at 5:45 p.m. to the gas station, just east of Hoover, to investigate a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. 

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Published November 30, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — There are multiple things residents can do to protect their homes from being easy targets for burglars, and most do not cost money, according to Eastpointe Police Detective Lt. Neil Childs.

“Simple things like locking your windows and locking your doors. A lot of times these crimes are crimes of opportunity, where somebody will check a window and then they will go from there. Not always, but sometimes. It doesn’t cost anything, but it is a difference you can do to help keep you safe,” said Childs.

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Published November 30, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety hopes recent car break-ins will urge residents to lock their vehicles and belongings in the future.

Following previous warnings posted by residents on social media during the last couple of months, two suspects were recently caught in their tracks breaking into vehicles and stealing items.

The incident occurred around 6:18 a.m. Nov. 7. Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said a resident saw two male suspects walking in the area of Adolph Avenue and Vista Way, pulling on door handles to check if vehicles were unlocked.

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Published November 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The murders of James and Christy McKeogh earlier this year have left  law enforcement and family members with unanswered questions. 

The couple, who had been married for 20 years, were found dead Jan. 14 in their home on Uthers Street, near Hayes Road. Christy was 55 and James was 57.

An autopsy conducted the weekend after the incident confirmed that the deaths were not due to a murder-suicide scenario, but to a double homicide. The cause of death for each individual was attributed to blunt trauma, though the crime scene was bare.

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Published November 30, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A Farmington Hills man and former “Survivor” reality TV show contestant pleaded no contest to larceny charges recently.

Michael Skupin, 54, was convicted of four of six counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials by an Oakland County jury before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts Nov. 18.

Each charge could bring up to four years in prison; sentencing will be at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 27 at Oakland County Circuit Court, according to a press release. 

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Published November 30, 2016

TROY — There will be more heat on the street in coming months after the Troy City Council unanimously approved the addition of six police officers Nov. 21. 

Mayor Dane Slater said the council made severe cuts to city staff during the economic downturn.

“We’re getting some of those cuts back,” he said. He said the City Council is happy to make sure it continues to provide the Police and Fire departments with what they need to ensure members of the departments stay as safe as possible. 

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Published November 30, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety officers who have displayed what it means to protect and serve the community have been promoted.

Officers Brian Urban and Joseph Provost each were recently promoted to the ranks of sergeant, which became effective Nov. 21. Both officers were recognized at the Nov. 21 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting. With family members present, including Urban’s wife, Theresa, and Provost’s wife, Michelle, the officers were sworn in by City Clerk Lisa Hathaway.

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Published November 29, 2016

A 74-year-old Rochester Hills man was arrested Nov. 18 and charged with false impersonation of a health professional after a woman he had treated for 14 months became suspicious and sought a second opinion.

From January 2015 to March 2016, Velimir Krgovic allegedly charged a 58-year-old Commerce Township woman $8,200 for extensive dental work, including three root canals, three posts and removal of all crowns, and provided her with pills she was told were antibiotics, police said.

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Published November 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The police officers and firefighters who protect us do so at their own peril, often putting their lives on the line. When they head out to work, they don’t know if they’ll survive and return home at the end of the day. They see people at their worst — desperate criminals, the victims thereof, and those who lost everything in a fire or accident — and it takes an emotional toll.

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Published November 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While everyone else is enjoying the holidays with family and friends, many police officers and firefighters spend Christmas at work, on call in case there’s an emergency. So for the second year in a row, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis is pulling together volunteers to bring some holiday cheer to the men and women who protect others.

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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 29, 2016

DETROIT — The man who killed acclaimed Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy, 69, earlier this year is likely to spend most, if not all, of the rest of his life behind bars.

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Published November 29, 2016

The Farmington Hills Police Department is currently investigating the death of a 55-year-old Farmington Hills man found dead in a parking lot around 7 a.m. Nov. 29 at Muirwood Apartments, Lt. Jeff King said.

The complex is located in the area of Grand River and Drake Road.

King said there is “nothing obvious” that would indicate the cause of death.

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Published November 28, 2016

FRASER — At press time, the Fraser Department of Public Safety was investigating a ‘stranger danger’ situation that occurred near a local elementary school.

The incident allegedly occurred around 3:25 p.m. Nov. 21, near Vista Way and Hans Drive.

A statement issued to families of Fraser Public Schools students stated that a Richards Middle School student was allegedly approached by a man on a bicycle near the western end of the Edison Elementary playground. The man allegedly tried to sell the student marijuana.

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Published November 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man in a pickup truck suspected of attempting to abduct a high school girl on her way to school.

According to a press release issued by the Police Department Nov. 28, officers were taking information about another crime at 6:47 a.m. in the area of 10 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue when they were approached by a 16-year-old girl.

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Published November 27, 2016

A Grosse Pointe Shores man’s mysterious disappearance just before Thanksgiving has left his family alarmed and baffled.

Michael “Mike” Rollins, 32, was last seen leaving his home on Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Shores around noon Nov. 23 with his dog, an Italian mastiff named Tyson, said Rollins’ sister, Michelle Fleming. She said a neighbor saw Rollins and his dog drive off in Rollins’ black 2008 Chrysler 300C, but no one knows where he was headed, and none of his family or friends have seen him or heard from him since then.

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Published November 23, 2016

St. Clair Shores Police are investigating an allegation of potential inappropriate contact between a Lake Shore High School employee and a student at the school.

“This afternoon, the St. Clair Shores Police Department was informed of potential inappropriate contact between a school employee and a student,” Police Chief Todd Woodcox stated in a press release issued Nov. 22. “We take any such allegations very seriously. We have initiated a thorough investigation and cannot release any further information until the investigation is complete.”

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Published November 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kim Mathers will not receive jail time after pleading no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.

Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, received a sentence of 12 months of reporting probation, as well as a fine of $900, after she crashed her 2009 Cadillac Escalade in an admitted suicide attempt Oct. 7, 2015 on Card Road near 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

She was in 41-A District Court of Shelby Township to receive her sentence Nov. 22.

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Published November 22, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Local police recently engaged in a challenging fundraising cycle by pledging to pedal for 12 hours in exchange for donations.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Aaron Burgess joined two Shelby Township police officers Nov. 14 in a 12-hour marathon session on stationary bikes outside the Sterling Heights Police Department.

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Published November 21, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety is investigating a murder and suicide that reportedly occurred the morning of Nov. 20.

A 911 call was received shortly before 10:30 a.m. reporting shots at a home on Riverside Drive, near Evergreen and 14 Mile Road. A woman in her early 50s was found shot to death inside, and her alleged shooter, also in his early 50s, was found with what reportedly appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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