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Police & Courts

Published January 4, 2017

A local man was ordered to remove his pants and shoes during a recent carjacking.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called to the 20000 block of Westland, near Eight Mile and Evergreen, on report of a carjacking around 3:10 a.m. Jan. 4.

A 30-year-old Southfield man told police he was leaving his home when he saw a blue or green older-model Chrysler vehicle pull up behind him. The man said there was a blue flashing light on the dashboard of the vehicle, so he believed it was a police car.

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Published January 4, 2017

A former handyman at Somerset Park Apartments pleaded no contest to first-degree home invasion and will serve five to 40 years in prison.

He also must also pay over $4,400 in restitution.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant sentenced William Jones, a former maintenance worker at the apartment complex, Nov. 30, 2016.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Published January 4, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department recently added a new K-9 team to its force.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm introduced the city’s new K-9 team to the City Council Dec. 12, noting that Officer Michael Knight and his canine partner, Kitt, graduated from a five-week training program with the Oakland Police Academy’s K-9 Training Division at Oakland Community College.

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Published January 3, 2017

A Sterling Heights man is being accused of sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old girl, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Andrew Golden, 34, of Sterling Heights, was charged Dec. 16 with one count of human trafficking pertaining to recruiting a minor for commercial sexual activity, a felony that can bring up to 20 years imprisonment.

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Published January 3, 2017

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Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:

 

Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.

 

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Published January 3, 2017

Authorities in Southfield are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, police received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a motorist around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 25000 block of Evergreen Road.

Loussia said a woman was sitting in her car outside of a business when she was approached by a man wearing a black mask and armed with a black handgun.

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Published December 29, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Three people are facing potential prison time for their role in what law enforcement officials say was an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Christopher Rashawn Jones, 27, of Mount Clemens; Randy James Mahaffey, 27, of Clinton Township; and Ashley Lachell Redmond, 25, of Mount Clemens, were arrested in the days following the Dec. 26 robbery and shooting of James Capizzo, 44, of Clinton Township.

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Published December 29, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The picture looks like it belongs on a Christmas card.

A son and his mother smile, nestled together on a set of steps adorned with garland, shiny red bows and baubles. At the foot of the steps sit poinsettias beneath a tabletop Christmas tree.

The picture is of West Bloomfield resident Diana Pesserl, 31, who was recently murdered, and her son, Emmett, 6. It is on a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Emmett’s education and potential counseling.

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Published December 28, 2016

A Detroit man was sentenced Dec. 27 to a minimum of 54 months in jail for sexually assaulting a Ferndale woman last May.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts sentenced William Daniel Watley, 22, to 54 months to 15 years for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, to which he had pleaded no contest on Nov. 15. Before his sentencing, Watley addressed his actions and apologized to the court, the woman and his family.

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Published December 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said last week that a 44-year-old Clinton Township man was in critical condition after being shot Dec. 26 in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said deputies responded to the 100 block of South Main Street at approximately 1:28 a.m. in response to a man being shot. Deputies reported that the victim was lying unconscious on the ground when they and paramedics arrived.

The victim was transported to the McLaren Macomb Medical Center. His name had not been released at press time.

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Published December 28, 2016

Sterling Heights police arrested a burglary suspect following a dramatic chase in the early hours of Dec. 28.

The identity of the suspect has not been released by authorities, but Sterling Heights police described him as a 54-year-old Warren man with a “lengthy criminal history,” including several arrests for burglary. 

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Published December 28, 2016

NEW BALTIMORE — A 37-year old man from Columbiaville in Lapeer County has been arraigned and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the August death of a 38-year old Macomb Township woman.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Jeremiah James Boshell is facing four charges related to the killing, and was arraigned Dec. 19 in the 42nd District Court of New Baltimore.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Boshell faces counts of intentionally causing a miscarriage by assaulting a pregnant individual and two felony firearms charges.

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Published December 28, 2016

ROSEVILLE — In order to hire an attorney, Roseville resident Lamarr Peterson requested an adjournment at his probable cause conference in Judge Joseph Boedeker’s courtroom at the 39th District Court Dec. 21.

Peterson is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm for allegedly shooting a 50-year-old Clinton Township resident, who suffered gunshot wounds to the hand and groin, Dec. 1 on Macomb Street, between Church and Oakdale streets.

“Do you have somebody here to hire?” Boedeker asked.

Peterson nodded his head.

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Published December 28, 2016

ROSEVILLE — After months of waiting for a forensics report, Judge Joseph Boedeker set a preliminary examination date Dec. 21 for stabbing suspect Brandon Williams.

Williams, 15, is charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old at Veterans Memorial Park in late July. 

The preliminary examination hearing is set for 8:15 a.m. Jan. 20 at the 39th District Court.

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Published December 28, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — A longtime member of the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety, Lt. David Dinkins, retired Dec. 10 after more than 30 years of service.

The 58-year-old officer is well-liked within the department and is respected for his hardworking attitude and devotion to his duties, officials said.

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Published December 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A number of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital patients received a furry friend to call their own during a Dec. 13 visit from the West Bloomfield Police Department.

The young patients received a stuffed toy dog or cat in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the hospital, according to Linda Smith, of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Smith said the gesture from the police officers was pure kindness.

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Published December 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A teenager is in custody following the death of her mother, which authorities are calling suspicious.

The 17-year-old female was arrested Dec. 26 by Clinton Township Police following the death of her 45-year-old mother.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said his department received a call around 9:55 p.m. Dec. 25. Police were called to an incident that occurred at Washington Square Apartments, located on Garfield Road, north of 15 Mile Road, in Clinton Township.

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Published December 27, 2016

A Farmington Hills man and former “Survivor” reality TV show contestant was sentenced to one to four years in prison after being convicted on four counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials in November, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.

Michael Skupin, 54, of Farmington Hills, 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. He was sentenced Dec. 27 before Potts.

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Published December 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — Police arrested a 24-year-old Southfield man Dec. 20 after he was caught allegedly stealing packages from residents’ front porches in multiple communities.

The man was arraigned Dec. 21 in 45th District Court in Oak Park and charged with one count of larceny more than $200 but less than $1,000, and receiving and concealing stolen property less than $200. The suspect’s bond was set at $25,000 cash, no 10 percent, and he entered a plea of not guilty. An attorney was not yet assigned, as the charges are misdemeanors.

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Published December 23, 2016

The Farmington Hills Police Department is continuing its three-week search for missing Farmington Hills woman Danielle Stislicki with a recent investigation in Berkley.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said Farmington Hills detectives and members of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab were at a home in Berkley the night of Dec. 22 investigating the disappearance of Stislicki.

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