Police & Courts

Published July 14, 2016

At approximately 10:40 p.m. July 13, police received reports about a three-car crash that had occurred on 25 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr Road.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said apparently the driver of a 2007 Ford Fusion rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light, which crashed into another vehicle.

Schmittler said the Ford Fusion's driver, a 46-year-old man from Macomb Township, then drove off eastbound along 25 Mile Road and crashed at the roundabout at 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

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Published July 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After an investigation that began several months ago, the former treasurer of the Parcells Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has been charged with embezzling funds.

On the morning of July 8, Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court Judge Theodore Metry charged Ywanda Ndiaye with embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. She was released on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.

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Published July 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police arrested a teenager last week for his alleged involvement in a July 1 fire inside a downtown parking structure.

“It was some construction material allegedly set on fire,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.

Clemens did not give any further details about the suspect other than the boy was a 15-year-old Brown City resident who was visiting friends in the area over the weekend.

Police do not believe there was a motive to do greater widespread harm.

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Published July 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At approximately 10:38 p.m. July 2, a 30-year-old Royal Oak man crashed his motorcycle into a car wash in Clinton Township.

Clinton Township police Sgt. Christopher Allis said the man was riding his motorcycle southbound on Utica Road. While in the right lane approaching 15 Mile Road, he suddenly drifted into the driveway of Royal Touch Car Wash and lost control.

The motorcycle went down on its left side, striking a curb and coming to a stop near the boulevard grass.

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Published July 13, 2016

PONTIAC — A Detroit man has been convicted in the murder of a Madison Heights resident he met on Craigslist.

Christopher Charles-Ruben King, 20, was tried for first-degree murder and convicted of second-degree murder. He was also convicted of second-degree arson and unlawfully driving away an automobile.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar described King as “defiant” and remorseless. She sentenced him to a minimum 30 years in prison June 28, after which he will be eligible for parole. King appeared unfazed by the sentence. 

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Published July 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Smash-and-grabs are a crime of opportunity, and local police say a thief or thieves are taking advantage of businesses after hours.

According to police records, numerous smash-and-grabs have been occurring overnight or in the early morning hours at local nail salons, beauty salons and ATMs.

“We have seen a slight increase in the numbers we’ve had over the last few weeks,” Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said. “It’s always a problem, not just in Southfield, but the metro Detroit area.”

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Published July 11, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 43-year-old Bloomfield Township man is expected in court this week on multiple charges stemming from an alleged domestic shooting two weeks ago.

According to the Bloomfield Township Police Department, it all started around 9 a.m. June 29, when officers were called to the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on reports of a woman with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 38-year-old victim was allegedly shot by her boyfriend, Jaisen Clanagan, at their shared home on Winthrop Road.

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Published July 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Following the cross examination of two prosecution witnesses July 6, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd determined there was sufficient probable cause for child pornography-related charges against a Shelby Township man.

Shepherd bound over the case against Philip Frame, 61, the former director of the Macomb County Office of Public Affairs, to the Macomb County Circuit Court for a trial by jury.

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Published July 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A man suspected of robbing a CVS pharmacy in St. Clair Shores and then heading down to Ohio and allegedly committing another robbery has turned himself in to police.

Eric John Auchmuty, a 31-year-old from Eastpointe, was arraigned in front of Magistrate Mark Metry July 6 on charges of armed robbery and making a false report of a felony.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A Romeo man is in the Macomb County Jail after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from an undercover Macomb County Sheriff’s Office detective posing as a minor online.

According to Lt. John Michalke, detectives assigned to the sheriff’s Macomb Area Computer Enforcement team responded to an advertisement June 29 that was posted on a popular website. Over a two-day period, the individual who posted the ad sent graphic messages, including photographs, to the detective in an effort to arrange a sexual liaison.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores’ public safety officers will have one more tool at their disposal to aid people in need of medical care.

During the June 21 City Council meeting, Public Safety Director John Schulte said that a grant had enabled his department to equip each patrol vehicle with a portable trauma bag. These bags contain items “for immediate treatment in life-threatening moments,” he said. 

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Published July 6, 2016

A months-long investigation into a child pornography case has led to the arrest of a Clinton Township man.

On June 26, Richard Sherman Johnson, 43, was arrested for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, and using a computer to commit the crime.

Detectives from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence in the Silver Springs mobile home park, near North Avenue, between Groesbeck Highway and Elizabeth Road.

Sherman lives at the home with his wife and one other couple, police said.

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A man has been arrested for breaking into multiple vehicles in West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake and Bloomfield Township recently. 

Richard Duran, 20, was charged with three counts of financial transaction device, which is a felony, and two counts of larceny from a vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged a West Bloomfield doctor who was under investigation after police found drugs and post-conception material in his impounded vehicle in September 2015.

Michael Roth, 74, was charged June 23 with possession with intent to deliver the Schedule II narcotic fentanyl, and six counts of identity theft in 48th District Court. He also faces three counts of larceny in a building in 38th District Court in Eastpointe.  

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Published July 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Based on a professionally shot photo showcasing the various uniforms worn by the Shelby Township Police Department, a national uniform association named the township the best-dressed department in the 100-officers-or-less category.

Sgt. Jeffrey Bellomo took on the project in February. The photo was shot March 11, and the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors announced the winners in May.

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Published July 5, 2016

Police have submitted warrants for multiple driving offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, against a 26-year-old driver from Sterling Heights for an incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3.

According to police, the driver of a silver 2005 Cadillac drove at a high rate of speed through a parking lot, hit the curb, cleared a 5-foot wall and crash-landed into a home near Janis Street and Van Dyke Avenue.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said no one was in the home at the time of the crash.

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Published July 5, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY —  As District 1 state Rep. Brian Banks prepares for his re-election campaign, the Harper Woods Democrat is facing several felony charges. 

On June 28, the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed two counts of uttering and publishing, one count of false pretenses and one count of false statements against the 39-year-old elected official related to an application for a loan. 

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Published July 5, 2016

Police are looking for an angry bicyclist who recently punched a teen girl on the Paint Creek Trail in Orion Township.

Lt. Dan Toth, from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Orion Township substation, said the incident happened at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, on the Paint Creek Trail in Orion Township.

The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was walking on the trail with a group of three other girls —  ages 9-14 — when the bicyclist approached.

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Published July 5, 2016

Police on patrol this summer will keep a special eye out to catch kids being good.

The Troy Police Department is introducing the Operation Safe Summer Program to encourage safety this summer.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the purpose of the program is to promote safe, positive summer activities and to encourage Troy residents and visitors to get to know the officers of the Troy Police Department. Officers will be available to provide safety tips and answer questions at the request of residents.

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