Police & Courts

Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas was arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 based on a criminal complaint that alleges he demanded and accepted bribes for his vote and assistance on a municipal contract.

The official charge against Freitas is “Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds,” which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Published October 25, 2016

CENTER LINE — He’s 15 months old and likes hot dogs. He has a passport from the Czech Republic and a family tree that goes back generations.

He also has two arrests under his belt, or in this case, his harness.

Murphy, Center’s Line’s new K-9 officer, entered active service about a month ago with his partner, public safety officer Dave Allen, and they’re already getting results.

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Published October 24, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Safety Department soon will be upgrading its 911 response system to the next generation of equipment.

The Berkley City Council, at its most recent meeting Oct. 17, unanimously agreed to purchase, at a cost of $88,787.48, new response equipment for its public safety answering point. The city is purchasing the equipment from Emergency CallWorks Inc.

The council passed two motions: one for entering an agreement with Oakland County to work in conjunction to operate the system, and the other to buy the equipment.

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Published October 24, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police are still looking for answers after a young Bloomfield Township man was fatally struck by a vehicle on Woodward, at Square Lake, the night of Oct. 16.

According to Sgt. Kim Comerford, of the Bloomfield Township Police Department’s traffic investigation unit, a call came in just before 9:30 p.m. that night reporting that a pedestrian had been hit in the roadway.

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Published October 24, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Three months after the passing of the Police Department’s popular K-9 dog, Hondo, the department will get a new four-legged officer thanks to the help of a donor.

“Hondo passed away suddenly earlier this year, and we are looking to replace him as part of our force,” said Police Chief Todd Woodcox at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting. “One of our residents in the city knew that the dogs were very important to us (and offered to) cover all of the costs of training and equipment.”

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Published October 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A woman accused of stalking an acquaintance throughout the summer crashed her car in Oakland County after leading police on a chase beginning in St. Clair Shores Oct. 17.

According to a press release from St. Clair Shores police, officers were interviewing the victim, a 32-year-old woman from St. Clair Shores, who had called to report the suspect stalking her at her workplace in the 28000 block of Harper Avenue.

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Published October 21, 2016

At 6:40 a.m. Oct. 18, a minor was approached by a man at Stephens Road and Rausch Avenue in Eastpointe, according to Crime Stoppers. The man was driving an older sedan with accident damage on the driver’s rear side.

The suspect began talking to the girl, and a witness who became concerned started walking toward the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect sped off southbound on Rausch, according to a press release from Crime Stoppers.

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Published October 20, 2016

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A trial is scheduled for early 2017 for the former Hawaii Police Department officer who allegedly struck and killed a cyclist from West Bloomfield in 2015.

On March 1, 2015, West Bloomfield resident Jeffrey Surnow was cycling east of South Kohala, Hawaii, when he was struck by an on-duty police officer, who reported the crash at around 6:25 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Police Department said in a release back in March 2015. Surnow was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m.

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Published October 19, 2016

DETROIT — Although he’s unlikely to accept it, prosecutors have put a plea deal on the table for defendant David Corzilius, 49, of Warren.

Corzilius stands accused of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy, 69, following a stabbing and robbery at Clancy’s Farms home the afternoon of March 6. 

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Published October 19, 2016

DETROIT — What was supposed to be a final conference hearing before defendant David Corzilius stands trial for the murder of Daniel Clancy, 69, of Grosse Pointe Farms, earlier this year didn’t go quite as planned because of the absence of one of Corzilius’ two defense attorneys.

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Published October 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A Hamtramck man was arrested last week after he allegedly stole a Jeep in the city and then filled it with items he allegedly stole from another resident’s home the same night. 

Emmanuel Adam Charles, 22, was arrested Oct. 12 and arraigned in 44th District Court the next day on one count of first-degree home invasion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and one count of unlawfully driving away an automobile, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Police questioned a Clawson senior citizen after he was pegged as someone fitting the description of a man who reportedly approached a Schalm Elementary School student earlier that day.

According to a letter distributed by Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson, police were called at about 3:05 p.m. Oct. 12 to the school, located at 940 North Selfridge Blvd., on a report of a suspicious person sighting.

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Published October 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A probable cause hearing for resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh was adjourned in court Oct. 11 so the defendant charged with threatening to kill court officials — including Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper — could undergo a forensic examination.

Singh, 47, was brought handcuffed into 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom the morning of Oct. 11 for the scheduled probable cause hearing. At that time, Singh’s new attorney, Michael McCarthy, requested that Singh undergo the examination.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect was arrested after he allegedly broke into five homes, one of them in Macomb Township, over a three-week period beginning Sept. 20.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Cesidio David Longo, 24, of Richmond, was arrested Oct. 11.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that he allegedly broke into five homes to steal electronics, jewelry and coins during the daytime while homeowners were away.

The Macomb Township incident took place at a home on Omo Road Oct. 7. The other incidents occurred in Lenox Township.

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Published October 18, 2016

A 14-year-old Roseville High School freshman who police said was playing the video game "Pokemon Go" and had entered 11 Mile Road near Demerick Street to capture a Pokemon, died when a motorcyclist who allegedly was driving drunk struck the teen at approximately 9:34 p.m. Oct. 14.

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Published October 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Two men wearing ski masks broke into an automated teller machine sometime before 3:23 p.m. Oct. 16 at the PNC Bank on Walton Boulevard, at Old Perch Road, a police report states.

An employee of Diebold Corp. discovered evidence of the break-in while servicing the ATM, which is located in a drive-thru island and is accessed by a tunnel from inside the bank. According to the report, the service employee found that an air conditioning unit in the island had been forcibly removed, allowing access to the service stairway and the ATM.

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Published October 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 57-year-old woman was threatened by a man with a gun as she approached a suspicious car at 3:24 p.m. Oct. 14 in the 3000 block of Longview Avenue, a police report states.

The woman told police she was walking toward the car in an attempt to find its license plate information when the man driving the car pointed a black handgun at her. The man then drove away, driving over the grass and into an adjacent apartment complex near Auburn and Dequindre roads, the report states.

Police arrived and located the car and the driver nearby on a side street.

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Published October 18, 2016

WARREN — Police hope clear surveillance images of a man who robbed the TCF Bank  at 12 Mile Road and Dequindre will generate the tips they need to put him behind bars.

The suspect, described as black, 25-30 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall and slim, reportedly walked into the bank at 11:11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. He was photographed wearing a grey shirt, black vest, grey sweatpants, black shoes and a black and white baseball cap.

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Published October 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kim Mathers appeared in Shelby Township District Court 41-A Oct. 18 to plead no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired to Judge Douglas Shepherd.

Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, is facing the charge after crashing her 2009 Cadillac Escalade in a reportedly admitted suicide attempt. The crash took place Oct. 7, 2015, on Card Road near 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

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Published October 17, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 34-year-old Harrison Township man has been charged in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found in the back seat of a car Oct. 14.

Eric Schultz was arraigned in 41-B District Court on Oct. 17 and charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10 year felony. He was given a $750,000 cash/surety bond.  

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