Police & Courts

Published February 14, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office processes an average of 20,000 inmates in the county jail each year.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said that currently there are approximately 1,200 inmates serving time. And each year, Wickersham said, the jail will house between three and five pregnant women.

“There have been times when a pregnant woman has delivered while in custody,” he said, pointing out that those births took place once the inmate was taken to the hospital. “But I can’t recall the last time.”

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Published February 14, 2017

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Warren police are looking for a suspect who fled on foot after a pursuit that began Tuesday with an attempted traffic stop near 11 Mile and Hoover, and ended with a crash on eastbound Interstate 696 at Gratiot. For more on this story, check back here, and follow and like the Warren Weekly on Twitter and Facebook.

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Published February 13, 2017

A 34-year-old man was found dead in an empty lot near a small bulldozer on Gratiot Avenue between 10 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road that was the site of the former Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at 25671 Gratiot Ave.

The man was found “around 10 a.m.” Feb. 13, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

A motorist saw the man lying down in the lot and called police, Berlin said.

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Published February 10, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Detroit man was arrested Feb. 9, on multiple charges related to a home invasion earlier in the week.

A press release issued by the Clinton Township Police Department that same day stated that Pierre Tipton, 29, was arrested at the Wayne County Parole Office, with coordinated assistance from U.S. Marshals.

He was arraigned via video Feb. 10 at 41-B District Court, in front of Magistrate Daniel Goulette.

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Published February 10, 2017

WARREN — A 30-year-old Warren man was in custody facing a robbery charge Feb. 4 after police said he drove his ex-girlfriend to the store to cash a check and then forcibly took the money.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department, said officers dispatched to Frazho and Ryan to investigate a reported strong arm robbery at 12:34 p.m. were met by a 23-year-old woman who claimed that she had been assaulted and robbed by her ex-boyfriend after she had asked him to drive her to a store to cash a check.

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Published February 10, 2017

WARREN — Matt Nichols has been named the Warren Police Department’s new deputy commissioner.

The promotion, announced by Mayor Jim Fouts in a Facebook post on Feb. 6, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of former Deputy Commissioner Louis Galasso in 2015 and elevates Nichols from the position of executive lieutenant.

“He understands how to deal with a variety of people. He has the right police background and commitment to law enforcement to work under Police Commissioner Jere Green to continue to make our neighborhoods safer,” Fouts posted.

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Published February 10, 2017

Two suspects in connection with the murder of a West Bloomfield woman were bound over to Oakland County Circuit after a probable cause hearing Feb. 9 in 48th District Court.

Diana Pesserl, 31, was found dead with a fatal gunshot wound to her abdomen around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 9 in a burning car at the back of the former Pine Lake Elementary School.

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Published February 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Several former co-workers, friends and family members of former Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Director Robert “Bob” Ferber gathered Feb. 1 at Irish Coffee in the Farms to raise a toast to someone who had earned their respect and friendship over the years.

Ferber, who retired from the Farms on June 30, 2006, died Jan. 9 at his home in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 77. He helmed the Farms Public Safety Department for 36 years, making him the longest-serving police chief/public safety director in state history.

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Published February 9, 2017

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, police responded to a report of a possibly deceased person in the area of Auburn Road and Hixson Avenue, which is located between Dequindre and Ryan roads.

The subject, a man in his late 50s, had been deceased long enough that no medical aid could be administered, according to a police press release.

The man showed no obvious signs of trauma, and police found nothing suspicious in the area, according to the release.

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Published February 8, 2017

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Two Oak Park brothers were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, for armed robbery at multiple 7-Elevens across Ferndale, Oak Park and Madison Heights.

Noah David Polonis, 17, and Nicholas Richard Polonis, 25, were apprehended by Madison Heights police officers at around 5:30 p.m. after the fourth of four 7-Elevens was robbed.

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Published February 8, 2017

CENTER LINE — Calling it a win for the city of Center Line and its residents, officials recently approved a plan to put a public safety officer in the Macomb Auto Theft Squad.

“He’s in there now. He’s one of the detectives that got put in there along with other departments from the county,” said Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department. “It’s pretty exciting, I think.”

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Published February 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Charles Bonnett, the suspect in a home invasion and robbery in December, has been charged in 32-A District Court.

The incident occurred around midnight Dec. 14 at a home in the 20500 block of Elkhart Street in Harper Woods. The elderly residents were asleep at the time, and the thief stole a television, a purse and the keys to the victims’ vehicle, which was parked in their garage. The thief gained entry through a rear bedroom window, police said.

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Published February 8, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The township’s Oakland County Sheriff’s Office substation, located on Collins Road at Orion Road, needs help.

“At the present time, it is in pretty deplorable condition,” Township Manager Dale Stuart said. “The carpet, the walls, the paint, holes — there is a lot to be addressed.”

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Published February 8, 2017

TROY — Troy police officers will soon get new personal patrol rifles to use in police squad cars. 

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the purchase plan at its Jan. 23 meeting.  

“They will replace the shotguns in patrol vehicles,” Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer told the council. 

Mayer said that 80 percent of officers said they want the rifles. 

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Published February 7, 2017

Following a psychiatric evaluation of defendant Kumar Abhigyan Singh, who faces charges including terrorism and ethnic intimidation for threats he allegedly made last year, a district court judge ruled Feb. 7 that the case against the Royal Oak resident and doctor will move forward.

“I will find he is competent to stand trial at this time,” said 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg.

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Published February 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A mail carrier with a route in Macomb Township has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of theft of mail by a postal employee.

Shawn Hoover was indicted Jan. 31 as the first step in a federal case against him after a complaint was filed Jan. 12 alleging that he stole nearly $70,000 worth of cash, debit cards, gift cards and checks from pieces of mail he was entrusted to deliver to homes in Macomb Township.

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Published February 7, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Stacey Glass, 27, is charged with one count of manslaughter, a 15-year felony, for allegedly stabbing to death Shane Bigger, 31, at Glass’ home on Birmingham Street Jan. 28.

Glass was video-arraigned Jan. 30 in 39th District Court Judge Joseph Boedeker’s courtroom.

Prior to the arraignment, an altercation happened between Glass’ brother, Harvey Hill, and Bigger’s father, William Bigger.

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Published February 7, 2017

Sterling Heights Police Department personnel revealed the basics behind their new CORE community outreach program at a Jan. 24 Sterling Heights City Council special strategic planning meeting.

According to Police Chief John Berg, CORE, which stands for Community Outreach and Engagement, is an upcoming police liaison program created to better connect officers and residents. It will formally roll out to the public this spring.

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Published February 7, 2017

DETROIT — A local convicted sex offender was formally charged in the second case against him recently.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, is accused of producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Published February 7, 2017

WARREN — Failed tape or an observant customer likely thwarted further fraud, but police are looking for a suspect and any possible victims after a device designed to steal your cash was found near an ATM at a Warren 7-Eleven store.

According to police, customers alerted an employee at the store on Dequindre at 11 Mile Road after they found a molded plastic card “skimmer” near the machine at 6:12 p.m. Feb. 4.

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