Police & Courts

Published February 7, 2017

Ferndale police were able to track down and arrest two people Feb. 5 for allegedly stealing a car, among other thefts.

Richard Wayne Hart, 31, of Ferndale; and Shelby Lynn Higdon, 28, of Ferndale and St. Clair Shores, were arrested at a home on Leroy Street after the two suspects’ roommate phoned police to report a stolen vehicle, a Ford Taurus.

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Published February 7, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The beginning of the year brings about many traditions for people, whether it’s setting their New Year’s resolutions or quickly giving up on their New Year’s resolutions.

A new year also brings people to begin preparing their tax returns in time for April 15, which can be stressful.

Among all the worries about whether you have all the proper papers and information is also making sure somebody doesn’t try to file a tax return in your name, which has happened to many people in the past.

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Published February 7, 2017

FERNDALE — A Gibraltar woman was sentenced to 100 days in jail after hitting a pedestrian and not stopping last September in Ferndale.

Gina Marie Hovell, 27, will serve 100 days, with credit for three days, in the Oakland County Jail; her sentence began Jan. 31. She also will have 18 months of probation and pay several fines and court costs.

Robert Akouri, Hovell’s attorney, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Published February 7, 2017

The mother of a Seaholm High School student has been charged with assault following an incident with one of her daughter’s teachers.

Birmingham police say the incident took place in January after the teacher and the student in question were returning from a class trip to see the film “Hidden Figures,” a movie highlighting the contributions of female African-American mathematicians in the early days of NASA.

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Published February 7, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Macomb County Prosecutors’ Office declined to charge a 29-year-old Roseville homeowner after he was involved in a fatal shooting Jan. 29.

Roseville police officers were dispatched to the 26000 block of Chippendale for a report of breaking and entering into a garage at approximately 9:50 p.m. Jan. 29, according to a press release from Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon.

According to Glandon, officers located the homeowner and the individual who had been shot.

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Published February 6, 2017

A 32-year-old New Baltimore man has been jailed on multiple charges, including home invasion and drug possession, after allegedly breaking into the same condominium in Harrison Township twice last week.

Lt. John Michalke, with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said a resident away on vacation used a security monitoring software system through her cellphone and saw a suspect inside the home.

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Published February 6, 2017

Police are looking into an incident in which a student brought a knife to school recently.

According to police, a 14-year-old student at Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology was arrested recently for bringing a knife to school following social media threats.

The incident occurred on school grounds, 24675 Lahser Road, around 3 p.m. Jan. 20, when the school’s liaison officer received information that a student had been threatened by another student and one student possibly had a comb with a double-sided knife contained inside it on school property.

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Published February 3, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Police said that Mark Twain Elementary was locked down at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 for approximately 10 minutes after an officer was dispatched to the 15800 block of 13 Mile Road for a suspect seen breaking into a home.

Police said the school was locked down as a precaution.

“There is no indication that the suspect was on school property. The incident was about three blocks away from school,” police said in a press release.

Police reported that the suspect entered the home and then was “confronted by the homeowner in the backyard.”

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Published February 2, 2017

An anti-Trump rally outside U.S. Sen. Gary Peters’ office got heated Jan. 31 after protesters filed a joint report with the Rochester Police Department claiming a Rochester man had endangered them with his car.

Attorney Jerome Sabbota said the allegations against Vito Pampalona — a real estate broker, owner of Vito Anthony Homes and landlord for Peters’ office — are false.

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Published February 2, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — “I love you, Jaylen.”

Those words were shouted out in a courtroom by someone who knows 19-year-old West Bloomfield resident Jaylen Stringer. Stringer, shackled and clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, headed to jail after his probable causing hearing with fellow suspect Desean Maurice Smith Jan. 27 in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills in connection with the December murder of West Bloomfield resident Diana Pesserl.

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Published February 2, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police say a Madison Heights woman who snatched a package from a porch is now in custody after a homeowner’s security footage and tipsters on social media led to her arrest.

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Published February 2, 2017

WARREN — A search is underway for a man who allegedly went looking for his stolen iPhone and shot haphazardly into a Warren home when he was told it wasn’t there.

Detective Brian Braunschneider of the Warren Police Department said the man, described as black, 18-23 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, heavyset with his hair in dreadlocks showed up at a mobile home in the 2700 block of Waltz, near Nine Mile and Warner, at about noon Jan. 31.

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Published February 1, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man has pleaded no contest to a pair of charges related to the fatal stabbing of his boyfriend Feb. 14, 2016.

Jerald Boozer-Brown Jr., 28, entered the plea Jan. 31 at Macomb County Circuit Court before Judge Jennifer Faunce. He pleaded no contest to a count of second-degree murder and a separate count of interfering with a crime report.

The plea deal could allow Boozer-Brown to be eligible for parole in as few as 10 years, as opposed to the typical 12-20 year guideline. Official sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 14.

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Published February 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 17, Clerk Stan Grot officially swore in the Shelby Township Police Department’s second dog, Niko, an 18-month-old, 62-pound German shepherd, and awarded him his police badge.

In August, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a second police dog for $13,750 using drug forfeiture money. Niko is certified in narcotics, building search, area search, tracking, obedience, agility and aggression control, and article search.

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Published February 1, 2017

UTICA — At approximately 4:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, police responded to the area of Hall and Schoenherr roads for reports of a head-on collision between two cars.

Police determined that a 40-year-old Sterling Heights man in a gold 2000 Saturn sedan had been traveling north in the southbound lanes of Schoenherr Road and struck a 29-year-old Eastpointe man in a silver 2010 Chevrolet Aveo traveling south, just north of Northpointe Boulevard.

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Published February 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When Cece Giles got a call from a Meals on Wheels volunteer Jan. 18, she immediately got into the car and drove to her 90-year-old mother’s home in St. Clair Shores.

“Meals on Wheels called me and said, ‘Your mother didn’t answer the phone; she isn’t answering the door; something isn’t right,’” said Giles, who also lives in St. Clair Shores.

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Published February 1, 2017

FRASER — A man with a criminal record dating back to the 1960s has been arrested for a crime he has repeated time, and time, and time again: home invasion.

Frank King, 66, of Detroit, was arraigned Jan. 24 in 39th District Court for first-degree home invasion. His bond was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent cash or surety.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said that King was also a parole detainer. His crime history goes back decades, with 14 prior arrests and 10 prior convictions — all for burglary and home invasion.

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Published January 31, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — After prescription drugs and opiates have ravaged families and society in recent years, one community has come together to offer proactive solutions.

On Jan. 31, “Hope Not Handcuffs” was officially launched in Macomb County, led by Families Against Narcotics, in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery initiative.

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Published January 31, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — The pretrial for two men detained for allegedly murdering a man last month has been delayed.

Tyler Maliek Allen, 18, of Detroit, and Jalen William Smith, 18, of Southfield, were arrested in mid-January following a murder at a local apartment complex.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, at around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, police were called on a report of a crash at the Kingswood Place Condominiums, in the area of 12 Mile and Evergreen roads.

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Published January 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville resident who is charged with assault with intent to murder was ordered during her probable cause conference Jan. 25 to go through a competency exam before proceeding to a preliminary examination.

The preliminary examination for defendant Batina Jackson, 29, originally was scheduled for Feb. 1 at the 39th District Court.

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