Police & Courts

Published January 31, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — A driver caused a stir in a Madison Heights neighborhood recently when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a public utility box, disrupting services and rolling into a parked van nearby.

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. Jan. 19 in the 25800 block of Couzens Avenue, near East Lincoln Avenue. The driver, a 25-year-old Madison Heights man, hit an AT&T box located at Couzens and Kalama avenues.

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Published January 31, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A veteran police officer’s instincts turned out to be critical in apprehending a pair of alleged home invaders who had just made off with valuables and personal mementos belonging to a Grosse Pointe Farms family.

Sgt. John Bruno, of the Farms Public Safety Department, was on patrol when he spotted an older white pickup truck with two men inside during the late morning hours of Jan. 25.

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Published January 30, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to reports of a serious injury accident on 24 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue.

A 65-year-old Shelby Township woman was driving west on 24 Mile Road when her silver 2014 Ford Focus crossed the center line into eastbound traffic and collided head-on with an eastbound silver 2013 Toyota Sienna driven by a 46-year-old Shelby Township woman, according to a police press release.

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Published January 27, 2017

“I love you, Jaylen.”

Those words were shouted out in a courtroom for 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.

Pesserl, 31, of West Bloomfield, was found 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 January 27, 2017

ROSEVILLE — After hearing testimony for more than four hours Jan. 25 at the 39th District Court, Judge Marco Santia decided that there was enough evidence to send motorcycle crash suspect Cody Soucie to circuit court.

Police said Soucie, who allegedly was driving a motorcycle while drunk Oct. 14, hit 14-year-old Ryan Mannes, whom police said was playing the video game “Pokémon Go” and had entered 11 Mile Road, near Demerick Street, to capture a Pokémon.

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Published January 26, 2017

WARREN — Two people will face felony charges for their roles in allegedly obtaining the heroin that investigators said killed 16-year-old Sirena Lawson in early January.

According to a press release from the office of Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith, Lawson, of Warren, died Jan. 6 of an apparent opioid overdose. A criminal charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing death was authorized for a 40-year-old Warren woman and her neighbor, a 45-year-old Warren man.

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Published January 26, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County sheriff’s detectives arrested a 39-year-old Trenton man after he attempted to meet up with someone he thought was an underage girl Jan. 24.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reported that his detectives assigned to the sheriff’s computer crimes team began their investigation the same day Shawn Wayne Miller was arrested.

They became suspicious of Miller after observing an advertisement posted on a popular website. The website is not being disclosed by law enforcement.

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Published January 26, 2017

Police are still investigating a fatal accident that happened Tuesday night on Square Lake Road.

According to a statement from Sgt. Kim Comerford, of the Traffic Investigations Unit of the Bloomfield Township Police Department, officers responded to reports of a two-car crash at 9 p.m. Jan. 24.

“Reports indicate a 2014 Maserati traveling eastbound on Square Lake rear-ended a 2009 Subaru Legacy traveling in the same direction,” Comerford explained in the statement.

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Published January 25, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Three local mothers held each other close recently as they discussed how gun violence and murder have affected their families.

Anthony Jones, Crime Stoppers of Michigan spokesman, hosted mothers Julia Spencer, Delores Stinson and Susan Watson last month at the Crime Stoppers of Michigan headquarters, 18000 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield.

Jones said the goal of the panel was to encourage residents to help law enforcement by sharing any tips or information on crimes directly with police or through Crime Stoppers.

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Published January 25, 2017

FERNDALE — A string of vacant homes in Ferndale have been robbed of their appliances, and police are hoping that residents can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

According to police, from Jan. 12 to 17, four homes spread across Ferndale had appliances — including furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves and refrigerators — taken by burglars.

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Published January 25, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville resident Batina Jackson, 29, faces charges for allegedly stabbing a 39-year-old Detroit resident with a steak knife Jan. 15 after an argument.

The man refused to “make a commitment to the suspect,” according to a Jan. 16 press release from Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

The incident happened at Jackson’s residence in the 29000 block of Utica Road.

Jackson was arrested at the scene, Berlin stated in the press release.

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Published January 25, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — The state is seeking public opinion on law enforcement for a survey being undertaken by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, or MCOLES.

Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte, who discussed the survey with the Shores City Council during a meeting Jan. 17, said that the initiative is being undertaken to determine “community trust” in law enforcement.

Residents have until March 20 to take the survey, which is available online.

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Published January 24, 2017

A woman police had believed was being held against her will has been found safe, police said.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police responded to the Hilton Garden Inn, 26000 American Drive, around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 to check on the safety of an unknown woman who was reportedly involved in an altercation at the hotel.

The hotel front desk clerk witnessed the woman and a man fighting in the lobby, which prompted her to call the police, Loussia said.

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Published January 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police Department is giving high praise to one of its own after a woman was pulled from a burning car following a vehicle crash.

Sgt. Karly Wingart pulled a 36-year-old Royal Oak resident from the Ford Fusion the resident was a passenger in shortly after midnight on Sunday, Jan. 15. The car hit a stopped Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus, and the engine compartment burst into flames, police said.

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Published January 23, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is on the lookout for a man who robbed a local shoe store in Ferndale last week.

The man robbed a Payless ShoeSource at around 8:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. The store is located near the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Pinecrest Drive.

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Published January 23, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A 17-year-old is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, malicious destruction of property and reckless use of a firearm after a reported dispute over a ride from his girlfriend and gas money allegedly led him to fire shots into the back of her parked vehicle while she was sitting in the front.

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Published January 20, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Brandon Williams, accused of stabbing a 16-year-old at Veterans Memorial Park in late July, sat quietly next to his attorney, Sheila Miller, at the 39th District Court during his preliminary examination Jan. 20.

The preliminary examination required more time and was scheduled to continue Feb. 3. 

Williams, 15, is charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder.

The stabbing victim, now 17, was the first to testify on the stand in Judge Joseph F. Boedeker’s courtroom.

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Published January 20, 2017

WARREN — Four suspects were in Warren police custody at press time Jan. 19, just hours after a Warren woman was tied up and robbed in her home near 11 Mile and Hoover.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said officers responded to a 911 call at about 5 a.m. from the 26000 block of Falmouth, where a woman was confronted by two male suspects who entered her home. One of the intruders was allegedly armed with a baseball bat.

“She awoke to a flashlight shining in her eyes,” Mills said.

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Published January 20, 2017

One person is in police custody after reports of shots fired in the area of California and Greater Mack.

According to a press release from St. Clair Shores Police Chief Todd Woodcox, dispatch began receiving multiple reports of shots being fired outside in the area of California and Greater Mack Avenue around 5:15 p.m. Jan. 19. When officers got to the scene, no one was injured but they found several shell casings in the area.

Police took one person into custody who is being held on unrelated charges, according to the release.

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Published January 19, 2017

WARREN  — Police are looking for two suspects captured on store surveillance footage shortly after a 71-year-old Warren resident was tied up and robbed in her home near 11 Mile and Hoover early Jan. 19.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call from the 26000 block of Falmouth at about 5 a.m. where a woman was confronted by two male suspects who entered her home. One of the intruders was allegedly armed with a baseball bat.

“She awoke to a flashlight shining in her eyes,” Mills said.

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