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Published October 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — At press time, police are searching for answers after a vehicle struck a bicyclist and left him for dead the night of Oct. 3 on John R Road north of Woodward Heights Boulevard, between Nine Mile and 10 Mile roads.

Witnesses in another vehicle pulled over to stay with the mortally wounded cyclist and called 911, while the suspect vehicle slipped out of sight. Now authorities in Hazel Park are combing the area for evidence that will lead to the suspect.

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Published October 7, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Police arrested two 18-year-old Roseville women during the evening Oct. 6 after they allegedly dressed in scary clown gear, stopped their vehicle along the 18000 block of Minnesota Street, and then exited the vehicle to chase and scream at two 14-year-old girls, according to a press release from Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

According to the release, the two 14-year-old girls fled, thinking that they would be attacked, and went to the Police Department “in hysterics” at approximately 9 p.m.

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Published October 7, 2016

CENTER LINE — The victim of an assault and a man whose truck was being stolen were dragged by vehicles in separate incidents reported in Center Line over a two-hour period Oct. 3-4. 

According to Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department, officers were alerted to the first incident at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, when a resident on Harding Street, north of 10 Mile Road between Van Dyke and Lorraine, said he was dragged by a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Robert Blackburn, of Hazel Park, during a verbal altercation in the street in front of his home.

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Published October 7, 2016

On Friday morning, a woman taking her children to school suffered a diabetic attack that led to a scary series of events that ended at approximately 8:01 a.m. when her vehicle crashed into an unmarked police car at a high rate of speed and sent the police car into the Shelby Township Police Department building.

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Published October 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — There were three reported clown sightings in Clinton Township last week.

Though no crimes occurred during these late night/early morning sightings, the incidents made witnesses feel uneasy.

The first reported sighting was at a car wash at Moravian Drive and Cass Avenue on Oct. 3. A video surfaced on social media showing a clown standing just outside a wash bay waving to the camera. The incident was recorded at 1:45 a.m.

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Published October 6, 2016

The Ferndale Police Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for a peeping Tom.

The man has been spotted in the area of Martin Road Park for the past month, most frequently in the neighborhood bordered on the north by Woodward Heights, on the south by Orchard Avenue, on the west by Hilton Road, and on the east by Bonner Street.

Police said the man has been “plaguing” the neighborhood and the home of one woman in particular since the first time the man was spotted on Sept. 4.

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Published October 6, 2016

The woman accused of slapping a Ray’s Ice Cream worker last year pleaded no contest in court this morning and will face sentencing later this month.

Bloomfield Township resident Tricia Ann Kortes and her attorney, Gerald Gleeson, appeared before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Oct. 6.

Gleeson declined to discuss the case following proceedings, saying he most likely would comment after sentencing.

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Published October 6, 2016

WARREN — A Fitzgerald High School teacher has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct amid allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old student earlier this year.

Harold Williams, 42, of Roseville, was arraigned before Judge Michael Chupa in the 37th District Court on Oct. 6.

According to Warren police, Williams was a teacher in a pharmacy tech class at the school on Ryan Road, just north of Nine Mile Road. Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said Williams and the student had sex in a classroom at the school on at least one occasion. 

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Published October 6, 2016

Police reported Oct. 6 that the body recovered a day earlier from a pond at Oak Hill Apartments, near Ryan and West Utica roads, had been identified as Madyson Carolyn Redpath-Kirkwood, an 18-year-old who had been reported missing.

Shelby Township Police Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said police actively had been searching for Redpath-Kirkwood since she was reported missing Sept. 23. She reportedly had been seen last in the area of the apartment complex.

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Published October 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/NEW BALTIMORE — A suspect who escaped during a recent police exchange has been caught and arrested.

Nicholas Ian Mosher, 21, is reported to have been apprehended Oct. 4 in New Baltimore. The New Baltimore Police Department worked with the Marysville Police Department.

According to Clinton Township Capt. Bruce Wade, the original incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Sept. 24, when the department responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of 15 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway.

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Published October 5, 2016

The clowns have come to West Bloomfield.

Within 24 hours there were two clown sightings within the township last week.

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Published October 5, 2016

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Sterling Heights police are warning the public to be cautious if they see scary clowns in the area.

A pair of Oct. 4 incidents involving suspects wearing clown costumes have reportedly terrorized people in the city and caused a minor injury to a child.

The first sighting occurred around 6:48 p.m. in the 43000 block of Normandy, near 19 Mile Road and Van Dyke, police said.

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Published October 5, 2016

On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5, a body was discovered in a pond at the Oak Hill Apartments, located near Ryan and West Utica roads.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler issued a press release at approximately 3:15 p.m. Oct. 5 stating that contractors near a pond on the south side of the property reported finding a body at approximately 10:35 a.m. First responders recovered the body of a deceased female from the water.

Schmittler wrote that the identification of the female had not been confirmed and the official cause of death had not been determined.

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Published October 5, 2016

A 40-year-old Farmington man was shot in the leg around 9 p.m. Oct. 4 on Mooney Street, near Orchard Lake Road and Shiawassee Street, Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized for his injuries but is in “stable condition,” Demers confirmed.

“His injuries were not life-threatening,” Demers said, adding that “details are still coming together,” and the Public Safety Department is speaking with the victim about the crime.

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Published October 5, 2016

Police have identified a clown at Athens High School who allegedly followed students in a menacing way during afternoon dismissals Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, carrying an object that looked like a bat.

Police said the individual is not a threat.

“He is no longer allowed to return to the school,” Lehman said. “We don’t expect further problems.

Lehman said the person will not be charged.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods police officers arrested a suspect Sept. 15 for his alleged connection to a string of automobile break-ins.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Harper Woods officers responded to the area of Kingsville and Beaconsfield streets on a report of suspects breaking into an automobile. Upon arrival, officers observed three suspects who began to flee on foot. The officers pursued the suspects and arrested Deante Bernard Hurt, a 21-year-old Detroit resident. 

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Published October 5, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Oakland County Medical Control Authority honored West Bloomfield firefighter/paramedic Ryan Wetter and police officer Chris Fredericks Sept. 22 for saving a West Bloomfield resident who was choking on a piece of hot dog. 

The West Bloomfield Fire and Police departments were recently dispatched to assist a woman who was in distress. Fredericks said that upon his arrival at the home, he was told she was either choking or having a stroke. 

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Published October 5, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan State Police hopes to warn residents statewide about potential dangers with a new wireless emergency alert program.

Similar to the AMBER Alert program for child abductions, the Public Threat Alert System can operate over radio and television broadcasting in the impacted area, and can send text alerts in a 90-character text message.

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Published October 4, 2016

FRASER/WARREN/ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man has been charged with armed robbery following a police pursuit involving multiple departments.

Kenneth James Ervin, 41, was arraigned Oct. 3, in 39th District Court in Roseville. His bond was set at $250,000 without 10 percent cash or surety.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Walgreens near 13 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway in Fraser.

Ervin allegedly walked into the store and approached two female clerks. He allegedly implied he had a gun.

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Published October 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Although violent crime has increased nationwide, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said violent crime in the city has decreased for the ninth consecutive year.

On Sept. 26, the FBI released its Crime in the United States report for 2015. 

According to the data, Southfield had 228 violent crimes in 2015, which was two fewer than in 2014.

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