Police & Courts

Published April 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 30, the Shelby Township Police Department honored many of its members and several residents for quick thinking, heroic actions and professionalism.

“This is a very exciting day for many of our officers,” Police Chief Robert Shelide said during the annual awards ceremony at the township municipal building. “Our heroes are acknowledged on this day.”

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The original dedication plaque for the old Brooklands School has gone missing, and police are on the case.

Rochester Community Schools Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the district filed a police report after noticing that the plaque was missing from the 1927 building, which has been vacant for nearly two years.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said it is “extremely disappointing” that someone would take the dedication plaque, which he said serves as “a treasured piece of history” within the community.

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Published April 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Although crime in Southfield has been relatively quiet as of late, police said they are seeing an increase in home invasions at vacant or for-sale homes.

Chief Eric Hawkins said that even though the numbers of some crimes are decreasing, home invasions are on the rise.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 25-year-old Detroit woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through a Craigslist personal ad sometime before 10:39 p.m. April 16 on Village Circle.

According to a police report, the woman said she responded to the man’s personal ad. The woman was not physically injured during the assault and did not require medical attention, the report states.

The suspect is a 42-year-old Rochester Hills man, the report states.

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Published April 26, 2016

DETROIT — If Robert “Bob” Bashara, 58, thought testimony from his former handyman, Joseph “Joe” Gentz, 52, would secure him a new trial for the murder of his wife, Jane Bashara, he was in for quite a shock.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary examination hearing April 11 resulted in the case of a 26-year-old Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder to be bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr. is facing charges following the death of Brian Dequan Shepard, 21, of Macomb Township, in the early morning hours of this past Valentine’s Day.

The two were reportedly in a dating relationship for about three years and had gotten into an argument the night of the incident.

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Published April 25, 2016

Police are looking for a man reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a woman in critical condition April 23.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is searching for Romulus resident Terrel Dewhite Johnson, 24-year-old black man, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. 

The incident occurred in the area of eastbound Grand River Avenue, north of Eight Mile Road, at around 5 a.m. April 23.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The widely sought-after suspect in a Jan. 29 armed robbery at a cash advance loan business in Shelby Township is in custody on another case, police said.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said an FBI crime task force is in charge of the case and that the Shelby Township Police Department has been working closely with them.

Besides Shelby Township, Shelide said the suspect has been linked to four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights and Lansing.

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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman convicted of leaving her newborn infant in a garage for days until his death was sentenced to life in prison during a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court April 19.

A jury found Angela Alexie, 25, guilty March 4 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse regarding her newborn son’s death in December 2014. Alexie had given birth Dec. 22 in the garage of the house she had been staying at after spending months hiding the pregnancy. She never brought the newborn indoors, and he died after a few days, on Dec. 24.

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Published April 22, 2016

WARREN — A mother and her 16-year-old son living near Nine Mile and Schoenherr told police they awoke to the sound of loud noises that turned out to be gunfire late on April 15.

“They weren’t sure what it was,” said Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt of the Warren Police Department. “The next morning, they go and look. The resident discovered what looks like three bullet strikes on the house.”

No one was injured and two bullets apparently remained lodged in the walls of the home.

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Published April 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The officers of the Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department take their mission of protecting and serving very seriously.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON — A recent city report reveals that major crimes have gone down in the city.

A March 21 Farmington Public Safety Department report announced that major crimes are down 5.28 percent, from 303 crimes in 2014 to 278 in 2015.

Last year, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said, his goal was to get under 300.

Major crimes include robbery, burglary, home invasion, larceny, sexual assault and more.

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Published April 20, 2016

Charles Anthony Stephens will face a felony murder charge in the death of his Somerset Park Apartments neighbor, Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7.

Visiting Judge Dennis Drury bound Charles Stephens, 53, over on felony murder charges in 52-4 District Court April 20 after hearing testimony from Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. ​Ljubisa J. Dragovic, police, a pawn shop employee, Kalpana’s husband and the suspect’s wife, Tonia Stephens.

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Published April 20, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering incident that allegedly occurred at a residence on Iverness Lane, near West Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads.

Police officers were dispatched at 11:52 a.m. April 18 after a woman stated that a white man wearing a red baseball cap and dirty jeans gained entry to the house through an unlocked door. According to a press release, the woman alleged that the suspect struggled with her and then fled the scene.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A robbery attempt gone awry has landed one individual in jail.

On April 8, Quincy Ross Wright, 38, allegedly walked into Family Dollar on Gratiot Avenue, near 15 Mile Road.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said Wright walked in, grabbed a bag of peanuts and put the item on the counter. He then allegedly took out a gun and pointed it at the female cashier.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police have two teens in custody suspected of breaking into a local car dealership and stealing keys, in the hopes of taking a vehicle.

“They would come back and use the keys to try and activate the cars,” said Detective Jeff Goode. “On one of those occasions, they did get away with one of the cars.”

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Two suspects who allegedly used a BB gun to rob a pair of neighbors near Eight Mile and Ryan on April 16 were taken into custody a short time later and now face armed robbery charges.

Detective Sgt. Robert Eidt of the Warren Police Department said Ronald Maurice Brady and Darius Maurice Armstead, both 17 years old and from Detroit, were arrested in Detroit shortly after the robbery was reported at Berkshire and Ryan in Warren at 10:10 p.m.

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Published April 20, 2016

Roseville Community Schools officials reported that they received a bomb threat at Roseville Middle School for the second day in a row April 20.

According to a post made shortly after 8 a.m. on the district’s Facebook page, students were evacuated and the police called in to inspect the building. The district announced that police gave the all-clear at about 9:50 a.m. and that students were on their way back to the building; parents wishing to pick up their kids were asked to bring identification.

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Published April 20, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The 32A District Court ranked high in user satisfaction for a third consecutive year, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office.

According to a press release from the Michigan Supreme Court, users found their experience with the 32A District Court to be accessible, timely and fair, and said they were treated with courtesy and respect.

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Published April 19, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Public Safety Department officers are investigating eight larcenies or attempted larcenies that occurred overnight April 18-19, according to a news release sent out by Director of Public Safety Jim Burke. 

According to the release, the incidents were split between two sites. Four were at the apartment complex located at 20232 E. Vernier Road; the other four were at the Parkcrest Inn, 20000 N. Harper Ave. Three of the eight incidents were completed larcenies; the other five were attempts, according to the release. 

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