Police & Courts

Published September 22, 2016

PONTIAC — After calling convicted killer David Douglas Davis “evil,” “wicked” and a “leech,” Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren sentenced Davis to life in prison without the chance of parole Sept. 21 for the death of Royal Oak resident Theresa Diamos.

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Published September 22, 2016

Students and staff of Southfield Public Schools are mourning the loss of a student who was killed earlier this week.

Southfield A&T senior Kara Allen, 17, was identified by officials as one of the four children killed in a quadruple homicide in Dearborn Heights.

According to a news release from Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller, around 1:15 a.m. Sept. 21, the Dearborn Heights Police Department was dispatched to the 4400 block of Hipp Street.

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Published September 22, 2016

Troy police are searching for a man who reportedly pointed a gun at a woman and took her purse as she sat in her vehicle on her cellphone at Oakland Mall at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20.

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Published September 21, 2016

A couple recently appeared in court on criminal charges related to a March 31 raid of their home on Nancy Avenue in Utica, where Macomb County Animal Control removed approximately 35 dogs and nine cats.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Three teens — only one of whom is an adult — were arrested in connection with vehicle thefts and attempted thefts in Grosse Pointe Shores, where such crime is rare.

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Published September 21, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The investigation into the 2014 death of a Roseville man while in the Macomb County Jail has been halted, according to officials with the U.S. Department of Justice.

During a press conference on Sept. 19, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said federal investigators determined there is not enough evidence in the case involving the death of 32-year-old David Stojcevski.

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Published September 21, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved a settlement agreement with the representation of a teen who was, by the city’s determination, physically assaulted by his arresting officer in April.

The council approved unanimously settling to the tune of $150,000 with Albert Menifee, the “next friend” of a 17-year-old who was arrested in Ferndale for larceny from an automobile on April 18.

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Published September 21, 2016

DETROIT — On Sept. 3, children in the area of Harper Woods and the east side of Detroit got the chance to meet some of their local law enforcement officers, ask them questions and see what kind of equipment they use.

The event took place at the Heilmann Recreation Center in Detroit, and it provided an opportunity for children to interact with personnel from the Michigan State Police and police officers from Detroit, Roseville, Warren, Harper Woods, Eastpointe and the Grosse Pointes.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Target in Eastland Center was shut down temporarily following a bomb threat Sept. 8.

Store employees received the call at approximately 2:45 p.m. on the day of the incident, and their manager reacted to the development immediately.

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — No police or fire department can handle every emergency on its own, particularly in the event of a major disaster. Every community relies on its neighbors for assistance, and the city of Harper Woods is no different.

Harper Woods follows the same universal system every community in Michigan uses when it comes to large-scale incidents. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke said modern emergency services departments always have a plan in place to share and coordinate resources.

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Published September 21, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During its meeting Sept. 12, the Madison Heights City Council approved the purchase and installation of a security fence around the rear lot of the Madison Heights Police Department in the Civic Center complex at 13 Mile and John R roads. The fence is meant to protect the police officers, their vehicles and equipment, as well as the general public.

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Published September 21, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tricia Ann Kortes will wait until next month, possibly, to learn her fate following  assault and battery charges stemming from an incident at Ray’s Ice Cream.

Attorney Gerald Gleeson appeared along with Kortes before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Sept. 12 to ask for more time to prepare for the pretrial.

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Published September 21, 2016

WARREN — A man accused of collecting rent for a property he doesn’t own has been charged with larceny under false pretenses and faces up to a year in jail if he’s convicted.

The alleged scam, “one of the worst” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he’s seen as mayor, occurred in August at a home in the 12700 block of Georgiana, near Eight Mile and Schoenherr.

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Published September 21, 2016

LANSING — During his political career, state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, has spoken with a number of survivors who were sexually assaulted as children.

“It’s pretty heart-wrenching, the stuff they carry with them their entire lives,” Bieda said. “There’s a sense of mistrust and psychological scars.”

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Published September 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Michael James Luna, a 24-year-old Warren resident accused of leading Roseville police and the Michigan State Police on a chase Aug. 2, was granted another adjournment at the request of his attorney, Richard Kent, Sept. 14 at the 39th District Court.

Prior to this adjournment, Kent requested a waiver of the 21-day rule to be fully prepared for the preliminary examination, which the court had originally scheduled for Sept. 14.

Kent also requested a copy of videos to be better prepared for the examination.

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Published September 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The 15-year-old who allegedly led police on a chase in Eastpointe in a stolen vehicle at approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 1 will be back in Macomb County Juvenile Court at the end of September before Judge Elizabeth Rittinger.

According to Eastpointe Police Detective Lt. Neil Childs, an officer tried to stop a reported stolen vehicle in Roseville near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

During the chase, the driver tried to go northbound on Donald Avenue from Toepfer Drive and abandoned the 2005 Chevy Cavalier on a resident’s front lawn.

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Published September 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thanks to the help of more than 20 phone calls by citizens responding to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a 19-year-old Ray Township man will face charges after he reportedly damaged an ATM at the Comerica Bank located at 16700 26 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

Deputies were dispatched to the bank Sept. 5 after a caller reported that glass on the front of the ATM was shattered along with a glass panel in the vestibule of the bank.

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Published September 20, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Two women recently filed a lawsuit in federal court against a group of four Hazel Park police officers, saying they were forced to expose and shake their breasts for the men’s amusement during a body search back in June. 

The plaintiffs are Jan Crawford and Michelle Jaeger, represented by Southfield-based law firm Giroux Ratton PC. The defendants are Hazel Park police officer Ryan McCabe and three unnamed officers simply listed as “John Doe Officers 1-3.”

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Published September 20, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, a 36-year-old Utica resident in the 7800 block of Ruby Street reported an attempted home invasion.

The woman reportedly told police that she heard a loud noise from her enclosed porch area at approximately 8:20 a.m. She walked up to her front interior door and heard a knock.

The resident told police that she cracked open her door and saw a white man in his 40s, approximately 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, with a scruffy beard and a long brown ponytail.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A doctor and resident sits in jail on a $1 million bond following charges that he made death threats against government officials and others, including Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, faces 21 felony charges related to recent threats he allegedly made against others, according to a statement issued by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

Singh is the owner and medical director of GreenLite Clinic in Troy, a medical marijuana certification facility.

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