Police & Courts

Published January 11, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The officers of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department will soon have new equipment to use when fighting fires and handling other hazardous situations.

With recent approval from the City Council, Public Safety Director John Kosanke has ordered 19 new self-contained breathing apparatuses and 35 firefighting masks. The equipment will be purchased using federal money from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

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Published January 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — By the end of 2017, the Shelby Township Police Department will have received anti-bias, combat-casualty care and real-life-scenario-based use of force training.

Police Chief Robert Shelide has been on the job for two years and has made it his goal to make the Police Department the best in the county.

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Published January 10, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Two recent car accidents left one person dead and three people injured.

A 51-year-old Clinton Township man died after a medical emergency that caused him to drive off the road at 7:56 p.m. Jan. 8 on Tienken Road, a police report states.

The man was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer westbound on Tienken when he ran off the road and came to a stop after colliding with a tree at a very low speed near Clear Creek Drive.

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Published January 10, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Five suspects are being tried in connection to the robbery of the Wendy’s restaurant on Harper Road on Dec. 18.

The incident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Five armed and masked suspects entered the business and attempted to lock the employees inside the restaurant’s freezer. In the course of the incident, one employee was assaulted while another employee’s phone was stolen. Harper Woods police stated that the injured employee suffered cuts and bruises and did not require any time in the hospital.

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Published January 10, 2017

The Police and Fire departments in Sterling Heights are expecting staff or program changes to continue even as the demand for their service grows.

According to Sterling Heights Police Chief John Berg, police took 54,922 calls for service in 2016, a 6.3 percent increase compared to 2015’s 51,643 calls. He said he didn’t yet have specifics on the breakdown of what those calls entailed.

“We saw a surge in the amount of calls for service in the city,” he said.

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Published January 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Police said that a 17-year-old Madison Heights man had his day in court Friday after leading officers on a multi-city chase while driving a stolen car.

Destin La-Roy Hollis was arraigned in 44th District Court the morning of Jan. 6 and charged with one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile and one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding police. Both felony charges carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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Published January 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Conflicting competency exams for a Macomb Township woman charged with second-degree murder have brought into question whether her case could go to trial.

Julie Kay Chimelak, 62, is charged after the fatal shooting death of her husband, Ronald Chimelak, 75, on Nov. 25, 2015.

After few developments took place in the case over the past year, Chimelak appeared in the Shelby Township 41-A district court Jan. 5 for a review hearing.

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Published January 9, 2017

UTICA — In what is known as a “sign-and-fly,” a 74-year-old Rochester Hills man was bound over to the Macomb County Circuit Court Jan. 5, the date set for his probable cause conference at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, without coming before the judge.

Velimir Krgovic was arrested Nov. 18 at his dental lab and charged with false impersonation of a health professional after a woman to whom he provided extensive dental work became suspicious and sought a second opinion.

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Published January 6, 2017

WARREN — A Detroit man was left with a list of serious injuries after an early-morning crash that closed a section of 12 Mile Road for several hours Jan. 4.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the man, 24, was driving a silver Chevy Impala that collided with the back of a recycling truck on 12 Mile Road east of Van Dyke at 7:23 a.m.

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Published January 4, 2017

WARREN — A Warren woman accused of firing a handgun during an argument at a home near Eight Mile and Schoenherr Jan. 2 now faces a list of charges, including attempted murder.

Sharise Williams, 22, remained jailed at press time with bail set at $150,000 following her appearance Jan. 4 in the 37th District Court. Williams was arraigned on three counts of assault with intent to murder, malicious destruction of property and felony weapons charges, all allegedly stemming from a midday domestic dispute involving three women.

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Published January 4, 2017

A local man was ordered to remove his pants and shoes during a recent carjacking.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called to the 20000 block of Westland, near Eight Mile and Evergreen, on report of a carjacking around 3:10 a.m. Jan. 4.

A 30-year-old Southfield man told police he was leaving his home when he saw a blue or green older-model Chrysler vehicle pull up behind him. The man said there was a blue flashing light on the dashboard of the vehicle, so he believed it was a police car.

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Published January 4, 2017

A former handyman at Somerset Park Apartments pleaded no contest to first-degree home invasion and will serve five to 40 years in prison.

He also must also pay over $4,400 in restitution.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant sentenced William Jones, a former maintenance worker at the apartment complex, Nov. 30, 2016.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Published January 4, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department recently added a new K-9 team to its force.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm introduced the city’s new K-9 team to the City Council Dec. 12, noting that Officer Michael Knight and his canine partner, Kitt, graduated from a five-week training program with the Oakland Police Academy’s K-9 Training Division at Oakland Community College.

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Published January 3, 2017

A Sterling Heights man is being accused of sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old girl, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Andrew Golden, 34, of Sterling Heights, was charged Dec. 16 with one count of human trafficking pertaining to recruiting a minor for commercial sexual activity, a felony that can bring up to 20 years imprisonment.

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Published January 3, 2017

C&G Newspapers

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:

 

Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.

 

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Published January 3, 2017

Authorities in Southfield are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, police received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a motorist around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 25000 block of Evergreen Road.

Loussia said a woman was sitting in her car outside of a business when she was approached by a man wearing a black mask and armed with a black handgun.

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Published December 29, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Three people are facing potential prison time for their role in what law enforcement officials say was an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Christopher Rashawn Jones, 27, of Mount Clemens; Randy James Mahaffey, 27, of Clinton Township; and Ashley Lachell Redmond, 25, of Mount Clemens, were arrested in the days following the Dec. 26 robbery and shooting of James Capizzo, 44, of Clinton Township.

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Published December 29, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The picture looks like it belongs on a Christmas card.

A son and his mother smile, nestled together on a set of steps adorned with garland, shiny red bows and baubles. At the foot of the steps sit poinsettias beneath a tabletop Christmas tree.

The picture is of West Bloomfield resident Diana Pesserl, 31, who was recently murdered, and her son, Emmett, 6. It is on a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Emmett’s education and potential counseling.

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Published December 28, 2016

A Detroit man was sentenced Dec. 27 to a minimum of 54 months in jail for sexually assaulting a Ferndale woman last May.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts sentenced William Daniel Watley, 22, to 54 months to 15 years for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, to which he had pleaded no contest on Nov. 15. Before his sentencing, Watley addressed his actions and apologized to the court, the woman and his family.

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Published December 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said last week that a 44-year-old Clinton Township man was in critical condition after being shot Dec. 26 in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said deputies responded to the 100 block of South Main Street at approximately 1:28 a.m. in response to a man being shot. Deputies reported that the victim was lying unconscious on the ground when they and paramedics arrived.

The victim was transported to the McLaren Macomb Medical Center. His name had not been released at press time.

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