Police & Courts

Published May 17, 2016

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for killing a Southfield woman last week.

According to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, deputies were dispatched around midnight May 13 to the area of Roselawn Drive and Maines Avenue on a report of a woman found lying in the street.

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Published May 17, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting incident in which shots were fired at a house in the 6000 block of Long Avenue, near Halsted and Walnut Lake roads, sometime between 2:20 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. May 9.

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, officers were dispatched to the house to meet with the 49-year-old homeowner, who reported that he had discovered two holes in his garage. Officers located the two holes, which were consistent with gun shot holes, and traced the bullets’ trajectories.

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Published May 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s four-legged police officers are getting an extra layer of protection while they are out on the job, thanks to a private donation for a pair of safety vests.

Roseville’s two K-9 officers, Corporal and Chase, are each receiving bulletproof and stab-resistant vests, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. The vests are being provided by Vested Interest in K9s, with the $4,600 needed for them coming from sisters Sharon Peters and Patricia Settimo.

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Published May 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 11, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia sentenced Joseph Wolf, 52, of Shelby Township, to two years of reporting, supervised probation and lifted Wolf’s bond provision that barred him from coaching.

Wolf is the former director and founding member of the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball league. During a routine audit, the Michigan Gaming Control Board discovered a misuse in the handling of funds, which led to a criminal investigation.

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Published May 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Empire Tile and Marble, a longtime Eastpointe business in the 17000 block of Stephens Road, suffered heavy damage in an early morning fire May 6, and investigators last week did not believe it was accidental.

According to Public Safety Director John McNeilance, firefighters received the call at 3:48 a.m. and found upon arrival that the office area and workshop area were engulfed in flames. St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Warren and Detroit Arsenal responded through mutual aid to help get the blaze under control, McNeilance said.

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Published May 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The multiday trial for Hilary Ulp, the woman charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring a 14-month-old boy in May 2015, resulted in a hung jury May 12 in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Ulp’s case now returns to a pretrial conference May 25 in circuit court. It is possible that another trial will be held.

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Published May 13, 2016

After releasing a security camera's image of a suspect to the media, Ferndale police apprehended a 36-year-old man who has since pleaded guilty to multiple bike thefts in the area.

Ryan Perry pleaded guilty in 43rd District Court on Wednesday, May 11, to two counts of misdemeanor larceny after he was arrested earlier that day, around 12:30 a.m., at Como’s Restaurant, 22812 Woodward Ave. He was being held on a $3,000 surety bond for each count while awaiting sentencing.

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Published May 13, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is asking residents of nearby communities to be on the lookout for a bank robber.

The robbery occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. May 12 at Bank of America, 34200 Utica Road in Fraser.

A press release issued by Fraser Police stated that a white female walked into the building, wearing large sunglasses and a dark wig. The real hair color of the suspect was described as being brown, or light brown.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing and charges were believed to be forthcoming at press time after an alleged robbery and shooting on May 10 wounded a 45-year-old Warren man at the Red Roof Inn on Dequindre, just north of the I-696 service drive.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the victim arrived at the hotel where he met with a 23-year-old suspect. The pair reportedly went into a room where another suspect was waiting with a handgun. The victim reportedly told police the second suspect demanded money.

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Published May 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A suspect who allegedly produced a handgun and threatened a Harper Woods High School student while the student was walking to school is in police custody, according to a press release issued by Harper Woods Public Safety Deputy Chief John Vorgitch. 

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Published May 11, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department hopes to change an uptick in thefts from vehicles by informing residents about how to keep their valuables and vehicles safe.

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Published May 11, 2016

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that for the past 15 years, the Troy Police Department has partnered with local hotels to promote a safer prom and graduation season through the Hotel Alcohol Awareness Project.

Lehman said police work to engage hotel staff in an effort to prevent after-event parties involving underage alcohol use.

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Published May 11, 2016

PARK — The last year under retired Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Chief David Hiller’s watch was a relatively quiet one.

New Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni, who took over in January, delivered the results from 2015 during an April 11 City Council meeting.

“It was a really good report,” he said. “Overall crime decreased in excess of 12 percent … (and) the most serious crime … went down 10 percent.”

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Published May 11, 2016

UTICA — At press time, 16 misdemeanors had been filed against one of the residents of a home on Nancy Avenue from which Macomb County Animal Control removed a large number of dogs March 31.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said his agency removed 40 dogs, including puppies, and nine cats and issued a number of license violations to the homeowners. He said the homeowners appeared to be breeding the dogs to sell, and operating a kennel out of a home would violate Utica’s city ordinance.

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Published May 10, 2016

An armed suspect robbed a Speedway Gas Station in the 20000 block of 13 Mile Road May 7.

No injuries were reported.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, the suspect entered the store at approximately 8 a.m., at which time security camera footage reportedly caught him wandering around for a few minutes; police believe he was checking the location of cigarettes within the store.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s a great day every spring when it’s finally warm enough to take a drive around town with the windows down.

It’s considerably less great, though, when you realize later that you left that window down and someone snatched your purse off the passenger seat while you were away.

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Published May 9, 2016

Birmingham Groves High School is resuming its normal school day after being  on lockdown from approximately 10:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. May 9 after a despondent, armed individual was found on the school’s baseball field.

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Published May 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman, charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring her boyfriend’s 14-month-old son in May 2015, went on trial in Macomb County Circuit Court last week.

The trial started May 4, continued May 5 and 6, and was scheduled to resume May 10, after press time.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The search for a missing Troy woman came to a tragic end when a Hazel Park man allegedly confessed to police that her body was hidden in his home.

Jordan McClanahan, 23, is charged in the murder of Jessica White, 21, whose badly decomposed body was found wrapped up and stowed away in a roofline storage area connected to the bedroom of his father’s bungalow home.

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Published May 6, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A woman who works as a police dispatcher in Warren is filing a civil lawsuit  in federal court against a Hazel Park police officer, claiming he used her boyfriend’s confiscated smartphone to access the nanny cam in her home and spy on her while she breast-fed her baby.

The plaintiff is Megan Pearce, mother of the baby, who is being represented by the Detroit-based law firm Ernst & Marko PLC. The accused is officer Michael Emmi.

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