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Published September 19, 2016

CLAWSON — Following an aggressive campaign to find David “Taco” Bell last week, the 29-year-old man last seen in the city was found Sept. 16.

“He was found alive and well on Friday,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Dale Mills.

Mills said Bell walked into the Oakland County Sheriff’s Rochester Hills substation and was not of clear mind, but was unharmed. Mills said Bell was taken to the hospital and no further information was available.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 10-year-old Eastpointe girl who was ejected from a car during a crash on Interstate 75 late at night Sept. 16 has died.

The girl was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael A. Shaw.

Shaw, Special Enforcement Section commander and public information officer, said Sept. 19 that police were not releasing many details about the case, as it was an ongoing investigation.

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Published September 19, 2016

WARREN — A Warren teen told police he was involved in a physical altercation with two suspects who attempted to steal his multi-colored Nike Air Huarache shoes at Shaw Park late on Sept.17.

According to Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, the victim, 16, said he was walking on a sidewalk at 11:20 p.m. when he was approached to two suspects who stated they liked his shoes.

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Published September 19, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Substituting Judge Thomas Brookover, of the 16th Circuit Court, sentenced Eastpointe resident Jonathon Woodward, 25, to one year in jail Sept. 15 after Woodward pleaded guilty to robbing a Comerica Bank on Gratiot, near Martin Road, June 15 in Roseville.

According to Roseville police, Woodward entered the bank around 1:45 p.m. and allegedly presented a note to an employee. The employee gave Woodward an undisclosed amount of money.

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Published September 16, 2016

Though police say her death was not suspicious, there still has been no cause of death released for a missing Farmington Hills woman found dead on top of a building Sept. 15.

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Published September 15, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Prosecutors allege Loyd Dejohn knew what he was doing when he killed his wife in April 2014.

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man has been charged in connection with a stabbing incident at a local pub.

Antonio Mansour, 30, of Clinton Township, was arraigned Sept. 8 in 41-B District Court and was charged with assault with intent to murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

At press time, Mansour was in Macomb County Jail. 

The stabbing reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. Sept. 6 in the parking lot of Great Baraboo Brewing Co., 35905 Utica Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police have identified a suspect allegedly involved in a convenience store robbery.

Alan Kelly, 19, was charged with armed robbery and was booked on a $100,000 bond, with no 10 percent cash or surety.

Court records show Kelly has past offenses, including driving with a suspended license in Warren and contempt of court in Eastpointe. He was also arrested on charges in Detroit and Westland.

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Published September 14, 2016

FRASER — A man is currently on the run after an armed robbery in Fraser.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:56 a.m. Sept. 8 at Walgreens, 31100 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser. The store is open 24 hours.

At that time, a man walked into the Walgreens and allegedly grabbed an iced tea from a cooler prior to going to the register. Once he got to the register, he allegedly removed a black and silver handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the clerk’s face and demanded all the money from the register.

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Published September 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Flooding is causing more expense for the city of St. Clair Shores, along with its residents.

Police Lt. Tony Pietrzak was before City Council Sept. 6 requesting the purchase of two new sport utility vehicles for the department, a departure from its fleet of low-profile Dodge Chargers.

Pietrzak told City Council members that the department first began investigating Ford Explorers for its fleet after the flood of 2014, but at that point, the SUVs “were having a lot of issues.”

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Published September 14, 2016

EASTPOINTE — After a chase that ended on Donald Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 1, Eastpointe police caught a teen who they believe was the driver of a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Roseville, according to Eastpointe Police Department Detective Lt. Neil Childs.

According to Childs, an officer tried to stop a 2005 Chevy Cavalier near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue once the officer realized the Cavalier had been reported stolen in Roseville.

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Published September 14, 2016

Police along with the family of David “Taco” Bell are searching for the 29-year-old man, who was last seen in the area Sept. 1.

“We just want to know that he is OK,” said Bell’s sister, Alissa Leonardo. “I don’t need him to come home. He is clearly an adult, and if this is the decision that he had made, that’s fine, but he needs to let his friends and family know that he is OK.”

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Published September 14, 2016

A 27-year-old Gibraltar woman was arraigned at the 43rd District Court Sept. 13 on charges related to a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Gina Marie Hovell was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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Published September 14, 2016

Drive-thru customers were doubly shocked as they picked up their orders at the window of the Tim Hortons restaurant on Big Beaver Road, near Rochester Road, the morning of Sept. 7. 

Troy police officer John Julian filled their orders at the window for free.

“Some thought it was a joke and tried to pay,” Julian said.

The Troy police took over the Tim Hortons at 505 E. Big Beaver Road 7-9 a.m. Sept. 7 and offered patrons free drinks and food.

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Published September 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A series of attempted phone scams have forced two elected officials in Macomb County to put out a warning about the process involving jury duty.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his office is investigating three incidents in which residents of Washington Township received phone calls about allegedly missing jury duty. Each incident occurred on Aug. 31.

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Published September 13, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A year after being convicted of a sex crime involving a minor, a Lathrup Village man is being charged with a handful of other sexual offenses.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, has been accused of producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Published September 13, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Two teens who escaped from Children’s Village in Pontiac allegedly attempted to break into a home at 11:50 a.m. Aug. 31 in the 3000 block of Century Oaks, a police report states.

The homeowner called police to report an attempt to break into the house, located near Gunn and Kern roads, through the garage and a side door.

Police arrived and conducted an unsuccessful K-9 track. An earlier report of two teenage boys trespassing near Plum and Gunn roads was linked to the attempted break-in.

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Published September 13, 2016

The Fraser Department of Public Safety is investigating a reported robbery that took place Sept. 10 at Advance Auto Parts, 31020 Utica Road in Fraser.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:03 p.m. Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery complaint, and they talked to employees who were working at the time.

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Published September 12, 2016

An Illinois man is currently in Oakland County Jail waiting to see a judge next week after allegedly trying to rob not one but two Birmingham banks.

Matthew Lane, 22, was arrested Friday by Bloomfield Hills Public Safety officers when they noticed that his vehicle, heading north at Woodward and Square Lake Road, matched the description of a vehicle driven by a bank robbery suspect.

According to reports, Birmingham police officers were dispatched to the Bank of Birmingham, 33583 Woodward Ave., at 4:38 p.m. Sept. 9 on reports of a robbery attempt that had just occurred.

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Published September 9, 2016

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts’ stated “citywide crackdown” on drugs has broadened to include more charges in a federal case tied to an investigation led by the Warren Police Department and supported by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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