Police & Courts

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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Published September 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his detectives have identified and arrested the man they say is responsible for a November 2015 armed robbery that took place at the South Valley Liquor Store in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said investigators with the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET) had been investigating the robbery since the suspect walked into the liquor store on Gratiot at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015.

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Published September 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County sheriff’s detectives have identified the alleged suspect involved in an Aug. 20 assault and robbery in Mount Clemens.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Edward Louis Mahone, 30, of Mount Clemens, was formally charged Sept. 1 on charges that he assaulted and robbed a 27-year-old man out of $960.

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Published September 8, 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 Walgreen’s, 31100 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser. The store is open 24 hours.

At that time, a man walked into the Walgreen’s and allegedly grabbed a drink 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 waist, put it in the clerk’s face and demanded all the money from the register.

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Published September 8, 2016

A fugitive out of Tennessee with an extensive criminal history was arrested Sept. 2 after what law enforcement officials described as a multistate crime spree that ended in downtown Royal Oak following several attempts to break free from police.

Timothy England, 37, was charged with one count of stolen property of a motor vehicle, stolen property of a financial transaction device, possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams and two counts of resisting arrest.

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Published September 7, 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 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 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 7, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department will be holding a citizen’s police academy throughout the month of October to allow residents to get familiar with how local officers conduct their work.

The four classes will take place every Thursday during October, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Oct. 6 in the Ferndale City Council chambers, 300 E. Nine Mile Road. For people thinking about attending, police ask that only those able to attend all four classes apply, as the class is limited to 20 people. People can apply at www.ferndalemi.gov/Services/Police_Services.

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Published September 7, 2016

FARMINGTON — It starts with dough and ends with community. 

That was how Miss Farmington, Grace Murphy, and Kristin Curle Houchins, a Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce representative, made pizza Aug. 30 at Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders, 32720 Grand River Ave. — with a generous sprinkling of cheese. 

The duo delivered one pepperoni and two cheese pizzas to the Farmington Public Safety Department to show their thanks and support.

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Published September 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police apprehended a suspect last week who was allegedly involved in a convenience store robbery. 

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle reported that the robbery took place at approximately 3:33 a.m. Aug. 31 at 7-Eleven, located on Groesbeck Highway north of Metropolitan Parkway.

Maierle said the suspect allegedly had a firearm and held the store clerk at gunpoint. It’s unclear how much money was stolen.

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Published September 7, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Local law enforcement agencies are collaborating to determine if recent thefts from vehicles in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Novi were perpetuated by the same suspect.

West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson said there has been a “substantial increase” in people entering unlocked vehicles in the last month. 

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Published September 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man was stabbed around 9 p.m. Sept. 6, in the parking lot of Great Baraboo Brewing Company, 35905 Utica Road in Clinton Township.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said police were dispatched and found a 23-year-old Troy man with multiple stab wounds. Great Baraboo employees were holding towels on the victim’s wounds to prevent further bleeding.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The BP gas station at Harper and Vernier hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 26 to raise money to fund a new K-9 unit for the Harper Woods Police Department.

The fundraiser was organized by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, a local group that fosters adoption in the Grosse Pointe area and works to improve animal well-being. The K-9 unit would consist of a specially trained police dog and a designated police officer who would manage the animal.

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Published September 7, 2016

DETROIT — Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group traveled to Detroit Aug. 29 and 30 to meet with local community leaders and law enforcement to discuss police accountability, aggression toward law enforcement and public safety concerns related to these issues.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Suspects Tyshon Taylor and Demetrius Armour are awaiting trial for their alleged parts in the murder of 17-year-old Eastpointe resident Tyrell Lane.

They are being charged with murder in the first degree, as well as two counts of assault with intent to murder. They were charged alongside Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, who earlier this summer was convicted of the same offenses and a count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

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Published September 7, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — “Game on.”

Instructors from the Oakland County Law Enforcement Tactical Response Coordinating Group, or OakTac, use those two simple words to initiate a training exercise for incidents involving an active shooter.

Police officers from various Oakland County agencies geared up to prepare for a potential incident Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

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Published September 7, 2016

Another day, another phone scam.

That’s what it feels like for police officers across the country, who take reports daily from residents who say they were targeted by a caller claiming to be someone else in an attempt to steal money.

Last week, two more such cases were reported in Bloomfield Township, and while one would-be victim was bailed out in the nick of time, the other resident — a 92-year-old woman — wasn’t so lucky. She was taken for thousands.

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Published September 6, 2016

WARREN — The driver of a minivan that pinballed through a parking lot at Halmich Park, striking four cars and injuring two women, over the holiday weekend was allegedly “huffing” an air-dusting inhalant before the crash.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported recently that deputies arrested a man after he allegedly committed larceny from the Smoker’s House on 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

On Aug. 17, Nathaniel Hargett, 29, of Macomb Township, reportedly grabbed money from an open cash register while the clerk on duty had his back turned. The clerk attempted to chase Hargett as he got away.

Sheriff’s deputies used a K-9 unit to try to find the suspect, and the K-9’s track led to the Camelot Mobile Home Park.

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Published September 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since Police Chief Robert Shelide was sworn in on Jan. 19, 2015, he has taken charge of the Police Department and led it in a direction to match the mission statement that he and Deputy Chief Mark Coil coined.

Shelide said that statement — “Striving to set the standard for law enforcement excellence in Macomb County” — is achievable, and his hope is to expand it to southeast Michigan and, eventually, Michigan.

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