Police & Courts

Published August 22, 2016

A 91-year-old concealed pistol license holder shot a robbery suspect who reportedly approached him and continued to follow him at approximately 10:15 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, according to police. 

The robbery suspect was in his 30s and a possible resident of Eastpointe, according to Eastpointe Deputy Police Chief Eric Keiser.

According to Keiser, the suspect was acting strangely.

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Published August 22, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating an indecent exposure case in which a man was seen touching himself inappropriately at Keith Elementary School at around 1 a.m. Aug. 20.

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, officers were dispatched to the school, located at 2800 Keith Road in West Bloomfield, to meet with a 17-year-old man from West Bloomfield and his girlfriend. Keith Elementary is part of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

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Published August 21, 2016

FERNDALE — Police found a 39-year-old Ferndale woman dead at her home as part of an apparent murder-suicide Aug. 21.

According to a police statement, the Ferndale Police Department received a phone call on Sunday, Aug. 21, from a family member of a Hazel Park man, 36-year-old Matthew Aaron Busch, stating that Busch had called and left a message to say that he had strangled and killed an acquaintance of his, Amy Brede, at her home.

The caller also stated that Busch said in the message that he had ingested a large quantity of drugs in order to kill himself.

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Published August 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — At an Aug. 10 hearing, 39th District Court Judge Joseph F. Boedeker denied a motion from defense attorney Sheila Miller to exclude film and electronic media coverage from the case of her client, 15-year-old Brandon Williams, who stands accused of stabbing another teen at Veterans Memorial Park last month.

According to Miller, the media did not comply with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative rule, and the media’s presence during the case would create a hindrance to the administration of justice.

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Published August 19, 2016

A brutal early morning attack on the Southfield and Detroit border has left one man in the hospital and police on the hunt for the person responsible.

Around 5:10 a.m. Aug. 18 Southfield police were notified by Detroit Police Department dispatchers that they had received a call from a robbery victim, Lt. Brian Bassett, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a news release.

Detroit dispatch advised Southfield officers that the robbery victim said he was shot in the back, and he had been transported to a local hospital.

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Published August 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — An Ontario man who pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two girls, including one in West Bloomfield, in January has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

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Published August 18, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother found herself in court again Thursday after allegedly slapping an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream last year when she learned the shop was out of Mackinac Island fudge.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, stood mute during her arraignment before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke the morning of Aug. 18 as she was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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Published August 17, 2016

DETROIT — The family and friends of the late interior designer Daniel Clancy could be getting some resolution in his murder with a trial now scheduled to start this fall.

During an arraignment on information Aug. 10 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Qiana Denise Lillard, Lillard set Nov. 7 as the date for the trial to begin. Handyman David Corzilius, 49, is facing first-degree murder and other charges in connection with an attack on Clancy that occurred inside and outside of Clancy’s home on Voltaire Place in Grosse Pointe Farms the afternoon of March 6.

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Published August 17, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 39-year-old Mount Clemens man has been formally charged in the July death of a woman.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith issued charges on Aug. 15 against Michael Edward Rosenmund for his alleged role in the death of Julie Williamson, 27, a mother of two.

Smith said Rosenmund’s pickup truck was the “instrument of death” in what he reported was a domestic dispute that escalated into a homicide.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Aug. 10 probable cause conference at 39th District Court for Brandon Williams, the 15-year-old suspect charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder in connection with the stabbing of a 16-year-old Roseville resident July 25, ended with plans to revisit defense attorney Sheila Miller’s motion to exclude film and electronic media from further case proceedings.

Miller stated that media outlets did not comply with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative order from 1989 and amended in 2013.

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Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — By visiting www.madison-heights.org and scrolling down to the bottom of the column on the left-hand side, residents can find a link to crimemapping.com. Madison Heights is now a registered member, allowing users to see when and where certain crimes occurred.

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Published August 17, 2016

Eastpointe City Council members approved the purchase of two thermal imaging cameras for the Eastpointe Fire Department and tabled until the next meeting the approval to purchase two police patrol vehicles for the Eastpointe Police Department during the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.

Currently, the Eastpointe Fire Department owns three thermal imaging cameras that are used during firefighter operations. Out of the three thermal imaging cameras, one is a new model purchased in December 2015. They will now purchase two new thermal imaging cameras to replace two older cameras.

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Published August 17, 2016

WARREN — A man who allegedly waved a shotgun near several people, leading to a police standoff on Aug. 9, was in custody at press time pending arraignment on assault and drug charges.

Warren Police Department Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said officers were sent to the 12000 block of Georgiana, near Eight Mile and Groesbeck, at about 10:15 p.m. to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

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Published August 17, 2016

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/WARREN — A six-day search for a murder suspect ended with an arrest in Shelby Township on Aug. 16, and an arraignment hours later in a Warren courtroom. 

Anthony Iannotti, 34, of Warren, was taken into custody by Shelby Township police at about 9 a.m. on Aug. 16, shortly after he allegedly broke into a home near Ryan and West Utica roads. He was the subject of a manhunt involving local, county and federal law enforcement officers, wanted for the Aug. 10 killing of 61-year-old Dona Lawrence, of Warren. 

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Published August 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit day camp counselor accused of photographing children undressing at the JCC has filed a plea agreement.

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Published August 16, 2016

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At approximately 9 a.m. Aug. 16, Shelby Township police arrested a Warren murder suspect after he allegedly broke into a home near Ryan and West Utica roads, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said.

Shelide said a woman and her child were inside the home when the man attempted to break into the sunroom, and they did all the right things — the woman took her 2-year-old son into an upstairs bathroom and called police.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 27-year-old Royal Oak resident who was hit by an Amtrak train in the middle of the night Aug. 6 was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, investigators determined that the man disregarded the activated warning signals and lowered crossing arm to film a northbound freight train traveling on the east set of tracks downtown near the Amtrak train station.

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Published August 15, 2016

FERNDALE — A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a Ferndale woman at her apartment after meeting in downtown Detroit.

William Watley, 22, of Detroit, is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of felony larceny. He was arraigned on the charges July 28, and his cash-or-surety bond was set at $125,000.

Watley is accused of sexaully assaulting a 36-year-old Ferndale woman May 29. He allegedly met the woman in downtown Detroit with two of his friends while the woman was out with a friend of her own, according to police.

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Published August 12, 2016

WARREN — A murder suspect remained at large at press time and police continued to search for a 2000 Daewoo Nubira owned by a 61-year-old woman found dead in her apartment near 13 Mile and Schoenherr.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department,  said the victim, Dona Lawrence, was found by a relative at approximately 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10 inside her home at the Williamsburg East Apartments on Schoenherr, just south of Masonic.

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Published August 11, 2016

A man suspected of robbing banks in Warren and Royal Oak has been taken into custody by local police special units working in conjunction with FBI agents based in Mount Clemens.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the suspect, identified ahead of his formal arraignment only as a 25-year-old man with a last known address in Troy, was arrested at a motel near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Ferndale during an afternoon operation Aug. 10.

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