Police & Courts

Published February 24, 2016

TROY — Troy police arrested a man they say answered two Craigslist ads for iPhones for sale, shorted one seller and took the phone from the second seller and ran away without paying.

Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said the man agreed to meet the first seller at the McDonald’s at 36895 Dequindre Road just after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to purchase an iPhone 6 for $675. 

According to reports, the seller gave the man the phone, and the man gave the seller an envelope with money. 

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Published February 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — One of two teens involved in a January carjacking who has also been charged with murder in a separate case will undergo a mental competency examination before his next court date.

Ralph Anthony Marshall, 17, is charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, unlawful driving away of an automobile, receiving and concealing stolen property — motor vehicle, and felony firearm in connection with a carjacking that occurred in the 14400 block of Edmore on Jan. 23.

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Published February 24, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police say they have positively identified a suspect in a 5-year-old cold case home invasion.

According to the Southfield Police Department Crime Prevention Bureau’s weekly crime report, the original incident occurred between 3 and 5:05 a.m. June 11, 2011, in the 23000 block of Woodland Drive.

The report said that officers responded to a call about a home invasion in progress, and when they arrived at the scene, they determined that a home invasion had in fact occured.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An Oak Park man is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading no contest to murder charges.

On Feb. 17 in Macomb County Circuit Court, 32-year-old Ujuan Burton pleaded no contest on four felony charges stemming from the death of Bernie’s Market owner Emil Salem, 50.

Salem was shot and killed in an altercation with Burton in the party store, located on Garfield Road, near 17 Mile Road, the night of March 26, 2015.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced for her role in the death of her toddler son last August.

Brandee Wright, of Warren, was sentenced Feb. 12 by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on three charges related to the death of 18-month-old Amere Carver.

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Published February 23, 2016

Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for killing a woman in a hit and run recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said in a news release that around 2:50 a.m. Feb. 23, a woman was walking on westbound Eight Mile Road, between Southfield and Evergreen roads, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

After striking the woman, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene southbound on Evergreen Road, south of Eight Mile.

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Published February 22, 2016

On Feb. 22, defendant Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, appeared for his probable cause conference at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township wearing a leg brace. Defense attorney Stephen Rabaut said his client missed his Jan. 19 court date because he had been hospitalized.

On Feb. 22, Rabaut waived the conference and said his client would stay mute, so visiting municipal Judge Matthew Rumora entered a not guilty plea on Frame’s behalf.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — Within approximately two hours, Warren police and Warren Woods Public Schools officials found the individual who allegedly posted a threat against Warren Woods Tower High School on social media Feb. 16.

District Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici said in an email that the threat was made by a current student, who was immediately taken into police custody. A concerned citizen contacted an administrator regarding the alleged threat posted on Snapchat.

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Published February 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —Twelve members of the Rollin 60s Crips street gang in northwest Detroit have been indicted, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Feb. 10.

Included in the 12 was 30-year-old West Bloomfield resident Sadeisha Johns, also known as Lady Mayhem, who was charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy.

The indictments are a product of the Detroit One initiative, which aims to reduce crime in Detroit through the combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement.

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Published February 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/WOODS — Six years after her disappearance, the mystery of what happened to Grosse Pointe Woods mother JoAnn Matouk Romain continues to haunt her adult children, who have been on a quest for answers since the night of Jan. 12, 2010, when their mother vanished from St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church on Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Published February 17, 2016

WARREN — The ice rink next to Warren City Hall is obviously not meant for hockey.

But that hasn’t stopped players from shooting pucks into the plexiglass boards, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage already this winter. 

“People are playing hockey on the ice rink after hours, and they’re hitting the pucks so hard it’s breaking out the plexiglass, causing damage,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said. 

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Published February 16, 2016

Roseville Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a Comerica Bank at 27990 Gratiot Ave. during the morning Feb. 16.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said in an email that Richard Mckinney, 28, of Washington Township, was taken into custody without incident at around 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The arrest took place in Detroit.

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Published February 16, 2016

HAZEL PARK — While some categories saw an uptick in crime in 2015, Hazel Park continues to maintain an overall five-year decline in crime, according to numbers recently released by the city’s Police Department.

“Overall, we are still doing extremely well compared to where we were in some categories several years ago,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner.

For example, there were 166 cases of breaking and entering in 2011, which dropped to 104 incidents in 2012, 76 incidents in 2013, 75 incidents in 2014, and 63 incidents in 2015.

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Published February 15, 2016

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal stabbing that occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Northport Apartments.

The Sheriff’s Office said that when deputies arrived to investigate a reported stabbing at the apartment complex north of Hall Road and east of Garfield, they found a wounded 21-year-old man. That man would be pronounced deceased after being transferred to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

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Published February 15, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A teenager and three adults were arrested for allegedly trying to invade a home in Eastpointe Feb. 7, leading to a shot allegedly being fired at one of the victims.

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Published February 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department released its annual report last week, and the summary of crime during 2015 is probably what residents might expect: Street crime is still low, crimes of opportunity have remained steady, and fraud scams are through the roof.

Chief Don Studt said Birmingham, which has always been known as a safe community, beefed up its reputation in 2015 with fewer assaults, incidents of vandalism, arsons and burglaries.

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Published February 11, 2016

On Feb. 11, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc granted a motion to quash medical records obtained by law enforcement that indicated passenger Joseph Narra, 18, of Shelby Township, had a blood alcohol content of 0.03 at the time of a fatal May 8 car crash.

After a pretrial conference held between the defense and prosecuting attorneys — and a chambers meeting with LeDuc — both parties agreed that Narra would plead no contest to a minor in possession charge.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor who is charged with four counts of child pornography has asked that his statements taken at the time of his arrest be suppressed from evidence because his request for an attorney was ignored.

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Published February 9, 2016

Roseville police are seeking information on a man who apparently tried to break into the Kroger gas station at 30200 Gratiot Ave. Feb. 6.

According to a press release by Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon, the perpetrator approached the gas station apparently from a field to the east off Beaconsfield on a bike at about 3:45 a.m. Surveillance footage reportedly showed the suspect remove a large rock from a black plastic bag that had been attached to the bike's rear rack and hurl the rock at the gas station’s glass.

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