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Police & Courts

Published August 3, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sheriff Michael Bouchard is speaking out against the potential release of convicted murderers who received life sentences as juveniles.

Bouchard held a press conference July 27 at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s headquarters in Pontiac to discuss the status of sentencing juvenile lifers in the county.

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Published August 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It started with a Slurpee.

Five-year-old Carter Caplis, of New Baltimore, saw how upset his mother, a former dispatcher for the Michigan State Police, and father were after the shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and told his mom he wanted to bring a treat to her former co-workers.

But he didn’t stop there.

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Published August 3, 2016

Another summer, another rash of thefts from vehicles during the night.

This time, it was residents in Franklin, in a neighborhood near 14 Mile and Telegraph. Sgt. Mike Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, said several reports were taken last week from people who said items went missing from their cars, parked at their homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Published August 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County sheriff’s corrections deputy is facing a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge after allegations were made that he made inappropriate contact with a female inmate.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, Steven Robert Vaneenoo, 43, of Macomb Township, was arraigned on the high court charges on Aug. 2 in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township within hours of turning himself in.

He said Vaneenoo stands accused by a female inmate of fondling her breasts while she was behind bars in the Macomb County Jail in 2015.

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Published August 2, 2016

The Farmington Hills Police Department is on the lookout for a man who reportedly robbed a Bank of America at 25950 Middlebelt Road, at 11 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills, according to a press release.

According to police, the man approached a bank teller and presented a note announcing a robbery and implying that he was armed with a weapon — although the weapon was not seen.

The bank teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, and the suspect fled the location.

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Published August 1, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The police chief of Madison Heights has become an official member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nationwide organization with a Michigan chapter based out of Lansing. Corey Haines joins the ranks of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors comprising the anti-crime group. 

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Published August 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A body that appears to have been deceased since December was found buried under a heap of trash in a Hazel Park hoarder home, now condemned, and the woman who lived there has been sent to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner said you could smell the unmistakable stench of decay from the sidewalk near the home in the 100 block of West Milton Avenue. Neighbors had reportedly noticed the smell, he said, but no one suspected the cause until a hazardous materials team made the discovery July 22.

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Published July 31, 2016

CENTER LINE — It took just 11 weeks for the community to fully support a nonprofit effort to bring Center Line’s K-9 program back to the Public Safety Department.

Murphy, the city’s K-9 in training, has been working alongside his handler to learn the skills of the trade together. When the work is finished, officials say the city will have a valuable resource that’s more immune to budgetary problems by design.

The Center Line K-9 Foundation was created to support the program’s return without public resources.

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Published July 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Two Detroit men are facing assault charges after they allegedly beat a Canton man outside Yacks Elementary School in Harrison Township July 22.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the school on Union Lake Road at 10 a.m. There, they located the 54-year-old victim who had been badly beaten.

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries, cuts and abrasions to his head and body.

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Published July 27, 2016

Two women and their two children, one 11 months old, the other 3 years old, were walking on a sidewalk along 12 Mile Road when a 22-year-old Roseville man reportedly lost control of his vehicle, drove up on the sidewalk and struck the four at approximately 7:30 p.m. July 26.

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Published July 27, 2016

An African-American couple who recently moved into a home on Florida Street, off Gratiot Avenue north of 12 Mile Road, received a racially charged letter in the U.S. mail July 24.

The letter was mailed in a standard, plain envelope without a return address. According to a news release from Roseville Police Chief James P. Berlin, upon checking the letter, the couple found it contained two racial slurs with a red line through them.

Since moving to Roseville, the news release said, the couple has had no issues with anyone and had no idea who might have sent them the letter.

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Published July 27, 2016

The Roseville Police Department received several calls of a large altercation in Veterans Memorial Park, near 11 Mile Road and Barkman Street, at approximately 9 p.m. July 25, and found that a teen had been stabbed.

Officers noticed young teens gathered around the gazebo area of the park.

“It appears they were just congregated in the area watching what happened,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said. 

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Published July 27, 2016

After receiving a tip about an unknown person or persons attacking officers who patrol near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, the Ferndale Police Department began notifying nearby departments about the potential threat.

The tip came to Ferndale police on Friday, July 22, and they began notifying other departments that work near the Eight Mile corridor, such as Hazel Park and Detroit, a couple hours after doing as much background work as Ferndale police could.

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Published July 27, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — They brought baked goods and smiles. 

They arrived with cards, gifts, money and hugs, offering kind words of encouragement and thanks to the men and women in blue.

People in Farmington and Farmington Hills, like others across the country, showed their appreciation for law enforcement officers after police shootings left three officers dead in Baton Rouge July 17 and five officers dead in Dallas July 7.

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a way to help students afford higher education, children experience summer without thinking of their injuries and families have a brighter Christmas has evolved into a friendly rivalry between local police officers and firefighters.

“They put a plastic trophy in front of firemen and cops, and we’re pretty competitive — we both want that trophy,” said Scott Campbell, of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department. “We want those bragging rights.”

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the assertion that “police departments across the country ... are under assault,” Mayor Kip Walby invited Monsignor Michael Bugarin, of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, to offer a prayer for the members of the St. Clair Shores Police Department to open the July 18 City Council meeting.

“I felt that we needed to show support to our Police Department, to our men and women in blue, who do provide us safety,” Walby said. 

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Published July 26, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The man accused of murdering acclaimed Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy is slated to face his first series of witnesses in the case this week.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, appeared in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court July 19 in front of Judge Matthew Rumora for a probable cause conference in the case of Clancy. Police said Corzilius, a handyman who shoveled snow for Clancy, got into a heated altercation with Clancy at Clancy’s home the afternoon of March 6. 

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The two suspects arrested for a credit union robbery with a child in their alleged getaway car have been arraigned and now face up to life in prison.

Detroit residents Delavonta Larry, 21, and Raymon Mattison, 20, were arraigned by Circuit Court Magistrate Judith Holtz July 16.

Both men were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and one count of bank robbery. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison.

The suspects both pleaded not guilty; as of July 20, no attorney had been appointed or retained.

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Published July 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A Center Line man who allegedly exposed himself at a bubble tea business in Ferndale pleaded no contest to a charge of indecent exposure.

Daniel Lee Williams, 36, was given one year of probation and ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $916 and to complete treatment relating to the probation, according to the Ferndale 43rd District Court. The type of treatment was not divulged by the court.

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Published July 26, 2016

Sterling Heights police say they recently arrested five suspects who they believe were involved in a recent jewelry store robbery in Sterling Heights.

According to police, the incident started at around 6:50 p.m. July 14 at Lucido Fine Jewelry, located near Schoenherr and 19 Mile roads.

According to an email from Sterling Heights police, five people reportedly collaborated in the heist, which involved breaking glass showcases — which displayed Rolex watches — with a sledgehammer and taking six watches worth approximately $110,000.

 

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