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Police & Courts

Published June 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local restaurant owner issued a challenge that if the Shelby Township Police Department could collect 100 pounds of prescription medications during May, he would donate $1,000 to its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

The final counts are in, and the community dropped off 148 pounds of unused prescription medications last month.

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Published June 7, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A church in Eastpointe suffered a break-in last week in which a TV, cash and a video game system were stolen from the property.

Employees from Immanuel United Methodist Church, 23715 Gratiot Ave., contacted Eastpointe police at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 30, about the break-in. Police said it’s believed that the robbery occurred sometime after 1:30 p.m. May 29.

“They found it looked like it had been burglarized because they’d seen the offices had been ransacked,” Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs said.

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Published June 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In an effort to establish open communication with more facets of the community, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide recently launched an initiative to pair a police officer with each place of worship in the township.

“We’re just making contacts, finding what the issues and problems are, and getting the program up and running,” Shelide said. “We want churches to know our people and be able to pick the phone up and call them. It’s just all about relationship building.”

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Published June 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Technology has made its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, especially shopping.

With resale sites like Craigslist, eBay and Facebook sale groups, the bargain hunt is always on. Until, that is, a deal turns sour.

“Caveat emptor” is especially true these days, when the news is sprinkled with tales of scams — even assaults — from ill-intentioned sellers online.

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Published June 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight break-in and theft that took place at the Macomb County Administration Building in the early morning hours of June 3.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, employees from the Treasurer’s Office arrived for work and noticed several office items and personal items missing. These items include two empty cash register drawers, an Apple iPod, and a tablet.

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Published June 3, 2016

WARREN — High-tech gadgetry and a quick police response thwarted an early-morning burglary attempt June 2 at a south Warren landscape business.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said a 25-year-old man who reportedly said he was homeless was taken into custody after a short foot chase that began at Beste’s Lawn & Patio Supply on Schoenherr, just south of Toepfer.

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Published June 2, 2016

At approximately 8:05 a.m. June 2, police and firefighters responded to Malow Junior High School, 6400 25 Mile Road, after two smoke bombs about the size of a soda can were set off in the cafeteria.

When police arrived, all of the students were in the process of evacuating the building.

Jason Schmittler, acting deputy chief of the Shelby Township Police Department, said police arrested five juveniles — all students at Malow Junior High School — and that the incident lasted less than an hour.

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Published June 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy sustained minor injuries during an arrest of an attempted robbery suspect in the city of Mount Clemens May 29.

According to the crime report released by Capt. David Kennedy, deputies were dispatched to F&A Beauty Supply, 1142 S. Gratiot Ave., at 3:45 p.m. in response to an armed robbery in progress.

Witnesses state that the male suspect entered the business and immediately produced a pistol from his waistband, at which time an employee fled the store and the suspect gave chase.

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Published June 1, 2016

DETROIT — Despite having signed an affidavit in which he claims to have single-handedly committed the murder of mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara at her Grosse Pointe Park home the evening of Jan. 24, 2012, former handyman Joseph “Joe” Gentz repeated in court that the contents of said affidavit are the stuff of fiction.

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Published June 1, 2016

One suspect is in police custody and another is at large following a shooting at a local middle school.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. May 21 to Thompson Middle School, 16300 Lincoln Drive, on a report of gunshots in the area.

Police discovered that a large group of youths had gathered at the school for a fight between several females from two different schools.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department is welcoming three new police officers to the force, which brings the department close to being fully staffed.

Austin Bishop, Kenneth Csizmadia and Matthew Gardiner were introduced by Police Chief Tim Collins at the May 24 Ferndale City Council meeting.

Mayor Dave Coulter said that after years of staff reductions on the police force, it feels good to be able to fill some of the positions.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE/BERKLEY — With nicer weather, communities might have an uptick in crimes.

One situation that parents can educate their kids about is “stranger danger” and what kids can do if they’re ever confronted by a suspicious adult.

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Published June 1, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, waived his right to a preliminary exam in 52-4 District Court May 26.

Jones, of Pontiac, is charged with first-degree felony home invasion in connection with the stabbing death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7. He allegedly gave keys to the victim’s apartment to her neighbor, Charles Stephens, who is on trial for her murder.

Jones’ arraignment is set for June 8 with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant.

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Published May 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A Farmington Hills police officer is being investigated for his alleged use of child pornography.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office issued criminal charges against police officer Matthew Parsons, according to a press release.

On May 25, investigators from the Attorney General Criminal Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, served search warrants at the Farmington Hills Police Department, according to the report, and interviewed Parsons regarding the criminal case.  

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies arrested a pair of teens who were allegedly trying to break into a home around 12:15 p.m. May 24 on Valerie Drive, which is near 21 Mile Road and Hayes Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the area after a caller claimed to be witnessing a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking around a neighbor’s house and banging on a screen door.

After the subject was seen by the caller, he entered a nearby vehicle that was occupied by another male, and the two drove away from the homes.

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A head-on collision led to a truck also striking a condominium building near Hayes Road and Hall Road around 8 a.m. May 26.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash, which involved a 61-year-old Shelby Township man who was driving southbound on Hayes. As the man approached stopped traffic heading toward Hall Road, he was unable to stop in time and turned into oncoming traffic.

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Published May 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Barbecues, beach trips and gardening are coveted activities enjoyed by residents when the mercury finally begins to rise; but unfortunately, police warn that the high temperatures also mean the return of warm-weather rips-offs.

“Every summer, we have different scams that people pull,” said Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens. “You will have groups that go around and they will want to seal your driveway, for example, or say that you have a tree that is dangerous and needs to be trimmed.”

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — As heroin usage has increased on a local and national level, Ferndale police officers have been trained to use a nasal spray to fight the effects of an overdose.

Ferndale officers have been trained to use Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride, which helps stop the low blood pressure and respiratory depression that results from an opioid overdose.

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Published May 24, 2016

A jury awarded the two children of Sally LaMay $5 million for the pain and suffering the 37-year-old mother of two suffered after she was struck and killed by a bus in November 2014. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger represented LaMay’s children, ages 16 and 11, and asked the jury to award them $47.5 million. 

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Published May 24, 2016

Troy police have put extra patrols near Wass Elementary School, in the Long Lake and Dequindre Road area, after two 10-year-old girls said a man in a white car exposed himself to them as they walked home from school about 4 p.m. May 23.

According to police, a man stopped his car within viewing distance of the girls, arched his back, exposed himself to the girls, then drove off.

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