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Police & Courts

Published April 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The officers of the Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department take their mission of protecting and serving very seriously.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON — A recent city report reveals that major crimes have gone down in the city.

A March 21 Farmington Public Safety Department report announced that major crimes are down 5.28 percent, from 303 crimes in 2014 to 278 in 2015.

Last year, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said, his goal was to get under 300.

Major crimes include robbery, burglary, home invasion, larceny, sexual assault and more.

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Published April 20, 2016

Charles Anthony Stephens will face a felony murder charge in the death of his Somerset Park Apartments neighbor, Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7.

Visiting Judge Dennis Drury bound Charles Stephens, 53, over on felony murder charges in 52-4 District Court April 20 after hearing testimony from Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. ​Ljubisa J. Dragovic, police, a pawn shop employee, Kalpana’s husband and the suspect’s wife, Tonia Stephens.

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Published April 20, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering incident that allegedly occurred at a residence on Iverness Lane, near West Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads.

Police officers were dispatched at 11:52 a.m. April 18 after a woman stated that a white man wearing a red baseball cap and dirty jeans gained entry to the house through an unlocked door. According to a press release, the woman alleged that the suspect struggled with her and then fled the scene.

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A robbery attempt gone awry has landed one individual in jail.

On April 8, Quincy Ross Wright, 38, allegedly walked into Family Dollar on Gratiot Avenue, near 15 Mile Road.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said Wright walked in, grabbed a bag of peanuts and put the item on the counter. He then allegedly took out a gun and pointed it at the female cashier.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police have two teens in custody suspected of breaking into a local car dealership and stealing keys, in the hopes of taking a vehicle.

“They would come back and use the keys to try and activate the cars,” said Detective Jeff Goode. “On one of those occasions, they did get away with one of the cars.”

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Two suspects who allegedly used a BB gun to rob a pair of neighbors near Eight Mile and Ryan on April 16 were taken into custody a short time later and now face armed robbery charges.

Detective Sgt. Robert Eidt of the Warren Police Department said Ronald Maurice Brady and Darius Maurice Armstead, both 17 years old and from Detroit, were arrested in Detroit shortly after the robbery was reported at Berkshire and Ryan in Warren at 10:10 p.m.

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Published April 20, 2016

Roseville Community Schools officials reported that they received a bomb threat at Roseville Middle School for the second day in a row April 20.

According to a post made shortly after 8 a.m. on the district’s Facebook page, students were evacuated and the police called in to inspect the building. The district announced that police gave the all-clear at about 9:50 a.m. and that students were on their way back to the building; parents wishing to pick up their kids were asked to bring identification.

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Published April 20, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The 32A District Court ranked high in user satisfaction for a third consecutive year, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office.

According to a press release from the Michigan Supreme Court, users found their experience with the 32A District Court to be accessible, timely and fair, and said they were treated with courtesy and respect.

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Published April 19, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Public Safety Department officers are investigating eight larcenies or attempted larcenies that occurred overnight April 18-19, according to a news release sent out by Director of Public Safety Jim Burke. 

According to the release, the incidents were split between two sites. Four were at the apartment complex located at 20232 E. Vernier Road; the other four were at the Parkcrest Inn, 20000 N. Harper Ave. Three of the eight incidents were completed larcenies; the other five were attempts, according to the release. 

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Published April 19, 2016

FRASER — A home surveillance system has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Clinton Township man.

On April 16, Colin Mitchell Tyler was arrested by Fraser and Clinton Township police for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

At about 1 p.m. April 14, Tyler allegedly snuck into a home on Garfield Road, near Mulvey, that is owned by a married couple in their 60s.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville police gave the all-clear the morning of April 19 after a bomb threat was called in to Roseville Middle School.

A statement released by Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment said that a threat had been called in around 7:10 a.m. as students were arriving at the school.

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Published April 19, 2016

DETROIT — Will Joseph Gentz testify or won’t he? 

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Published April 19, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 15, 2016

WARREN — A 65-year-old husband and father was killed early on April 13 when the vehicle he was driving was struck by another car and caught fire on Eight Mile Road, east of Ryan.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the driver, Haleem Fareed Good, of Detroit, was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Eight Mile and Sunset in his 2000 Lincoln sedan at about 1:30 a.m. when his vehicle was struck from behind at a high rate of speed.

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Published April 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Last year, Grosse Pointe Farms went from being a fairly safe community to an even safer community.

The annual crime report for 2015, which was released recently, shows that crime fell in all of the index categories — the more serious offenses — between 2014 and 2015. Most significantly, there was only one robbery in 2015 as compared to four robberies in 2014, burglaries fell from 20 in 2014 to nine last year, and larcenies dropped by 22 incidents, from 89 reports in 2014 to 67 in 2015. 

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Published April 13, 2016

Officers are investigating a homicide that occurred recently at a local apartment complex.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the Southfield Police Department received a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. April 12 from a woman who said she heard gunshots coming from the area of the Tel-Twelve Place Apartments, 28350 Lockdale St.

Officers determined that there had been a domestic dispute between a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court against Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and four unnamed officers — three male and one female — alleging that the officers used excessive force during a St. Patrick’s Day arrest on the sidewalk outside Blackfinn Ameripub on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Police are still seeking information regarding an unknown driver who hit a home during the middle of the night early last week.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said an initial investigation revealed that at about 11 p.m. April 2, a vehicle swiped the west side of a house at the corner of Crooks Road and West Elmwood Avenue, hitting an electrical meter box, bushes and the outside faucet of the home. Sarvello said the car then went through a wooden fence and back onto northbound Crooks Road.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christian Howard, 25, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years to 10 years behind bars by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski for his role in an accidental shooting last May.

Howard was sentenced for felony charges of second-degree child abuse, receiving and concealing a firearm and possessing a firearm while committing a felony for the incident that took place in Clinton Township’s Normandy Park. A misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm resulting in injury or death was also included.

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