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Police & Courts

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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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  What started as an investigation of an identity theft in West Bloomfield has resulted in the indictment of a Detroit man accused of child pornography acts and trafficking adult women.  

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Published April 13, 2016

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It will only take about two minutes to register, and it could save police officers valuable time solving crime.

The Troy Police Department is launching a new, voluntary security camera registry program called Extra Eyes.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman explained that businesses and homeowners who have surveillance cameras may register to participate in the program.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 6:56 a.m. April 7, Shelby Township police were dispatched to Shelby Wholesale, located off 23 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue, for a report of a breaking and entering.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that one or possibly more suspects broke through a wall to gain entry to the business and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise, according to a press release.

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Published April 12, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A man accused of holding another person against his will and torturing him to extort money on July 31, 2015, has seen his trial date slip from April 6 to April 20.

Edward Palokaj, 39, has his trial before Judge Mary Chrzanowski scheduled for 8 a.m. April 20 in Macomb County Circuit Court. He is facing three felony charges: extortion, torture and unlawful imprisonment.

Palokaj’s attorney, Stephen Rabaut, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Published April 12, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 20-year-old Bruce Township resident was injured after two glass liquor bottles were thrown at him in a Rochester Hills home recently, a police report states.

Police were alerted to the injury after the man drove himself to Crittenton Hospital at 9:05 p.m. April 7. He was treated for a laceration to the left side of his face that was not life-threatening. The man told police the person who threw the bottles at him was currently at the site of the incident in the 900 block of Quarry, near Sheldon and Tienken roads.

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Published April 12, 2016

Three elementary schools in the Birmingham Public Schools district were on lockdown for a brief period last week, but now police say it may have all been for nothing.

According to Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt, lockdowns at Beverly Elementary, Greenfield Elementary and Pierce Elementary schools were prompted by an investigation on Birmingham Boulevard, near 14 Mile Road. The three schools are located two miles or less from Birmingham Boulevard.

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Published April 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 16-year-old girl from Macomb Township who had been reported as missing for more than a month was found April 5.

Marissa Boyce was found with a family in Detroit, Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said.

“Our detectives were monitoring social media, and they were able to determine she was at a home in Detroit, and they tracked her down,” Michalke said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Boyce went missing around 8 p.m. Feb. 28.

Michalke said this was not the first time that Boyce had run away.

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Published April 12, 2016

HAZEL PARK — When Kirk Chidester, of Hazel Park, was recovering from surgery, a friend borrowed his van and brought it to Detroit. But it never came back: The vehicle was reportedly stolen by thieves while it was parked at the Bel Air Shopping Center at Eight Mile and Van Dyke.

The recent theft has already taken its toll on Kirk and his son, James. The 8-year-old has Down syndrome and requires medical attention. The van was not only used to transport equipment for Kirk’s landscaping company, but also to transport James in his wheelchair.

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Published April 12, 2016

WARREN — A pair of alleged thieves wanted for taking a customer’s wallet at Meijer and a purse at Wal-Mart remained at large last week amid an ongoing investigation by the Warren Police Department.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said that at press time, the thieves, a man and a woman, were wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet that was allegedly lifted from a customer’s purse at Meijer on Mound, north of 12 Mile Road, at 8:09 p.m. on April 1.

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Published April 11, 2016

At 12:45 p.m. April 9, a Harper Woods police officer crashed a patrol vehicle into a home on Woodland Street, between Sanilac Street and Harper Avenue, after his vehicle suddenly swerved off the road.

According to a press release issued by Harper Woods Director of Public Safety Jim Burke, it is possible that the officer driving the vehicle, a 17-year veteran of the Police Department, had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of the wheel.

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Published April 11, 2016

WARREN — Police caught a purse snatching suspect on April 8, less than 24 hours after a woman reported the theft on Prospect between Van Dyke and Federal.

Detective Cpl. Steven Campbell of the Warren Police Department said the victim, a 40-year-old woman who resides on nearby MacArthur, was reportedly walking home from the bus stop when she was confronted by the suspect, later identified as Carlieve Thomas Horton, 25, of Warren, and an as-of-yet unidentified juvenile.

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Published April 10, 2016

WARREN — An Xbox sale arranged on Craigslist turned into a larcenous, one-way affair April 3 in a south Warren mobile home community.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department, said the victim, a 33-year-old Warren man, told police he was looking to sell an Xbox One video game console and some games.

“He put an ad on Craigslist. He was trying to sell it for $375,” Eidt said.

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Published April 7, 2016

CENTER LINE — Investigators in Center Line are looking for a thief who has methodically taken tires, just one at a time, from higher end trucks and SUVs parked on a dealership lot over the past 11 months.

Lt. Thomas Costello of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the suspect, captured on surveillance video, was described as a 55-year-old white man with gray hair, wearing a Carhartt-style work jacket and light blue jeans with rips in the knees. The man was reportedly driving a brown or tan four-door 2015 Ford Fusion.

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Published April 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old Chesterfield Township woman remained in the Macomb County Jail at press time after being denied a reduced bond on April 6.

Ceara Amme Abbott stood before 41-B District Court Judge Sebastian Lucido charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while intoxicated causing death.

Abbott is accused of being intoxicated while behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford F-150 on March 24.

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Published April 6, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department responded to a threat reportedly made by a Farmington Central High School student March 29.

Lt. Paul Nicholas said the situation involved a 17-year-old female student and an 18-year-old male student who had a physical confrontation with each other. The female student allegedly left at 1 p.m. that day in anger over the situation.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — Police are looking into a vandalism incident that occurred at McKinley Barrier-Free Park sometime on March 30.

The park, located on Grove Street near 13 Mile and Hayes roads, was damaged by unknown individuals. Fraser First Booster Club’s Facebook page released a statement commenting on the incident.

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Published April 6, 2016

A man charged with felony murder in the stabbing death of a local woman in her Somerset Park Apartments home asked a judge to waive the defendant’s right to a preliminary exam within 21 days of being charged to allow the attorney time to examine evidence.

Charles Anthony Stephens, 53, of Troy, was arraigned in 52-4 District Court March 23 on charges of felony murder — which carries a life sentence — in the death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, 37, the mother of two young children.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Police have announced that they arrested three suspects April 4 who possibly are connected to a series of Craigslist robberies.

Jvon Ford, 20; Quazeal March, 17; and a juvenile, all of Detroit, were arrested, according to a press release from the Roseville Police Department. Ford and March were arraigned in 39th District Court April 6 before Judge Herman Campbell. They are facing multiple charges that could see them in prison for life.

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Published April 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 28, Joseph Wolf Jr., 52, of Shelby Township, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzling from the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball team, and paid $21,440 in restitution.

Wolf also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of improper distribution of proceeds from charitable gaming events. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia agreed to drop four felony counts of embezzling in exchange for the full payment of restitution.

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