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Police & Courts

Published March 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A settlement was reached March 3 in a lawsuit between an Eastpointe woman sentenced to jail time after allegedly being unable to pay her court fines, and the 38th District Court and Judge Carl Gerds.

Under the settlement, both sides agree that the standing statewide judicial practice of jailing defendants who do not pay their court fines and fees — without first checking to make sure the defendants can actually pay — should be ended.

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Published March 23, 2016

A Sterling Heights man has been arraigned in 38th District Court following an alleged abduction attempt March 22.

Mile Marinkovski, 65, was arraigned March 24 and charged with one count of enticing a minor for immoral purposes, a felony. A preliminary examination was scheduled for April 12, and a not guilty plea was entered on Marinkovski’s behalf.

Marinkovski requested a court-appointed attorney, but one had not been named as of press time.

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Published March 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police, following a foot chase and with assistance from neighboring departments, arrested two men in the middle of the night March 15 for breaking into vehicles.

Keon Malik Mitchell, 17, of Detroit, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, a felony punishable by five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; and one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, a felony punishable by two years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.

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Published March 23, 2016

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department March 22, a man has been arrested in connection to the March 20 shooting at Hookah Joe.

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Published March 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Police officials say, based on preliminary statistics, that serious crimes in Harper Woods have decreased for the 10th consecutive year.

Serious crimes, as defined by the Harper Woods Police Department, constitute homicide, robbery, home invasions and assault, to name a few.

Deputy Chief John Vorgitch said the continued drop can be attributed to proactive patrolling by the officers and detectives while they’re out in the community.

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Published March 23, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor who was indicted for child pornography has requested that evidence obtained from email accounts be suppressed due to a lack of probable cause; however, U.S. attorneys argued that the motion should be denied. 

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Three metro Detroit doctors and seven other individuals have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs.  

The three doctors charged are 50-year-old Dr. Boris Zigmond, of West Bloomfield; 39-year-old Dr. Jennifer Franklin, of Harrison Township; and 78-year-old Dr. Carlos Godoy, of Farmington Hills. 

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Macomb Township man is still being reported as missing after he was last seen leaving his residence March 10.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Stephen Christopher McAfee left his residence around 2:30 a.m. that day. Attempts to locate him through his cellphone have been unsuccessful.

McAfee is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on McAfee is encouraged to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412.

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Published March 22, 2016

On March 22, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. sentenced a 37-year-old Ann Arbor man to 24-480 months in prison for fleeing police.

On Feb. 16, Dennis Paquette pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree fleeing a police officer in connection to an incident that occurred Jan. 19 in Shelby Township.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19, a Shelby Township police officer attempted to stop Paquette on Hall Road, east of Schoenherr Road, for driving a blue Buick without a license plate.

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Published March 22, 2016

WARREN — Warren police are investigating at least four break-ins at local car washes, potentially tied to a spate of similar thefts reported across southern Macomb County over the weekend between March 19 and March 20.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the first break-in was reported at the Super Car Wash on Dequindre south of 14 Mile Road shortly after midnight on March 19. The thieves allegedly entered the building by kicking out a window of the overhead garage door on the east side of the building, but reportedly took nothing.

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Published March 21, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police, as of March 21, were continuing their search for two men wanted in connection with a shooting early Sunday morning at Hookah Joe on Washington Street in the downtown district.

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Published March 21, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Fraud and identity theft can be considered something of an equalizer: They’re so prevalent that anyone could be vulnerable.

Ask a law enforcement official and they’re likely to tell you their department has seen a massive spike in crimes that involve identity theft, fraud, phone scams or other technology-driven financial crimes.

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Published March 18, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods School District employee has been charged with making a false report of a bomb threat.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Ebony M. Holloway allegedly called and made a phone threat to blow up Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield St., around 10:56 a.m. Monday, March 7. After the call was made, the Harper Woods Police Department started an investigation that led to identifying Holloway as a suspect.

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Published March 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two unrelated incidents of possible criminal activity that occurred in Grosse Pointe Woods remain under investigation. 

After probing into a report of alleged missing funds from a Parcells Middle School Parent Teacher Organization financial account, Grosse Pointe Woods public safety detectives have turned over their findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

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Published March 17, 2016

Southfield residents will have to wait a few more months before the fate of a proposed exploratory oil well at a local church is decided.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren decided March 16 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the city of Southfield against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approving a permit application for Jordan Development Co. to drill an exploratory well at Word of Faith International Church, 2000 W Nine Mile.

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Published March 16, 2016

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FRASER — Police believe alcohol was involved in a March 12 fatal car accident.

The incident took place around 1:40 a.m. on Groesbeck Highway, south of 14 Mile Road.

Kyle Kumbo, 24, was reportedly driving his 2004 Buick SUV on northbound Groesbeck, with his girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat. Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII with four people was stopped at a red light in the middle through lane.

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Published March 16, 2016

DETROIT/MACOMB COUNTY — The next chapter in the saga of the Flamingo Motel is currently underway.

A lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, in Detroit, in which plaintiffs Eric Gala and Chester Gala have sued numerous parties on multiple grounds.

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Published March 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run last month.

Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia said previously in a news release that at 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 March 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A handyman who cleaned gutters and performed other odd jobs for well-known interior designer Daniel Clancy, 69, is suspected of stabbing him in the neck during a violent attack the afternoon of March 6 at Clancy’s home on Voltaire Place.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, stands accused of nearly killing his employer during an alleged dispute and robbery gone wrong. 

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Two out of the past three years have been winners for police officer Scott Vierk.

Vierk joined the Clawson Police Department three years ago and learned the job well enough to win the department’s top honors for the past two years.

Vierk was named the 2015 Officer of the Year, an honor he also took for 2014.

“It is a great honor,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized for all of the hard work that you do, but it really could be any one of us. We have a great department.”

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