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Police & Courts

Published March 15, 2016

Assault charges that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, filed against state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, have been dropped.

Brown said Knollenberg grabbed her forcefully by the arm following Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s State of the County address Feb. 10 in Auburn Hills.

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Published March 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, a 36-year-old Clinton Township man was arraigned at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on charges of impaired driving, possession of marijuana, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, operating an unregistered vehicle, and unlawful use of a license plate.

At approximately 5:35 p.m. March 6, a Michigan State Police trooper attempted to stop Stravansky Nycassio Hinds, who was driving a Lincoln Continental, for having an improper license plate on southbound M-53, near 30 Mile Road, in Washington Township.

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Published March 14, 2016

DETROIT — A former St. Clair Shores Police sergeant will spend six months in the Wayne County Jail for the misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty in connection with a July 2013 incident in Detroit.

“The episode and conduct of Mr. Notoriano ... was nothing less than vigilante justice. It may make for Hollywood box office winners, but it’s a loser in real life and it’s a disaster for police officers to perform in that function,” Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny said March 14.

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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 25-year-old man who shot a toddler in a Clinton Township park last year has pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the matter.

On Feb. 16 in Macomb County Circuit Court, Christian Eric-Deandre Howard pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree child abuse, receiving and concealing a firearm, possessing a firearm during the act of a felony, and careless discharge of a firearm that leads to injury or death.

The only non-felony charge involved the discharge of the firearm.

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Published March 9, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After nearly two weeks of investigating, Clinton Township police declared that an abduction attempt from the morning of March 9 involving a Clintondale Middle School student never actually happened.

On March 21, the department released a press release stating, “Clinton Township police thoroughly investigated this incident, and the student has confessed that she made the story up. The reason for the false report was that the student was having issues with being tardy to school.”

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — A Clinton Township man is being held in jail after he allegedly caused the death of two individuals.

Valon Gjykaj, 21, faces felony counts of driving without a license and reckless driving causing death after a Feb. 6 car accident led to the deaths of two men, one of whom was his father.

He was arraigned Feb. 23 in 39th District Court in Roseville. At press time, he was held on a $50,000 cash/surety bond, with no 10 percent. He faces 15 years in jail.

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — A father and daughter were arrested by police Feb. 10 after allegedly distributing marijuana to a Fraser High School student.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said the incident occurred Feb. 9, after an unidentified student asked the daughter, Caitlin Smith, 18, if she knew how to acquire marijuana.

On what was a half day at school, Caitlin allegedly caller her father, Martin Smith, 47, to see if he could help. He reportedly drove to the school to pick up his daughter and her friend and then went to a nearby location.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With this month containing a holiday perhaps best known for its connections to alcohol, it may not be a surprise to see more St. Clair Shores police on patrol in March.

“This month is drunk driving awareness month,” said Traffic Sgt. Jenna Conrad. “We will be conducting OWI (operating while under the influence) enforcement periods throughout the entire month of March.”

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods man has been charged in connection with multiple robberies that occurred at several Kroger grocery stores in the city.

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Published March 9, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Charges have been filed against a former MotorCity Casino Hotel dealer and six others for allegedly conspiring to steal money from the casino during games of Texas Hold ’Em, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Feb. 22. 

Included among those charged are 49-year-old Roxanne Dee McKinney, of Farmington Hills, and 57-year-old Hayward Milton Stampley, of West Bloomfield. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Local police advise residents to take caution when receiving any suspicious calls, as a phone scam is circulating in the area.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said the department has recently received several complaints regarding people fraudulently identifying themselves as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and local law enforcement officials and then asking for money.

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Published March 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — There was an increase in calls for service in Madison Heights in 2015, but a decrease in the number of arrests and reported crimes, according to numbers recently released by the Madison Heights Police Department.

From 2014 to 2015, calls for service rose from 25,594 to 26,112, while arrests dropped from 1,131 to 1,074 and reported crimes dropped from 2,139 to 1,873.

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Published March 8, 2016

WARREN — A Warren man accused of assaulting an 88-year-old resident and stealing her purse at a local market remained jailed with bail set at $250,000 March 8 ahead of his next appearance before a 37th District Court judge.

Steven Boyd, 44, was arrested by officers assigned to the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations Unit on Feb. 26, just hours after he allegedly injured a senior citizen during a strong-arm robbery at the Oak Ridge Market on Ryan, south of 11 Mile Road.

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Published March 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A stabbing on a quiet Grosse Pointe Farms street left one of its residents clinging to life as police began trying to piece together what happened on an otherwise peaceful Sunday afternoon.

Yellow police tape and police cars with flashing lights cordoned off roughly a block in the area of Voltaire Place and Vendome Road for hours after a man was discovered bleeding profusely and lying on the sidewalk by a female passerby, who immediately called police around 4:30 p.m. March 6. 

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Published March 8, 2016

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 46-year-old Madison Heights man was arrested by deputies Feb. 27 in Macomb Township.

The man, David Allen Mapley, is now facing six charges related to his arrest.

Mapley allegedly placed an advertisement on a popular website, and detectives posing as an underage girl responded to the post.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Angela Alexie, an Eastpointe resident charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse, went to trial in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 for her actions that allegedly caused her newborn son’s death in December 2014.

After the trial stretched to a fourth day, the jury found Alexie guilty of first-degree child abuse and first-degree felony murder — meaning she caused the infant’s death as the result of felonious behavior. Her criminal sentencing was scheduled for April 19.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Eastpointe resident Timothy Fradeneck was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 to life in prison without parole, which followed a plea in which he accepted guilt for the 2015 murders of his wife, Christie Fradeneck, 37, and two children, Tim, 8, and Celeste, 2.

Fradeneck, 38, received five life sentences without parole and two sentences of 18-30 years; he had a total of seven charges brought against him, including first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. The sentences will run concurrently.

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Published March 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When firefighters arrived at a parking lot in Madison Heights to put out a car fire, they found something unexpected inside — a dead man.

Shoppers at Amori’s Market at 26122 John R, noticed the car fire in the parking lot the night of Sunday, March 6. The store manager called 911, and firefighters and police arrived on the scene around 9:05 p.m.

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN — A Warren man accused of killing his wife in their home near Stephens and Hayes was ordered held without bond last week during his arraignment on a first-degree murder charge.

Devon Williams, 25, was taken into custody at 10:23 a.m. March 2 after police arrived at a home in the 23500 block of Columbus, where they found his wife, Michelle Williams, also 25, unresponsive.

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Published March 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A young shih tzu mix is reportedly recovering and in good spirits while in foster care after being thrown from a moving vehicle in Mount Clemens Feb. 29.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said the male dog broke his pelvis in the incident.

“He will be nursed back to health for a while; we’re hoping without a cast,” Randazzo said. “Right now we’re looking at cage healing. He’s been released from our veterinary clinic and is now in foster care.”

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