Police & Courts

Published August 8, 2016

The Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the FBI are investigating a robbery at TCF Bank Aug. 8.

No one was injured during the robbery and images of the suspect were captured on surveillance video, according to police.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, the man entered the bank, located at 1811 Crooks Road, at 12:03 p.m.

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Published August 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A suspect is facing several charges after he allegedly led police on a chase at approximately 10:20 p.m. Aug. 2 from the area of Little Mack and Erin Street onto Interstate 94.

Roseville police officers Brian Dobrzycki and Bridget Lines saw what they believed to be an illegal drug transaction taking place on Little Mack, near Erin Street, but when they tried to stop a suspect motorist, the motorist allegedly fled the scene in a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Published August 5, 2016

During the early afternoon of Friday, Aug. 5, police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store, located near 24 Mile and Shelby roads, at knifepoint at approximately 12:32 a.m. the same day.

The suspect reportedly held a knife to the cashier and demanded money from the register. He then fled with an undetermined amount of cash in a dark-colored SUV in an unknown direction, according to police. The cashier was uninjured.

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Published August 5, 2016

WARREN — Firefighters responding to a report of smoke near 10 Mile and Mound on July 31 reportedly found a medical marijuana grow operation with “improper” electrical hook-ups. But whether the operation was in violation of city building codes or new rules regulating cannabis cultivation remains to be seen.

“The fire was clearly caused by a medical marijuana grow operation,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said on Aug. 2. “The one thing I don’t know right now is whether it was legal or illegal.”

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Published August 5, 2016

Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store, located near 24 Mile and Shelby roads, at knifepoint at approximately 12:32 a.m. Aug. 5.

The suspect reportedly held a knife to the cashier and demanded money from the register. He then fled with an undetermined amount of cash in a dark-colored SUV in an unknown direction, according to police. The cashier was uninjured.

Police photographed images of the suspect from surveillance footage at the 7-Eleven and are seeking the public’s help to identify him.

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Published August 5, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 53-year-old Harrison Township man is in the hospital after what sheriff’s officials say was a fight involving the highly-popular “Pokémon Go” game.

In a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, at around 10:40 p.m., Aug. 3, a 33-year-old St. Clair Shores man was walking in downtown Mount Clemens near Market and Main streets with his girlfriend and another woman when he encountered the Harrison Township man.

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Published August 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The second suspect involved in a July 22 alleged assault on a Canton man has been formally charged, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Nathaniel Abraham Bowes, 20, of Holly, was video-arraigned July 27 in Clinton Township’s 41-B District Court on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one count of unarmed robbery, and one count of unlawful driving away with a motor vehicle.

He was given a $10,000 cash-or-surety bond.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Daniel Clancy’s own words seem to point a finger directly at handyman David Corzilius as his attacker.

Farms public safety officer Tom Dionne — testifying during a July 26 preliminary examination in front of Farms Municipal Court Judge Matthew Rumora — said he was the first officer on the scene when the department received a 911 call the afternoon of March 6 about a man who was bleeding on the sidewalk.

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Published August 3, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sheriff Michael Bouchard is speaking out against the potential release of convicted murderers who received life sentences as juveniles.

Bouchard held a press conference July 27 at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s headquarters in Pontiac to discuss the status of sentencing juvenile lifers in the county.

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Published August 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It started with a Slurpee.

Five-year-old Carter Caplis, of New Baltimore, saw how upset his mother, a former dispatcher for the Michigan State Police, and father were after the shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and told his mom he wanted to bring a treat to her former co-workers.

But he didn’t stop there.

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Published August 3, 2016

Another summer, another rash of thefts from vehicles during the night.

This time, it was residents in Franklin, in a neighborhood near 14 Mile and Telegraph. Sgt. Mike Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, said several reports were taken last week from people who said items went missing from their cars, parked at their homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Published August 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County sheriff’s corrections deputy is facing a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge after allegations were made that he made inappropriate contact with a female inmate.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, Steven Robert Vaneenoo, 43, of Macomb Township, was arraigned on the high court charges on Aug. 2 in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township within hours of turning himself in.

He said Vaneenoo stands accused by a female inmate of fondling her breasts while she was behind bars in the Macomb County Jail in 2015.

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Published August 2, 2016

The Farmington Hills Police Department is on the lookout for a man who reportedly robbed a Bank of America at 25950 Middlebelt Road, at 11 Mile Road, in Farmington Hills, according to a press release.

According to police, the man approached a bank teller and presented a note announcing a robbery and implying that he was armed with a weapon — although the weapon was not seen.

The bank teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, and the suspect fled the location.

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Published August 1, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The police chief of Madison Heights has become an official member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nationwide organization with a Michigan chapter based out of Lansing. Corey Haines joins the ranks of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors comprising the anti-crime group. 

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Published August 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A body that appears to have been deceased since December was found buried under a heap of trash in a Hazel Park hoarder home, now condemned, and the woman who lived there has been sent to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner said you could smell the unmistakable stench of decay from the sidewalk near the home in the 100 block of West Milton Avenue. Neighbors had reportedly noticed the smell, he said, but no one suspected the cause until a hazardous materials team made the discovery July 22.

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Published July 31, 2016

CENTER LINE — It took just 11 weeks for the community to fully support a nonprofit effort to bring Center Line’s K-9 program back to the Public Safety Department.

Murphy, the city’s K-9 in training, has been working alongside his handler to learn the skills of the trade together. When the work is finished, officials say the city will have a valuable resource that’s more immune to budgetary problems by design.

The Center Line K-9 Foundation was created to support the program’s return without public resources.

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Published July 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Two Detroit men are facing assault charges after they allegedly beat a Canton man outside Yacks Elementary School in Harrison Township July 22.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the school on Union Lake Road at 10 a.m. There, they located the 54-year-old victim who had been badly beaten.

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries, cuts and abrasions to his head and body.

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Published July 27, 2016

Two women and their two children, one 11 months old, the other 3 years old, were walking on a sidewalk along 12 Mile Road when a 22-year-old Roseville man reportedly lost control of his vehicle, drove up on the sidewalk and struck the four at approximately 7:30 p.m. July 26.

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Published July 27, 2016

An African-American couple who recently moved into a home on Florida Street, off Gratiot Avenue north of 12 Mile Road, received a racially charged letter in the U.S. mail July 24.

The letter was mailed in a standard, plain envelope without a return address. According to a news release from Roseville Police Chief James P. Berlin, upon checking the letter, the couple found it contained two racial slurs with a red line through them.

Since moving to Roseville, the news release said, the couple has had no issues with anyone and had no idea who might have sent them the letter.

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Published July 27, 2016

The Roseville Police Department received several calls of a large altercation in Veterans Memorial Park, near 11 Mile Road and Barkman Street, at approximately 9 p.m. July 25, and found that a teen had been stabbed.

Officers noticed young teens gathered around the gazebo area of the park.

“It appears they were just congregated in the area watching what happened,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said. 

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