Police & Courts

Published July 27, 2016

After receiving a tip about an unknown person or persons attacking officers who patrol near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, the Ferndale Police Department began notifying nearby departments about the potential threat.

The tip came to Ferndale police on Friday, July 22, and they began notifying other departments that work near the Eight Mile corridor, such as Hazel Park and Detroit, a couple hours after doing as much background work as Ferndale police could.

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Published July 27, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — They brought baked goods and smiles. 

They arrived with cards, gifts, money and hugs, offering kind words of encouragement and thanks to the men and women in blue.

People in Farmington and Farmington Hills, like others across the country, showed their appreciation for law enforcement officers after police shootings left three officers dead in Baton Rouge July 17 and five officers dead in Dallas July 7.

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a way to help students afford higher education, children experience summer without thinking of their injuries and families have a brighter Christmas has evolved into a friendly rivalry between local police officers and firefighters.

“They put a plastic trophy in front of firemen and cops, and we’re pretty competitive — we both want that trophy,” said Scott Campbell, of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department. “We want those bragging rights.”

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the assertion that “police departments across the country ... are under assault,” Mayor Kip Walby invited Monsignor Michael Bugarin, of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, to offer a prayer for the members of the St. Clair Shores Police Department to open the July 18 City Council meeting.

“I felt that we needed to show support to our Police Department, to our men and women in blue, who do provide us safety,” Walby said. 

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Published July 26, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The man accused of murdering acclaimed Grosse Pointe Farms interior designer Daniel Clancy is slated to face his first series of witnesses in the case this week.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, appeared in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court July 19 in front of Judge Matthew Rumora for a probable cause conference in the case of Clancy. Police said Corzilius, a handyman who shoveled snow for Clancy, got into a heated altercation with Clancy at Clancy’s home the afternoon of March 6. 

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The two suspects arrested for a credit union robbery with a child in their alleged getaway car have been arraigned and now face up to life in prison.

Detroit residents Delavonta Larry, 21, and Raymon Mattison, 20, were arraigned by Circuit Court Magistrate Judith Holtz July 16.

Both men were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and one count of bank robbery. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison.

The suspects both pleaded not guilty; as of July 20, no attorney had been appointed or retained.

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Published July 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A Center Line man who allegedly exposed himself at a bubble tea business in Ferndale pleaded no contest to a charge of indecent exposure.

Daniel Lee Williams, 36, was given one year of probation and ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $916 and to complete treatment relating to the probation, according to the Ferndale 43rd District Court. The type of treatment was not divulged by the court.

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Published July 26, 2016

Sterling Heights police say they recently arrested five suspects who they believe were involved in a recent jewelry store robbery in Sterling Heights.

According to police, the incident started at around 6:50 p.m. July 14 at Lucido Fine Jewelry, located near Schoenherr and 19 Mile roads.

According to an email from Sterling Heights police, five people reportedly collaborated in the heist, which involved breaking glass showcases — which displayed Rolex watches — with a sledgehammer and taking six watches worth approximately $110,000.

 

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Published July 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A drunken driving case allegedly involving Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, was adjourned until Oct. 18 following a brief hearing July 20 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township.

The matter was adjourned so both parties could continue plea negotiations. Paul Addis, legal counsel for Macomb Township, is the prosecuting attorney, and Michael Smith is defending Mathers.

The next hearing is date certain, which means a jury trial or plea agreement must occur that day.

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Published July 26, 2016

C&G Newspapers

Police are looking for more information on the shooting death of an Eastpointe man that occurred in Southfield recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Dawn Habel, police were called around 11:50 p.m. July 23 to a residence in the 29000 block of Fairfax Street on report that a man had been shot.

When officers arrived they discovered a deceased man, whom they identified as Laquwan Kwame Frazier, 20, of Eastpointe.

Habel said in the release that police are still trying to put together the details of the incident.

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Published July 25, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge police are asking the public for help to identify a man who was seen on security tapes trying to enter locked businesses and destroying property.

Lighting fixtures at the Ameriprise Financial building, located at 24280 Woodward Ave., were damaged by an unknown man at approximately 4:20 a.m. Saturday, July 2. Employees of the business discovered the damage July 4.

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Published July 24, 2016

WARREN — Warren police are now patrolling in teams of two officers per car, and security enhancements have been made at police headquarters as a precaution after a spate of recent violent attacks targeting police in other parts of the country.

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Published July 22, 2016

WARREN — A brazen and clumsy attempt to rip cash machines from two Warren stores using chains and a stolen purple minivan ended in ruin for a group of would-be burglars early on July 19.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said three of four men allegedly involved in the attempted thefts at the Value Fresh Market, near 10 Mile and Hoover, and Mike’s Market, near Nine Mile and Van Dyke, were taken into custody at about 4:30 a.m.

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Published July 22, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A Detroit man has been convicted in the fatal shooting that took place at Eastland Center on Vernier Avenue on Dec. 26, 2015. Two other defendants remain on trial.

Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, 18, of Detroit, was sentenced July 18 in Wayne County Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Kevin J. Cox delivered the sentence. The trial took place during the last week of June. Within 90 minutes of its conclusion, the jury delivered a unanimous verdict. Among the evidence was surveillance video.

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Published July 21, 2016

In what police believe was a ruse to draw them away from a robbery at Somerset Collection, officers responded to a single call reporting shots fired at the main doors of Oakland Mall just after 7:15 p.m July 20.

Troy police Capt. Bob Redmond said police responded quickly while exercising caution in the recent wake of ambushes against police, but they discovered nothing.

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Published July 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The city of Ferndale has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a teen who previously had been suing the city for $1.25 million over an incident in which he was hit by a vehicle driven by the chief of police.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2014. According to city documents, after passing the intersection of Paxton Street and University Street going north, the plaintiff, then 15 years old, “ran in an easterly direction crossing the southbound lane before running into the front of the police vehicle” driven by Chief Timothy Collins.

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Published July 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking for a handful of men they suspect of several similar thefts recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, around 5:09 a.m. July 14, the Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at Suburban Liquor Shoppe, 29085 Evergreen Road.

When officers arrived, they discovered that the front door to the business had been forced open and the ATM and several cartons of cigarettes had been stolen.

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Published July 20, 2016

With Pokémon GO exploding in popularity over the past weeks — it has already surpassed Candy Crush Saga with the most active daily users in the United States at the peak of that game’s popularity — it only seems inevitable that the smartphone app could cause some problems in the real world.

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Published July 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Taylor man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly attempting to use someone else’s identity to upgrade cellphones.

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Published July 19, 2016

Residents are being warned to look out for a man posing as a city worker and attempting to scam homeowners out of cash and other valuables.

On July 15, officers responded to a larceny complaint from a victim who lives in the north end of the city. The victim, 93, reported that a man claiming to be from the Eastpointe Water Department stole money from the victim’s home.

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