Police & Courts

Published April 20, 2016

Roseville Community Schools officials reported that they received a bomb threat at Roseville Middle School for the second day in a row April 20.

According to a post made shortly after 8 a.m. on the district’s Facebook page, students were evacuated and the police called in to inspect the building. The district announced that police gave the all-clear at about 9:50 a.m. and that students were on their way back to the building; parents wishing to pick up their kids were asked to bring identification.

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Published April 20, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The 32A District Court ranked high in user satisfaction for a third consecutive year, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office.

According to a press release from the Michigan Supreme Court, users found their experience with the 32A District Court to be accessible, timely and fair, and said they were treated with courtesy and respect.

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Published April 19, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Public Safety Department officers are investigating eight larcenies or attempted larcenies that occurred overnight April 18-19, according to a news release sent out by Director of Public Safety Jim Burke. 

According to the release, the incidents were split between two sites. Four were at the apartment complex located at 20232 E. Vernier Road; the other four were at the Parkcrest Inn, 20000 N. Harper Ave. Three of the eight incidents were completed larcenies; the other five were attempts, according to the release. 

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Published April 19, 2016

FRASER — A home surveillance system has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Clinton Township man.

On April 16, Colin Mitchell Tyler was arrested by Fraser and Clinton Township police for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

At about 1 p.m. April 14, Tyler allegedly snuck into a home on Garfield Road, near Mulvey, that is owned by a married couple in their 60s.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville police gave the all-clear the morning of April 19 after a bomb threat was called in to Roseville Middle School.

A statement released by Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment said that a threat had been called in around 7:10 a.m. as students were arriving at the school.

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Published April 19, 2016

DETROIT — Will Joseph Gentz testify or won’t he? 

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Published April 19, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 15, 2016

WARREN — A 65-year-old husband and father was killed early on April 13 when the vehicle he was driving was struck by another car and caught fire on Eight Mile Road, east of Ryan.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the driver, Haleem Fareed Good, of Detroit, was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Eight Mile and Sunset in his 2000 Lincoln sedan at about 1:30 a.m. when his vehicle was struck from behind at a high rate of speed.

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Published April 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Last year, Grosse Pointe Farms went from being a fairly safe community to an even safer community.

The annual crime report for 2015, which was released recently, shows that crime fell in all of the index categories — the more serious offenses — between 2014 and 2015. Most significantly, there was only one robbery in 2015 as compared to four robberies in 2014, burglaries fell from 20 in 2014 to nine last year, and larcenies dropped by 22 incidents, from 89 reports in 2014 to 67 in 2015. 

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Published April 13, 2016

Officers are investigating a homicide that occurred recently at a local apartment complex.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the Southfield Police Department received a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. April 12 from a woman who said she heard gunshots coming from the area of the Tel-Twelve Place Apartments, 28350 Lockdale St.

Officers determined that there had been a domestic dispute between a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court against Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and four unnamed officers — three male and one female — alleging that the officers used excessive force during a St. Patrick’s Day arrest on the sidewalk outside Blackfinn Ameripub on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Police are still seeking information regarding an unknown driver who hit a home during the middle of the night early last week.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said an initial investigation revealed that at about 11 p.m. April 2, a vehicle swiped the west side of a house at the corner of Crooks Road and West Elmwood Avenue, hitting an electrical meter box, bushes and the outside faucet of the home. Sarvello said the car then went through a wooden fence and back onto northbound Crooks Road.

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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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