Police & Courts

Published April 12, 2016

HAZEL PARK — When Kirk Chidester, of Hazel Park, was recovering from surgery, a friend borrowed his van and brought it to Detroit. But it never came back: The vehicle was reportedly stolen by thieves while it was parked at the Bel Air Shopping Center at Eight Mile and Van Dyke.

The recent theft has already taken its toll on Kirk and his son, James. The 8-year-old has Down syndrome and requires medical attention. The van was not only used to transport equipment for Kirk’s landscaping company, but also to transport James in his wheelchair.

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Published April 12, 2016

WARREN — A pair of alleged thieves wanted for taking a customer’s wallet at Meijer and a purse at Wal-Mart remained at large last week amid an ongoing investigation by the Warren Police Department.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said that at press time, the thieves, a man and a woman, were wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet that was allegedly lifted from a customer’s purse at Meijer on Mound, north of 12 Mile Road, at 8:09 p.m. on April 1.

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Published April 11, 2016

At 12:45 p.m. April 9, a Harper Woods police officer crashed a patrol vehicle into a home on Woodland Street, between Sanilac Street and Harper Avenue, after his vehicle suddenly swerved off the road.

According to a press release issued by Harper Woods Director of Public Safety Jim Burke, it is possible that the officer driving the vehicle, a 17-year veteran of the Police Department, had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of the wheel.

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Published April 11, 2016

WARREN — Police caught a purse snatching suspect on April 8, less than 24 hours after a woman reported the theft on Prospect between Van Dyke and Federal.

Detective Cpl. Steven Campbell of the Warren Police Department said the victim, a 40-year-old woman who resides on nearby MacArthur, was reportedly walking home from the bus stop when she was confronted by the suspect, later identified as Carlieve Thomas Horton, 25, of Warren, and an as-of-yet unidentified juvenile.

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Published April 10, 2016

WARREN — An Xbox sale arranged on Craigslist turned into a larcenous, one-way affair April 3 in a south Warren mobile home community.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department, said the victim, a 33-year-old Warren man, told police he was looking to sell an Xbox One video game console and some games.

“He put an ad on Craigslist. He was trying to sell it for $375,” Eidt said.

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Published April 7, 2016

CENTER LINE — Investigators in Center Line are looking for a thief who has methodically taken tires, just one at a time, from higher end trucks and SUVs parked on a dealership lot over the past 11 months.

Lt. Thomas Costello of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the suspect, captured on surveillance video, was described as a 55-year-old white man with gray hair, wearing a Carhartt-style work jacket and light blue jeans with rips in the knees. The man was reportedly driving a brown or tan four-door 2015 Ford Fusion.

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Published April 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old Chesterfield Township woman remained in the Macomb County Jail at press time after being denied a reduced bond on April 6.

Ceara Amme Abbott stood before 41-B District Court Judge Sebastian Lucido charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while intoxicated causing death.

Abbott is accused of being intoxicated while behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford F-150 on March 24.

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Published April 6, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department responded to a threat reportedly made by a Farmington Central High School student March 29.

Lt. Paul Nicholas said the situation involved a 17-year-old female student and an 18-year-old male student who had a physical confrontation with each other. The female student allegedly left at 1 p.m. that day in anger over the situation.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — Police are looking into a vandalism incident that occurred at McKinley Barrier-Free Park sometime on March 30.

The park, located on Grove Street near 13 Mile and Hayes roads, was damaged by unknown individuals. Fraser First Booster Club’s Facebook page released a statement commenting on the incident.

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Published April 6, 2016

A man charged with felony murder in the stabbing death of a local woman in her Somerset Park Apartments home asked a judge to waive the defendant’s right to a preliminary exam within 21 days of being charged to allow the attorney time to examine evidence.

Charles Anthony Stephens, 53, of Troy, was arraigned in 52-4 District Court March 23 on charges of felony murder — which carries a life sentence — in the death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, 37, the mother of two young children.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Police have announced that they arrested three suspects April 4 who possibly are connected to a series of Craigslist robberies.

Jvon Ford, 20; Quazeal March, 17; and a juvenile, all of Detroit, were arrested, according to a press release from the Roseville Police Department. Ford and March were arraigned in 39th District Court April 6 before Judge Herman Campbell. They are facing multiple charges that could see them in prison for life.

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Published April 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 28, Joseph Wolf Jr., 52, of Shelby Township, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzling from the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball team, and paid $21,440 in restitution.

Wolf also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of improper distribution of proceeds from charitable gaming events. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia agreed to drop four felony counts of embezzling in exchange for the full payment of restitution.

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Published April 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens bank’s security cameras mixed with tips and some high-tech facial-recognition software helped Macomb County Sheriff’s detectives identify and apprehend an alleged bank robber.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke reports that Kenneth Foster Ardis, 50, of Detroit, was arrested April 1, two days after he robbed the Talmer Bank on Main Street in Mount Clemens.

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Published April 4, 2016

FERNDALE — A 35-year-old man was charged with felonious assault after allegedly pulling a gun on two teenage girls following a traffic incident.

Jeffrey Allen Peterson, of Chesterfield Township, was arraigned in the 43rd District Court on Monday, March 28, for allegedly pulling a handgun on the two 17-year-olds after the driver accidentally struck his vehicle with her car on Eight Mile Road near Woodward Avenue.

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Published April 4, 2016

WARREN — A pair of alleged thieves wanted for taking a customer’s wallet at Meijer and a purse at Wal-Mart remained at large April 4 amid an ongoing investigation by the Warren Police Department.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said the thieves, a man and a woman, were wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet that was allegedly lifted from a customer’s purse at Meijer on Mound north of 12 Mile Road at 8:09 p.m. on April 1.

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Published April 4, 2016

UTICA — Utica Police Chief David Faber said drug addiction motivated a couple to steal from at least seven Home Depot locations in the metro Detroit area.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. March 9, Utica police arrested a 34-year-old Rochester man and a 31-year-old Hazel Park woman after they allegedly stole power tools, strong-armed a loss prevention officer at the Home Depot in Utica, and fled in a reportedly stolen vehicle.

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Published April 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A man was robbed of $6,500 at gunpoint during a Craigslist deal gone wrong in Eastpointe March 29.

According to a report from the Eastpointe Police Department, the man had arranged to buy a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS for $6,500 on the website Craigslist. He told police that he had exchanged several emails with the suspect and had planned to meet the day prior at the Macomb Mall in Roseville.

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Published March 31, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 38-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was arrested by investigators from the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement (MACE) team after she allegedly attempted to meet with whom she thought was a man and his underage daughter.

Macomb County sheriff’s officials said the investigation into child sexually abusive activity began on March 21 when a MACE detective engaged in a chat with the woman using a popular instant-messaging computer application. 

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Published March 31, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A combined effort between Crime Stoppers and the Michigan Humane Society has increased the reward for the arrest of the individual involved in a Mount Clemens animal abuse case to $3,500.

During a March 30 press conference at the Macomb County Animal Control Office in Clinton Township, representatives from Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced the reward and introduced the victim of the abuse.

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Published March 31, 2016

A manhunt is underway for two men police say are responsible for a shooting at a local restaurant.

According to a news release from Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. March 31 at the TGI Friday’s at 26299 Evergreen Road. 

Loussia said a dispute began when resturant security was attempting to escort a group of men and women out of the restaurant for refusing to provide ID while attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages.

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