Police & Courts

Published March 18, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods School District employee has been charged with making a false report of a bomb threat.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Ebony M. Holloway allegedly called and made a phone threat to blow up Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield St., around 10:56 a.m. Monday, March 7. After the call was made, the Harper Woods Police Department started an investigation that led to identifying Holloway as a suspect.

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Published March 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two unrelated incidents of possible criminal activity that occurred in Grosse Pointe Woods remain under investigation. 

After probing into a report of alleged missing funds from a Parcells Middle School Parent Teacher Organization financial account, Grosse Pointe Woods public safety detectives have turned over their findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

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Published March 17, 2016

Southfield residents will have to wait a few more months before the fate of a proposed exploratory oil well at a local church is decided.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren decided March 16 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the city of Southfield against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approving a permit application for Jordan Development Co. to drill an exploratory well at Word of Faith International Church, 2000 W Nine Mile.

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Published March 16, 2016

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FRASER — Police believe alcohol was involved in a March 12 fatal car accident.

The incident took place around 1:40 a.m. on Groesbeck Highway, south of 14 Mile Road.

Kyle Kumbo, 24, was reportedly driving his 2004 Buick SUV on northbound Groesbeck, with his girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat. Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII with four people was stopped at a red light in the middle through lane.

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Published March 16, 2016

DETROIT/MACOMB COUNTY — The next chapter in the saga of the Flamingo Motel is currently underway.

A lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, in Detroit, in which plaintiffs Eric Gala and Chester Gala have sued numerous parties on multiple grounds.

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Published March 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run last month.

Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia said previously in a news release that at around 2:50 a.m. Feb. 23, a woman was walking on westbound Eight Mile Road, between Southfield and Evergreen roads, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

After striking the woman, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene southbound on Evergreen Road, south of Eight Mile.

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Published March 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A handyman who cleaned gutters and performed other odd jobs for well-known interior designer Daniel Clancy, 69, is suspected of stabbing him in the neck during a violent attack the afternoon of March 6 at Clancy’s home on Voltaire Place.

David Scott Corzilius, 49, of Warren, stands accused of nearly killing his employer during an alleged dispute and robbery gone wrong. 

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Two out of the past three years have been winners for police officer Scott Vierk.

Vierk joined the Clawson Police Department three years ago and learned the job well enough to win the department’s top honors for the past two years.

Vierk was named the 2015 Officer of the Year, an honor he also took for 2014.

“It is a great honor,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized for all of the hard work that you do, but it really could be any one of us. We have a great department.”

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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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