Police & Courts

Published October 14, 2016

Campus police at the Oakland Community College Southfield campus are looking into a recent report of sexual assault.

According to an email sent around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 from the college, 22322 Rutland Drive, the incident occurred earlier this week.

On Oct. 11, the OCC Public Safety Department received a report that a sexual assault in the form of fondling had occurred on their Southfield campus sometime after 10 a.m. the same day.

A suspect was identified, and police have launched an investigation.

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Published October 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — In what’s been a huge headache for police in the weeks leading up to Halloween, pranksters and criminals dressed as creepy clowns and other ghoulish figures continue to scare people across the nation. Madison Heights and Hazel Park are no exception.

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Published October 13, 2016

A Sterling Heights High School student is facing several charges after he allegedly made threatening comments to individual students and the student body itself.

According to a Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office press release, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged Brendan Joseph Boucher, 18, with false report or threat of terrorism, a felony, and possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, a misdemeanor, Oct. 13.

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Published October 13, 2016

WARREN — An alleged armed robber with an apparent strong work ethic was arrested at her job on Oct. 13, shortly after police said she fought with an employee during an early-morning heist at a local inn. 

The 32-year-old woman from Eastpointe was taken into custody by Warren police at an urgent care clinic in Novi, where she works, just a few hours after she allegedly used a handgun during a robbery at A Victory Suites on 11 Mile Road at Dequindre, where a shot was fired during the scuffle.

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Published October 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Dean Reynolds, a member of the Clinton Township Board of Trustees since 2004 and the Democratic candidate for township supervisor, has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal.

Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that Reynolds, 49, was arrested by FBI agents based on a criminal complaint charging him with demanding and taking bribes in exchange for his vote on municipal contracts.

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Published October 13, 2016

A 48-year-old West Bloomfield man was recently charged with indecent exposure Oct. 7 at a psychic reading office on Mulfordton Street, in the area of 14 Mile Road and Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

Timothy Brown allegedly exposed himself to a 19-year-old White Lake woman around 2 p.m. that day, and grabbed her arm and shoulder. She was able to escape and scream for help, according to Farmington Hills Police Department Lt. Jeff King.

“Our department received a call ... to respond to a call of a female victim that had been attacked by a male,” he said.

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Published October 13, 2016

Police were called to the parking lot of the Kroger store at 31 E. Long Lake Road just after 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 to check on the welfare of a baby left alone in a car.

Police said a woman heard a baby crying inside a maroon 2007 Chevy Impala. According to a police report, the 9-month-old was drenched in sweat, and the temperature outside was 75 degrees.

The witness told police she stayed next to the car for 10 minutes, until police arrived. Paramedics responded and determined that the child was OK and did not need medical treatment.

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Published October 12, 2016

TROY — Police have identified a clown at Athens High School who allegedly followed students in a menacing way during afternoon dismissals Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, carrying an object that looked like a bat.

 Police said the individual is not a threat. 

“He is no longer allowed to return to the school,” Sgt. Meghan Lehman said. “We don’t expect further problems.”

Lehman said the person will not be charged. 

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — During the month of October, Grosse Pointe Woods public safety will step up patrols around the schools located within the city limits by way of a police grant the department received.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning awarded several law enforcement agencies in Wayne County a traffic safety grant. The grant, which totals $259,000, will allow 10 local police departments to schedule special patrols.

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Published October 12, 2016

The West Bloomfield Department is searching for a clumsy clown carrying a knife who fell while attempting to approach a teen jogging on the Pontiac Trail at 8 p.m. Oct. 10.

Officer Joe Miller said a 17-year-old West Bloomfield resident was jogging near Westwind Lake Avenue and Pontiac Trail when he saw someone dressed as a clown coming out of a wooded area.

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Published October 12, 2016

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Macomb County sheriff’s deputy Jason Conklin received the Outstanding Deputy award from members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving during a MADD MI Lifesavers Award Luncheon held in Mount Pleasant Sept. 29.

Conklin was recognized for his accomplishments and effectiveness in the fight against drunken driving.

The award is given annually to officers/deputies who “make a difference” in the areas of education, prevention, policy or enforcement that reduce impaired driving deaths and injuries.

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Published October 11, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Two publicized city cases are headed to Oakland County Circuit Court after the defendants waived their rights to preliminary examinations last week.

Attorneys for defendants Benjamin Tesner and Timothy England both waived rights to future preliminary examinations Oct. 4 in 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom.

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Published October 11, 2016

ROSEVILLE — At the request of defense attorney Richard Kent, Michael James Luna, the 24-year-old Warren resident who reportedly led Roseville police and Michigan State Police on a chase Aug. 2, was granted an adjournment of his hearing Oct. 5 at 39th District Court.

“We are requesting a last adjournment in this matter. We all have been awaiting for some time the arrival of certain video evidence,” said Kent.

Kent requested two or three weeks from Oct. 5 to set the new preliminary examination date.

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Published October 11, 2016

WARREN — Police say an unscrupulous patron recently laundered a fake $100 bill by using it to pay for delivered Chinese food and walking away with about $75 in real change.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the ruse was discovered on Oct. 7, shortly after a driver returned to Panda Chinese on Gratiot in Eastpointe from a delivery in Warren at about 10 p.m.

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Published October 11, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Two suspects wearing hoodies and gloves broke a glass door on the south side of Dooley’s, 32500 Gratiot Ave., entered the tavern, pried open a Michigan Lottery keno machine and stole an undisclosed amount of money at approximately 4:55 a.m. Oct. 3, according to a press release by Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon.

According to the release, the suspects’ vehicle was a red, older-model sedan or possibly a Chevrolet Lumina. It was last seen exiting the parking lot onto Little Mack.

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Published October 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — At press time, police are searching for answers after a vehicle struck a bicyclist and left him for dead the night of Oct. 3 on John R Road north of Woodward Heights Boulevard, between Nine Mile and 10 Mile roads.

Witnesses in another vehicle pulled over to stay with the mortally wounded cyclist and called 911, while the suspect vehicle slipped out of sight. Now authorities in Hazel Park are combing the area for evidence that will lead to the suspect.

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Published October 7, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Police arrested two 18-year-old Roseville women during the evening Oct. 6 after they allegedly dressed in scary clown gear, stopped their vehicle along the 18000 block of Minnesota Street, and then exited the vehicle to chase and scream at two 14-year-old girls, according to a press release from Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

According to the release, the two 14-year-old girls fled, thinking that they would be attacked, and went to the Police Department “in hysterics” at approximately 9 p.m.

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Published October 7, 2016

CENTER LINE — The victim of an assault and a man whose truck was being stolen were dragged by vehicles in separate incidents reported in Center Line over a two-hour period Oct. 3-4. 

According to Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department, officers were alerted to the first incident at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, when a resident on Harding Street, north of 10 Mile Road between Van Dyke and Lorraine, said he was dragged by a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Robert Blackburn, of Hazel Park, during a verbal altercation in the street in front of his home.

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Published October 7, 2016

On Friday morning, a woman taking her children to school suffered a diabetic attack that led to a scary series of events that ended at approximately 8:01 a.m. when her vehicle crashed into an unmarked police car at a high rate of speed and sent the police car into the Shelby Township Police Department building.

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Published October 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — There were three reported clown sightings in Clinton Township last week.

Though no crimes occurred during these late night/early morning sightings, the incidents made witnesses feel uneasy.

The first reported sighting was at a car wash at Moravian Drive and Cass Avenue on Oct. 3. A video surfaced on social media showing a clown standing just outside a wash bay waving to the camera. The incident was recorded at 1:45 a.m.

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