Police & Courts

Published August 31, 2016

FERNDALE — Someone stole a Ferndale woman’s classic car from outside a bar during the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The car, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette, was stolen from a parking lot near Rosie O’Grady’s,  279 W. Nine Mile Road, on Saturday, Aug. 20, during the cruise. The car was parked in the lot at around 1:30 p.m., and the owner discovered it missing at around 3:30 p.m.

“She parked it and came out a short time later, and she saw that her car was gone,” Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said.

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Published August 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Since 1990, John Kosanke has been a public safety officer, traffic enforcement officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant with the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety.

Kosanke will now begin another chapter of his law enforcement career — that of public safety director. 

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Published August 31, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to replace a car with more than 90,000 miles and 4,784 idle hours, the Police Department is purchasing its first new car of the 2016-17 fiscal year before the end-of-the-year auto shutdown could raise the price.

Lt. Tony Pietrzak came before City Council Aug. 15 to request the purchase of a 2016 Dodge Charger with a V-6 engine and regular wheel drive for $23,115. He said using the state bid process saved more than $10,000 on the cost of the vehicle.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that ended the life of a 55-year-old Detroit man around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 20 on Northwestern Highway, north of 13 Mile Road.

According to a Farmington Hills Police Department press release, a 25-year-old Dearborn man driving a pickup truck struck the Detroit man’s motorcycle from behind.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — After a 20-year career at the Farmington Hills Police Department, Matthew Parsons was sentenced to prison on three felony counts involving child sexually abusive material Aug. 24.

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Published August 30, 2016

Authorities are looking into a recent shooting in which a man was shot by his father.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, officers responded on report of a shooting at the Towers of Southfield Apartments, 20875 Lahser Road, around 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

When officers arrived they located a 19-year-old Detroit man who had been shot one time by his father. The man received a wound to the face that was not life threatening, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Published August 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man who is a licensed foster parent has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.

Jackie Lee Pittman, 61, has been charged by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which are 15-year felonies.

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Published August 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At press time, the Clinton Township Police Department was requesting public assistance in identifying two suspects involved in multiple crimes.

The two male suspects are wanted for fraudulent use of a credit card, along with unlawfully driving away in a motor vehicle.

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Published August 29, 2016

WARREN — Police said a confrontation at a home near Nine Mile and Van Dyke left a man dead and a woman with severe injuries early on Aug. 28.

The suspect, 52-year-old Vincent Earl Johnson, was arrested several hours later, and he was arraigned Aug. 30 in the 37th District Court on charges including first-degree murder. 

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Published August 26, 2016

ROSEVILLE — During a motion hearing Aug. 24 at 39-A District Court for Brandon Williams, the 15-year-old charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old at Veterans Memorial Park in late July, Judge Joseph F. Boedeker denied a motion seeking to reduce Williams’ bond from $100,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent.

Sheila Miller, Williams’ attorney, defined the purpose of bond and explained to Boedeker why Williams wouldn’t miss future court dates.

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Published August 26, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A trio of teenage boys are facing charges in Macomb County Juvenile Court after they allegedly attempted to rob a 59-year-old Roseville man Aug. 19 near MacArthur Park in Mount Clemens.

According to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office report, the victim had just exited a bus and was on foot heading toward the Gibraltar Trade Center on North River Road at around 2 p.m. when he observed three juveniles on bikes approaching from the park.

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Published August 26, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Macomb County Friend of the Court teamed up yet again for another weeklong bench warrant enforcement sweep in an effort to locate individuals with outstanding warrants for nonpayment of child support.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said the sweep took place Aug. 8-12.

He said the sweeps, which are executed multiple times each year, are traditionally announced beforehand in order to encourage those with outstanding warrants to voluntarily appear and avoid arrest. 

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Published August 25, 2016

The Farmington Hills Police Department is looking for a 48-year-old Livonia woman last seen in Farmington Hills Aug. 11.

Christine Marie Novotnik was last seen at her father’s house on Lamar Street, near 10 Mile and Orchard Lake Road. She is thought to have left on foot or on a Schwinn mountain bike that is either blue or gray, according to a press release.

Novotnik, described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 160 pounds, has mental health-related issues, and her family is concerned for her welfare, according to the report.

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Published August 24, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Judge Joseph F. Boedeker, of the 39th District Court, adjourned to next month the Aug. 17 preliminary examination for a 24-year-old Warren resident accused of leading police on a chase and reduced the defendant’s bond.

Richard L. Kent, the attorney for defendant Michael James Luna, requested a waiver of the 21-day rule to be fully prepared for the preliminary examination, which is now set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. According to Kent, he had received only police reports and wanted more time to receive other evidence.

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Published August 24, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS  — Lock it up. 

That is the message the Farmington Hills Police Department has for residents who might be tempted to leave their vehicles and homes unlocked. 

Assistant Chief Matt Koehn recently discussed a slew of larcenies from unlocked vehicles that happened over the Aug. 14-15 weekend.

Over that weekend, several unlocked cars in the vicinity of 12 Mile and Farmington roads had valuables stolen. 

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Published August 24, 2016

On Aug. 23, James Pazarena, 25, of Shelby Township, appeared in the 42nd District Court in Romeo for a probable cause conference on fleeing and assault charges stemming from an Aug. 7 incident in Washington Township.

His defense attorney, Annemarie Lepore, requested a brief adjournment so that she could obtain a video that she said was not included in her discovery packet. Judge Denis LeDuc agreed to the adjournment.

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Published August 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a second police dog for $13,750 using drug forfeiture money.

The K-9 will be certified in narcotics, building search, area search, tracking, obedience, agility and aggression control, and article search. The cost includes the dog, related equipment, a six-week handler and K-9 training course, lodging, and certification upon successful completion of the class.

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Published August 23, 2016

ROSEVILLE — During the Aug. 9 Roseville City Council meeting, Police Chief James Berlin took time to recognize Gregory Ruvolo and four other recently retired reserve officers — Michael Kimble, Robert Aiello, John Gerlach and Harold Kramer — for their dedicated service to Roseville.

Along with Ruvolo, who served 41 1/2 years, Kimble served 23 years; Aiello, 22 1/2 years; Gerlach, 16 years; and Kramer, 15 years. These officers have a combined 118 years of service throughout Roseville.

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Published August 23, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 72-year-old woman was recently arrested for assault against her 90-year-old husband, along with resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury.

According to a police report, deputies responded to a witness account of a domestic assault at 3:52 p.m. Aug. 11 at a business in the 1900 block of Star Batt Drive. Police said the woman had assaulted her husband and a 49-year-old business employee, the report states.

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Published August 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While they haven’t appeared yet in Madison Heights, police are warning residents to watch out for anyone claiming to be an employee of the city.

If someone calls you or comes to your door saying there’s work that needs to be done involving utilities or other issues, and you’re not expecting them, call 911 or Madison Heights police at (248) 585-2100, and ask if there’s really an issue that needs to be resolved.

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