Police & Courts

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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Published August 23, 2016

Police said a man exposed himself to a 24-year-old woman at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Meijer store at 3175 Rochester Road.

According to a police report, the man approached the woman while shopping and stood near her. The woman moved away, and  when she looked back, she observed the man exposing his genitals and making sexually explicit motions in her direction.

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Published August 22, 2016

On Aug. 22, Jeremiah Jackson, 30, of Clinton Township, appeared in the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township for a probable cause conference on an armed robbery charge related to an incident in which he allegedly held up a 7-Eleven at knifepoint.

His defense attorney, Michael L. Steinberg, requested to waive his client’s statutory right to a preliminary examination within 21 days of arraignment and reschedule the exam so that he could obtain video of the incident, which he said was not included in his discovery packet.

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Published August 22, 2016

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 22, 2016

A 91-year-old concealed pistol license holder shot a robbery suspect who reportedly approached him and continued to follow him at approximately 10:15 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, according to police. 

The robbery suspect was in his 30s and a possible resident of Eastpointe, according to Eastpointe Deputy Police Chief Eric Keiser.

According to Keiser, the suspect was acting strangely.

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Published August 22, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating an indecent exposure case in which a man was seen touching himself inappropriately at Keith Elementary School at around 1 a.m. Aug. 20.

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, officers were dispatched to the school, located at 2800 Keith Road in West Bloomfield, to meet with a 17-year-old man from West Bloomfield and his girlfriend. Keith Elementary is part of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

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Published August 21, 2016

FERNDALE — Police found a 39-year-old Ferndale woman dead at her home as part of an apparent murder-suicide Aug. 21.

According to a police statement, the Ferndale Police Department received a phone call on Sunday, Aug. 21, from a family member of a Hazel Park man, 36-year-old Matthew Aaron Busch, stating that Busch had called and left a message to say that he had strangled and killed an acquaintance of his, Amy Brede, at her home.

The caller also stated that Busch said in the message that he had ingested a large quantity of drugs in order to kill himself.

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Published August 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — At an Aug. 10 hearing, 39th District Court Judge Joseph F. Boedeker denied a motion from defense attorney Sheila Miller to exclude film and electronic media coverage from the case of her client, 15-year-old Brandon Williams, who stands accused of stabbing another teen at Veterans Memorial Park last month.

According to Miller, the media did not comply with a Michigan Supreme Court administrative rule, and the media’s presence during the case would create a hindrance to the administration of justice.

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Published August 19, 2016

A brutal early morning attack on the Southfield and Detroit border has left one man in the hospital and police on the hunt for the person responsible.

Around 5:10 a.m. Aug. 18 Southfield police were notified by Detroit Police Department dispatchers that they had received a call from a robbery victim, Lt. Brian Bassett, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a news release.

Detroit dispatch advised Southfield officers that the robbery victim said he was shot in the back, and he had been transported to a local hospital.

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Published August 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — An Ontario man who pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two girls, including one in West Bloomfield, in January has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

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Published August 18, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother found herself in court again Thursday after allegedly slapping an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream last year when she learned the shop was out of Mackinac Island fudge.

Tricia Ann Kortes, 46, stood mute during her arraignment before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke the morning of Aug. 18 as she was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

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Published August 17, 2016

DETROIT — The family and friends of the late interior designer Daniel Clancy could be getting some resolution in his murder with a trial now scheduled to start this fall.

During an arraignment on information Aug. 10 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Qiana Denise Lillard, Lillard set Nov. 7 as the date for the trial to begin. Handyman David Corzilius, 49, is facing first-degree murder and other charges in connection with an attack on Clancy that occurred inside and outside of Clancy’s home on Voltaire Place in Grosse Pointe Farms the afternoon of March 6.

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