Police & Courts

Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — No police or fire department can handle every emergency on its own, particularly in the event of a major disaster. Every community relies on its neighbors for assistance, and the city of Harper Woods is no different.

Harper Woods follows the same universal system every community in Michigan uses when it comes to large-scale incidents. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke said modern emergency services departments always have a plan in place to share and coordinate resources.

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Published September 21, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During its meeting Sept. 12, the Madison Heights City Council approved the purchase and installation of a security fence around the rear lot of the Madison Heights Police Department in the Civic Center complex at 13 Mile and John R roads. The fence is meant to protect the police officers, their vehicles and equipment, as well as the general public.

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Published September 21, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tricia Ann Kortes will wait until next month, possibly, to learn her fate following  assault and battery charges stemming from an incident at Ray’s Ice Cream.

Attorney Gerald Gleeson appeared along with Kortes before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Sept. 12 to ask for more time to prepare for the pretrial.

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Published September 21, 2016

WARREN — A man accused of collecting rent for a property he doesn’t own has been charged with larceny under false pretenses and faces up to a year in jail if he’s convicted.

The alleged scam, “one of the worst” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he’s seen as mayor, occurred in August at a home in the 12700 block of Georgiana, near Eight Mile and Schoenherr.

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Published September 21, 2016

LANSING — During his political career, state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, has spoken with a number of survivors who were sexually assaulted as children.

“It’s pretty heart-wrenching, the stuff they carry with them their entire lives,” Bieda said. “There’s a sense of mistrust and psychological scars.”

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Published September 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Michael James Luna, a 24-year-old Warren resident accused of leading Roseville police and the Michigan State Police on a chase Aug. 2, was granted another adjournment at the request of his attorney, Richard Kent, Sept. 14 at the 39th District Court.

Prior to this adjournment, Kent requested a waiver of the 21-day rule to be fully prepared for the preliminary examination, which the court had originally scheduled for Sept. 14.

Kent also requested a copy of videos to be better prepared for the examination.

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Published September 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The 15-year-old who allegedly led police on a chase in Eastpointe in a stolen vehicle at approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 1 will be back in Macomb County Juvenile Court at the end of September before Judge Elizabeth Rittinger.

According to Eastpointe Police Detective Lt. Neil Childs, an officer tried to stop a reported stolen vehicle in Roseville near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

During the chase, the driver tried to go northbound on Donald Avenue from Toepfer Drive and abandoned the 2005 Chevy Cavalier on a resident’s front lawn.

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Published September 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thanks to the help of more than 20 phone calls by citizens responding to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a 19-year-old Ray Township man will face charges after he reportedly damaged an ATM at the Comerica Bank located at 16700 26 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

Deputies were dispatched to the bank Sept. 5 after a caller reported that glass on the front of the ATM was shattered along with a glass panel in the vestibule of the bank.

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Published September 20, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Two women recently filed a lawsuit in federal court against a group of four Hazel Park police officers, saying they were forced to expose and shake their breasts for the men’s amusement during a body search back in June. 

The plaintiffs are Jan Crawford and Michelle Jaeger, represented by Southfield-based law firm Giroux Ratton PC. The defendants are Hazel Park police officer Ryan McCabe and three unnamed officers simply listed as “John Doe Officers 1-3.”

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Published September 20, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, a 36-year-old Utica resident in the 7800 block of Ruby Street reported an attempted home invasion.

The woman reportedly told police that she heard a loud noise from her enclosed porch area at approximately 8:20 a.m. She walked up to her front interior door and heard a knock.

The resident told police that she cracked open her door and saw a white man in his 40s, approximately 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, with a scruffy beard and a long brown ponytail.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A doctor and resident sits in jail on a $1 million bond following charges that he made death threats against government officials and others, including Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, faces 21 felony charges related to recent threats he allegedly made against others, according to a statement issued by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

Singh is the owner and medical director of GreenLite Clinic in Troy, a medical marijuana certification facility.

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Published September 19, 2016

CLAWSON — Following an aggressive campaign to find David “Taco” Bell last week, the 29-year-old man last seen in the city was found Sept. 16.

“He was found alive and well on Friday,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Dale Mills.

Mills said Bell walked into the Oakland County Sheriff’s Rochester Hills substation and was not of clear mind, but was unharmed. Mills said Bell was taken to the hospital and no further information was available.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 10-year-old Eastpointe girl who was ejected from a car during a crash on Interstate 75 late at night Sept. 16 has died.

The girl was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael A. Shaw.

Shaw, Special Enforcement Section commander and public information officer, said Sept. 19 that police were not releasing many details about the case, as it was an ongoing investigation.

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Published September 19, 2016

WARREN — A Warren teen told police he was involved in a physical altercation with two suspects who attempted to steal his multi-colored Nike Air Huarache shoes at Shaw Park late on Sept.17.

According to Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, the victim, 16, said he was walking on a sidewalk at 11:20 p.m. when he was approached to two suspects who stated they liked his shoes.

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Published September 19, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Substituting Judge Thomas Brookover, of the 16th Circuit Court, sentenced Eastpointe resident Jonathon Woodward, 25, to one year in jail Sept. 15 after Woodward pleaded guilty to robbing a Comerica Bank on Gratiot, near Martin Road, June 15 in Roseville.

According to Roseville police, Woodward entered the bank around 1:45 p.m. and allegedly presented a note to an employee. The employee gave Woodward an undisclosed amount of money.

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Published September 16, 2016

Though police say her death was not suspicious, there still has been no cause of death released for a missing Farmington Hills woman found dead on top of a building Sept. 15.

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Published September 15, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Prosecutors allege Loyd Dejohn knew what he was doing when he killed his wife in April 2014.

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man has been charged in connection with a stabbing incident at a local pub.

Antonio Mansour, 30, of Clinton Township, was arraigned Sept. 8 in 41-B District Court and was charged with assault with intent to murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

At press time, Mansour was in Macomb County Jail. 

The stabbing reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. Sept. 6 in the parking lot of Great Baraboo Brewing Co., 35905 Utica Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police have identified a suspect allegedly involved in a convenience store robbery.

Alan Kelly, 19, was charged with armed robbery and was booked on a $100,000 bond, with no 10 percent cash or surety.

Court records show Kelly has past offenses, including driving with a suspended license in Warren and contempt of court in Eastpointe. He was also arrested on charges in Detroit and Westland.

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Published September 14, 2016

FRASER — A man is currently on the run after an armed robbery in Fraser.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:56 a.m. Sept. 8 at Walgreens, 31100 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser. The store is open 24 hours.

At that time, a man walked into the Walgreens and allegedly grabbed an iced tea from a cooler prior to going to the register. Once he got to the register, he allegedly removed a black and silver handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the clerk’s face and demanded all the money from the register.

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