Police & Courts

Published September 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Flooding is causing more expense for the city of St. Clair Shores, along with its residents.

Police Lt. Tony Pietrzak was before City Council Sept. 6 requesting the purchase of two new sport utility vehicles for the department, a departure from its fleet of low-profile Dodge Chargers.

Pietrzak told City Council members that the department first began investigating Ford Explorers for its fleet after the flood of 2014, but at that point, the SUVs “were having a lot of issues.”

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Published September 14, 2016

EASTPOINTE — After a chase that ended on Donald Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 1, Eastpointe police caught a teen who they believe was the driver of a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Roseville, according to Eastpointe Police Department Detective Lt. Neil Childs.

According to Childs, an officer tried to stop a 2005 Chevy Cavalier near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue once the officer realized the Cavalier had been reported stolen in Roseville.

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Published September 14, 2016

Police along with the family of David “Taco” Bell are searching for the 29-year-old man, who was last seen in the area Sept. 1.

“We just want to know that he is OK,” said Bell’s sister, Alissa Leonardo. “I don’t need him to come home. He is clearly an adult, and if this is the decision that he had made, that’s fine, but he needs to let his friends and family know that he is OK.”

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Published September 14, 2016

A 27-year-old Gibraltar woman was arraigned at the 43rd District Court Sept. 13 on charges related to a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Gina Marie Hovell was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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Published September 14, 2016

Drive-thru customers were doubly shocked as they picked up their orders at the window of the Tim Hortons restaurant on Big Beaver Road, near Rochester Road, the morning of Sept. 7. 

Troy police officer John Julian filled their orders at the window for free.

“Some thought it was a joke and tried to pay,” Julian said.

The Troy police took over the Tim Hortons at 505 E. Big Beaver Road 7-9 a.m. Sept. 7 and offered patrons free drinks and food.

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Published September 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A series of attempted phone scams have forced two elected officials in Macomb County to put out a warning about the process involving jury duty.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his office is investigating three incidents in which residents of Washington Township received phone calls about allegedly missing jury duty. Each incident occurred on Aug. 31.

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Published September 13, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A year after being convicted of a sex crime involving a minor, a Lathrup Village man is being charged with a handful of other sexual offenses.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, has been accused of producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Published September 13, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Two teens who escaped from Children’s Village in Pontiac allegedly attempted to break into a home at 11:50 a.m. Aug. 31 in the 3000 block of Century Oaks, a police report states.

The homeowner called police to report an attempt to break into the house, located near Gunn and Kern roads, through the garage and a side door.

Police arrived and conducted an unsuccessful K-9 track. An earlier report of two teenage boys trespassing near Plum and Gunn roads was linked to the attempted break-in.

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Published September 13, 2016

The Fraser Department of Public Safety is investigating a reported robbery that took place Sept. 10 at Advance Auto Parts, 31020 Utica Road in Fraser.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:03 p.m. Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery complaint, and they talked to employees who were working at the time.

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Published September 12, 2016

An Illinois man is currently in Oakland County Jail waiting to see a judge next week after allegedly trying to rob not one but two Birmingham banks.

Matthew Lane, 22, was arrested Friday by Bloomfield Hills Public Safety officers when they noticed that his vehicle, heading north at Woodward and Square Lake Road, matched the description of a vehicle driven by a bank robbery suspect.

According to reports, Birmingham police officers were dispatched to the Bank of Birmingham, 33583 Woodward Ave., at 4:38 p.m. Sept. 9 on reports of a robbery attempt that had just occurred.

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Published September 9, 2016

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts’ stated “citywide crackdown” on drugs has broadened to include more charges in a federal case tied to an investigation led by the Warren Police Department and supported by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Published September 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his detectives have identified and arrested the man they say is responsible for a November 2015 armed robbery that took place at the South Valley Liquor Store in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said investigators with the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET) had been investigating the robbery since the suspect walked into the liquor store on Gratiot at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015.

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Published September 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County sheriff’s detectives have identified the alleged suspect involved in an Aug. 20 assault and robbery in Mount Clemens.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Edward Louis Mahone, 30, of Mount Clemens, was formally charged Sept. 1 on charges that he assaulted and robbed a 27-year-old man out of $960.

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Published September 8, 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 Walgreen’s, 31100 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser. The store is open 24 hours.

At that time, a man walked into the Walgreen’s and allegedly grabbed a drink 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 waist, put it in the clerk’s face and demanded all the money from the register.

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Published September 8, 2016

A fugitive out of Tennessee with an extensive criminal history was arrested Sept. 2 after what law enforcement officials described as a multistate crime spree that ended in downtown Royal Oak following several attempts to break free from police.

Timothy England, 37, was charged with one count of stolen property of a motor vehicle, stolen property of a financial transaction device, possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams and two counts of resisting arrest.

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Published September 7, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A year after being convicted of a sex crime involving a minor, a Lathrup Village man is being charged with a handful of other sexual offenses.

According to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, has been accused of producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Published September 7, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Police Department will be holding a citizen’s police academy throughout the month of October to allow residents to get familiar with how local officers conduct their work.

The four classes will take place every Thursday during October, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Oct. 6 in the Ferndale City Council chambers, 300 E. Nine Mile Road. For people thinking about attending, police ask that only those able to attend all four classes apply, as the class is limited to 20 people. People can apply at www.ferndalemi.gov/Services/Police_Services.

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Published September 7, 2016

FARMINGTON — It starts with dough and ends with community. 

That was how Miss Farmington, Grace Murphy, and Kristin Curle Houchins, a Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce representative, made pizza Aug. 30 at Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders, 32720 Grand River Ave. — with a generous sprinkling of cheese. 

The duo delivered one pepperoni and two cheese pizzas to the Farmington Public Safety Department to show their thanks and support.

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Published September 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police apprehended a suspect last week who was allegedly involved in a convenience store robbery. 

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle reported that the robbery took place at approximately 3:33 a.m. Aug. 31 at 7-Eleven, located on Groesbeck Highway north of Metropolitan Parkway.

Maierle said the suspect allegedly had a firearm and held the store clerk at gunpoint. It’s unclear how much money was stolen.

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Published September 7, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Local law enforcement agencies are collaborating to determine if recent thefts from vehicles in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Novi were perpetuated by the same suspect.

West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson said there has been a “substantial increase” in people entering unlocked vehicles in the last month. 

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