Police Blotter November 27

Allen Park

Man dies of drug overdose at Allen Park Motor Lodge

A maid discovered a 37-year-old man dead of an apparent drug overdose at 12:03 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Allen Park Motor Lodge, 14887 Southfield Road. The desk staff said he checked in about 8 p.m. the night before. There were no signs of foul play or of a struggle, and an empty prescription bottle for Methadone was found in the room. Police took possession of the man’s cell phone, and contacted his sister and mother.

TJ Maxx employee suspected of repeated thefts

Loss prevention personnel at TJ Maxx, 3320 Fairlane Drive, reported at 12:06 p.m. Nov. 17 that surveillance footage showed an employee, a 30-year-old Ecorse woman, stealing items on multiple occasions from the store: Versace perfume valued at $30 on Nov. 12; a jacket retailing for $30 on Nov. 16, and underwear worth $12 on Nov. 17, which she concealed in her bra.
She was arrested for embezzlement, and a query showed other active warrants out for her arrest. After booking, she was taken to the Dearborn police station and held.

Restaurant robbed at gunpoint

An 18-year-old Dearborn man and an 18-year-old Taylor man allegedly robbed Ho’s Kitchen Chinese Carry Out, 18736 Ecorse Road, of $200 cash at 7:57 p.m. Nov. 15 at gunpoint.
Police used their K-9 unit to track the suspects to a backyard in the 6500 block of Kolb, where the homeowner’s security video captured the two suspects’ images. Discarded clothing was also found in the yard.
The restaurant owner said a police detective told them Nov. 22 that the suspected gunman has been apprehended and taken into custody. Calls to the detective bureau had not yet been returned by press time.


Police arrest man for possession of marijuana

While on patrol in the area of Warren Avenue and Oakman Boulevard Nov. 16, police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was eastbound on Warren at 43 to 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officers recognized the passenger who had warrants in his name.

A traffic stop was conducted at Warren and Kentucky where police smelled an odor of marijuana when speaking with the driver and passenger. The passenger said he recently used marijuana. He was arrested by police for possession of marijuana.

He also had a warrant in Dearborn for possession of marijuana with a $1,000 bond and two driving with a suspended license warrants with a $500 bond each.

Stun gun confiscated from vehicle  

Police noticed a vehicle driving with a defective brake light and ornament hanging from the center mirror while on patrol Nov. 16.

A traffic stop was conducted near Lauder and Tireman when the woman said she did not have insurance or identification. Officers conducted a background check revealing a larceny warrant with a $1,000 bond in the women’s name.

She was arrested and the vehicle was searched. During the search, police found a pink Vipertek stun gun under the front center arm rest.

The woman was cited for possession of a dangerous device, driving with a suspended license, defective equipment and obstruction vision.

Her stun gun was confiscated by police.

Dearborn Heights

Break-in attempted at apartment

A woman called police to her apartment in the 7350 block of Inkster Road Nov. 11 after she observed a broken window. She had been in the hospital since Nov. 7 and made the discovery when she returned.

Once on the scene, police noticed a small piece of wood between the broken window and screen which possibly caused the hole.

The victim said that prior to her hospital stay, she heard random tapping noises on the same window.
There was nothing missing from the apartment and no suspect information.

Vehicle ransacked by suspect

Police responded to a house in the 25000 block of Stanford after a vehicle was broken into overnight from Nov. 13 to 14.

She told police she parked her 2002 Buick LeSabre in the driveway and when she arrived back at the house the rear passenger window was broken. The house was unoccupied at the time of the break-in because of renovations.

The intruder went through the vehicle, but nothing seemed to be missing, the woman said.
There is no suspect information.


Non-custodial parent attempts unauthorized school visit

Officers were called to Allendale Elementary School at 11:55 a.m. Nov. 21 to mediate a child custody issue. The father, a 25-year-old Ypsilanti man who does not have physical custody of his daughter, but is allowed supervised visits, said he wanted to meet with the teacher and his daughter. The father has a history of doing so in the past. He was told by officers he could not meet with them while school was in session.

Van driver on prohibited truck route cited for marijuana

A 31-year-old Taylor man who was stopped for driving a commercial box van on Outer Drive near Harlow — a prohibited truck route — at 10:01 a.m. Nov. 21, was cited for marijuana possession, and the vehicle impounded.

The driver said he was following his GPS and did not notice signage prohibiting trucks. He admitted to tossing a marijuana blunt behind the passenger seat when the officer initiated a traffic stop.

Driver of commercial van stopped on prohibited route had suspended license

A 41-year-old Shelby Township man driving a commercial box van west on Outer Drive between Dix and Allen roads at 10:19 a.m. Nov. 21 was stopped for traveling on a prohibited truck route and found to be driving on a suspended license. The man also did not have a medical card required for him to drive a vehicle. The vehicle was impounded, and he was arrested, booked, and held until he posted bail.


Senior apartment shows signs of illegal entry

A Lincoln Park woman reported at 12:42 p.m. Nov. 12 that her mother’s unoccupied apartment at American House Senior Living, 20300 Fort St., which she is packing up to move her mother out, has been found with the screen and glass sliding doors ajar several times. Police noticed the apartment had been ransacked, but the daughter confirmed that nothing was missing. The resident’s pill bottles were tampered with, but the daughter confirmed that all medications were present.

Vehicle axle may have been deliberately damaged

A Riverview man called police to the intersection of James and Grange roads at 7:55 p.m. Nov. 13 after his son, who was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger, experienced the rear driver’s side wheel separating from the axle. The son had been visiting with friends in Southgate. The father contends the damage was deliberate. The father said he was going to put the wheel back on the vehicle at the scene and drive the vehicle home.

Fraudulent cell phone account entered in man’s name

A man filed a police report after a debt collector contacted him about an unpaid bill for a Verizon Wireless account opened in his name, at an address he had lived at 10 years earlier. The account was active from early April to the end of October. The man was advised to check his credit report, contact is creditors and banks, and put a fraud alert on all of his accounts.


Woman drives onto Bishop Park fishing pier

A 67-year-old Wyandotte woman accidentally drove onto the fishing pier in Bishop Park at 6:41 p.m. Nov. 18 in her red 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Officers responded to reports that someone was trying to drive into the river. The woman, who was stopped on the pier when officers arrived, seemed confused, and said she did not know how she ended up on the pier. Family members were called to claim the woman and her vehicle. There was no damage reported to the park, pier or vehicle.

Man flipping the bird from outside Biddle Bowl arrested

A 61-year-old Ecorse man was arrested for outstanding warrants at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 18 when police responded to reports of a man sitting on the steps of Biddle Bowl, 708 Biddle, making obscene gestures and shouting obscenities at passing cars. He did not give his name to police, but when officers noticed a hospital wristband on his arm, they were able to determine that the man had outstanding warrants in the city. He was charged with disorderly conduct, and fraudulent schemes and disguises, then booked, fingerprinted and held.

BB pellet shot through house window

A 60-year-old woman in the 800 block of Vinewood reported at 8:58 a.m. Nov. 20 that a BB pellet created a hole in an outer glass window pane overnight, damaging a $500 window. There were no suspects or witnesses.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)