Police Blotter for July 9


Parent cited after underage son lights firework

While on patrol in the area of Akron and Welch June 29, police observed fireworks being discharged. They waited to see which house the fireworks were coming from and approached a little boy with a lighter.

The house was in the 2530 block of Akron where officers saw the boy light a mortar-style firework. He admitted to lighting the firework.

Police made contact with the boy’s mother and advised her on the fireworks ordinance and that children under the age of 18 were not to be in possession of or lighting fireworks.

She was given a citation for illegal use of fireworks.

Man arrested for possession of marijuana

While on patrol in the area of Michigan Avenue and Greenfield Road July 1, police observed a man driving a silver Jeep with a non-functioning rear passenger tail light.

A traffic stop was attempted on Michigan and Mercury Drive, but the vehicle continued to travel west on Michigan and northbound on the Southfield Service Drive. The driver placed his head outside the driver’s window to look back at the police vehicle and then stopped multiple times on and off the east curb on the service drive.

Officers completed a traffic stop on the service drive south of Hubbard, and searched the vehicle. The found a clear bag of suspected marijuana in a small compartment on the dashboard left of the steering wheel. The man’s passport, a yellow case with a watch, backpack, laptop and headphones were in the trunk of the vehicle.

There was no warrants on the man’s record, and he was arrested and placed under no bond for possession of marijuana and fleeing and eluding police.


Window broken after brick thrown at vacant house

Police responded to a vacant house in the 8400 block of Hazelton June 23 after a maintenance worker noticed a broken window.

The man told offices that he was last at the house on June 21 and when he returned about 9 a.m. June 23 the window was damaged.  A brick was thrown through the window causing the damage.

There is no suspect information, but officers said nothing appeared to be missing from the inside of the house.

Man steals $60 in cash

An employee of Dollar General, 27295 Warren Ave., called police to the store June 23 after a man stole $60 in cash before fleeing.

According to the report, the man entered the store at 3:30 p.m., selected a Gatorade and then approached the register with a dollar to pay. When the employee opened the drawer, the man reached over the counter to take $60 and left on foot south on Inkster Road.

The thief was described as a black male, about 35 years old, wearing wearing a dark pant and a black shirt with white lettering.


Passed out man comes to, assaults officers

A man bothering customers outside Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, 23811 Eureka Road, at 5:36 p.m. June 26 was found by officers lying on the ground on the east side of the restaurant, unresponsive. A sternum rub, a painful stimuli designed to provoke a response from a conscious or semi-conscious person, was administered, after which the man woke up and kicked the closest officer.

Officers then tried to restrain the man, who continued to kick and flail his arms in an attempt to strike them, while ignoring verbal commands. His head struck the ground during his struggle, causing a minor head bleed. He then tried to bite the officers attempting to subdue him.

A strike to the man’s knees and a fist blow to his midsection was unsuccessful in an attempt to gain compliance. Additional officers arrived on the scene, after which he was overpowered and taken into custody.


Red light runner yields runaway passenger

When police initiated a traffic stop at 9:31 p.m. June 29 for a vehicle running a red light, the passenger identified herself with a false name. The officer, who then recognized her as a runaway, asked her to step outside of the vehicle. When she did, the officer smelled the odor of intoxicants on her.

The driver of the vehicle was released with a citation, while the minor girl was taken to the police station, where she was cited for providing false information to a police officer and as a minor for purchase, possession and consumption of alcohol. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the girl had a blood-alcohol content of 0.076, which is close to the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

At 10:30 p.m. she was released to the custody of her mother, but as they left the police station she took off running; however, the mother later reported back to the officers that her daughter had returned home.

Runaway report results in drug paraphernalia find, domestic violence charge

A woman contacted the police at 12:55 p.m. July 1 to report that her 15-year-old daughter had run away from home. When the girl returned while the mother was reporting the situation to police, she then asked officers to check the girl’s room and backpack for drug paraphernalia.

Officers found a suspected marijuana pipe in the backpack. She claimed she was holding the pipe for someone else, and refused to comment on whether she smoked marijuana. The mother wanted the daughter cited for paraphernalia so she will have to face a judge, and go to counseling and drug and alcohol treatment.

The officers returned at 3:25 p.m. when the mother told police the daughter tried to leave the house, and assaulted her. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the girl had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135, which is 1.7 times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. She was arrested for the assault and underage drinking.


Wrongway driver reacts with road rage

When a woman honked her horn at a man driving the wrong way on McKinley the evening of June 30, he followed her, initially driving in reverse, then pursued her onto Biddle Avenue, turning into the Marathon gas station behind her at 2000 Biddle.

A witness reported that the man left his vehicle and approached her vehicle with a small firearm. The witness then encouraged her to drive off while the pursuer was out of his car. The woman left south on Biddle, while the man headed north on Biddle.

Police met with the woman at Family Dollar, 165 Maple. She told officers, who escorted her home, that she perceived the situation as road rage.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from the Marathon station, and were unable to determine the man’s vehicle plate number. He was described as white, with short dark hair, wearing a white tank top and dark pants, with a possible tattoo on his right arm. He appeared to be driving a silver Honda Accord with black steel rims and a moon roof.

Overdose call does double duty

Police responding to a call at 8:54 a.m. June 30 in the 1100 block of Eighth Street for an unresponsive man, a possible drug overdose, ended up booking the man’s roommate, a 22-year-old Florida man, for possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

The man reporting the incident was himself sweating profusely and was nodding off, with pinpoint-sized pupils and slurred speech. He consented to a search, during which officers found prescription drugs in a change purse in his pocket and an unknown substance inside a gum wrapper.

He gave officers permission to search his car, where they found 15 hypodermic needles, two glass marijuana pipes and a wooden one-hitter, a tube used to smoke a small amount of marijuana.

The man was taken into custody, and admitted he was addicted to heroin. During booking, he started nodding off and almost fell to the floor. He was transported to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital for treatment. He later left against medical advice.

Drunken teen argument ends in jail

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Antoine at 7:48 p.m. July 4 on reports of a man and woman arguing. The man, a 19-year-old from Commerce Township, and the woman, a 19-year-old from Madison Heights, were standing near a vehicle parked nearly three feet from the curb.

Both smelled strongly of intoxicants. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.143, nearly two times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. The woman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.190.

Both were arrested for minor consumption of alcohol, were taken to the police station for booking and were held while their vehicle was impounded and towed.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)