Friday, April 12, 2013
The FBI announced that Thomas William Wooten of Macomb Township was sentenced to 30 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release following his prison term.
Thomas William Wooten of Macomb Township was sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography, according to a statement from the FBI. Wooten, 33, also will have 15 years of supervised release following his prison term in the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani in Detroit on Wednesday. “Regrettably, the Internet provides child predators with a ready market for child pornography, but it also helps us to rescue children who are being sexually abused,” U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said in a statement. Wooten was convicted in December. The evidence at trial showed that Wooten produced and distributed pornographic images of a 3-year-old girl.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The crash took place Tuesday in the 21 Mile and Garfield area.
A semi truck driver who crashed into a Macomb Township condominium complex Tuesday told deputies he blacked out before the accident, police said Wednesday. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the Farmington Hills man was taken to the hospital to be treated after he told police at the scene of the medical episode. He was not believed to have suffered injuries in the crash. Two people inside the condo at the time were unharmed. The condos affected by the crash were evacuated because the structure was unstable, ClickonDetroit reported from the scene. The accident took place on Warwick Drive off Garfield between Hall Road and 21 Mile.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A Farmington Hills man was taken to the hospital after his semi left the road and ran into a condo complex near Garfield and 21 Mile Road.
A semi crashed into a condominium complex on Warwick Drive in Macomb Township on Tuesday afternoon, according to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. The truck, which was not carrying a trailer, was driving northbound on Garfield between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road when it left the road and hit a condo in the Warwick Village complex, according to ClickOnDetroit. The driver of the truck was taken to an undisclosed hospital. His condition was not known, Wickersham said. ClickOnDetroit identified the driver as a 34-year-old Farmington Hills man. The website reported that the driver appeared unhurt but was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. The sheriff said people were in the condominium at the time of the crash, but no one …
Troy police are investigating the cause of a string of accidents on Monday afternoon.
Troy police are investigating a string of car crashes on Monday afternoon which claimed the life of a Macomb Township man. Police say that the man was traveling southbound on Rochester Road, south of Long Lake Road, when he turned left into oncoming traffic to avoid the scene of a minor accident which had taken place at 4:11 that day. He then started a series of crashes, involving four cars total. His car, a 2006 Toyota Scion, sideswiped one car, a 2013 Buick, and then struck another car head-on. The driver of the Buick then veered their car left and struck another car. The driver of the Toyota, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Troy where he was pronounced dead. The man was identified as 44-year…
The owner of the Comfort Inn in Utica and Shelby Town Center in Shelby Township also is donating money to St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church in Shelby.
A local businessman is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of robbers who stole from churches in Clinton and Shelby townships following Easter services. Developer and attorney Thomas Guastello, who owns the Comfort Inn in Utica and Shelby Town Center, is also donating $1,000 to one of the churches, St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church in Shelby Township, to help support its efforts in the community. "This type of criminal conduct is unacceptable and violates the basic fiber of our community...It is absolutely reprehensible that people would rob a church and steal a large amount of collection money and chalices," Guastello said in a statement about the reward. The announcement comes on the heels of police …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Information in this crime blotter was supplied by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. Where arrests apply, they do not indicate convictions.
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office recently arrested two individuals on possession of marijuana charges. Deputies stopped a 17 year-old Macomb Township man on March 24 for having an expired registration tab on his license plate. According to a report, the deputy smelled marijuana and the driver admitted that there was marijuana in the console of the vehicle. The man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. On March 25, deputies arrested a 20-year-old man in Macomb Township after he was stopped for speeding. A deputy smelled marijuana, and after a search, found three baggies of marijuana, according to a report. The driver was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Gray market cigarettes, bootleg DVDs, K2 Spice and counterfeit designer wear were among items seized in the statewide inspections.
Michigan State Police tobacco tax inspections uncovered violations across the state, including in Macomb County, and led to the seizure of illegal products worth hundreds of thousands, police said. The 264 inspections at party stores, gas stations, smoke shops and other businesses took place in January but investigations are still ongoing, Detective First Lt. Derrick Hayes said Wednesday. "This is a multi-state department initiative...to better combat tobacco tax evasion and fraud," Hayes said. Tobacco tax evasion has increased in recent years in Michigan, which ranks as having the 11th highest on cigarette tax in the nation relative to bordering states, he said. Violators of the Tobacco Products Tax Act could face up to five years …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Police arrested Todd Lloyd Griffin in connection with 16 home burglaries spanning five counties in southeast Michigan. He may be responsible for a pair of robberies in Macomb Township.
Updated: 6:59 p.m. Todd Lloyd Griffin, 44, was arrested Monday in connection with 16 home burglaries spanning five counties in southeast Michigan, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard held a press conference on Monday explaining that Griffin targeted homes that were awaiting estate sales or homes of families who were at funerals, earning him the nickname "funeral bandit." Just hours afterwards, Griffin, whose birthday also fell on Monday, was located by local authorities in Colorado at a pawn shop and taken in without incident at 4:30 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. Local authorities told them that Griffin was in possession of numerous jewelry items. "I can’t think of a better …
Police are looking for a man who has robbed 16 homes while residents were at funerals or the homes were awaiting estate sales.
Police call him the "funeral bandit" and he's wanted in connection with 16 home burglaries spanning five counties in southeast Michigan, possibly including thefts from Macomb Township. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said they are looking for the thief that targeted homes that were awaiting estate sales or homes of families who were at funerals. At a press conference Monday afternoon, Bouchard said they suspect Todd Lloyd Griffin, 44, who is on probation for larceny. When police searched Griffin's home in Pontiac, they found thousands of dollars worth of property, according to the Free Press. Police said that homes in Oakland, Livingston, Macomb, Genesee, and Shiawassee counties …
The incident took place in a suspected drug lab operation near Metro Parkway, according to police.
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Sunday apartment explosion that injured multiple individuals in Harrison Township. Although initially given a false story, investigators said Monday they determined the apartment was being used as a drug lab. "Through witness statements, interviews and a review of evidence at the scene, it was determined that the residents of the apartment were using a chemical process to extract THC from marijuana plants in the kitchen of the residence,'" according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. "A propane torch was introduced into the process and this ignited the flammable gasses causing the explosion." The explosion occurred at 3:24 p.m. Sunday at the 38000 block of Metro Villa Drive in the …