Downriver man faces 28 charges after allegedly firing on police officers
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – Daniel Ireland is facing 28 charges after reportedly firing on police officers who were checking on him Saturday. ORIGINAL STORY: Downriver man taken into custody after firing on officers, police sayAccording to authorities, officers responded to a home located just west of Young Patriots Park and the Riverview Community Center to check on the welfare of Ireland. Police said he was not home, but they saw him driving toward the residence as they were leaving. According to authorities, an off-duty police officer who lived nearby was familiar with the man, called him and the suspect surrendered without incident. AdPolice said officers did not return fire and no injuries were reported.
Man faces charges after bank robbery, crash on US-23 in Ann Arbor during police chase
ANN ARBOR – Ken Kenyatta Wilson was charged on Friday with a slew of felonies by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Wilson fled police officers on Tuesday afternoon after robbing the Chase Bank at 4101 E. Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, leading to a chase when the suspect crashed his vehicle in the area of US-23 and Washtenaw Ave. Wilson was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital with serious injuries, but was reported to be in stable condition. (Pittsfield Charter Township Department of Public Safety)Officers recovered stolen money, several firearms and ammunition from inside his vehicle and the scene of the crash. Investigations at both the bank and the crash site were conducted by detectives, Pittsfield officers and evidence technicians.
‘You will have shut the door on the pursuit of justice’ -- MSU, AG reach stalemate in Nassar investigation
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the investigation into Michigan State University involvement with Larry Nassar is going nowhere. According to the Attorney General’s office, the investigation remains inconclusive and nearly 6,000 school documents have not been released to investigators. Nessel sent a letter to the MSU Board of Trustees Wednesday and requested access to the 6,000 documents. “You will have shut the door on the pursuit of justice,” Nessel said in the letter. Klages was convicted of lying to a police officer in the Nassar investigation and sentenced to 90 days jail.
Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himself
LANSING, Mich. – John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday hours after he was charged with 24 felonies. READ: Former US Olympics coach John Geddert kills himself following announcement of felony chargesPolice confirmed Geddert’s body was found at a rest stop on I-96 in Grand Ledge just after 3:20 p.m. Geddert was expected to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on 24 felonies, but he did not show up to the hearing. During Nassar’s trial, multiple gymnasts said they held Geddert responsible for Nassar’s abuse and said Geddert had enabled Nassar. Nessel announced the 24 felony charges against the former gymnastics coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Former US Olympics coach John Geddert kills himself following announcement of felony charges
GRAND LEDGE, Mich. – Police have confirmed John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday at a rest stop in Grand Ledge. He was 63 years old. According to the Michigan State Police, Geddert’s body was found at a rest area on eastbound I-96 just after 3:20 p.m.UPDATE: Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himselfProsecutors filed charges earlier that day in Eaton County against Geddert. READ: Ex-Olympics coach with ties to Nassar faces 20 human trafficking charges among othersAdThe former U.S. Olympics coach had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison -- 40-125 years in Eaton County prison and 40-175 years in Ingham County prison -- after more than 150 victims came forward accusing him of sexual assault. The following felony charges were filed against Geddert:14 charges of human trafficking -- forced labor resulting in injurySix charges of human trafficking of a minor for forced laborOne count of criminal enterprises -- racketeering proceedsOne count first degree criminal sexual conductOne county second degree criminal sexual conductOne count lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigationMichigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Geddert’s death “a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.”
Ex-Olympics coach with ties to Nassar faces 20 human trafficking charges among others
LANSING, Mich. – Prosecutors filed charges Thursday in Eaton County against the former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, John Geddert. The former U.S. Olympics coach had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison -- 40-125 years in Eaton County prison and 40-175 years in Ingham County prison -- after more than 150 victims came forward accusing him of sexual assault. UPDATE: Former US Olympics coach John Geddert kills himself following announcement of felony chargesGeddert was the head coach of the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics team in 2012. Geddert, 63, is accused of injuring people for years through forced labor, recruiting minors for forced labor and molestation. “I am grateful for these survivors coming forward to cooperate with our investigation and for bravely sharing their stories.”
Man accused of driving drunk faces 9 felony charges in Taylor crash that killed 12-year-old girl
TAYLOR, Mich. – A 20-year-old man accused of drunk driving is now facing nine felony charges following a fatal car crash in Taylor. Noah Gary Damron was charged in Wayne County Friday for his involvement in a car crash that killed a 12-year-old girl earlier in the week. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12-year-old Phoebe Elliot was a passenger in her aunt’s vehicle, traveling westbound on Northline Road. AdMore: Suspected drunk driver awaits charges in Taylor crash that killed 12-year-old girlNoah Gary Damron, 20, was charged in Wayne County on Feb. 5 with nine felony offenses in connection with a fatal car crash that occurred in Taylor, Michigan on Feb. 3. Taylor Police Chief John Blair says Damron is being held on a $2 million bond.
New web page lists all people federally charged in connection with violent Capitol attack
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is listing all of the individuals currently facing federal charges in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol. As of Friday, a total of 46 individuals have been federally charged with offenses related to the violent insurrection that occurred in Washington on Jan. 6, which left five people dead. Read: More arrests in Capitol riot as more video reveals brutalityThe cases of those charged federally are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Related: Fearing death, lawmakers obtain body armor, armed guards in wake of Capitol siege, says Michigan GOP Rep. Meijer
Photographer who climbed Ambassador, Mackinac bridges arrested in Arizona
Though his photos are impressive, one military veteran -- known for his daring photo shoots -- says his photography has landed him in jail. Known as “Driftershoots” online and on Instagram, the veteran says he has been traveling as a photographer “nonstop” since April 2020. Metro Detroiters may be familiar with photos he, allegedly, took on top of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit and on top of the Mackinac Bridge. More: Photographer climbs 151 feet to top of Ambassador Bridge, raising major security questionsRecently, Driftershoots was arrested in Arizona while on his way to Las Vegas with some friends. “They said they were arresting me on a nationwide warrant.”The veteran says he’s currently being treated as a terrorist due to his military background.
Royal Oak man charged with felonious assault after pointing rifle at police officer
James Moss, 34, of Royal Oak was charged with felonious assault against a police officer on Jan. 1, 2021. Photo provided by the Royal Oak Police Department. ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A 34-year-old man has been charged for felonious assault after pointing a rifle at a police officer, police say. In an attempt to speak to the man, an officer approached Moss’ front porch and rang the doorbell. Moss reportedly appeared behind the door pointing a rifle at the officer while demanding to know why they were at his home.
Ann Arbor teen charged with murder after turning himself in, second suspect at large
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – Fadi Zeineh, 19, of Ann Arbor has been charged with 10 offenses in the shooting death of 17-year-old Dylan Stamper of South Lyon. The boy’s father, Kevin Stamper, 43, remains in critical condition in the hospital. According to police, a woman called 911 around 9 p.m. to report a break-in and that shots had been fired. Zeineh was arrested after he turned himself in to the Ann Arbor Police Department on Friday morning. Investigators are now in search of a second suspect who was allegedly with Zeineh at the time of the shooting.
Warren police bust drug ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl
They believe the three taken into custody are the leaders of a ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl that has killed three people in Warren. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Authorities said they’ve been distributing cocaine laced with fentanyl, cut down to make a larger profit.
3 arrested in connection with Warren fentanyl ring, more arrests likely
WARREN, Mich. – An investigation into a large-scale group alleged to be manufacturing and distributing fentanyl across Metro Detroit culminated in the arrests of three people. (Stopping Narcotic Overdoses in Warren) began investigating in November after the death of a 47-year-old resident. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl.
Man charged with murder after woman’s body discovered in Detroit alley
DETROIT – A 43-year-old man is facing several charges for allegedly shooting and killing a woman, whose body was found in a Detroit alley in November. John Baldwin, of Detroit, was charged on Nov. 28 in connection with the homicide of Sarita Rebekah Neal, 41, also from Detroit. John E. Baldwin (Detroit Police Department)On the morning of Nov. 13, Detroit police found Neal’s body in an alley in the area of Schoenherr and Lappin streets. Officials said the woman was transported to a medical examiner, who determined Neal died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Officials say Baldwin allegedly fatally shot the victim, transported her remains to the Detroit alley in a car and later set that car on fire at another location.
19-year-old charged with first-degree murder in shooting that killed 7-year-old Detroit girl
DETROIT – We’re getting our first look at the man charged with murder in the death of a 7-year-old on Detroit’s east side. 19-year-old Emmet Williams Jr. faces one count of first-degree murder for firing shots into a home on Bedford Street, killing Reginae Williams. All of this is from the shooting on Oct. 28, where 7-year old Reginae Williams was shot in the head while inside the home. The other suspect connected to Reginae’s death is 22-year-old Christion Mitchell-Childress. Police are still looking for 22-year old Christion Mitchell-Childress.
Man charged with murder in deadly shooting of 7-year-old in Detroit
DETROIT – Emmett Williams Jr., 19, was charged with first-degree murder Thursday morning in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old girl. Christion Mitchell-Childress (WDIV)Williams is charged with first-degree murder, discharge of a firearm at a building causing death, discharge of a weapon from a mother vehicle causing death and felony firearm. The charges are from a fatal shooting Oct. 28 at a home on Bedford Street in Detroit, where 7-year-old Reginae Williams was shot in the head as she was inside. Police said Williams and Mitchell-Childress allegedly drove by the home and fatally shot Reginae, who died two days later Oct. 30. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Station at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Former Michigan Senate member sentenced to probation for 2015 incident
DETROIT – Former Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith plead guilty to malicious destruction of property and reckless discharge of a firearm on Wednesday. Smith was charged in 2015 in connection to a shooting incident that involved his ex-wife. READ: Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor chargesSmith has been back and forth in court over the last few years, even serving jail time. “The incident happened that evening following a text message from Ms. Thomas. Ms. Thomas was the one who initiated.
Leader of neo-Nazi white supremacist group arrested in Michigan
TAYLOR, Mich. – Officials arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the white supremacist group “The Base," who apparently ran a “hate camp" in Michigan for members to prepare to violently overthrow the government, police said. Authorities said the group advocates violence and aims to set up a white society in the Pacific Northwest or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Harper works on a podcast that exposes the inner workings of hate speech and neo-Nazi groups. Officials said The Base openly advocates for violence and criminal acts against the U.S. and purports to be training for a race war. At one point, the group required members to read neo-Nazi books urging the collapse of Western civilization, authorities said.
Leader of ‘The Base’ white supremacist group who ran ‘hate camp’ arrested in Michigan, officials say
TAYLOR, Mich. – Officials arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the white supremacist group “The Base," who apparently ran a “hate camp" in Michigan for members to prepare to violently overthrow the government, police said. Watkins claims to have been appointed leader of The Base and apparently ran a “hate camp” for members of the group, including tactical and firearms training to prepare for the violent overthrow of the government, police said. Police said Watkins and Gorman wanted to threaten and intimidate Harper, but Harper didn’t actually live at that house. At one point, the group required members to read neo-Nazi books urging the collapse of Western civilization, authorities said. Watkins and Gorman are charged with gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using computers to commit a crime -- all felonies.
Burkman, Wohl ordered to send corrective message to victims of US voter-intimidation robocall
Two right-wing political operatives at the center of a robocall scam in Detroit and other U.S. cities have been ordered to call their victims back with a corrective message. Jack Burkman, 54, from Arlington, Virginia and Jacob Wohl, 22, from Los Angeles were ordered by a U.S. district court Wednesday to issue “curative” robocalls to individuals that were previously targeted by an alleged voter-intimidation scheme. Burkman and Wohl were arraigned in Michigan earlier this month. On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Burkman and Wohl to issue a new robocall to correct the misinformation contained in the initial calls made in August. Not only did Defendants incite fears of these grim consequences, but they baselessly tied the prospects to mail-in voting.
Detroit investment advisor took $90,000 from clients to spend on himself, officials say
DETROIT – A Detroit investment advisor took $90,000 from two of his clients and spent the money for himself, according to officials. Lawrence Roberson, 74, of Detroit, defrauded the victims through his company, Wealth Management Group, authorities said. READ: Officials charge 14th person linked to domestic terror plot targeting Michigan Gov. WhitmerRoberson offered to “invest” money for two of his clients at a high rate of return, but spent the money through large ATM withdrawals after depositing their checks, officials said. Roberson is charged with two counts of embezzlement, two counts of securities fraud and one count of failure to file a tax return.
New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents may be eligible to have their criminal record expunged under new laws, according to the state. How it worksMichigan residents who have committed certain crimes can file an application to have their criminal record expunged. Instead of waiting for automatic expungement, individuals seeking to have a serious misdemeanor or felony conviction set aside can submit an application after five years. Individuals seeking to have more than one felony conviction set aside can submit an application after seven years. Individuals cannot have more than two felony convictions or four misdemeanor convictions set aside during their lifetime.
Man accused of assaulting Rochester Hills homeowner for blue exterior lights faces felony charges
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – A 24-year-old man is facing two felony charges after a Rochester Hills man was allegedly attacked for using blue lights outside of his home in support of law enforcement. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is charging Justin Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, with one count of first-degree home invasion and one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Brown is accused of harassing and assaulting the Rochester Hills homeowner, Tom Hayes, as he returned to his residence on Sunday. Hayes says that he does decorate the exterior of his home with blue lights to display support for law enforcement. “He refers to the blue lights, saying that I support the cops.
Harper Woods man arraigned in connection with fatal hit-and-run on I-94
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – Martin Dwayne Smith, a 51-year-old man from Harper Woods, was arraigned Friday afternoon in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on I-94 Monday. Zachery Morisette, a 26-year-old Macomb County Department of Roads employee, was struck and killed while replacing a manhole cover on I-94 near Nine Mile Road in Macomb County. Smith was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault, resulting in death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death. Both are felony charges. He was given a $25,000 bond and is expected to return to court Oct. 9.
Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged in state, federal investigations
Macomb County’s former Prosecutor Eric Smith is facing federal and state charges in two different investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI as well as the Michigan Attorney General’s Office are conducting investigations, charging him on different alleged crimes. In addition, federal court said he developed a scheme with Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Bukowski to set up a fake consulting company contact to justify $20,000 in campaign money he stole. “It was clear it was more than misappropriation of funds it was.” said Macomb County Commissioner. Drolet along with county executive and treasurer Larry Rocca raised the alarm in 2018 over Smith’s handling of county asset forfeiture money.
Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor charges
DETROIT – The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor charge. According to authorities, Smith pleaded guilty to the felony charge of malicious destruction of property over $20,000 or more, and the misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Smith accused Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy of vindictive prosecution in 2019 after an earlier guilty plea was changed. RELATED: Former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith speaks about moment his political career fell apartIn 2016, Thomas testified that she went to Smith’s home on Wexford Street and she found another woman naked in the bed. The other charges Smith was arraigned on -- felonious assault, domestic violence assault and battery and felony firearm -- were dismissed as a part of the plea.
Pontiac man faces 10 felony charges in apartment shooting that killed 3 men, injured 1
PONTIAC, Mich. A 32-year-old Pontiac man is facing 10 felony charges after reportedly shooting four neighbors, killing three of them, at an apartment complex on Wednesday night. Police say an ongoing dispute between Clay and the four victims led to the shooting that occurred at the Spring Lake Village apartment complex on Wednesday. The three men were all residents of Pontiac, officials said. Officials say an assault occurred among the five individuals back in 2014. Officials say the man was interviewed and then lodged at the Oakland County Jail.
Man faces 12 felony charges following alleged crime spree in Wyandotte
WYANDOTTE, Mich. A 33-year-old man is facing more than a dozen felony charges after an alleged crime spree that included two late-night break-ins and a chase in which he escaped police, according to authorities. Boyers alleged crime spree came to an end on Wednesday when he was spotted by police near a scrapyard. An officer shot a taser at Boyer through the passenger side window of the truck, striking him and bringing him down. Boyer is accused of climbing through the window of a Wyandotte home while a family slept on Saturday, according to police. After the home invasions, Boyer stole a car and led Wyandotte officers on a chase, police said.
Man charged with 12 felonies in suspected crime spree in Wyandotte
WYANDOTTE, Mich. Saturday, 33-year-old Dwyane Andrew Boyer stood in front of Judge Elizabeth Disanto inside the 27th District Court in Wyandotte. Those charges are 12 counts, including larceny, unlawful driving away in a motor vehicle, breaking and entering and several assaulting police officer charges. Local 4 first told you about Boyer after police said he went on a crime spree. Recently, police said Boyer climbed through the window of a Wyandotte home while the family inside was sleeping. He jumped into a dump truck and stole the truck, Hamilton said.
Video shows suspected shoplifter fleeing police on I-94 in Chesterfield Township
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. A 37-year-old Mount Clemens man suspected of shoplifting at a Target on Gratiot Avenue and 23 Mile Road Chesterfield Township was arrested after he led police on a vehicle chase Tuesday evening. Chesterfield Township police were called to the store at about 6:24 p.m. after store personnel reported that the suspect had stolen electronic equipment. He was located going west toward I-94 at 23 Mile Road, leading to the chase that was captured on police dashcam video. A suspected shoplifter was arrested Tuesday, July 28, 2019, after leading police on a vehicle chase in Chesterfield Township. (Chesterfield Police Department)The suspect left the vehicle and ran into Brittany Park Apartments in Harrison Township where he was located by Chesterfield Township police and a Macomb County deputy.
Teen charged as adult in fatal shooting of 10-year-old boy in Warren
WARREN, Mich. A 15-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder after allegedly fatally shooting a 10-year-old boy in the chest in Warren last week. Christopher Deshawn Simmons, of Detroit, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearms, officials said. The second-degree murder charge mandates a life sentence in prison. MORE: Siblings of 10-year-old killed in Warren shooting speak outPolice said there were 10 children in the apartment at the time. Neighbors had previously complained about the Warren apartment and the unattended children several times.
Detroit city council member Gabe Leland charged with misconduct in office
DETROIT The case against a Detroit city councilman is growing after the Monroe County prosecutor charged Gabe Leland with misconduct in office Friday. Lelands legal fate seems like it could be decided in Michigan state courts, not federal. Leland has been serving out his term on city council while the case against him proceeds in the federal system. That case was expected to go to trial in two months before Leland was charged on state charges Friday with felony misconduct in public office. The charge stems from allegations of Leland accepting money to sway his vote on city matters.
Pontiac man charged with homicide after confessing to shooting girlfriend
PONTIAC, Mich. – A 46-year-old man from Pontiac was charged with homicide on Saturday after confessing to shooting his girlfriend on Friday. Police said Roderick Junior Washington called authorities on Friday and said that he killed his girlfriend. An autopsy revealed the victim, a woman from Pontiac, died from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. Police say Roderick confessed to shooting his girlfriend twice after a brief altercation in her vehicle. Police say Washington has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, malicious destruction of property over $1,000, receiving and concealing stolen property and breaking and entering.
Man charged in connection with hidden cameras discovered at Shelby Township Chili Peppers Tanning salon
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A local man has been charged in connection with hidden cameras discovered at the Shelby Township based Chili Peppers Tanning salon. Update: Man charged with installing hidden cameras at Shelby Township tanning salon faced similar charges 10 years agoOn Monday Brian Maciborski was arraigned in the 41-A District Court of Sterling Heights on multiple felony charges in connection with the hidden cameras discovered on Feb. 14. Read: Chili Pepper’s Tanning in Shelby Township closed after hidden cameras discoveredRead More: Off-duty officer finds hidden cameras inside Chili Pepper’s Tanning salon in Shelby TownshipThe charges include three counts of eavesdropping and one count for possession of analogues. Due to a prior conviction for eavesdropping in 2005 out of Sterling Heights, consideration will be given for eavesdropping second offenses, a five year felony. Maciborski was given a cash surety bond in the amount of $250,000.
Macomb County prosecutor: Woman cuts, pours urine on daughter with disabilities
The victim said she also found her wheel-chair bound sister covered in urine and her mother standing over her with a knife. Police said the second victim told them their mother took a container of urine from their uncle with mental disabilities, threw it on her and slid a knife against the back of her neck, causing a small but visible cut. According to authorities, a granddaughter said she was stabbed with a pencil and scratched. Angela Lenora Gay was charged Wednesday with assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of domestic violence. Her bond was set with the condition she have no contact with her daughters or granddaughter.