Invaders struck Michigan house after family detailed trip on social media. They didn’t mention the babysitter.
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — A home invasion likely prompted by house owners sharing too much information on social media concluded with a high-speed chase and arrest that was uploaded to a police department’s Facebook page. Sterling Height Police Department officials said a family on social media announced their plans to attend a wedding, Friday, Nov. 12, likely providing two suspects with information on when to break into the house when no one would be there. That’s when one of the officers was struck by a black Mercedes driven by a second suspect. Lt. Mario Bastianelli, spokesman for the Sterling Heights Police Department, said the suspect arrested was Najib Bashar Azooz, 24, of Shelby Township. Bastianelli said members of the public with more information about the case can contact Sterling Heights Police Department investigators at (586) 446-2825.mlive.com
Michigan police officer resigns amid investigation into racist social media post
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – A Michigan police officer resigned his position amid an internal investigation related to an image he is accused of sharing on Facebook that jokes about the death of George Floyd. RELATED: Michigan police officer on unpaid leave for racist social media postFloyd died shortly after the image was taken on May 25, 2020. The officer who joked about Floyd’s death could have faced termination, Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said previously. The department has a social media policy that prohibits posting content that could be inflammatory against any religion, race or gender. “This incident further shows the city’s commitment to making sure each and every resident, business owner and visitor feels welcome and safe in Sterling Heights.mlive.com
Sterling Heights cop resigns after mocking George Floyd in racist social media post
click to enlarge ShutterstockA Sterling Heights cop who was placed on leave for mocking George Floyd in a racist Facebook post has resigned.Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said the city won't tolerate hate.“During the course of the Police Department’s internal investigation, and prior to disciplinary action, the police officer in question resigned,” Bastianelli said in a statement Monday. “This incident is confirmation that the City must remain vigilant in identifying and rooting out such behavior, which has no place in a municipal organization that serves an incredibly diverse population. This incident further shows the City’s commitment to making sure each and every resident, business owner, and visitor feels welcome and safe in Sterling Heights. Sterling Heights placed the officer on leave after WXYZ-TV exposed the Facebook post.In a previous statement , the city of Sterling Heights said it “disavows the abhorrent imagery and messaging that appears in the post.”“The Police Department is committed to completing the investigation and disciplinary process as quickly as possible,” the post stated. “It must be clear that there is no place for hateful and offensive content like that within our community.”In nearby Shelby Township, police Chief Robert Shelide was suspended but ultimately kept his job for tweets that advocated police brutality against Black Lives Matter protesters.metrotimes.com
Sterling Heights police officer resigns after controversial Facebook post
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – On Monday, the Sterling Heights Police Department issued an update into its investigation of a disturbing image posted to the private Facebook page of a police officer. The department issued the following statement in response adding that no further information would be provided at this time. “During the course of the Police Department’s internal investigation, and prior to disciplinary action, the police officer in question resigned. This incident further shows the City’s commitment to making sure each and every resident, business owner, and visitor feels welcome and safe in Sterling Heights. This objective is integral to realizing the City’s vision for Sterling Heights as a community that is vibrant, inclusive, and distinctive,” said Lt. Mario Bastianelli of the Sterling Heights Police Department in the statement.
Video shows moments after FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant worker stabs another in parking lot
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. Police are still investigating a stabbing that happened in a parking lot at the FCA assembly plant in Sterling Heights on Monday night. READ: FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant worker stabbed during lunch breakLocal 4 obtained video from a viewer that shows the minutes after an employee at the plant stabbed a co-worker. About 10 p.m., we were dispatched to the parking lot of Chrysler in the area of 16 and Van Dyke. Officers arrived, they found a victim that was stabbed, the suspect already fled the area, Lt. Mario Bastianelli, with the Sterling Heights Police Department, said. He chase shim around the parking lot while people watch and record the incident.
ATM stolen from Sterling Heights party store
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Police are looking for two people after an ATM was stolen from a Sterling Heights party store early Thursday morning. Surveillance footage captured the burglary at Palms Liquor & Wine Shoppe, located near the intersection of 18 1/2 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. "It all happened within two minutes," said Lt. Mario Bastianelli, with the Sterling Heights Police Department. "It's easy access for criminals." Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at 586-446-2800.
Sterling Heights bank teller, police help scam victim get money back
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Police are sharing a story of a woman whose life could have been dramatically transformed by scammers. "She got a random phone call from a male voice stating she had won a sweepstakes," said Lt. Mario Bastianelli, with the Sterling Heights Police Department. Elaine Smolarek almost sent the scammers thousands of dollars Saturday. The bank teller overheard the conversation, realized something was wrong, stopped the transaction and alerted the police. The Sterling Heights Police Department is hoping the story serves as a warning to residents and urges them to check with elderly family members.
Sterling Heights police officers pose for calendar to benefit charity
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - The Sterling Heights Police Department is going above and beyond the call of duty to benefit children. "We wanted to give a glimpse to the public, 'Hey, these are the officers out here in different form or fashion protecting you,'" Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said. All the different boroughs of the Sterling Heights Police Department will be represented in the 2020 photo calendar. All the profits from the calendar will go toward the Blessings in a Backpack charity in Utica. Bastianelli said the calendar is a win-win because charity gets more money and it helps promote the hardworking officers in Sterling Heights.