Daughter blames QAnon, conspiracies for dad’s downfall prior to fatal shootings
Lanis’ other daughter, Rebecca Lanis, is speaking out about her father’s mental state in recent years, particularly after the 2020 presidential election. In an interview with The Detroit News, Rebecca Lanis said her father believed in QAnon conspiracy theories involving former President Donald Trump and vaccines. “Nobody could talk him out of them,” Rebecca Lanis told The Detroit News. In a Reddit post made by Rebecca Lanis, she says that her parents “were extremely loving and happy people. I mean, he’d already killed his own wife, shot his own daughter and we don’t know what was next on the agenda.”READ MORE:Missing U.P.mlive.com
Walled Lake man fatally shot by police after killing wife, shooting daughter
WALLED LAKE, MI – A man was shot and killed by police early Sunday in Walled Lake after authorities say he killed his wife and dog and shot his daughter. Bouchard did not release the identity of the woman killed but said she was the man’s wife and 56 years old. The daughter wasn’t able to provide a specific address, but dispatch was able to triangulate the call to the area of Glenwood Drive in Walled Lake. The officers then encountered the daughter, who was shot in the back and legs and attempting to crawl out of the home. Bouchard said it’s believed the man shot the dog twice with a shotgun, and his wife multiple times in the back with a handgun.mlive.com
3 in custody after ‘absolutely despicable’ torture, murder of homeless man in Pontiac
PONTIAC, MI – Three people are in custody following the torture and murder of a homeless man in Oakland County. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard called the crime “absolutely despicable,” according to Fox 2 in Detroit, and he planned to seek the highest possible charges in the case. The 51-year-old man from Pontiac was found nude, wrapped in a blanket and plastic bag, near the shoreline of Terry Lake around 1:30 p.m. on March 25, the TV station reported. The three people in custody are considered persons of interest. Bouchard told Fox 2 that the victim may have had some money like a bank card at certain points in his life and it’s possible that’s what the suspects were after.mlive.com
Authorities: Charges possible for person who 'aided' Oxford suspects
Today, authorities captured and formally charged James and Jennifer Crumbley for their alleged role in the deaths of four Oxford High School students. Investigators say they're now looking into another person who may have helped the Crumbleys hide. Oakland County sheriff Mike Bouchard says that person could be charged in the coming days with aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice charges. Bouchard says the couple went on the run after the Oakland County prosecutor announced their charges. At their arraignment this morning, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said the Crumbleys withdrew $4,000 from their ATM on Friday.wxyz.com
Parents of alleged gunman charged with involuntary manslaughter in Oxford school shooting
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI -- The parents of a 15-year-old charged in the Oxford High School shooting have each been charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Oakland County Prosecutor announced Friday. Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, each face four counts of involuntary manslaughter, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced Friday, Dec. 3, according to the Associated Press. On Wednesday, McDonald announced charges for Ethan Crumbley, and that he would be prosecuted as an adult. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has said three girls remain hospitalized, while three boys were discharged from the hospital. Read more on MLive:A close-knit, family community: Oxford locals want the world to see more than shootingFour dead, terrorism charges, video evidence: The latest on the Oxford High School shootingmlive.com
Oxford Superintendent Tim Throne Says Discipline Not Needed For 15-Year-Old Before Shooting
The 15-year-old boy accused of killing four students, and wounding others, at Oxford High School was called to the office before the shooting, but the superintendent says "no discipline was warranted."detroit.cbslocal.com
Live stream: Officials address copycat social media school threats in Metro Detroit
Law enforcement officials are holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to address what they are calling "a tidal wave of copycat threats" to Metro Detroit school districts in the wake of the horrific shooting at Oxford High School.
Charging Decision Anticipated For Parents Of Oxford High School Shooting Suspect
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald on Thursday repeated her criticism of the parents of a teen who is accused of killing four students at Oxford High School, saying their actions went “far beyond negligence” and that a changing...detroit.cbslocal.com
Prosecutor: Gun Was ‘Freely Available’ To Oxford High School Shooter
On Thursday, Dec. 2, a prosecutor said criminal charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley are being considered, saying their action went "far beyond negligence" and the gun "seems to have been just freely available" to the 15-year-old.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan Gunman’s Parents Had Been Called Into School on Morning of Shooting
Rochester Hills District CourtThe shooter who allegedly killed four students and injured seven, including a teacher, at Michigan’s Oxford High School on Tuesday was previously flagged by administrators for “behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Wednesday.Authorities have identified the suspect as 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley. His parents had been brought into the school the morning of the shooting for a face-to-face meeting abnews.yahoo.com
Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in collision with suspected drunk driver
Authorities said the Pontiac man was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Michigan Avenue just after midnight when he ran a red light and crashed into the patrol vehicle, which driving northbound on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.
Police: Teen girl dies after being shot by stepfather at Clawson home
CLAWSON, Mich. – A barricaded situation in Clawson came to an end Sunday after the suspect was found dead inside the home. Officers found the teenaged girl, who allegedly had been shot by her stepfather. AdUpdate: Clawson police: 15-year-old girl dies after being shot by stepfather at home“It was a young lady involved. “My understanding is that she was shot in the back.”Police said the suspect had fled from a neighbor’s house and barricaded himself inside his own house. Police also said a neighbor, who was trying to help the teen girl, was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital.
Residents urged to avoid 14 Mile in Clawson due to barricaded situation
CLAWSON, Mich. – Police are dealing with a barricaded situation in Clawson. UPDATE: Clawson police: 15-year-old girl dies after being shot by stepfather at homeAccording to authorities, a teenager had been shot and the suspected shooter has been barricaded inside a home on 14 Mile Road, near Main Street and Washington Avenue. Police have surrounded the home and have been trying to talk the suspected shooter out. Clawson police were joined by officers with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Royal Oak Police Department, Troy Police Department and others. We have negotiators here and a psychologist,” said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.
9-year-old boy suffers head injury in sledding incident in Rochester Hills
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Registered nurse Jessica Phillips was working a shift Saturday in the labor and delivery unit at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital when she was notified of an incoming trauma downstairs. But it was not an expectant mother and instead her 9-year-old son George. He had been in a sledding incident and was later airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit with a brain injury and broken thigh bone. RELATED: Boy, 9, in critical condition after sled crashes into car in Rochester HillsAt about 1 p.m., George was in a Rochester Hills neighborhood, where authorities said his father was pulling the child in his plastic sled behind a Jeep Wrangler. It has too many challenging implications for safety,” said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.
Nightside Report Jan. 2, 2021: Plane crash into Lyon Township home kills 3, showdown brewing in US Senate over electoral vote certification
Emergency crews are investigating after a plane crashed into a Lyon Township home on January, 2, 2021. Officials are investigating after a small plane crashed into a Lyon Township home on Saturday, killing three people. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the three people who died in the crash are believed to be the pilot and occupants of the plane. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Freezing Saturday evening gives way to snowfall SundaySaturday evening will be cloudy and colder. Sunday will be cloudy with light snow, especially in the morning and midday.
3 dead after small plane crashes into Oakland County house, sheriff says
NEW HUDSON, MI -- Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a New Hudson house, setting the structure on fire, police said. The three who died were believed to be the plane’s pilot and two passengers, according to a tweet from Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. Lyon Township firefighters responded to extinguish the flames. Photos posted to the Lyon Township Fire Department Facebook page show the plane appeared to strike the side of the house. The wreckage was on the ground and the front of the plane appeared to be inside a section of the house.mlive.com
Plane crashes into Oakland County house, setting it on fire
UPDATE: 3 dead after small plane crashes into Oakland County house, sheriff saysOAKLAND COUNTY, MI -- A small plane crashed into a New Hudson area house, setting the house on fire Saturday, Jan. 2. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in a post to his Twitter account, said the crash happened in an area near Pontiac Trail and Grand River Avenue in Lyon Township. Lyon Township firefighters, in a post to the department’s Facebook page about 3:50 p.m., said they were responding to the fire. In the tweet, Bouchard reported that all residents were reported to be out of the house but the pilot was still in the plane. More from MLive:Michigan records nearly 9K coronavirus cases and 265 deaths over 3 daysAnn Arbor Police Department getting its first all-electric Ford Mustangsmlive.com
3 people dead after plane crashes into Lyon Township home, sheriff says
LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a home in Lyon Township on Saturday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the three people are believed to be the pilot and occupants of the plane. UPDATE: Businessman, wife, son killed in Lyon Township plane crashA family of five inside the home were able to make it out safely. Plane Crash**We have confirmed there are three fatalities at the scene believed to be the occupants and pilot of the plane. — Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) January 2, 2021The Lyon Township Fire Department and other emergency crews responded to the crash on Saturday on Dakota Drive near Grand River and Pontiac Trail.
10 most-read ClickOnDetroit stories of 2020 that weren’t COVID related
Between a global pandemic, social unrest, a major U.S. election -- and everything else happening in the world -- the news did not stop in 2020. We’re taking a look at the most-read local stories on ClickOnDetroit this year, minus COVID-19 related coverage (because pretty much every most-read story was COVID related). Art Van closes all storesFrom March: The Warren-based furniture chain Art Van Furniture announced it would close all stores. Art Van was founded by Art Van Elslander in 1959. Flight to Michigan makes emergency landing after bloody fightFrom May: A Macomb County woman said she was in shock when a fight broke out as she was flying back home.
Michigan police officer fired over social media post depicting Kamala Harris as watermelon
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – A part-time sheriff’s deputy was recently fired after posting a photo of carved watermelon meant to depict Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, WXYZ Detroit reports. The Facebook post included a photo of three carved pumpkins meant to represent President Donald Trump, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence. A second photo shows a carved watermelon meant to portray Harris. Sheriff @MikeJBouchard says a part-time @oaklandsheriff deputy has been terminated after this racist social media post. It shows a carving of VP-elect @KamalaHarris from a watermelon and others from a pumpkin.mlive.com
Oakland County deputy shot at on I-96 in Livonia, sheriff says
LIVONIA, Mich. – A deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office was shot at on Interstate 96 in the Livonia area Saturday night, Sheriff Mike Bouchard said in a tweet Sunday afternoon. “Last night, one of our deputies was traveling at approximately 2000 hours, between Merriman and Farmington Road exit. A blue Mercury Milan slowed down and pulled up along-side his vehicle," read the tweet. pic.twitter.com/nbWOo67zAr — Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) November 1, 2020Bourchard said a man, described as Black and in his mid-20s to early 30s, fired a shot at the deputy, hitting his vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Livonia police at 734-466-2470 or Crime Stoppers at 800-Speak-Up.
White Mich. couple arrested after gun pulled on Black family
(Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)A white couple was arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said Thursday. Cellphone video captured the confrontation Wednesday outside a Chipotle in Orion Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Takelia Hill, who is Black, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill's teenage daughter as they were entering the fast food restaurant. The video footage starts after that, in the parking lot. A woman shouts, She's got a gun on me! and urges someone in the parking lot to call the police.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard clarifies position on enforcement of Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Orders
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – In preparing our story on three local sheriffs who have gone on the record as not enforcing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders, Local 4 reporter Paula Tutman asked for all three sheriffs to join her for an interview to clarify their positions. READ: Several Michigan sheriffs say they won’t enforce Governor Whitmer’s Executive OrdersOakland County Sheriff Michael “Mike” Bouchard clarified his position in a later interview. READ: Shiawassee County Sheriff releases statement regarding Gov. Whitmer’s Executive OrdersWatch a portion of the interview above.
‘I’m the sheriff. Who are you?’: Mike Bouchard pulls over man posing as a cop
WATERFORD, Mich. – Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard had just gotten out of a meeting and was in a suit and tie driving down M-59 near Telegraph Road when he saw what looked like a police SUV. “He looks at me and says, ‘Who are you?’ And I said, ‘I’m the sheriff. Bouchard said there was a fake radar mounted on the dashboard and what was supposed to look like a computer aided dispatch computer. The driver is currently in custody at the Oakland County Jail and charges are pending. “We want to know if anybody had been stopped by this vehicle,” Bouchard said.
‘I’m the sheriff. Who are you?’: Oakland County Sheriff pulls over man posing as a cop
‘I’m the sheriff. Who are you?’: Oakland County Sheriff pulls over man posing as a copPublished: February 6, 2020, 11:12 pmOakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard had just gotten out of a meeting and was in a suit and tie driving down M-59 near Telegraph Road when he saw what looked like a police SUV.
Man accused of embezzling from scholarship fund thought he would make bail and go to the Super Bowl. He’s still in jail
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – A Bloomfield Hills man who used to be president of the Oakland Hills Caddie Scholarship Fund has been arrested for embezzling nearly $700,000 from the trust for his own personal use, according to officials. Oakland Hills officials requested a forensic audit, which revealed $697,000 had been embezzled and converted for Maass’ personal use, police said. They have to serve search warrants on banks and serve document warrants,” Bouchard said. Bouchard said Maass went to court assuming he’d get released in time for the Super Bowl. Maass didn’t make it to the Super Bowl.
Oakland County deputies visit military training facility to practice emergency situations
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – The Local 4 Defenders took an exclusive look at a military training facility in Northern Michigan where Oakland County deputies practice emergency situations. “Over here, this is a mocked up police station,” Oakland County Capt. “There are so many different scenarios we might face,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. In one situation deputies entered a building as if it was a hostage situation. The hostage situation was moved to other locations and deputies practiced again.
Prowler caught on camera wanted for touching woman inside Troy home
"Lots of times, these videos are so blurry but, this one, it's very clear, " Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. Previous coverage:The peeping incidents are suspected to have begun in March in the Troy and Rochester Hills area. They escalated in July when police said the man in the video went into a Troy home and touched a woman. Police said he's connected to that incident and four other peeping incidents, and likely several more. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact either the Oakland County Sheriff's Department at 248-858-4950 or the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Oct. 3, 2019
A fourth Michigan resident has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Brandon Roux:Showers will linger through the lunch hour and the winds shift from the east to the west by late morning W 5-15 mph gusting 20-25 mph. More local headlinesFor more Local News head to ClickOnDetroit.com/news/local. Submit a news tipTell us what's happening in your community -- submit a news tip to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
'We're the hostage in this situation:' Oakland County sheriff says of Gov. Whitmer's budget vetoes
PONTIAC, Mich. - We're seeing more fallout from the unprecedented 147 line-item vetoes Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used on the budgets presented to her by the Republican-led Legislature. She used her line-item veto power and cut nearly $1 billion out of the budget. Her line-item vetoes included nixing $375 million for roads, which means it's back to the drawing board for Whitmer and the Legislature. The vetoes are part of a strategy to force the Legislature to wheel and deal on a roads fix, among other hot button funding issues.
Watch Local 4 News at 11 -- Oct. 2, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 11:Fatal fireThe family of two boys killed in a house fire in Eastpointe is speaking out for the first time since the deaths. State budgetOakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is sharing how he feels about where law enforcement stands in the ongoing budget battle between Gov. Whitmer and the Legislature. Dallas murder sentencingThe brother of a murder victim forgave the former officer convicted in his death just moments after she was sentenced to prison for 10 years. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Seaplane crashes into front yard of home
A seaplane crash-landed in Michigan and caught on fire after the crash. The pilot and a passenger were taken to the hospital but appear to have minor injuries, and no one on the ground was injured. INDEPENDENCE TWP, Mich. - Multiple emergency crews are on scene of a seaplane crash in the yard of a home in Independence Township near Detroit Michigan. According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the sea plane crashed in a neighborhood on Greenview Dr. near Clarkston Rd. Sheriff Mike Bouchard said that the pilot and the passenger were taken to the hospital but appear to have minor injuries, and no one on the ground was injured.
Oakland County sheriff asking public to be vigilant during Woodward Dream Cruise
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - We are just days away from one of the biggest events of the summer, the Woodward Dream Cruise. Ahead of Saturday, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is sending a message to anyone heading to Woodward Avenue for the festivities. Jeff Martin of Sterling Heights said he looks forward to bringing his Austin Healey to Woodward Avenue. "They need to enjoy the cruise, but just be a little more situationally aware," Bouchard said. The event is one of the safest, family-friendly events in Metro Detroit and Bouchard plans to keep it that way.