WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
New Wayne County sheriff prepares for position after death of Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – The new Wayne County sheriff, Raphael Washington, has served the region for decades and is looking forward to the years ahead. “I’m a 38-year law enforcement veteran and started with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in 1983,” said Washington. More: Wayne County deputy chief appointed as sheriff, replacing beloved late Benny NapoleonOver the years and some pit stops along the way Washington worked his way to the top and is now the new sheriff. For a long time, he followed the lead of former Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, soaking in his wisdom and advice. “I want to continue the work that we’re doing as it relates to the pandemic that’s going on and that’s the virus that’s spreading,” said Washington.
Wayne County deputy chief appointed as sheriff, replacing beloved late Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – Wayne County Deputy Chief Raphael Washington has been appointed as the county’s new sheriff, replacing the beloved late Sheriff Benny Napoleon. “I congratulate Raphael Washington on his selection to be Sheriff of Wayne County. But I do look forward to working closely with our new sheriff on behalf of Wayne County. “I also want to thank Wayne County Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton, Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Clerk Cathy Garrett for their service in selecting our new sheriff.” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans“I congratulate Sheriff Washington on his appointment and am pleased that the panel had so many well-qualified candidates to choose from in making its selection. “I am confident Sheriff Washington will serve with honesty and integrity in upholding the office to the highest of standards, all the while having the best interest of Wayne County residents.” Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell
14 applicants being interviewed for appointment of Wayne County sheriff
DETROIT – A three-person panel is conducting interviews with 14 applicants for the appointment of Wayne County sheriff. County officials were accepting resumes three weeks after Sheriff Benny Napoleon died following a battle with COVID-19. UPDATE Jan. 15: Wayne County deputy chief appointed as sheriff, replacing beloved late Benny NapoleonThe panel consists of Chief Judge Freddie Burton, County Clerk Cathy Garrett and Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Applicants include Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes, as well as Charles Corley II and T.P. List of applicants for Wayne County sheriff:
Wayne County accepting resumes through Jan. 8 for county sheriff appointment
DETROIT – Wayne County is accepting resumes from individuals interested in applying for the appointment of county sheriff. According to officials, resumes may be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 for the appointment to the seat until a successor is elected. The Wayne County Clerk’s Elections Division is located in Room 502 of the Coleman A. For more information on the application process, contact Wayne County Clerk’s Elections Division at 313-224-5525. The sheriff seat became open following the death of Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Late Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon memorialized with moving funeral service
DETROIT – Beloved Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was memorialized by community leaders from across the state Wednesday in a socially distanced funeral. RELATED: Mourners pay respects to Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonThe celebration of Napoleon’s life took place in front of a private group of family members and friends who waited to say their final goodbyes. “In 2000, when I was running for prosecutor Benny would tutor me. Whitmer orders flags to be lowered to honor Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonBut perhaps the most touch testimonial came from those who cherished time with him the most“My life will forever be incomplete from this day forward,” said his daughter, Tiffani Jackson. “This is someone who I spoke to every single day, multiple times a day and I enjoyed it.
Public viewing for Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon to be held Monday
DETROIT – Beloved Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will be laid to rest this week. Napoleon died from complications related to COVID-19 Dec. 17. A public viewing will be held Monday at the Swanson Funeral Home on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Services will be held Tuesday at the Greater Grace Temple on Seven Mile Road from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The family will have its own private service. A live stream of the event will be available on the Swanson Funeral Home site.
Coat drive held in honor of Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon made it his mission every Christmas to help families struggling through the cold of winter with annual gift drives. READ: A look back at the legacy of Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonCommunity leaders carried on the tradition in honor of Napoleon at the Greater Grace Temple. Especially the time that we’re in right now.”“This is something that sheriff Napoleon would have been doing if he was here,” said Wayne County deputy Robert Dunlap. “You couldn’t help but think about the sheriff.”It’s just one of the many ways sheriff Napoleon’s legacy is kept alive. “Cause Benny Napoleon was such a great guy.”Funeral arrangements announced for longtime Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonThere will be a public viewing on Monday, Dec. 28 at Swanson Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., family members announced on Facebook Sunday.
A look back at the legacy of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon had a unique place in Wayne County politics. Napoleon served in one of the most difficult jobs anywhere as jailer, and yet his legacy goes far beyond that. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19He was 65 years old. In 2004, he became the Assistant Wayne County Executive before being appointed to Wayne County sheriff in 2009. “I am shocked and saddened at the loss of one of our city’s greatest public servants and native sons, Benny Napoleon,” Duggan said in a statement Thursday night.
Benny Napoleon’s brother, daughter share their memories
DETROIT – The family of Benny Napoleon is in shock, devastated by their loss. Napoleon’s daughter, Tiffani Jackson, and his brother, Hilton Napoleon, said the beloved sheriff would not want people to be sad, but would want people to stay vigilant to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19“It’s a devastating because the doctors had told us that Benny was doing well on Monday,” Hilton Napoleon said. “After I got out of hospital, I told my brother, ‘Benny, you do not want to catch this,’” Hilton Napoleon said. I did not want it to happen.”“It has claimed the life of my best friend and my father,” Jackson said.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell spoke with Local 4 on Friday following the death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. See what Rep. Dingell had to say in the video interview above. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. He was 65 years old. Read: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonMore reactions
Loved ones honor, remember Wayne County sheriff lost to COVID-19
DETROIT – For the people who knew Benny Napoleon, reality does not feel real. Napoleon went into the hospital in November due to COVID-19 complications, just days after winning re-election. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19He was 65 years old. Napoleon wore many hats in his life of public service -- lawman, attorney, public figure, politician, community servant and more. He easily won re-election as Wayne County’s top lawman with a sound and resounding victory of nearly 80% of the vote in Wayne County.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared a tearful reaction to the death of friend and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon during a news conference on Friday. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. Sharon, Tiffani and his whole family are in my prayers.” Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerRead: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonMore reactions
Detroit Police Chief James Craig reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke with Local 4 on Friday following the death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. See what Chief Craig had to say in the video interview above. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. He was 65 years old. Read: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonMore reactions
Sen. Gary Peters reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Senator Gary Peters spoke with Local 4 on Friday following the death of friend and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. See what the senator had to say in the video interview above. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. He was 65 years old. Read: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny NapoleonMore reactions
Head of Detroit NAACP Rev. Wendell Anthony reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
The head of Detroit’s NAACP chapter Reverend Wendell Anthony spoke with Local 4 on Friday following the death of friend and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. See what Reverend Anthony had to say in the video interview above. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. He was 65 years old. Read: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon died Thursday from complications due to COVID-19 at age 65, his family confirms. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19“I cannot even begin to imagine a world without Benny in it. pic.twitter.com/OMt9GoQJhi — samriddle (@samriddle) December 18, 2020“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Garlin Gilchrist II“The people of Wayne County have suffered a terrible loss with tonight’s passing of Sheriff Benny Napoleon. My sincere condolences go out to his family and the residents of Wayne County.” Washtenaw County Administrator Gregory Dill“The passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon has brought deep sadness to our entire community.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies after battle with COVID-19
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon has died Thursday after a battle with COVID-19, officials say. Since March, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has lost one commander and two deputies to COVID-19. We worked together closely on law enforcement matters to protect the families and neighborhoods of Wayne County. Sheriff Napoleon was nationally recognized as an expert in law enforcement after more than 45 years of dedicated service. We will inform you of more details as the information becomes available.” Wayne County Sheriff's Office
Prayer vigil held for Wayne County sheriff on ventilator with COVID
DETROIT – Family and co-workers of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon gathered Sunday to pray for him to fully recover from coronavirus. Napoleon’s daughter, Tiffani Jackson, said she is more than appreciative of all the support from those who want to see him pull through. “I feel the love just from just from seeing how many people showed up here today,” Jackson said. “My grandmother has five children and of her five children, four of them have been affected by COVID-19,” Jackson said. We need to be very careful,” said Wayne County undersheriff Daniel Pfannes.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon hospitalized with COVID
DETROIT – Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is in the hospital recovering from COVID-19 complications. That’s good news from Tiffani Jackson, the daughter of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. He tested positive for coronavirus,“His symptoms really developed early this week, somewhere around Tuesday or so,” Jackson recalled. So his doctor started monitoring those levels because we know that COVID attack those respiratory symptoms.”Friday, he went to the hospital. Now, Sheriff Napoleon is trying to find out when and where he caught the virus.
Wayne County Treasurer’s Office closes over threat to steal ballots; Sheriff weighs in
DETROIT – Protests in Detroit remained mostly peaceful outside of the TCF Center in Downtown Detroit, but police dealt with multiple threats over the election. A woman claimed a bomb was left near the TCF Center, and a Wayne County building closed over a threat to go in the building and steal ballots. Tensions continue in Detroit Friday night, just days after the election -- from the TCF Center to the county Treasurer’s Office in Greektown. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said officials closed the Treasurer’s Office early Friday afternoon. On Wednesday, just one day after the election, supporters incumbent President Donald Trump protested outside the TCF Center, demanding to be let inside where poll workers were counting ballots.
Funeral held for corporal killed in attack at Wayne County Jail
DETROIT – The final farewell to Corporal Bryant Searcy was Friday at Third New Hope Baptist Church on Detroit’s west side. “It’s a challenging time,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Searcy was on duty when he was killed at the Wayne County Jail. Napoleon said if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of residents would have gathered to pay their respects. READ: Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County JailMore: Detroit crime news
Wayne County Jail had series of issues before fatal attack, union head says
DETROIT The head of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs Association said there were long-running issues that led to the loss of one of their own. Bryant Searcy, 50, was fatally attacked as he was checking to make sure cells at the Wayne County Jail were locked for the night. The attack happened Wednesday night at the Wayne County Jail Division 2 building. Union president Reginald Crawford said short-staffing has been a major problem for the 100-year-old jail where the attack happened. Searcy was working a second shift, a double shift, 16 hours.A 16-hour shift is the norm for jail guards.
Troubling details emerge in fatal attack on Wayne County corporal killed by inmate
DETROIT – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is in mourning over the loss of one of their own. Bryant Searcy, 50, was fatally attacked as he was checking to make sure cells at the Wayne County Jail were locked for the night. The attack happened Wednesday night at the Wayne County Jail Division 2 building. Police said Searcy checked the lock on a violent offender who has a long history of armed robberies and carjackings. “He (Searcy) was viciously assaulted by one of the inmates,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County Jail
Hear from daughter of corporal who was killed by inmate at Wayne County JailPublished: September 3, 2020, 5:21 pmThe daughter of a Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal who was killed by a jail inmate spoke with Local 4 about her family’s heartbreak.
Wayne County sheriff defends lavish spending of campaign funds
DETROIT A new report is calling into question the campaign expenses of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon -- thousands on nice hotels, Lions tickets, steak dinners and more. Michigan Campaign Finance Director said hes never seen campaign funds spent like this. He said he never lets anyone buy him dinner or golf, but dinners and golf are work related. It is incredible to me that people complain if I take for free, but complain when I pay for it, Napoleon said. I do not understand it.Its the law that campaign funds can pay for job-related sending, not personal items or services.
Watch: Wayne County Sheriffs Office hands out COVID-19 care packages instead of tickets
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Nobody likes being pulled over -- but instead of tickets drivers got a surprise from the Wayne County Sheriffs Office on Thursday. Click here for more community reportsWatch the video above for the full story
Here’s how Wayne County Sheriff’s Office plans to enforce Gov. Whitmer’s new mask rules
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office revealed how it plans to enforce Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s new orderWhitmer issued an executive order Friday that reiterates Michigan residents are required to wear face coverings whenever they are at an indoor public space. Wayne County enforcementOn Tuesday, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office laid out its plan for enforcing the new mask rules. RELATED: How Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office plans to enforce new mask rulesIf deputies have to circle back to the person, group or business after the initial warning to readdress the requirements, a $500 ticket will be issued, the department announced. The Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Wayne County Health Department with these rules, because the Health Department is leading the enforcement effort, according to authorities.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office commander, retired radio DJ dies from coronavirus (COVID-19)
DETROIT – A commander with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office died Wednesday from coronavirus (COVID-19). How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Prevention & TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Authorities find about $1 million worth of marijuana at illegal grow operation in Detroit
DETROIT – Authorities said they found about $1 million worth of marijuana at an illegal grow operation Thursday in Detroit. According to officials, the weed was discovered during a drug bust in the area of Irvington Street and East Seven Mile Road. When a search warrant was executed, the grow operation was found inside a building, and two trailers outside were also filled with marijuana, authorities said.
Police: Boater accused of causing chaos at Wyandotte restaurant is retired police officer
WYANDOTTE, Mich. - A man who police said is responsible for chaos at a Wyandotte restaurant and a police pursuit down a river Sunday is a former Detroit police officer. ORIGINAL: WPD: Man, 6 women cause chaos at restaurant, flee Wyandotte officers in boat with middle fingers upKenneth Cook, 65, pulled up to Wyandotte's Waterfront Restaurant at about 7 p.m. with six women in bikinis, ages 28 to 31. When Cook was told there was a wait, the manager said Cook took a table anyway and demanded alcohol. Cook and the women got back into their boat and took off, flipping off police as they sailed away. RELATED: Police: Boater, 6 women cause chaos at Wyandotte restaurantKenneth Orrin Cook (WDIV)Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.