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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Something Smells Suspicious About Thousands of Dollars in Fragrance Thefts

Something Smells Suspicious About Thousands of Dollars in Fragrance Thefts

Police asking public’s help in locating suspects, who may have stolen up to $4,000 in high-end fragrances around the metro.
Prosecutors Want 2005 Report of Soccer Fight in Trial of Man Accused of Fatally Punching Soccer Ref

Prosecutors Want 2005 Report of Soccer Fight in Trial of Man Accused of Fatally Punching Soccer Ref

Almost a decade ago, Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an assault during a soccer match.
Was Smell of Pot on Little Girl Justification for a Search Warrant?

Was Smell of Pot on Little Girl Justification for a Search Warrant?

Kindergartener's father has a medical cannabis grower's card; his attorney says pot smell on daughter wasn't probable cause for warrant.
Mom, Teens Suspected of Using Weed Killer in Phallic Football Field Prank

Mom, Teens Suspected of Using Weed Killer in Phallic Football Field Prank

School officials relocate games, say it will cost $10,000 to erase outline of giant male genitalia that began appearing after Labor Day.
Pop Cans Out, Techie Bells and Whistles In for Detroit Firefighters

Pop Cans Out, Techie Bells and Whistles In for Detroit Firefighters

Offers to help bankrupt Detroit mean firefighters may soon be able to recycle pop cans instead of relying on them for alerts.
Alleged Shoplifter Uses Store's Motorized Shopping Cart as Getaway 'Vehicle'

Alleged Shoplifter Uses Store's Motorized Shopping Cart as Getaway 'Vehicle'

When police caught up with the suspect, she reportedly said she took the wheelchair “because she didn’t feel like walking.”
11 Names Will Be Added to Michigan Memorial in 9/11 Ceremony

11 Names Will Be Added to Michigan Memorial in 9/11 Ceremony

Etched names of 11 police and fire officials will be added to the granite wall in a ceremony featuring keynote remarks by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Attorney to Argue Self-Defense in Deadly Road Rage: 'Whole Story Has Not Been Heard'

Attorney to Argue Self-Defense in Deadly Road Rage: 'Whole Story Has Not Been Heard'

Family of Martin Edward Zale, charged with open murder in the death of Derek Flemming, "completely shocked by his," attorney says.
Sheriff 'Just Horrified' by Video of 4-Year-Old Repeatedly Tossing Puppy in Street

Sheriff 'Just Horrified' by Video of 4-Year-Old Repeatedly Tossing Puppy in Street

Video ignites a firestorm online, sparks a question: If adults don’t stop children’s cruelty to animals, are they liable?
Cleared of Rape by DNA Evidence, Man Released After 15 Years of Life Sentence

Cleared of Rape by DNA Evidence, Man Released After 15 Years of Life Sentence

Prosecutor’s office retains the right to refile murder charges against Jamie Peterson, who is mentally impaired, but lawyers aren’t worried.
Stuck in Swamp, Horse Now Good to Giddyup and Go

Stuck in Swamp, Horse Now Good to Giddyup and Go

Move over cute kitties and adorable doggies. Firefighters’ latest darlin’ is a filly.
Little Girl's Heartbreaking Discovery after Her Daddy is Killed in Road Rage

Little Girl's Heartbreaking Discovery after Her Daddy is Killed in Road Rage

“ … How horrible that young, innocent minds have to learn the reality that their parents are not invincible,” says anguished wife.
Charges Filed in Armed Attacks on Amish Buggies

Charges Filed in Armed Attacks on Amish Buggies

Attacks on Amish are rare, but a series of armed night-time robberies have flummoxed Michigan officials – until now.
DIY Shopper Crushed Under 600 Pounds of Ceramic Tiles, Dies

DIY Shopper Crushed Under 600 Pounds of Ceramic Tiles, Dies

The large warehouse concept that makes home improvement stores financially successful may also make them inherently dangerous, lawyer says
Michigan Police Increase DUI Checkpoints for Labor Day 2014

Michigan Police Increase DUI Checkpoints for Labor Day 2014

Nearly a third of the state’s traffic deaths involve alcohol or drugs. Police will be out in force looking for drunken drivers this weekend.
Someone's Stealing Suburb's Stories

Someone's Stealing Suburb's Stories

A Little Free Library turned up empty, gutted of its children’s book. Down the street, another. Who’s stealing suburb’s children’s stories?
Lawyers for Mom Police Said Tried to Kill Autistic Daughter Want Off Case

Lawyers for Mom Police Said Tried to Kill Autistic Daughter Want Off Case

A northern Michigan woman who allegedly lit charcoal grills inside a van in a murder-suicide plot goes to trial Sept. 3.
When Is Teddy Bear Not a Teddy Bear? When It's a Drug Mule

When Is Teddy Bear Not a Teddy Bear? When It's a Drug Mule

Teen who tried to sneak a heroin-stuffed teddy bear to girlfriend’s hospitalized mother appeared in court on felony drug charges.
Suspected Serial Killer Serving Life in Prison Sues to be Deported

Suspected Serial Killer Serving Life in Prison Sues to be Deported

Killer who claimed he was under the spell of “evil forces” wants to return to Israel to face attempted murder charges.
Boy, 12, Charged in Fatal Playground Stabbing Had History of Abuse: Report

Boy, 12, Charged in Fatal Playground Stabbing Had History of Abuse: Report

Boy previously lived in New York, where psychiatric care was ordered for behavioral issues, but mom admits parents never followed through.