Drunken man endangers self, traffic after falling off bicycle at railroad crossing
A drunken 65-year-old Southgate man who fell off his bicycle the afternoon of July 10, while attempting to cross the railroad tracks south of Pelham and Wick, was causing a traffic hazard while reportedly holding his leg and trying unsuccessfully to stand up. As traffic slowed and attempted to avoid him, vehicles trying to steer clear narrowly avoided a crash.
A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, more than 2.5 times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The man refused medical treatment, and while answering the police officers’ questions, he pulled a half-pint bottle of Canadian Club whiskey from his pocket and began to drink directly from the bottle, prompting an officer to confiscate and dump the remaining whiskey.
He was given a ride to his apartment complex in Southgate near Allen and Goddard roads. He was cited for public intoxication, and for possessing and drinking from an open container of alcohol in public, then released.
Trespasser reported at Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Police responded to Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 22905 Michigan Ave., July 8 on a repot of a man yelling obscenities while begging for money. Upon arrival, officers observed the man who matched the description.
The man told police he didn’t have any problems with anyone and that he was homeless.
A cafe employee told officers that she wanted the man advised on trespassing. According to the report, police provided a courtesy ride for the man to a friend’s house and was advised on trespassing.
The man said he understood he could be arrested if he returned to Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Resident reports stolen vehicle
Police were called to a house in the 8500 block of Whitefield July 4 after the resident said his Chevrolet Silverado was stolen overnight.
The truck was parked with a 6-foot-by-5-foot black metal trailer attached to it, in front of the house about 5:30 p.m. July 3. When the resident arrived home at 1:30 a.m. the truck was still parked outside of the house.
At 7 a.m. the next morning, the resident noticed the truck was missing.
There was no evidence, suspect information or security cameras in the area, according to police in the report.
Storage trailer, cement buggy stolen
A 2006 enclosed white cargo trailer was reported stolen the afternoon of July 6 from the alley behind a business in the 1000 block of Southfield Road. The victim said the 6-foot-by-10-foot trailer contained a white cement buggy in worn condition. The victim said the trailer was valued at $2,000, and the cement buggy had an approximate $1,500 value. There was no surveillance video nor suspects. The trailer was listed in the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Apartment door kicked in while resident in shower
A 26-year-old man living in an apartment in Gale Gardens reported the afternoon of July 8 that his apartment door was kicked open while he was in the shower in a foiled breaking and entering attempt.
The man said that earlier he heard knocking on his apartment door, and when he went to check the peep hole, he then heard knocking on his kitchen window, then heard a male voice outside, but could not determine what was being said.
The man said he then fastened the dead bolt lock on his apartment door, and after sitting in his living room for a few minutes, decided to take a shower. However, while in the shower, he heard a loud banging sound, opened the bathroom door and shouted an inquiry. He said he then grabbed a towel and walked into the living room, and discovered his apartment door was wide open, with the molding and door frame broken. The apartment door appeared to have been kicked in, with a shoe print visible on the side of the door facing the hallway.
The man said he then called police officers. He said he did not see anyone, and could think of no one who might want to break into his apartment.
The entry door to the apartment building appeared to have been pried open, with fresh damage from tool marks on the door jam. A police detective then arrived to process the scene.
Store storage containers burglarized
The owner of Homespun Furniture, 18540 Fort St., reported the morning of June 29 that a storage container belonging to him, and two belonging to Baffo’s Bakery, 18556 Fort St., were broken into overnight.
When the Homespun owner arrived at the store that morning, the storage container doors were wide open, with items spread out near the open doors. The Masterlock padlocks for each storage unit appeared to have been cut off with a grinder.
Motion detection surveillance video was activated at 4:24 a.m. in the northwest corner of the building. A vehicle entered nearby Riverview Wash and Storage, 18584 Fort St., and backed up to the fence. An unknown person then entered each of the containers, making a trip to their vehicle after entering each container. The burglar appears to have cut the chain link fence between Riverview Wash and Storage and the area where the Homespun and Baffo’s storage containers were located.
The owner of Homespun said he would see if his information technology contact could enhance and provide police officers with surveillance footage. The damaged locks were taken by police officers as evidence.
The owner of Homespun said business and personal property was stolen, including a printer, camping gear, and a chainsaw, with a $700 approximate value. The owner of Baffo’s was missing an $850 power washer.
Rose bush, lawn chairs, solar lights damaged
Damage to a rose bush, two heavy duty plastic lawn chairs and three solar lights, valued about $50, was reported the morning of July 14 at a residence in the 13000 block of Venness Street. The resident said when she arrived home about 10:30 p.m. July 13, two heavy porch chairs had been moved into the flower garden, and one had a broken chair leg. She said the relocation of the chairs damaged a rose bush and three solar lights.
Tools stolen from tire shop
The theft of a man’s toolbox, which occurred the evening of June 22, was reported the afternoon of July 17 following the disappearance of the tools from near the entrance of the Tire Store, 26155 Van Born.
The victim said he was at the shop helping his friend with a vehicle repair when he left his tool box in the front doorway of the business while he went to the back of the shop. When he returned, the toolbox was missing.
He said surveillance video captured the image of a man taking the toolbox, who was described as a white male in his 50s, with long gray hair, wearing a black leather jacket, who either walked with a limp or was intoxicated.
The victim said the toolbox contained hand tools, a scanner, a thermal gun and other tools. Surveillance video was given to the police officers.
A black Nike backpack filled with fishing tackle and gear, valued about $100, was stolen the morning of July 7 from a parking lot near the Frank and Poet Drain, near the Tractor Supply Co., 3000 Van Horn Road.
The victim, who said he was fishing in the Frank and Poet Drain, said he saw the man on a black bicycle grab and ride off with his backpack. He said the man was a tan white male with black hair, wearing a black and orange hoodie and black shorts. He initially gave chase as the man pedaled toward the nearby Subway store on Van Horn, but lost sight of him as he approached Howey Boulevard.
The victim said he and his father drove through the surrounding area, but were unable to locate the man, after which they called police officers to report the theft.
Jaguar forfeited for drug possession
A woman’s 2004 black Jaguar X-type was forfeited and impounded in the early morning hours of June 8 after a traffic stop for impaired driving resulted in charges for operating under the influence of drugs, felony possession of Xanax, cocaine and suspected LSD, and resisting a police officer.
When a police officer on patrol saw the woman drifting in and out of her lane of travel, and driving 10 mph below the speed limit on northbound Fort Street near Eureka, a traffic stop was initiated. The woman had an expired vehicle registration, and could not produce proof of insurance.
The woman, who said she had a medical marijuana card, said she had smoked some pot earlier that day. She had a clear driving record, but failed numerous field sobriety tests, and was arrested and taken into custody.
A search of her purse and vehicle revealed Xanax, cocaine and suspected acid. She refused a voluntary blood draw, so a search warrant was granted by a judge, and she was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for a blood draw, during which she had to be forcibly restrained.
She was unable to reach any relatives by phone, and became physically aggressive with a police officer who attempted to move her to a jail cell. She also refused to sign her vehicle forfeiture form. The drugs were taken into evidence, and paperwork was placed in the woman’s property locker.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)