Man huffing air duster in front of store taken into custody
A man who was sitting in front of Meijer, 3565 Fairlane, huffing an inhalant to get high the night of Aug. 28 was arrested by police officers and charged with violation of the Controlled Substance Act.
The 44-year-old Dearborn man, who had five cans of air duster in a bag, was sitting on the ground, inhaling the substance, and was unresponsive to verbal commands from police officers.
Huffing inhalants causes a short-term, euphoric, hallucinatory high, and has dangerous health side effects.
The man was restrained and handcuffed, then was medically cleared by emergency medical service personnel. He declined transport to a hospital. He was taken to the police station, where he was charged with violation of the controlled substance, and was released on $300 bond.
Man arrested for reckless driving
While on patrol Sept. 9, police heard and watched the driver of a 2019 Dodge Challenger do a doughnut in the middle of the intersection of Horger and Colson.
The Dodge momentarily lost control and spun in a circular direction before proceeding the wrong way down Colson west in the eastbound lanes. According to the report, children were playing outside nearby.
Police activated their overhead emergency lights and sirens traveling westbound on Colson before a traffic stop was conducted on Middlesex south of Colson. The driver was identified and arrested for reckless driving while the passenger was released from the scene. According to the report, the Dodge was impounded.
At the police station, the driver was placed under a $500 bond which he posted at 7 p.m. that same night.
3 customers cause trouble, banned from drive-in theater
Police were called to Ford Drive-In Theater, 10400 Ford Road Sept. 6 on a report of possible customer trouble. The complainant said the three women were causing a disturbance while attempting to enter the theater in a silver van.
When they were refused entrance and asked to leave, the three women were seen attempting to enter the theater through the exit of Theater 4.
The complainant said that when he attempted to block the van’s path, he was unintentionally struck on the waist but refused medical attention. He informed police that he just wanted all three women to be banned from the theater for one year and did not want to report the accident.
According to the report, the women told police they were mad because they were not allowed inside the theater so they tried to enter through the Theater 4 exit.
Police advised the women on the one year ban and they responded that they understood before leaving the scene without incident.
Vehicle stolen from driveway overnight
Police responded to a house in the 4400 block of Gertrude Sept. 5 after a woman reported her 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was missing.
The woman said her Cruze was parked facing east on Sept. 4 about 8:30 p.m., and when she left to go to work at 6 a.m. the following morning, the vehicle wasn’t there. She told police the vehicle was locked and she had possession of the key. Police searched the surrounding houses for security cameras and found cameras at a neighbors house, but couldn’t obtain footage because the camera did not work.
The woman told police that on July 27 a second set of keys were taken form her house by an unknown person but that she hadn’t reported it. She believes that whoever took the keys from her house is most likely the person who stole her Cruze.
Police entered the vehicle into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Resident reports missing wallet, cellphone
A man went into the Dearborn Heights Justice Center Sept. 8 to report that his wallet and Samsung 5 Edge cellphone were stolen the night before.
The resident said he locked and parked his 2015 GMC Yukon in his driveway from 11 p.m. Sept. 7 to 9 a.m. Sept. 8. When he woke up, his vehicle was unlocked and ransacked.
The man’s driver’s license, green card and bank card were inside the wallet. He canceled his cellphone service and bank card.
According to the report, there was no suspect information or leads regarding the theft.
Resident reports fraudulent transactions
A man living in the 24400 block of Hanover went to the Dearborn Heights Justice Center, 25637 Michigan Ave., Sept. 4 to file a report on two fraudulent bank transactions.
He called PNC Bank earlier that day to find out if $150 was transferred from his savings account to his checking account, but was advised it was no longer there. According to the report, the resident discovered two unauthorized transactions that took place at a Sunoco Gas Station in Otisville, totaling $148.55. Both transactions were made on Sept. 3 for $99.87 and $48.68.
The man said he was in possession of the debit card and believed he may have been skimmed. As a result, the bank account was closed and a new debit card was issued.
On Sept. 6, police called the man who confirmed PNC was refunding his money for the transactions and that he does not know anyone in Otisville.
The case was closed due to lack of leads and evidence.
Locked minivan stolen from driveway during daylight hours
A 39-year-old woman living in the 900 block of Moran Avenue reported the afternoon of Aug. 27 that her locked white 2002 Dodge Caravan minivan was stolen from her driveway between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. She said the vehicle was paid off, and she has both sets of keys. Police officers did not detect any broken car window glass at the scene. The vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network as stolen.
Psychic vision too little, too late
A psychic who called police officers Aug. 18, claiming to have experienced a vision revealing the location of a lost child, sent Melvindale and Dearborn police to local Marathon gas stations to ascertain whether the 16-year-old missing Indiana teen was at any of them. Store clerks at the gas stations reported no sightings of the missing teen. A followup call to the originating agency indicated that the missing teen had been found safe in Arkansas.
Jeep window shattered; wallet stolen
A Lincoln Park man visiting a female friend in the Colonial Village Townhouses on Shenandoah said he parked and locked his green 2000 Jeep Cherokee about 11 p.m. Aug. 26, and 40 minutes later he heard a loud noise, and discovered the rear passenger door window shattered, and his wallet and $250 missing.
The victim said he saw a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 165 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a gray hoodie in the area after he heard the loud noise. Police officers found no recoverable fingerprints on the vehicle. The wallet was the only item taken. No other vehicles in the area appear to have been damaged.
Fraudulent Verizon account in Maine runs up bill
A Southgate woman reported to police officers on Aug. 28 that a debt collector informed her Aug. 26 that she had a $2,784 past due account with Verizon for four phone lines in the state of Maine. She said she had never done any business with Verizon. She requested a police report to enable Verizon to initiate an investigation and clear her of responsibility for the debt.
Woman needing debt relief swindled by con artists
A woman who was behind on her car payments reported Sept. 18 that she was swindled by shady loan lenders, who took her personal information and promised to help her catch up on bill payments. They claimed they reversed the payment due for her car note, and said they put the money into her bank account, and told her to wire them the money, which she in turned did, through Western Union. From Sept. 5 to 9 the woman sent the purported “Cash Net USA” representatives $977, $990 and $500 through Western Union wire transfers. The con artists operated out of locations in Ohio and Kentucky.
A man reported the afternoon of Aug. 30 that his unlocked 2003 Jaguar S-Type, parked in front of his residence on Superior, was vandalized overnight. He said the sunroof was opened, and the passenger side mirror, wiper blades and hood ornament were damaged. He said the center console navigation system was damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to remove it. Both front seats were also damaged, with puncture holes in the seats.
Burned out brake lights leads to narcotics arrest
A 63-year-old Detroit man and a 34-year-old Taylor woman were arrested the night of Aug. 11 when a traffic stop triggered by burned-out driver and passenger side brake lights resulted in an arrest for cocaine possession.
When police officers were driving west on Ford Avenue, they saw the burned-out brake lights, and when they ran the license plate, the vehicle was found to be uninsured. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver, a man, and the female passenger appeared to be very nervous, and avoided eye contact with the police officers. The driver provided a driver’s license, and the passenger provided her identification.
The man, who said he had never been in trouble in the past, was found to have priors for narcotics, theft and weapon violations.
The vehicle was impounded for lack of insurance. When the man exited the vehicle, a glass crack pipe was observed on the front dash on the driver’s side, near the windshield. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police vehicle.
The passenger was also handcuffed, and placed in the back of another police vehicle.
When the vehicle was searched, a foil wrapper was found on the passenger seat, with two white rocks, which tested positive for crack cocaine. A second glass crack pipe was found on the passenger side of the vehicle. Additional drug paraphernalia was found inside a bag in the vehicle.
A cup containing alcohol was found in the cupholder on the driver’s side of the car, and another rock of crack cocaine was found on the floor on the driver’s side.
A bag full of personal care products, which the driver was unable to identify, was found in the trunk, leading the police officers to suspect the items might have been stolen.
The man and the woman were taken to the police station, where they were booked, fingerprinted, photographed and held. A preliminary breath test was administered to the female passenger, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.155, nearly twice the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The vehicle was impounded and forfeited. Both were charged with possession of crack cocaine and narcotic paraphernalia, and the man was also charged with having an open intoxicant in the vehicle, no insurance and defective break lights.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)