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.
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.
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Woman caught on camera shooting dead her abusive partner, 43, in a Michigan children’s trampoline park as he attacked her 14-year-old son will NOT be charged
The 39-year-old woman, whose identity is not being revealed by authorities, shot and killed Damon Darnell Hodges at a trampoline park in Flint Township, Michigan, on January 18. Genesee County prosecutors said on Monday that Hodges has a violent criminal history dating back to 1993. Nine different people have alleged they were the victims of domestic violence at the hands of Hodges. Hodges’ criminal history includes a 13-year prison stint for child abuse. Hodges was charged in 1995 with assaulting his 16-month-old daughter, leaving her with brain damage, deafness, and vision impairment. He was eventually released in August 2008. Hodges also has a history of choking women.
A convicted sex offender who says he identifies as an eight-year-old girl will spend at least a decade in prison for dozens of images of child pornography found on his home computer.
Joseph Gobrick, 45, claims the images were computer-animated and protected under the First Amendment.
“I’ve always been an 8-year-old girl,’’ Gobrick said at sentencing. “And even my drawings and fantasies, I am always an 8-year-old girl.’’
But police said eight child victims were identified in the pornography recovered from Gobrick’s computer.
Some of the images depicted children between the ages of infant and five years old being sexually assaulted, court records show.
Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Helmer called Gobrick “a danger to the public.’’
“Even during the trial, the defendant continued to draw, talking about raping babies in the Kent County Jail and making other statements about how this is his constitutional right to continue to do so,” Helmer said.
Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Denenfeld recently sentenced Gobrick to between 10 and 20 years in prison.
“Based on everything he’s said and done, including bragging about what he was drawing in his cell, he obviously doesn’t think child sexually abusive material is wrong,’’ Denenfeld said. “This isn’t just virtual stuff; this is also real people being harmed.’’
MICHIGAN: Shawn Kubic, 47, died several days after being punched once on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at Kapones Sports Tavern on Harper Avenue. A 33-year-old man is facing multiple charges.
The suspect Hatum Akraw left the bar but called an attorney and turned himself in shortly after. Hatum Akrawi was initially charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a 10-year felony, but those charges have since been upgraded after Kubic died Thursday, Dec. 26.
Akrwai is now facing a second-degree murder charge and a manslaughter charge.
A Michigan woman accused of biting off her friend’s ear told police that she was playing a wolf and the victim was playing a vampire, according to authorities.
Allison Thompson Weaver, 44, and a 48-year-old woman were found partially nude and covered in blood in the early hours of Sept. 17 at an apartment building in Rochester Hills. Officers responded to the scene after a 911 caller reported hearing women fighting.
Deputies said they knocked on the door and also heard someone moaning and calling for help. They entered the apartment through an unlocked door and went upstairs, police said.
Weaver and the victim were in the master bedroom covered in blood, officers said. The 48-year-old had several bite marks on her face and part of her left ear had been bitten off, according to authorities.
“This is very unusual,” said Sgt. Jason Dalbec, of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. “This is one of those cases that will be once in a lifetime for deputies.”
Police said Weaver was hovering over the woman on the floor next to the bed.
Weaver was under the influence of alcohol or unknown drugs that had been recovered at the scene, police said.
“They saw the two women covered in blood,” Dalbec said. “One was lying on the floor. Another was kneeling next to her, and they’re both in this dazed and confused (state).”
The 48-year-old woman told police she had invited Weaver to her home for drinks, but Weaver made sexual advances toward her. When she refused and went to bed, she was awakened by Weaver, who had removed her clothes and was strangling and biting her, according to officials
A Michigan man is behind bars on a murder charge for allegedly killing his wife by spiking her cereal with heroin.
Jason Harris, 44, of Davison, was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with the death of his wife five years ago.
When Christina Ann-Thompson Harris, 36, died in September 2014 after being found unresponsive in her home, it was ruled an accidental overdose, the Genesee County prosecutor, David Leyton, said at a news conference.
On the day she was found, a neighbor told police that Harris had called asking her to check on his wife.
When the neighbor discovered Christina Harris in her bed and was unable to wake her, she called another neighbor, who is a nurse. The nurse realized the woman had died and called 911.
By the time police arrived, Jason Harris was there. He told officers that his wife had been battling a cold and when he left for work that morning she had been coughing and in a restless sleep, Leyton said at the news conference Tuesday.
A medical examiner said her death was due to accidental heroin toxicity, a ruling that shocked her family and friends.
Authorities say a man serving a 40-year sentence for his role in a international child pornography ring has died following a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.
A statement Friday from the Federal Bureau of Prisons says Christian Maire had life-threatening injuries following the “altercation” Tuesday at the Milan detention center about 50 miles southwest of Detroit and was pronounced dead.
(In December, Christian Maire sobbed in court, telling the judge: ‘I am sick.’ Read more here.)
Maire’s drew national attention as federal prosecutors illustrated how nine men lured hundreds of teenage girls onto the dark web and convinced them to strip, masturbate and perform illicit sexual acts on a webcam.
The men even convinced some girls to cut themselves while they watched.
All nine defendants were convicted and sentenced to decades in prison, including Maire, a married father of two from New York who masterminded and ran the operation.
Detroit Cops Causes A Big Car Accident, Arrests The Other Driver To Cover Up Their Mistake.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive lineman was pulled over in Lathrup Village, Michigan, in February after a police officer noticed McDowell’s Jeep speeding and spinning out on the road, and it culminated in a fight during which McDowell was tased, only to rip out the darts and attack the officer.
A 33-year-old man from Pontiac is now facing further charges after he fled the courthouse in Rochester Hills where he had just been sentenced to serve 90 days in jail.
Multiple Deputies pursued the subject and apprehended him inside a wooded area in front of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Rochester Hills Substation.
On March 12, Brandon Stacey entered Grifols Biomat plasma donation center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Stacey, an employee, went straight to the bathroom and when he exited, he fired a single shot from a handgun into the ceiling, telling workers to call the police. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers Brendan Westrick and Emily Weston entered the building.
Stacey raised his gun toward Westrick. Westrick and Stacey exchanged gunfire, Westrick fired 10 rounds at Stacey before he was hit twice in his bulletproof vest and once in the gun holster. After Westrick fell to the ground, Weston engaged the subject firing 13 rounds. Stacey was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Brendan Westrick was transported to the hospital were he was treated and released. Both officer Westrick and Weston were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. On April 16, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting cleared both officers for firing their weapons during the incident.
ALPENA — The boy who claims he had a sexual relationship with his teacher took the stand in 88th District Court Thursday and described how the relationship began and eventually led to sexual acts being done more than 100 times over a three-year span, beginning when he was 11 years old.
The boy, now 14, claims there are photos and videos that prove his story.
He testified during the second day of the preliminary examination in the sex assault case against former Thunder Bay Junior High School teacher Heather Winfield. The preliminary exam, used to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial, began Wednesday and will continue Friday.
The News does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.
The defense countered the boy’s testimony strongly, claiming he made up the story and created fake evidence. The boy had the password to Winfield’s phone.
During the cross-examination, questioning became heated and the victim became verbally aggressive toward Winfield’s counsel and Judge Thomas LaCross called for a recess to let things cool down.
The victim, who officials say has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, said Winfield, his special education teacher, showered him with gifts, included him in her family vacations, and, ultimately, seduced him.
Winfield, who resigned from the school, is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13 and with first-degree criminal sexual conduct during the commission of a felony, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child aged 13 to 15, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than 13, accosting a minor for immoral purposes, and using a computer to commit a crime.
If convicted, Winfield could face life in prison.
‘WE WERE REALLY SNEAKY’
The saga began, the boy testified, when he was placed in special education at the school under the tutelage of Winfield, who gradually earned his trust and that of his grandparents, who are the boy’s guardians. He said he was invited to take trips on spring break to Florida and Tennessee, where Winfield took him to a football game for his birthday. He also received many gifts, such as fishing gear, bikes, a guitar and amplifier, and expensive, name-brand tennis shoes from his teacher, he told the court.
It was early in summer 2016 when the boy said the sexual advances began. On July 2 of that year, he said, the two had intercourse in a trailer that was in the yard at Winfield’s home and more assaults continued from there. He said Winfield took him to several different hotels in Alpena, where they had sex, and that they also frequented Duck Park and other local trails and campsites where they could be together. He said Winfield sent him nude photos and he took a video of one encounter.
LaCross let the prosecution enter the photos and video as evidence.
According to the alleged victim, Winfield also sent him a photo of an ultrasound image and told him she was pregnant. The boy said he is unsure what happened to the pregnancy or if there really was one.
Assistant Prosecutor Cynthia Muszynski asked the boy how it made him feel afterward and he said it made him feel “cool” and he decided to just “roll” with what was happening.
“We would have what she called quickies all over the house and it could happen at any time of the day,” he said. “We were really sneaky about it.”
After the school was alerted there could be some misbehavior between the two, law enforcement was contacted, but the boy at that time denied there was anything sexual taking place. It wasn’t until much later that he fessed up to his grandparents, who contacted authorities once more, and an investigation started.
Muszynski introduced to the court a large binder containing pages upon pages of Facebook messages she claimed the two sent one another.
A girl the victim was dating while the affair was allegedly ongoing discovered some of those messages on the boy’s device and reported them to the Michigan State Police, who contacted Alpena Public Schools. After being able to examine them, the alleged victim said he recognized the messages and said under oath that they were sent and received between Winfield and himself.
‘WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME CLEAN?’
Defense Attorney Matt Wojda painted a different picture of what really happened over the span of their relationship and claimed the Winfield family offered the troubled youth help and support. The family considered adopting him, the attorney said, but things turned sour and violent as the boy began to lash out and fabricated the whole story.
Wojda pointed out several discrepancies in the boy’s testimony Thursday compared to his initial statements to police. At one point, Wojda pushed the boy to come clean and admit he made up the allegations and sent the pictures from Winfield’s phone, to which he had the password.
The alleged victim admitted he had used Winfield’s phone to send messages and impersonated Winfield on her Snapchat account in the past.
“Why don’t you just come clean and admit none of this happened?” Wojda said.
LaCross stopped Wojda’s examination for a moment and then the focus shifted to alleged nude photos and pictures of an ultasound that the boy said Winfield sent him.
Wojda pointed out that the photos of the ultasound included the image of part of a Google search bar and suggested the victim grabbed the photo online and saved it on his phone. He also had the boy compare two pictures of what he claimed were Winfield’s breasts and had the boy see if there were any differences in them. The victim said one of the pictures had a “dark spot” on one of the breasts and the other didn’t, but that he did not doctor the photos.
“It must have been the camera,” he said.
The victim also claimed to have more nude photos of Winfield on his phone, but said he had deleted them. He’s aware the MSP Forensic Team had tried to recover them, but found no images in their examination.
“I don’t know what they did because they were there,” he said.
As pressure from law enforcement heated up, the boy said Winfield, a friend and himself devised a plan that would hopefully put the investigation to rest. After telling police about the alleged assaults, he later sent a text to an MSP detective, saying he had made up the entire thing.
Near the end of cross-examination Wojda explained how the boy would become angry when he didn’t get his way and would often throw things at Winfield and hit one of her other children. He said the youth had punched holes in the wall and made threats against Winfield’s husband.
Wojda described an incident in a bathroom in Winfield’s home, where the defense alleged the boy sexually assaulted Winfield and then locked himself in the bathroom. The boy said Winfield made up that story.
“It is a lie,” he said.
The police report says the alleged victim had sex while others were nearby, and Wojda questioned those stories.
“You said you were being sneaky, but yet you claim you were doing it near or by all of these people in the homes and in public,” Wojda said. “You mean to tell me nobody ever seen and you never got caught? That’s just hard to believe.”
After another heated exchange between Wojda and the witness, LaCross ended the day’s proceedings. The preliminary examination will continue at 1:30 p.m. today in 88th District Court.
Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989-358-5689 at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ss_alpeanews.com.
A Macomb Township woman is charged with drunken driving and could face up to 15 years in prison for a head-on car crash in Clinton Township that killed an 81-year-old man.
According to Clinton Township police, Morgan Coley, 18, was northbound on Utica Road about 10:20 p.m. Thursday when her car crossed the center line, striking an oncoming vehicle. The crash happened near Edsel Street, south of Moravian.
The driver of the other car, Hans Gerhard Schwallbach, 81, of Grosse Pointe, was transported to Henry Ford Hospital, where he died the next day.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Coley has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony if convicted.