Monday, February 10, 2020

34th District Court Judge David Parrott Charged in Domestic Incident

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged 34th District Court Judge David Parrott, (DOB: 04/12/1960), in connection with an alleged assault of a 55-year-old woman who is his domestic partner. On February 8, 2020 at approximately 7:10 p.m. Van Buren Township officers were dispatched to a home in Van Buren Township that Judge Parrott shares with the 55-year-old female victim. When the police arrived, the victim was upset and alleged that Judge Parrott had assaulted her causing a bump on her head, a laceration on her right hand, and pain to her tailbone. After an investigation at the scene the police arrested Judge Parrott.

Today the defendant has been charged with Domestic Violence Assault and Battery. * He was arraigned in 35th District Court before Judge James Plakas and received a $2500 personal bond with an alcohol tether. He must have no contact with complainant, he cannot return to condo they share and cannot possess any firearms. Judge Parrott will have a pre-trial conference in 35th District Court on February 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Detroit Man Charged in Lauder Street Attack on Senior Woman

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Shon Glen Lacey, Jr., 20 (DOB: 03/10/1999), of Detroit, in connection with carjacking and assault of a 72-year-old Detroit woman on February 8, 2020.

On February 6, 2020 at approximately 8:24 a.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 13970 block of Lauder Street in Detroit. Upon arrival, the officers observed large amounts of blood in the home. The victim was located and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her serious injuries.

It is alleged that the defendant knew the victim and had shoveled her snow in the past. It is further alleged that Lacey assaulted with the victim by repeatedly striking her with a rock in the head and upper torso. Lacey also stole her vehicle and drove it away. DPD officers canvassed the area in a marked patrol car and upon locating the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop. Lacey drove away and struck another vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot. Investigation by the Detroit Police officers led to the arrest of the defendant nearby.

Lacey has been charged with Carjacking, Assault with Intent to Murder, Motor Vehicle - Unlawful Driving Away, Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - Motor Vehicle and Fleeing and Eluding Police - Third Degree. * On February 8, 2020, Lacey was arraigned in 34th District Court before Magistrate Linda Mack. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for February 19, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for February 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Kenyetta Stanford Jones in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $1 million cash/surety bond. Please contact the Detroit Police Department for a photograph of the defendant.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Pittsburgh Controller Chelsa Wagner Enters No Contest Plea to Disturbing the Peace

In 2019 Ms. Wagner was charged with two counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years, and one count of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days. * Her jury trial began on November 12, 2019 before Judge Dalton Roberson and concluded on November 20, 2019. Ms. Wagner was found not guilty of the misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. A mistrial was declared on the felony count of Resisting and Obstructing the Police.

Today a pre-trial conference for the remaining felony count of Resisting and Obstructing the Police was held before Judge Regina Thomas. Ms. Wagner pleaded no contest to one count of Disturbing the Peace (Disturbing Meetings), a 90-day misdemeanor under MCLA 750.170. She was sentenced today to six months non-reporting probation and must pay $600.00 in court costs and $53.00 to the Crime Victim's Fund. T his is a plea under advisement which means that when Ms. Wagner completes the probation the court can dismiss the case. *

*Note: WCPO has recently been informed that Ms. Wagner has issued the following erroneous statement about the proceedings:

"The settlement agreement entered into between Wagner and the Wayne County Prosecutor's office was approved by Judge Regina Thomas and will result in charges against Wagner being fully dismissed. Wagner appeared at 9:00 a.m. today for a pretrial hearing scheduled by her attorney, Charles Longstreet, before Judge Regina Thomas. Judge Thomas ruled for the case to be fully dismissed, upon Wagner paying for court fees and costs, which she did immediately following the 9am hearing. With full dismissal, nothing appears on an individual's record."

Please be advised that the case has not been dismissed by the court. Ms. Wagner has a six-month period of non-reporting probation, where she must not have any new criminal cases and must pay court costs and fines. It is a plea under advisement and after six months the Judge can dismiss her case. The plea form in the case signed by Ms. Wagner and her attorney is attached.

The order entered by Judge Thomas today is attached and clearly indicates that the probationary term is for six months. No order of dismissal exists.

Bashar Kallabat Homicide - DPD has informed DPD that a warrant request will be presented in the case tomorrow.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Man Charged in Murder of 27-year-old Woman in Detroit

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Darnell Rayshawn Hall, 29 (DOB:07/27/1990), of Detroit, in connection with the murder of his female friend Porcha E. Wheeler, 27, of New York, New York. On February 7, 2020, Detroit police officers were dispatched to Hall's apartment in the 1600 block of Antietam in Detroit. The officers observed Ms. Wheeler inside the apartment suffer3ing from multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced deceased by medics that arrived at the scene. The defendant was present and arrested by officers at the scene.

On the afternoon of February 10, 2020, Hall was charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm. He arraigned was remanded to jail by Magistrate Joseph Boyer on the same day. He received a Probable Cause Conference on February 24, 2020, and a Preliminary Examination date of March 2, 2020, both before Judge Lynise Weekes.

Detroit Man Charged in the Homicide of Bashar Kallabat

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jimmy Jermaine Pickett, 24, (DOB:4/25/1995) of Detroit in connection with the homicide of Bashar Kallabat, 56, of Bloomfield Hills. On February 11, 2020 at 10:31 p.m. Detroit Police officers were dispatched to a motel located in the 14700 block of East 8 Mile Road in Detroit. When they arrived at the motel room, they observed Mr. Kallabat with head trauma. It was determined that he died from blunt force trauma.

Investigation by the Detroit Police led to the identification and arrest of Defendant Pickett. It is alleged that the Defendant entered Mr. Kallabat's hotel room, killed him, took the victim's personal property, and left the motel. Aspects of the case remain under investigation. Further facts and evidence in the case will be presented in court at the Preliminary Examination.

Defendant Pickett has been charged with First Degree Felony Murder, a charge which carries a penalty of Life in Prison without Parole. * He is expected to be arraigned in 36th District Court before Judge Laura Echartea at 2:30 p.m. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP) is prosecuting the case. FMJP is a collaboration between the Prosecutor's Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Warrant Denied in Demolition of State Representative's Non-Profit House

On July 25, 2018, a house in the 14560 block of Minock was purchased by Michigan State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo's non-profit organization, "Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education", transferred from the Detroit Land Bank (DLB).

On September 26, 2019, Rep. Gay-Dagnogo went on local news outlets to report that she was informed by a third party that the Minock house was demolished. The Detroit Police Department quickly began an investigation.

As a result of the investigation, DPD identified a 66-year-old suspect. On October 3, 2019, the suspect admitted that he demolished the house. The debris was dumped in a Waste Management landfill.

The suspect admitted he mistakenly demolished the Minock house without the owner's permission. It appears he demolished the house due to a misunderstanding regarding whether he was being asked to give a quote or had received clearance to demolish the house.

The suspect readily admits that he "jumped the gun" and demolished the house without final confirmation that his bid was accepted. Nothing suggests anything other than negligence on the suspect's part. For these reasons the warrant is being denied.