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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rockwood Man Charged with Concealing the Death of an Individual

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jeffrey Michael Thomas, 50 (DOB: 08/11/1967), of Rockwood, in connection with having the dead body of his girlfriend, Jennifer Ann Butkowski, 32, also of Rockwood, in his home and not reporting it to the authorities.

On January 14, 2018 at 12:18 a.m. a Rockwood police officer was dispatched to Thomas's home in the 22000 block of Candace Drive to investigate suspicious activity. When the officer arrived, the defendant was observed to be disoriented with possible injuries on his body. During an investigation of the defendant's home, a foul odor was noticed coming from a bedroom. When the officer entered the bedroom, the windows were open and he discovered the lifeless body of a woman in a bed wrapped in a sheet and plastic. The woman was later identified as Ms. Butkowski. The defendant was placed under arrest at the scene and transported to a local hospital.

Thomas has been charged with Concealing the Death of an Individual, a felony with a five year maximum penalty*. He was arraigned this afternoon in 33rd District Court and received a $200,000 cash/surety bond. His probable cause hearing will be on January 30, 2017 and his preliminary examination will be held on February 2, 2018. The homicide investigation by the Rockwood Police Department is ongoing.

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

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

DPD Officer Lonnie Wade - Defendant charged in connection with the October 10, 2017 beating of David Bivins at a Meijer Store located on Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Today Wade waived his preliminary examination and was bound over on Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm, Felonious Assault and two counts of Misconduct in Office. His Arraignment on the Information is scheduled for February 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

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Sumpter Township Couple to be Arraigned on Saturday, January 20th

Defendants Candice Renea Diaz and Brad Edward Fields, the Sumpter Township mother and her boyfriend charged with Felony Murder, Second Degree Murder, Torture and Child Abuse First Degree* in connection with the January 1, 2018 death of four-year-old Gabrielle Barrett, are expected back in Sumpter Township on January 19, 2018. The couple is expected to be arraigned on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in 34th District Court after 11:00 a.m. in Romulus.

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

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