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Monday, March 5, 2018
Two Detroit Police Officers Charged with Willful Neglect of Duty

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Detroit police officers Stephen Heid, 26, (DOB: 04/23/1991) and Ronald Cadez, 28, (DOB: 12/10/1989), in connection with a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Maiden Street near Park Drive in Detroit.

On October 9, 2017, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Detroit Police Officers Heid and Cadez observed a vehicle traveling at an increased rate of speed on Maiden Street and Park Drive in Detroit. It is alleged that the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, activated their overhead lights, and pursued the vehicle. The car was driving at a high rate of speed and when the car was a block and a half away from the police, it crossed an intersection and collided with another vehicle. Heid and Cadez left the immediate scene and it is alleged they failed to notify the dispatcher that they were engaged in a pursuit. It is further alleged that the defendants neglected their duty when they failed to respond at the scene of an accident. The driver of the car was identified as Jerry Bradford, Jr., 19, of Detroit. Bradford was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead from injuries he sustained in the crash.

Both defendants have been charged with Willful Neglect of Duty*. They were arraigned today in 36th District, and received $5000 personal bonds. Their pretrial conference is scheduled March 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Roberta Archer.

*The charges are allegations unless and until the defendant is convicted.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Earl Joeseph Larche, III - Defendant charged in connection with the carjacking of a woman at a BP gas station in Allen Park. On February 20, 2018 he pleaded guilty as charged to Carjacking. Today he was sentenced before Judge Paul Cusick to four years to 20 years in prison.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Detroit Teen Charged with School Threats

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has been charged Randall Bowen, 17, (DOB: 08/21/2000), of Detroit, in connection with threats made to the Ben Carson High School in Detroit.

On March 1, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., an email was sent to Ben Carson High School issuing a threat against the school. It is alleged that defendant Randall Bowen sent the email. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of Bowen.

Defendant Bowen has been charged with one count of False Report or Threat of Terrorism, a 20 year felony offense and one count of Malicious Use - Telecommunications Services, a six month misdemeanor*.

Bowen was arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. The probable cause conference is scheduled for March 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for March 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $25,000/10%bond.

*The charges are allegations unless and until the defendant is convicted.

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Student Arraigned on Threats Charges

Canton/WCPO Joint Press Release

March 8, 2018, Canton, MI - Yesterday, 17-year old Brendan James Sibel was arraigned in 35th District Court on two counts of Terrorism Threat, a 20-year felony, and two counts of Bomb Threat, a four year felony*.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office issued the charges following a police investigation that began this week, when students at Canton and Salem High Schools reported discovering threats written on a bathroom wall in each building.

"We are evaluating these very serious cases on an individual basis. In this case, we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt alleged bomb and terrorism threats," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy. "We urge anyone that has any information on any potential school threat case to notify law enforcement immediately," Worthy added.

Upon notification of the threats, Plymouth-Canton Community School (P-CCS) officials, along with the School Resource Officers and officials from the Canton Police Department assessed the situation and determined the threats to be non-credible.

"Threats made against our schools, regardless of intent, will not be tolerated. Any threats to the safety of our students and staff will be taken seriously, and those deemed responsible will be held accountable," said Monica L. Merritt, P-CCS Superintendent of Schools. "We recognize what makes our high school campus so unique as 'Three Schools, One Park' also presents some unique challenges...but we have an incredible community, and together we will ensure that P-CCS remains a safe learning environment for all," Merritt added.

35th District Court Judge Ronald Lowe set Sibel's bond at $250,000, no 10%; a bond hearing was also scheduled for this afternoon, at 3 p.m.

"The Canton Police Department is dedicated to thoroughly investigating all threats to the safety of our residents, and specifically our student population," said Deputy Director of Police Chad Baugh.

P-CCS and the Canton Police Department are grateful for the actions and support of the students and staff this week, and applaud the very responsible students who spoke up and assisted where possible with the investigation.

*The charges are allegations unless and until the defendant is convicted.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Inkster Man Shot by His Mother - WPCO has just received the warrant request for this case. It is currently being reviewed. When a charging decision has been made an update an update will be sent out.

Theodore Wafer - Dearborn Heights defendant convicted in the homicide of Renisha McBride. Today the Michigan Supreme Court denied Defendant Wafer's application for leave to appeal citing that they were not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by the Court. Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said, "The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is pleased that the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that Defendant Wafer's convictions will stand."

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