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Monday, October 16, 2017

Kevin Price - Defendant accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter. His preliminary examination is Wednesday, October 18, 2017, but the time has been changed to 8:30 a.m. before Judge Deborah Nance Adams.

Detroit Man Arrested in Attempted Sexual Assault in Greektown Parking Garage

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Cortez Demar Bender, 21 (DOB: 08/16/1996), of Detroit, in connection with an attempted sexual assault. On October 12, 2017 at 10:10 p.m., it is alleged that Bender followed a 29-year-old woman from inside the Greektown Casino into the parking garage and attempted to sexually assault her. The woman struck Bender, struggled with him and screamed, causing him to flee on foot. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department, assisted by Greektown Casino security officers, resulted in the identification and arrest of Bender on October 14, 2017.

Bender has been charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct*. Bender was arraigned on the warrant this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea. The probable cause conference is scheduled for October 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for October 31, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $250,000 cash/surety bond.

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

Allen Park Man Charged in Carjacking Case

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Earl Joseph Larche, 37 (DOB: 08/28/1980), of Allen Park with Carjacking. He is expected to be arraigned at 11:00 a.m. In 34th District Court in Romulus on Saturday, October 14, 2017.On October 12, 2017, at 6:09 p.m. at a BP gas station in the 16050 block of Allen Park it is alleged that Larche approached the car of a 24-year-old female who was outside of her car pumping gas when Larche jumped in the car and drove it away. The woman jumped in the passenger side of the vehicle and with the aid of a male truck driver at the scene was able to stop the car from leaving the station. The defendant was briefly captured by the truck driver but the defendant broke free and ran from the scene. Investigation by the Allen Park police lead to Larche's arrest.The arraignment information was received from the court today. Larche received a $15,000 cash bond. His Probable Cause Conference is on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and his Preliminary Exam is on October 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in 24th District Court in Allen Park.

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

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Taylor Homicide in the 22300 block of Eureka - We have been told by the Taylor Police Department that a warrant request in this case will be presented sometime today. An update will be sent out when it is received.

Two Children Shot at Dearborn Daycare - WCPO continues to review a warrant request for this case. A decision is not expected this week. When a decision has been made, a release will be sent out.

Gerald Day - Detroit man charged in multiple home invasions and assaults in several jurisdictions. Today the court has moved the next court date on all of the defendant's cases from November 1, 2017 to November 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for the competency and criminal responsibility review.

Taylor Homicide in the 22300 block of Eureka - WCPO has the warrant request and it is currently being reviewed.

Two Charged with Marijuana Sales in Highland Park Subway Sandwich Shop

On October 16, 2017, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Raymon Anthony Morgan, 35 (DOB: 10/31/1981) of Detroit, and Shantez Thomas-John Beauford, 20 (DOB: 02/12/1997), of Grosse Pointe, in connection with the sale of marijuana from a Subway Sandwich Shop.

Between October 10, 2017 and October 12, 2017, Highland Park police officers conducted surveillance on the Subway Sandwich Shop located in the 14300 block of Woodward Avenue in Highland Park. On October 13, 2017, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Highland Park Police officers went to the location.

Defendant Morgan has been charged with Firearm - Felon in Possession, Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana and two counts of Felony Firearm*. Defendant Beauford has been charged with Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana*. Both defendants have been arraigned on the warrant. Their probable cause conference is scheduled for October 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Officer-Hill in 30th District Court. Defendant Morgan received a $50,000 cash/surety bond; Defendant Beauford received a $25,000 cash/surety bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Taylor Woman Charged in Homicide of Co-Worker

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Sandra Lynette Waller, 49 (DOB: 01/07/1968), of Taylor, in connection with the fatal shooting of Lorraine Maylynn Faison, 49, of Allen Park. On October 16, 2017 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Taylor Police officers were dispatched to a shooting at Burlington Coat Factory in the 22300 block of Eureka Road. It is alleged that shortly before the police arrived at the store, Defendant Waller had a brief verbal argument her co-worker, Ms. Faison. It is alleged that during the argument, the defendant fatally shot Ms. Faison once in the chest. The arresting officers found Defendant Waller at the location with a gun in her waistband. The gun was taken from her without incident and she was placed under arrest. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.The defendant has been charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm.* Waller was arraigned this afternoon before 23rd District Court Judge Joseph Slaven. The probable cause conference is scheduled for October 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for November 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Joseph D. Slaven in 23rd District Court. The defendant received a $250,000 cash/surety bond. WCPO will be appealing the bond. Under the law the defendant must be remanded to jail on a First Degree Murder charge. The defendant currently remains in jail.

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