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NEWS UPDATES*

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Floyd Galloway - Defendant charged in connection with an attack on a female jogger in Hines Park will have a bond hearing tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Mark Slavens.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Floyd Galloway Bond Motion - Defendant charged in connection with an attack on a female jogger in Hines Park. Today Judge Richard Skutt reduced the $750,000 cash only bond to a $350,000 cash/surety bond, with the provision that if the defendant is able to post bond he must be under house arrest at his parent's home and have a GPS tether. His final conference is on October 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Bicycle Abduction/Sexual Assault Suspects - At this time WCPO has not received a warrant request in connection with this case.

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.

Detroit Bicycle Abduction/Sexual Assault at East Milwaukee and Orleans - WCPO has recently received a warrant request that is being reviewed for Detroit male in connection with this case. When a charging decision has been made a release will be sent out. An arraignment is not expected today.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Detroit Police Officer Charged with Misconduct and Larceny

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Michael Merritt, 40 (DOB: 06/11/1977), in connection with an alleged theft from a motor vehicle and misconduct in office. On September 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Merritt was on duty at the Third Precinct, located in the 2800 block of Grand River when it is alleged that he unlawfully removed a hydraulic jack and tools from a truck parked in the rear of the police parking lot and placed them on the ground. Shortly thereafter it is alleged that he drove his personal vehicle over to the tools and placed them in the rear passenger seat area.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the Detroit Police Department the defendant has been charged with Larceny from a Motor Vehicle, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years, and Misconduct in Office, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years*. Merritt is currently suspended without pay from the Detroit Police Department.

Merritt was arraigned today in 36th District Court. He received a $25,000 personal bond. His probable cause conference is on October 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and his preliminary examination is on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge William McConico in 36th District Court.

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

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