MSU Student From Rochester Dies of Injuries; Man Arrested After Discharging Gun While Intoxicated

A roundup of crime from around the Hartland area.

Area Patch sites provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

Rochester Patch

A 23-year-old Michigan State University senior from Rochester was killed early Saturday at an apartment complex in Meridian Township, according to a report on MLive.

Andrew Singler was reportedly injured at an apartment complex and transported to Sparrow Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to reports from a Lansing-area TV station.

Meridian Township police report a suspect was arrested, and an investigation is ongoing, MLive reported.

Although several media organizations are reporting that Singler was stabbed, Rochester Patch could not confirm that information Sunday morning. 

According to the university's website, Singler was studying nutritional sciences.

Dexter Patch

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office arrested a Dexter Township man after he illegally discharged a gun while under the influence of alcohol at his home on Feb. 4.

According to police, deputies were dispatched to a home in the 8000 block of Second Street after receiving 911 reports of shots fired at the residence.

The police report states that deputies attempted to make contact with the homeowner with a vehicle PA system but were unsuccessful. Permission was then granted by a second homeowner to enter the house.

According to police, the suspect was located in the bedroom asleep and intoxicated. The shooter told officers he was shooting at "pole cats" outside. The man was arrestd and taken to jail for careless discharge of a weapon, possession of firearm under the influence, and possession of a short-barrelled shotgun.

Novi Patch

On Wednesday, the Novi Police Departmentreceived notification from the State Department legal attaché in New Delhi, India of the arrest of 46-year-old Lakshminivasa Rao Nerusu. Although the specific details of his arrest are unknown at this time, Nerusu was taken into custody by the Andhra Pradesh State Police near Hyderabad, India.

Nerusu is accused of killing his then 37-year-old wife, Jayalakshmi Nerusu, and their two children, 14-year old daughter Tejasvi Nerusu and 12-year old son Siva Kumar Nerusu, on Oct. 13, 2008. Following the murders, Nerusu fled to India. Novi Police found the deceased bodies after responding to a welfare check at the Nerusu home on Oct. 27, 2008.

Investigators from the Novi Police Department worked collaboratively with the FBI and U.S. Department of State to apprehend Nerusu on a three count First Degree Murder warrant issued by the Oakland County Prosecutors Office and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of State are handling the extradition process which may take several years if contested by Nerusu.

“I am very pleased with the collaborative effort between the Novi Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of State and local officials in India to apprehend Mr. Nerusu” said Novi Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police David Molloy. “We look forward to Mr. Nerusu returning to Michigan to face the consequences of these horrific crimes.”

A charge of Murder in the First Degree includes premeditation and deliberation. If convicted, Nerusu faces the penalty of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

White Lake-Highland Patch

Two Pennsylvania residents were arrested Feb. 15 in White Lake after loss prevention officers and police noticed the couple using forged coupons for baby formula, the police report states.

According to the report, Mahmoud Raja, 56, and Anisora Chilom, 48, were arrested on retail fraud third degree charges. White Lake Police Chief Ed Harris said additional charges of uttering and publishing are expected.

Chilom and Raja were released from Oakland County Jail earlier this week after posting $5,000 cash bonds.

Harris said Raja and Chilom were arrested at Kroger in White Lake. The report states that a loss prevention officer in Waterford noticed the pair loading a large amount of baby formula into a van full of baby formula cans at the Waterford Kroger. The officer decided to follow the couple and followed them to the Kroger in White Lake.

The officer followed the woman around the White Lake store and watched her load a cart with powdered baby formula and proceed to the check out.

The report states that the woman paid for the cans with cash and used seven buy-one-get-one-free coupons. The cans are valued at $13 each. The officer called police and detained the woman, the report states, after he saw the coupons were forged coupons.

When police arrived, they arrested both the woman and the man who was walking by the JCPenney down the street.

The baby formula company confirmed the coupons used by the woman were not legitimate. During the investigation, the report states that the woman told police she and the man get paid $200 a week by their boss to buy the formula using the forged coupons.

Harris said the operation is a large scale operation, and that cases like this have been reported in several states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania - it's unclear what the formula is used for.

Harris said the van with the formula was confiscated, along with more than 800 cans of formula, a large sum of cash, a large stack of coupons and five GPS units.


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