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White Lake Mother Arrested on Charges of Drunken Driving; Man Accidentally Shoots Friend in Leg in Fenton Apartment

A roundup of crime from around the Hartland area.

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

White Lake-Highland Patch

Mother Arrested on Charges of Drunken Driving, Child Endangerment

A 23-year-old White Lake woman was arrested Jan. 10 at 12:30 a.m. after a routine traffic stop according to White Lake Police.

The woman was subsequently arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated (OWI) and child endangerment (OWI with an occupant less than 16). The charges are one-year misdemeanors.

The woman was given a $10,000 bond.

According to the report, the woman was stopped by an officer for a traffic violation on M-59 near Meijer. The report states that while the officer was talking to the woman he noticed the smell of intoxicants.

The woman was given a field sobriety test, and failed, the report states. She registered at .12 blood alcohol level when given a preliminary breath test. The legal limit is .08.

The woman was arrested on the scene. In the car was a 3-year-old child. The report states that the child was in a car seat, but that the car seat was not secured properly. The child was turned over to a family member.

Fenton Patch

Man Accidentally Shoots Friend in Leg in Fenton Apartment

Fenton Police arrested a man on possession of a weapon while intoxicated causing an injury charges after he accidentally shot his friend in the leg Thursday.

Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said police responded to a 911 call around 12:20 a.m. Jan. 10 on the 1100 block of Poplar Street after the caller said he had shot his friend while unloading a pistol.

Aro said a 22-year-old Fort Wayne man reported he was showing a friend his .45 caliber pistol and was attempting to unload the weapon when he apparently pulled the trigger and shot a 21-year-old Fenton resident in the left calf. Rescue crews transported the Fenton man to the hospital for treatment.

Police officers noticed several liquor bottles in the home and Aro said the Fort Wayne man admitted the two had been drinking during the evening. He was then arrested on possession of a weapon while intoxicated causing an injury charges and held at the Fenton Police Department.

"We are positive there was no confrontation. It was accidental," Aro said.

The case will be forwarded to the Genesee County Prosecutor's office, he added.

Plymouth-Canton Patch

Woman Acts as Deadweight to Avoid Arrest by Canton Police

Canton Township Police arrested three people on charges of first degree retail fraud 6:54 p.m. Jan. 6 at Walmart, 45555 Michigan Avenue, according to a police report.

Officers were dispatched to Walmart on Michigan Avenue for a retail fraud in progress, according to the report. There were two female suspects who had left the store and returned to a blue 2005 Pontiac Aztec, which had been parked near the entrance and where a man was placing merchandise from the store, the report said.

The officer put his vehicle behind the Aztec to stop it from backing away, according to the report, and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle. The woman began to exit but dropped a purple purse onto the parking lot, the report said. The officer ordered her to leave it and continue to exit the vehicle, according to the report, but she refused and got back in the car. 

The officer ordered her again and the woman responded that she had just had a baby, was bleeding and had difficulty getting out of the car, the report said. The officer ordered her to exit and told her she was under arrest, but the woman continued to say she was moving as fast as she could, the report said.

A second officer joined the first in approaching the woman to order her out of the vehicle, according to the report, and she began to shout and cause a disturbance.

The officer grabbed her left arm and directed her out of the vehicle, but once the woman got her feet on the ground she immediately collapsed, the report said. She refused to get up and continued to yell and cause a disturbance, according to the report. 

The officers grabbed her arms but she refused to get up and continued to be a deadweight, the report said. The officers were able to lift her and had to pull her toward the patrol car, according to the report, but she refused to get up and was handcuffed.

A woman with her toddler daughter in her lap was in the backseat of the Aztec, the report said, and she was placed in a patrol car while the investigation continued.

A Walmart official said the women entered the store selecting merchandise and placing it into a shopping cart, according to the report. They passed all points of purchase and left the cart in the produce section near the west doors, the report said, and went outside to the Aztec.  While the Aztec was parked near the entrance one of the women and the man re-entered the store and retrieved the shopping cart with the merchandise, the report said, and the man loaded the merchandise valued at $1,202 into the Aztec.

The woman was transported to St. Joseph Mercy for her unknown medical condition, according to the report, and the other two were taken to the Canton Police Department.  All three had prior retail fraud charges, the report said.

West Bloomfield Patch

Decorative inflatable penguins in yard stabbed

West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond said that three decorative, inflatable penguins were stabbed and deflated overnight on Jan. 1. The penguins, each at more than seven feet tall, had been spreading Christmas cheer to a home on the 5500 block of Dover Ct. that night, according to Diamond. The penguins were valued at about $150 total, Diamond added. Police have no suspects. 

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