Police Blotter: Officers Aid Boater in Lake St. Clair

The following information was gathered from the Grosse Pointe Park and City of Grosse Pointe public safety departments. Arrests do not indicate conviction.

Grosse Pointe Park public safety officers helped a 48-year-old Redford Township man whose boat started taking on water in Lake St. Clair June 20 near Windmill Pointe Drive. The man was not injured and he was already securing his 18-foot boat to a break wall when offices arrived. The Windmill Pointe resident called police because he believed the boat to be in distress, Lt. James Smith said. The boat owner planned to arrange for the proper repairs to the boat, Smith said.

Crime Interrupted

A resident in the 1000 block of Bedford Road called police about 4:30 a.m. June 21 after spotting a man he believed was trying to steal a car. Responding officers found a vehicle driving from the scene without headlights on. The vehicle sped up and then crashed into a tree. The driver ran from the crash and officers discovered that the man was stealing tires and rims. The four recovered by police were returned to their owner and detectives are investigating the crime. 


City of Grosse Pointe officers arrested a 24-year-old Detroit man June 26 about 8:50 a.m. after he ran two red lights and drove about 65 mph down Jefferson toward Detroit. A patrol officer tried to stop the man after he sped by and ran one red light on Jefferson at Lakeland but he continued driving and didn't stop until Lakepointe in Grosse Pointe Park. Officers from the Park assisted City officers and the man was found to have a 0.17 percent blood alcohol content, according to a report. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Grosse Pointe Park police arrested a 14-year-old Detroit boy June 21 after he pushed down two other youths in an attempt to steal their bicycles. The boy is charged with attempted unarmed robbery and was taken to the Wayne County Detention Facility. 

Grosse Pointe Park police arrested a 13-year-old River Rouge boy June 22 after a Windmill Pointe Road resident spotted him rifling through his parked car in his driveway shortly before 4 a.m. The resident confronted the boy and then chased him down the street. Police were called and arrested the boy, whom they found hiding in a getaway vehicle a few blocks away. A second juvenile believed to be involved was not located, according to a report. 


Two City of Grosse Pointe residents reported thefts of belongings from their vehicles. Both thefts happened between late June 24 and early June 25. In the first case, a radio and items from a glove box were stolen from a 1996 Honda Accord parked in the 800 block of Lakeland. The car was unlocked. In the second case, a small bag of coins and sunglasses were taken from a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Rivard, according to reports.

A Grosse Pointe Park resident reported the theft of a cellphone from an unlocked car in the 1300 block of Somerset June 25. 

Paint Spill

Firefighters from the City of Grosse Pointe were called to the 600 block of Notre Dame June 24 to clean up spilled paint after a 43-year-old Ferndale woman fell in the spilled paint and reported it to police. The woman was walking her dog when she fell in the paint, which covered the sidewalk. A responding officer found an empty paint can on the front porch of a home and found the man responsible for the spill. He told the officer it happened earlier in the day and he hadn't had time to clean it up yet. Firefighters cleaned the paint up as much as possible but the Department of Public Works was being notified of the spill so officials could follow up Monday. 

Property Damage

Grosse Pointe Park police are investigating vandalism of two cars in the 500 block of Barrington reported Saturday and Sunday. The letter X was scratched into the hoods, windows and gasoline access doors of both vehicles, according to a report.


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