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Marijuana Plants Found in Foreclosed Home; Intoxicated Woman With Gun Arrested at Northville Bar

A roundup of crime from around the Brighton 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.

White Lake-Highland Patch

White Lake Police were called to a foreclosed home on Eagle Road after a worker found more than 20 marijuana plants inside the home.

Lt. Don Nankervis said the bank that now owns the home sent maintenance workers to the home to clean it up and secure it. When the worker arrived, they found several marijuana plants inside the home.

Nankervis said the plants were all in various stages of growth.

The plants were all confiscated.

Northville Patch

Northville Township police dispatched to Rocky's on Seven Mile Road at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 1 found a woman who was carrying a handgun passed out in the restroom. According to the report, staff members told the officers that restaurant patrons saw the woman's firearm.

The officers entered the restroom and saw the woman leaning over the bathroom counter with her head in one of the sinks. The grip and top of a handgun, which was not holstered, were sticking out of the waistband in the back of her pants, the report said. Officers took the gun without incident.

Plymouth-Canton Patch

Criminal charges against a 20-year-old Canton woman accused of wrapping her stillborn baby in towels and a garbage bag were dismissed Friday, according to the Canton Observer.

The charges alleged that Emily Dunklee, 20, of Canton hid her pregnancy from what defense attorneys described as a strict Catholic family because she did not want her parents to know she was carrying a child. She wrapped the infant in towels and a garbage bag and left it on a deck outside the home she shared with her parents, where her father later discovered the body.

Novi Patch

A serial bank robber tied to crimes in Novi was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in federal prison, after having been convicted of four counts of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Arthur Payton, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff in Port Huron. 

According to the release, a federal jury convicted Payton in November 2012 of recruiting heroin-addicted prostitutes to rob banks in Oakland and Wayne counties. After the FBI determined that Payton was responsible for the bank robberies, his co-defendant wore a hidden microphone and recorded Payton planning his next set of bank robberies in downtown Detroit. Payton stole approximately $8,000 from the four banks.

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