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White Lake Mother Arrested on Charges of Drunken Driving; Novi Firefighter OK After Falling Through Roof in South Lyon House Fire

A roundup of crime from around the Brighton 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.

Novi Patch

Novi Firefighter OK After Falling Through Roof in House Fire

A Novi firefighter fell through a South Lyon house's roof while fighting a fire Tuesday morning, but refused medical treatment, according to an article in the Livingston Daily.

According to the article, the fire destroyed the family's home, which is located near 10 Mile Road and North Lafayette Street.

Two dogs and a cat died in the fire, but no person was injured, according to the Livingston Daily.

The Novi Fire Department responded to the fire along with departments from Lyon, Green Oak, Brighton and South Lyon, according to an article in the Observer & Eccentric.

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.

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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