Friday, April 12, 2013
Federal housing officials have released additional information on the searches of the Brighton and Livonia offices in February.
The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or Freddie Mac, unsealed documents Monday that shed some light onto why the FBI raided Elias Real Estate and Financial Services at both its Brighton and Livonia locations in February. According to an article in the Press & Argus, the documents state that the FBI was investigating Elias's January 2012 actions for supposedly operating a "buy and bail" scheme. >>Read more about the supposed scheme in the Press & Argus. Elias said in February that the FBI search was a surprise to him. As Brighton Patch previously reported, Elias Real Estate released a statement in February that speculated that the executed search warrants stem from problems with Freddie Mac, which began last year because of the …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The man is accused of pulling a gun on the owner of the Brighton restaurant and demanding money in 2010.
The man accused of attempting to rob the Lil' Chef restaurant in 2010 is now set to head to trial, according to an article in the Press & Argus. Kevin Michael Clark, 43, of Lansing, waived a probable cause hearing Wednesday in court, sending the case to trial, the article states. The trial date has yet to be set. Clark is the suspect in an attempted armed robbery in December of 2010. Brighton Police Chief Thomas Wightman told Patch in 2010 that the suspect entered the restaurant about 3 p.m. on a Monday, sat down and ordered lunch. After finishing his meal, he proceeded to the cash register, seemingly to pay his bill. However, the moment owner Scott Steele opened the register door, the man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and started …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Brighton Police aided in the capture of a Inkster woman accused of running over a Westland woman with her car last week.
A woman wanted in connection with a homicide in Westland was caught by local authorities Thursday night, according to media reports. According to Press & Argus, Shannon Marie Gruden-Trigg, 30, of Inkster, was found near Kellogg Road in Genoa Township. Gruden-Trigg is accused of running over a 26-year-old Westland woman with her car last week, killing the mother of four, according to WHMI 93.5 FM. Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte told WHMI a “be-on-the-lookout” advisory was issued to local authorities as Grudgen-Trigg had relatives nearby. Deputies and Brighton police found the woman's car hidden in the woods around 7:40 p.m. Thursday near Kellogg Road. They then found her walking down Hughes Road and arrested her, according to WHMI. …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with Monday's robbery.
A man has been charged with armed robbery Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a Brighton gas station that occurred on Monday, according to an article in the Press & Argus. David Kenneth Rentsch, 34, is suspected of the armed robbery of the BP at 204 W. Grand River Ave. at 7:15 a.m. Monday. Rentsch returns to court on Monday for an exam conference, the article states. Details about the suspect's capture were not released, but according to the Press & Argus, Rentsch was arrested by Michigan State Police troopers and Brighton police. Rentsch, who has a criminal history that includes armed robbery, home invasion and drug-related offenses, could also face a parole violation, the article states.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Detectives are following up on several tips from Monday's incident.
Detectives from the Livingston County Sheriff's Department are investigating half a dozen tips in reference to the armed robbery at a PNC Bank in Brighton that occurred Monday, according to the Press & Argus. According to police, around 9:40 a.m. Monday, a man entered the PNC Bank at 8130 W. Grand River Ave. with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The man ran away with an undisclosed amount. According to the Press & Argus, police apprehended a man they believed robbed the BP gas station at 204 W. Grand River Ave. in Brighton earlier Monday morning. Police at first believed the two robberies were related, but they have now eliminated him as a suspect in the bank robbery. Police are also continuing to investigate the gas station …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is requesting the public's help in identifying a suspect who robbed a Brighton bank Monday morning and ran away.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying a suspect from a robbery that took place at the PNC Bank in Brighton on Monday. Police say the man entered the bank around 9:40 a.m. with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The man ran away, according to a press release, with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described by police as being small in stature, around 5’6’’, and wore dark sunglasses and a scarf-type garment around his mouth. The suspect was also wearing a tan and gray colored hooded coat with black or blue and white stripes around the elbow area with dark-colored windbreaker type pants, according to a press release. Police say the Sheriff’s K-9 team was contacted and…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Police say a semi truck swerved into a passenger car, crushing the car and killing the driver.
Southbound US-23 is closed at Barker Rd. in Northfield Township while police perform a vehicle extrication from an accident that occurred at 1 p.m., according the Michigan State Police- Brighton Post. Police say that a preliminary investigation indicates a passenger car, with one occupant, was traveling southbound in the left lane next to a semi truck when the truck’s tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control and swerve into the left lane, striking the car. The passenger car was crushed, according to police, killing the single, male occupant driver. Police say alcohol was not a factor. Police estimate that southbound US-23 will remain closed for 30 more minutes. Northbound US-23 remains open.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The owner said he does not know why he is being targeted.
The FBI searched Elias Real Estate and Financial Services at both its Brighton and Livonia locations on Wednesday. FBI Detroit Division spokesman Simon Shaykhet said that the FBI executed two search warrants at the office locations, but could not comment further as the documents are court sealed. Owner William Elias told the Livingston Daily that he does not know why the FBI is searching the offices and that it was a surprise to him. Elias Realty released a statement to media outlets Wednesday evening, saying it is currently reviewing the details of the investigation and plans to cooperate fully with federal investigators. In the statement, the company also speculates that the executed warrants stem from problems with Freddie Mac, which …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The squad discovered a cell phone inside a soft envelope for shipping.
A suspicious package giving off a beeping sound brought the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad to the Brighton FedEx store on Grand River Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman said the MSP bomb squad responded and determined that it was a cell phone inside of a soft package. Someone handling the package inadvertently set off an alert tone on the phone, according to Wightman. After making sure it was not a hazard, the package was processed for shipping by FedEx. "Although it turned out to be nothing, we prefer to proceed cautiously in such matters for the safety of all involved," Wightman said.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Brighton police are seeking help from the public to identify the two women.
Brighton police are seeking help identifying two women who they say stole credit cards from a downtown Brighton business employee and then charged more than $10,000. Police said the two women entered the downtown Brighton store on Monday afternoon, and while one of them distracted the clerk, the other located the employee's purse and stole her credit cards. The women then used the stolen cards to purchase more than $10,000 in gift cards at the Genoa Township Walmart, police said. Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman said the theft follows a standard pattern that happens at retail establishments everywhere where two suspects work together, one distracts and the other steals. Wightman said employee purses should be kept in a safe place, away …