Publicly owned tree falls and damages property in Crestwood homeowner wants to know who pays for cleanup

CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Eric Robertson loves to use Grants Trail, part it runs right behind his Crestwood home.

Things were good for the homeowner until last Tuesday when a huge tree fell to the ground, tore up his fence and blocked the trail. Robertson went back and forth with St. Louis County, Great Rivers Greenway and the city of Crestwood about clearing the tree. He says the city ultimately cut the tree to clear the trail but the problem is what they left behind his home.

‘I know from the overgrow that`s definitely causing the water back up to run in to my yard is what I think caused the tree to fall. It’s just kind of a bummer that they just cut this up and leave it tree on househere to make more of an overgrown mess. Like everything else on the sides of the trail. I was told they maintain 8 feet on each side of the trail. said Robertson.

Robertson’s property ends at the fence where the tree fell and he makes it his duty to keep the area cleared because he says it`s not maintained by those managing the trail.

Now the question is who`s responsible for the full clean up. FOX 2 made some calls and reached the Crestwood City Administrator who said he had to investigate before making any comments.  If homeowners eat the cost it won’t be cheap.

“I’m guessing between $500 to $1000. I`d just like to see it cleaned up.’ he said

FOX 2 reached out to the city of Crestwood and Great Rivers Greenway for a comment and is still waiting for a response.

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Bold man busted bouncing personal checks for luxury cars

porshaCREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – A man the Better Business Bureau calls a con artist now faces charges for buying two luxury cars with bad checks.  This time, auto dealership managers helped crack the case.

On July 1st, 22 year-old Jody Williams bought a 2006 Jaguar from Plaza Motors.  He paid the $13,076 with a personal check.

Plaza Jaguar Sales Manager Tyler Trenary says, “When he came back to get his vehicle the next day he had left here, he wanted to trade that car in and purchase another car as well.”

That’s when Trenary got suspicious, so he told Williams to get a cashier’s check for this purchase.  He adds, “[Williams] said he didn’t want to purchase the car anymore.  He left.”

Williams drove off, and Trenary googled him.  He immediately came across a Better Business Bureau article, calling Williams a ‘con artist’ and warning consumers to steer clear of his bogus businesses.  Williams claimed to sell everything from cigars to high-end fashion and refurbished iPhones.

BBB Investigator Bill Smith wrote two articles on Williams.  He says it appears the 22-year-old had delusions of grandeur.  “The fact that he had been involved in so many of these business led us to believe that there might be more coming, and sadly, there was,” says Smith, who added that Williams may have a new water bottle business in the works.

A week after buying the Jaguar, Williams returned to a different Plaza motors location, this time, to buy a 3-series BMW.

He told a salesperson he wanted a car for each day of the week.  He bought the BMW with another personal check for $30,116.

Right after this purchase, Plaza received an alert from the National Automobile Dealership Association: a warning about Williams.  “Apparently he had been doing in this in other cities, I believe it said Kansas City,” Trenary explains.

It was all adding up, and when he returned to have one of the vehicles serviced, managers immediately called police.

Williams was hauled away in handcuffs, and both vehicles were returned to Plaza.

Court documents show Williams wrote both checks on closed accounts.  He is now charged with two felony counts of passing bad checks.

Trenary warns, “If you’re going to purchase a car with a bad check, if you’re going to try to be somebody else, steal someone’s identity to purchase a car, it’s not going to work out. We’re going to catch you.”

In the Kansas City cases, FOX 2 is told the auto dealers caught the bad checks before Williams was able to drive off.

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Properties allegedly tagged by artist Fairey ID’d

Detroit — A city attorney Thursday estimated the damages from several private and city-owned properties allegedly tagged by renowned graffiti artist Shepard Fairey to be around $30,000.635724532108364258-Shepard-Fairey-071415

“It’s ongoing litigation, but right now we are at $30,000,” said attorney Megan Moslimani for the City of Detroit.

A brief hearing was held in the case Thursday before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King. The hearing, which Fairey did not attend, was a pre-trial conference at which the addresses of the tagged properties were put on record.

Fairey is expected to attend the next court hearing Sept. 1.

His attorney, Bradley Friedman, said following Thursday’s hearing: “We’re going to see what the prosecutor had. Our expectation is that Mr. Fairey will be vindicated.”

Friedman said there have been no negotiations toward an agreement in the case.

Moslimani also placed on record in court Thursday the locations and addresses of the nine private and public properties before King. Many of the properties are on East Jefferson. Detroit owns two of the properties at East Grand Boulevard and Interstate 75 in addition to one located on Woodward and Endicott.

Fairey, 45, has refused comment in the case in the past. He was recently hired to put up a 184-foot-tall mural on the east side of 1 Campus Martius, formerly known as the Compuware building, owned by downtown developer Dan Gilbert.

635724995528401586-IMG-0276aFairey also legally put up his art on a large billboard on East Grand River, a water tower bearing the artist’s trademark “Obey” logo and several temporary murals.

But authorities say he also affixed his trademark stickers onto 14 other properties without the owners’ permissions.

Fairey was arrested in July by customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from a trip to Europe. He spent the night in a Los Angeles jail.

Fairey, whose full name is Frank Shepard Fairey, was formally arraigned in July before 36th District Magistrate Renee McDuffee on charges of malicious destruction of property. He received a bond of $75,000, 10 percent, according to court officials.

If convicted, Fairey could face up to five years in prison and a fine three times the monetary damage of the crime.

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Detroit police have person of interest in bus stabbing

Detroit — Police announced Thursday morning that they have a person of interest in the stabbing death of a woman who was riding a city bus Wednesday afternoon.BUSKILLER

Police said the person wasn’t yet in custody.

The incident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. on a Detroit Department of Transportation bus at Grand Boulevard and Rosa Parks. The 50-year-old victim had an argument with a 30-year-old while on the bus.

“As the victim was exiting the bus, another argument ensued,” said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

The suspect took out a knife and stabbed the victim numerous times before fleeing on foot, Lewis said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect is described as a black woman with a dark complexion, about 5-foot-9 and 130 pounds. She was wearing a white shirt and black pants.

The Detroit Department of Transportation has added cameras and the Detroit Police Department has added transit officers to police the buses in an effort to improve safety and reclaim ridership.

Fred Westbrook Jr., president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26, said that violence occurs on city buses and there is little a bus driver can do in those situations.

“I wish we had funding to put transit police on every bus,” he said. “I think the buses are patrolled by transit police the best they can with the manpower and equipment that they have.

“It would be good if they could be on every bus to intervene when something like this occurs.”

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Two charged with selling homes they don’t own in real estate scam case

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Two people are facing charges in connection with a real estate scheme that was designed to defraud potential homeowners.

Bernard Hardrick and a 29-year-old woman are accused of using phony Quit Claim Deeds to scam people out of money. Police say they convinced buyers into signing purchase agreements for homes they did not own.

The pair are accused of selling a bank owned property on Sherbourne to a man on a land contract for $3,000 and $650 a month.

They are also accused of running the scam on a home on Glastonbury.

The 29-year-old woman is facing charges of Uttering and Publishing, Forgery and Deed Fraud. She is expected to be arraigned later this week.

Hardrick has been charged with 28 counts of fraud relating to cases in Redford. He is also expected to face charges in the Detroit cases.

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Charges could be filed after wild party involving minors in Monroe County

RAISINVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – The 7 Investigators have obtained video from this weekend’s wild party at a home in rural Monroe County.

The party happened at a 12 acre property on Blue Bush Road in Raisinville Township.

At least a 1,000 people attended – some underage and drinking, say deputies.

One deputy called the scene mayhem.

The sheriff’s department tells 7 Action News they are seeking charges against the two young hosts and it’s now in the hands of the prosecutor.

“It was an enormous house party. We caught about 35 minors sneaking in,” said party host Dean Herzoff. He told us, security was in place and told the minors to go.

“We had a security company there for a reason, to keep people out, and we did everything in our power to do that,” he added.

Herzoff is a party promoter of sorts and this isn’t the first big bash he and his housemate have hosted.

“It was all over social media,” he says.

He believes a neighbor called the cops. Not surprising, it happened in a quiet rural area.

“We don’t want to make anybody mad,” he added. “We love everyone around here. If needed we will find another place to party. We just want to have fun.”

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Bay City man sentenced to prison for raping woman

BAY CITY, MI — Like his co-defendant before him, a Bay City man who raped a woman in her apartment is heading to prison for up to the next 15 years.

Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill on Monday, Aug. 24, sentenced 28-year-old TJ E. Spindler to two concurrent terms of 58 months to 15 years in prison, plus another concurrent term of 16 months to two years. The judge gave Spindler credit for 429 days already served.

Upon his release from prison, Spindler is to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Spindler in April pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct causing personal injury and one count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing police. In exchange, the prosecution dismissed three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for the purposes of sentencing.

Spindler’s codefendant, 20-year-old Blake E. Harrison, also pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and received 50 to 100 months in prison, with credit for 322 days served.

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During a preliminary examination held in November, a Bay City woman testified that on June 30, 2014, she was walking home when she encountered Spindler and Harrison, neither of whom she knew at that point. She testified she invited them into her apartment and they proceeded to play cards and have some drinks.

After a couple of hours, Harrison’s attitude changed for the worse, the woman testified. She said she went to the bathroom and when she emerged, Spindler and Harrison grabbed her, took her to a bedroom, and pushed her onto a box spring. The two then held her down and took turns raping her, the woman testified.

She actively resisted them and screamed, she said. Spindler and Harrison eventually left her room and a short time later, police officers arrived, summoned to the scene by a third party, according to court records.

Both men were still present when police arrived, but took off running. Officers soon caught and arrested them.

In the same November hearing, Bay City Public Safety Detective Richard Roberts testified he interviewed both Spindler and Harrison at the police department. Both men initially claimed not to know each other, he said. They also both said they had sex with the woman, but claimed it was consensual.

After pleading no contest, Spindler sought to withdraw his plea, but Gill ruled not to allow it.

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Runaway Bridgeport girl, 16, found with Virginia man, 38, in Maryland

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — Police in Maryland arrested a 38-year-old Virginia Beach man after finding him with a 16-year-old female passenger from Michigan, the Bridgeport Police police_20100630132727_640_480Department reports.

Police were called at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, to a Bridgeport Township home for a report of a 16-year-old runaway, Bridgeport Chief Dave Duffett said.

Bridgeport Township is a community of about 10,500 along Interstate 75 in Saginaw County, about 100 miles north of Detroit.

Officers determined that the teen had been in contact with a 38-year-old man from Virginia Beach without her parents’ permission and found that the man left Virginia and came to Bridgeport to pick the teen, arriving about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, Duffett said in a news release.

Police worked with Saginaw County Central Dispatch to learn the location of the female and police made contact with the Maryland State Police, whose troopers stopped the Virginia man’s vehicle as it crossed into the state.

The Maryland State Police took the male into custody and the teen “appears to be unharmed,” police said. Arrangements were being made to have the juvenile transported home to her mother.

“The incident is still under investigation as we speak with the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI and the Maryland State Police,” Duffett said. “(We) would like to remind all parents to monitor their children’s Internet and social media usage.”

The man’s name has not been released and charges are pending.

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Park Hills couple accused of sex trafficking of minor

PARK HILLS, MO (KFVS) –

A Park Hills, Missouri couple are accused of sex trafficking of a minor.

Marcus Dewayne Thompson, 28, and his wife Robin Thompson, 24, were charged by a criminal complaint, unsealed on Aug. 24 in federal court in East St. Louis, Ill., with one count of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud or coercion, and one count of conspiracy to do the same.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Division, and members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, Fairview Heights. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, the Thompsons are being investigated in connection with sex trafficking in the Southern District of Illinois and across the United States.

The documents state that a 15-year-old girl told FBI agents that the Thompsons used force, fraud and coercion to recruit her and other girls, both minor and adult, to engage in prostitution in multiple states. According to the report, there was a total of five victims.

Documents say the FBI was notified at about 10:34 p.m. on July 25 when the National Human Trafficking Response Center contacted their Chicago Division to report a 15-year-old girl was found at a St. Louis children’s hospital.

The girl said the Thompsons recruited her and took her to locations in Orlando, Fla., St. Louis, Mo., New Mexico and Texas.
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She told officers she was originally recruited while walking in Madison, Ill.

Around July 27, the FBI got a missing persons report from the alleged victim’s local police agency that stated she was last seen by family members on the morning of June 9.

In a series of interviews, the girl told FBI agents that she had been approached by Marcus Thompson while walking down the street. Thompson allegedly told her she could earn money as a model, so she agreed to get into the white pickup truck with him.

The girl said there were already four other girls in the extended cab of the truck. She said she believed their ages were 15, 12, 18 and one of unknown age.

She reported that Thompson allegedly returned the white truck to a rental car company and then drove her around in a brown, four-door pickup that she thought belonged to him.

According to court documents, the girl said she was with the Thompsons when they allegedly stole a camper from somewhere in Missouri. She said she heard Marcus Thompson say that they were going to steal a camper so that they would have “somewhere to stay.”

Afterward, she said the Thompsons drove the girls about nine to 10 hours before stopping at a hotel. She reported that the next day they arrived in Orlando, Fla. and parked the camper in a campsite.

Marcus Thompson then allegedly took pictures of her in the camper on the bed for prostitution advertisements on a website.

The girl stated that Marcus Thompson would post the ads and Robin Thompson would answer calls from customers responding to the ads and coordinate the engagement.

She said she was forced by the Thompsons to hide her face in the pictures by leaning her head as far back as she could.

The following day, the Thompsons allegedly made her have sex with men for money. The court documents say some of the men that allegedly paid to have sex with her would pay more to be able to take pictures and videos of her with their phones.

According to court documents, the girl said she remembered one of the other girls with her, who was also 15 years old, “died in my arms” at some point during this trip with the Thompsons.

According to the girl, the group spent a total of five days in Orlando. She allegedly earned about $1,000 a day for the Thompsons through prostitution.

Documents state she also reported that on multiple occasions she saw Marcus Thompson break into places and steal items of value that were later pawned for money.

After leaving Orlando, the Thompsons allegedly took the girls to Nashville, Tenn. The girl told officers the Thompsons continued to advertise prostitution there, but it was “not busy” so they left after two days.

She said that she remembered having contact with police in Nashville, but did not recall the details. She said she did not ask for help because she was scared of Marcus Thompson.

According to the girl, the group traveled from Nashville to locations in Florida, including Pensacola. From there, she said they traveled to the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

She said the Thompsons parked the camper in the back of Marcus Thompson’s grandfather’s property, near a wooded location.

The girl told officers that while in Texas, she was sold to a “mean trucker” by the Thompsons at a truck stop for $2,000. She reported that she was with the man for about two hours, but he took her back to the Thompsons because he thought she was “gonna snitch.”

According to court documents, the Thompsons were violent toward the girls and had several firearms.

The girl told officers that she believed there were possibly four other men who would watch the girls when the Thompsons were not around.

She reported that on one occasion she tried to escape into the woods, but was allegedly caught and beaten by Marcus Thompson.

Court documents state that she and the other girls were allegedly threatened by the Thompsons that if they tried to escape, they would be killed and “thrown to the alligators in the swamp.”

The girl told officers that she believed that one girl was “thrown to the alligators” at some point by Marcus Thompson.

Following the first interview, the FBI sent administrative subpoenas to the website mentioned above to corroborate the alleged prostitution ads.

Court documents say the returned subpoenas dated Aug. 4 indicated the Thompsons had used a cell phone number and a telephone number for prostitution ads in Orlando and Pensacola, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas, Texas.

According to the court documents, an ad posted in Orlando, Fla. on June 23, using a cell phone contained two photos. Officers say they recognized a girl in one of the photos as the alleged victim being interviewed.

Officers say that photo, as well as others, was used again in ads from June to July in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.

They say none of the photos show the alleged victim’s face, but when they showed her the photos, she identified the person as herself.

Court documents state that around Aug. 9, an officer with the Ste. Genevieve Police Department saw Robin Thompson driving a blue Chevrolet Cavalier with no visible license plates, followed closely by Marcus Thompson, who was driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Documents say the officer turned on his lights and directed Marcus Thompson to yield, but he allegedly refused to do so. They say Robin Thompson then pulled into a parking lot, followed by Marcus Thompson.

As the officer walked up to the vehicles, Marcus Thompson allegedly sped off from the lot in the truck. The officer called for assistance and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper began following Thompson.

They say Marcus Thompson was able to evade law enforcement by abandoning the truck behind a shopping center and running away.

Court documents state that the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office had the truck towed and secured in a gated facility on their property since Aug. 9.

Around Aug. 11, sheriff’s detectives forwarded pictures taken of the truck to the FBI for review. The FBI says the pictures of the truck matched a vehicle displayed in photos used in some of the prostitution ads.

A search warrant for the truck was authorized on Aug. 12 and the next day, on Aug. 13, FBI agents searched the truck. Agents allegedly found a blue notebook containing handwritten notes. They say written inside the front cover of the notebook was “Mr. and Mrs. Thompson.”

According to officers, the notes in the notebook are indicative of a ledger that would be kept by someone who is organizing the appointments of a prostitute.

The notes allegedly contained names, times, phone numbers, prices and codes known to law enforcement to reflect certain sex acts. They also allegedly contained addresses of campgrounds, addresses of potential customers and addresses of truck stops.

This case was brought as part of a Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

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Thieves use vehicles, chains to steal ATM machines in Ferndale, Hazel Park

ATM machines were stolen from businesses in Hazel Park and Ferndale early Wednesday morning by men in two separate vehicles.police_20100630132727_640_480

Police said they are still investigating whether the two thefts are connected in any way.

The first theft happened in Ferndale at the Marathon gas station on Hilton at 10 Mile Road about 2:45 a.m.

Three men pulled up in a dark-colored early 2000s Jeep Cherokee, tied a chain to the door handles and pulled the doors open, police said.

“They then wrapped the chain around the ATM machine that was near the entry way and jerked it off its foundation with the vehicle,” said Ferndale Police Detective John Thull. “They looked they knew what they were doing and knew right where the ATM machine was. In my estimation they have probably done this before.”

Police looked at a surveillance video from the gas station after the theft but could not identify if the three men were black or white.

The driver could not be seen clearly and the two other men he was with were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, police said.

“The two guys in the hoodies were burly and they picked the ATM machine up like it was nothing and put it in the Jeep,” Thull said.

Police said the heist took the men less than three minutes.

Several hours later two men in a van stole an ATM from the Cash Connection check cashing store in Hazel Park at 24053 Dequindre, near Woodward Heights.

Surveillance video showed the men got to the store about 5:15 a.m., police said.

They then crashed the van through one of the big glass panels at the front of the business where the main door was.

“It was a big white conversion van and looked like it could have been a Dodge,” said Jim G., a manager at the store who said he didn’t want to disclose his last name for security reasons.

Police said the vehicle was an older model van.

First the men tried prying the ATM machine away from its moorings, but were unsuccessful.

They then used a chain and wrapped it around the machine and pulled it out with the van.

The manager said the ATM was well anchored and pointed out tire skid marks on the floor left by the van as it pulled the ATM machine out.

“They were spinning the wheels,” he said.

Police said both men are black and were wearing gloves and hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information on the ATM thefts is asked to call Ferndale police at 248-541-3650 or Hazel Park police at 248-542-6161.

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