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Police Blotter

Chelsea Police issue a summary of crimes in the city, usually on Monday evenings.

Felonious assault reported

On Jan. 11 at about midnight, police responded to a report of a felonious assault in the 500 block of North Main Street.

According to the police report, a man and his friends were walking from a local business to their car and the victim noted a white man “paying much more attention” to him than would be normal.

The victim described the man as a white male with a dark beard wearing a dark flannel shirt, jeans and a ball cap. As he got closer, the victim noticed the suspect had a knife in his hand.

The victim yelled to his friends that the man had a knife and ran back into the business he’d left.

The suspect then fled on foot in the opposite direction and no physical injuries were reported to police.

Surveillance footage showed a potential suspect as a 38-year-old Chelsea man believed to be living in the 6000 block of Sibley Road.

Police found the man at his house, conducted an interview and arrested him for felonious assault.

The suspect was lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail pending arraignment.

Upon review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office, a two-count warrant was authorized. Count 1 was possession of a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and count 2 was for felonious assault.

Malicious destruction of property reported

On Jan. 9 at about 9 a.m. in the 200 block of Wilkinson Street, police responded to a malicious destruction of property complaint.

Police found what appeared to be black spray paint had been sprayed over the windows and taillights on her vehicle.

The damage was believed to have been done sometime between Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and the time it was discovered on Jan. 9 at 8:58 a.m.

No suspect information was available at the time of the report.

Counterfeit bills passed at South Main Street business

On Jan. 3 at about 4:30 p.m., police were made aware of two incidents of counterfeit $50 bills.

While on routine patrol, a police officer was approached by an employee of a business in the 1100 block of S. Main Street.

The employee reported two separate incidents of receiving counterfeit $50 bills.

The first incident occurred Dec. 3 when a purchase was made using what turned out to be a counterfeit $50 bill. This incident was not reported at the time, and the counterfeit bill was held at the business.

Then on Jan. 3, at about 4:30 p.m. another attempt was made to pay for an item using a $50 bill. The complainant told police the bill “just didn’t feel right” and tested it with a fraud detection pen, according to the police report.

Although the bill passed, when checked for the watermarks and a security strip, none of those features were visible.

Upon being confronted with the information that the bill being fake, the suspect grabbed the bill and fled the area.

The counterfeit bill from the Dec. 3 incident will be forwarded on to the United States Secret Service.

Case closed pending any further leads on a potential suspect.

38-year-old Chelsea woman arrested for DUI

On Dec. 30 at about 12:43 a.m., police were called to the intersection of North Freer Road and Washington Street for a report of a possible drunk driver.

A Jeep was reported swerving all over the road and at one point stopping in the road for approximately 30 seconds.

Police found the vehicle in the 200 block of Washington Street parked in a driveway. Police found the vehicle still running and the rear windows were partially down. There was a white female sitting in the driver’s seat slumped over and passed out or sleeping.

Police knocked on the window and the driver, a 38-year-old Chelsea woman, eventually responded. She admitted to having “a bit” to drink.

Police noticed a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from the driver and she was asked to step out of the vehicle and perform standard field sobriety tests. She was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

A request for the suspect to submit to a portable breath test was denied as was a request to voluntarily submit to a blood alcohol analysis.

Police obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s blood and she was transported to the Chelsea Hospital for a blood draw.

The woman was processed and taken to Washtenaw County Jail.

The case remains open pending laboratory analysis by the Michigan State Police Crime lab and review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office.

47-year-old Grass Lake man arrested for DUI

On Dec. 24 at about 12:13 a.m., police were called to the 1300 block of Auston Lane for a report of a pick-up truck that was driving on lawns.

Police found the vehicle and performed a traffic stop. Inside was a 47-year-old Grass Lake man, who told police he was trying to go “back home” and seemed generally confused about what was happening.

The driver told the officer that he had not had anything to drink. The officer asked the driver if he would step out of the vehicle and perform some standard field sobriety tests and he agreed.

After submitting to a portable breath test, the suspect was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. He agreed to a blood draw to determine his level of intoxication and was transported to the Chelsea Hospital. At the conclusion of the blood draw, the suspect was transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.

The case remains open pending laboratory analysis by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and warrant review by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

North Main Street store front smashed by rock

On Dec. 22 at about noon, police were called to the 400 block of N. Main Street for a report of a malicious destruction of property.

The victim told police one of his front windows to his business had been broken.

The window was described as being approximately 6-foot by 6-foot and had an approximately 1-foot wide hole broken through it. A large rock was found on the sidewalk directly below the window.

The incident took place sometime between Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 around 11:10 a.m.

At the time of the report, there was no suspect information available.

Malicious destruction of property reported on Chestnut Street

 On Dec. 21 at about 9 p.m., police were called to the 50 block of Chestnut for a report of malicious destruction of property.

The home owners told police that they were inside the house watching TV at approximately 9 p.m. when they heard a loud noise, possibly of glass breaking.

Since the blinds were drawn, they could not see outside to tell who or what may have caused the noise. A small hole had penetrated both panes of glass in the approximate the size of a BB or a pellet.

No sign of the projectile was found.

A canvas of the neighborhood turned up no witnesses and the case was closed pending any further leads.

Larceny from building

On Dec. 21 at about 2:15 a.m., police were called to the 1600 block of Commerce Park Dr. for a report of a larceny from a building complaint.

The victim told police she’d left the room where she has been living at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 20 and went to work.

When she returned at midnight on Dec. 21, she noticed that several items in her living area seemed out of place. The victim told the officer that $40 was missing as well as a piece of jewelry that was a family heirloom.

The case remains open pending further investigation. 

Unlawful entry of a vehicle, nothing taken

On Dec. 17 at about 7:50 a.m., police were called to the 1500 block of Commerce Park Dr. for a report of an unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

The victim told police that she parked her vehicle in the parking lot and dropped her child off and when she returned to her vehicle, she noticed that her lunch bag was thrown onto the driver’s rear floorboard and her laptop bag was open.

She told police that she’d left the vehicle unlocked and was away from the vehicle from 7:15-7:20 a.m.

Nothing was taken and the case was closed pending further leads.


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