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November 17, 2010 - No trespassing

On Nov. 9, at 7:45 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to vehicles trespassing on vacant property at the end of Parker Lane. No trespassing signs had been posted and an access trailed blocked numerous times by the owners, only to have the signs and obstacles removed. The deputy saw four 4-wheel vehicles that were muddy and exiting the property. The drivers admitted four-wheeling on the property. None had permission or knew the owner. They were cited for trespassing.

Lumber lifted

On Nov. 9, a Brandon deputy responded to a vacant lot on S. Hadley Road. The complainant said between Nov. 2-9, someone stole a stack of treated lumber. The case is open.

Southern comfort?

On Nov. 10, at 8:45 p.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol eastbound on Oakwood Road near Timberwood Trail saw a truck cross the centerline and fog line several times. The deputy stopped the vehicle near Leece Road and observed a beer bottle in the center console. The driver had a Tennessee license. He said he was coming from a local bar and had three beers and one shot, the last about 30 minutes prior. He smelled of intoxicants and a preliminary breathalyzer test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .200 percent. He refused a chemical test and the deputy obtained a search warrant for a blood draw at the hospital, after which the suspect was taken to the Oakland County Jail. The man has a previous driving under the influence conviction from 2004 in Tennessee. The case is open.

Oh brother

On Nov. 10, at 12:46 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol stopped a vehicle at Hemlock Loop and Spruce Court. The driver falsely identified himself as his brother, until he couldn't remember his brother's birthdate. He said he didn't have his driver's license on him because he tried to get one the last two years and was denied. A LEIN check showed the man has multiple license suspensions and three alcohol-related offenses. The vehicle was towed. The case is open pending review by the prosecutor's office for driving while license suspended second or subsequent offense.


On Nov. 11, a Brandon deputy responded to the 4400 block of Wildwood Loop for malicious destruction of property. The complainant said her ex-boyfriend smashed the windshield of her friend's car. The case is open.

Treed off

On Nov. 11, a Brandon deputy responded to the 5500 block of Sherwood Road for larceny. The complainant said his hunting tree stand, 18 feet up a tree on his property, was stolen.

Grass fire

On Nov. 11, at 4:41 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to Belle Ann Elementary School, 155 E. Glass Road, to assist the Brandon Fire Department with a fire near the entrance. Tall strife grass was on fire some distance from the school. Two boys were seen there who reluctantly admitted to setting the fire to get warm. They said when it spread, they ran away. No damage was caused and the fire was easily extinguished. The boys will attend a juvenile fire prevention program for first time offenders.

Flying veggies

On Nov. 12, at 3:30 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to Sashabaw and Seymour Lake roads for a report of malicious destruction of property. A vehicle was struck by a flying object that cracked his turn signal and running light housing on the driver side. He said the object resembled a potato or sugar beet.

Way, way over

On Nov. 13, at about 5:30 p.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol westbound on Oakwood Road near Shelmar Lane, clocked two eastbound motorcycles traveling 94 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The motorcyclists also passed a vehicle while going up a hill in a no passing zone. The deputy caught up to the motorcycles and stopped both. Both motorcyclists apologized for going so fast. They were coming from a local bar and both smelled of intoxicants. The first motorcyclist said he'd had three beers, the last one an hour prior. His personal breathalyzer test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .141 percent. The second motorcyclist said he'd had four beers. His pbt showed a blood alcohol content of .162 percent. Both were arrested for operating while intoxicated and lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

Bikeless in Ortonville

On Nov. 13, a walk-in complaint was filed at the Brandon substation. The complainant said he was out with friends the night before and hid his bicycle behind the shed at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., because he was getting a car ride. When he returned a half-hour later, the bike was gone. The 2009 BMX bike is lime green and black, with shortened blue pedals. It is valued at $500.

Jewelry heist

On Nov. 14, a Brandon deputy responded to the 4300 block of Fir for a report of breaking and entering. The complainant said an unknown person entered her house and removed a safe with $20,000 to $30,000 worth of jewelry inside. The woman said she was in the hospital for a few days between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. There were no signs of forced entry. The case is open.

Bad delivery

On Nov. 15, a Brandon deputy responded to the 4900 block of Hummer Lake Road for a report of malicious destruction of property. The complainant was out of town for the weekend and the neighbor watching his home called him Sunday morning and told him his mailbox had been vandalized sometime between 7:15 p.m. Nov. 13 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. The box was on the greound and the metal pole to which it had been attached was bent in half. The complainant said this is not the first time his mailbox had been vandalized.

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