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Crime Report: Man Complains of Neighbor Feeding Feral Cats

The following information from July 5 through July 11 was supplied by the City of Northville Police Department and Northville Township's Public Safety Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Man charged with second operating while intoxicated offense  

Northville Police said that on July 9 at 12:55 a.m., a 25-year-old Farmington Hills man was stopped at Seven Mile and Main Street for speeding and running a stop sign.

According to the police report, the man said he was lost and using his GPS device. The report said the police officer could smell alcohol and after the man failed a field sobriety test, issued a breathalyzer test. The report said the man had a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit of .08.

Police said the man was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated. Police also said that they were notified of a prior OWI conviction and confiscated the man's license plate and issued him a temporary paper plate.

Man arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated        

Northville Police said that on July 6 at 1:55 a.m., a 47-year-old Plymouth man was stopped after a police officer witnessed his car crossing the yellow center line at North Center and Rayson Streets.

According to a police report, the man said he was leaving and only had two beers. The report said that after failing a field sobriety test, the man was given a breathalyzer and had a .11 blood alcohol level in comparison with the legal limit of .08.

The man was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated.

Woman charged with possession of marijuana

Northville Police said that on July 8 at 10:53 a.m., a 27-year-old Wyandotte woman was stopped when a police officer saw her car speeding and drifting over the dotted lane marker at South Main and Gardner Streets.

According to a police report, the woman avoided eye contact with the police officer and was visibly shaking. The report said the officer smelled marijuana and that the woman admitted to having it in the car. The report said the woman removed a glass pipe and two crystal pig roach clips from the cup holder as well as two Ziploc baggies containing marijuana from the center console and handed to the officer.

Police said the woman said she had a medical marijuana card, then later admitted to having the paperwork, but not sending it in. The report said the officer determined the woman was not significantly impaired from smoking marijuana earlier with a field sobriety test then and arrested her on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

After the arrest, police searched the woman's car and found another Ziploc bag with a marijuana grinder, a cigarette rolling machine, an empty green prescription bottle with a small amount of marijuana and a liquid bottle of 'clean urine' substitution kit marketed to pass drug tests.

Man pumps gas; leaves without paying

Northville Police said that on July 9 at 1:53 p.m., they responded to a call from the at 510 Main Street about a gas theft.

According to a police report, the gas station attendant said he witnessed a white male in a white paneled van with ladder racks pump 10.44 gallons of regular gas, a $40.71 value, and then drive away without paying.

Police said there are no suspects at this time.

Teens arrested on charges of possession of marijuana

Northville Police said on July 6 at 12:11 p.m., they received a complaint of suspicious activity on the 46000 block of Elmsmere Drive. Police said the caller said that juveniles park along the street on the grass, since school was out, go into the wooded area and leave garbage on the roadside.

According to the police report, police responded to the call and found four teens -- ages 15, 17 and two 16-year-old teens -- walking back from the woods. The report said the teens told the officer they had been building a stick fort.

The report said the officer noticed the teens wearing baggy shorts and asked them to empty their pockets. The 17-year-old pulled out a pack of Newport cigarettes and tossed them on the ground, while the 15-year-old withdrew a marijuana grinder with a small amount of marijuana. The two 16-year-old teens were let go at the scene because they did not carry anything.

The report said after opening the cigarette box, police found a small baggy containing marijuana.

Both the 15- and 17-year-old were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and the 17-year-old was also charged with possession of tobacco.

Theft from car  

Northville Police said that a woman on the 500 block of Carpenter Avenue reported that between July 8 at 8 p.m. and July 9 at 10:30 a.m., her wallet and sunglasses were stolen from her car.

According to a police report, the wallet held $50 cash and the woman's driver's license. The report also said the woman told police that she was not sure where the theft happened because she was at several places during the night.

Police said a jogger found the woman's driver's license at Hines Drive and Fairbrook Street and turned it into the police department.

Animal ordinance violation  

Northville Police said they received a call on July 7 at 6 p.m. from a man regarding a possible ordinance for feeding feral cats. Police said the man complained of a neighbor of his house on High Street feeding feral cats. He said there were now cats everywhere and that fellow neighbors had the same complaints.

The City of Northville ordinance says residents may only own to three cats at a time. The penalties for breaking the ordinance can be up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. Each separate day the ordinance is violated counts as an individual offense.

According to a police report, Northville Police had already talked once with a man on High Street regarding the animal ordinance in 2009. The report also said the man complied with the ordinance and told police he would stop feeding feral cats.

The report said that police visited the man and informed him once again of the ordinance. While the police officer was there, he said he saw at least five cats on the property. 

The report said the man told the officer he was neutering all of the feral cats he traps to help control the population. The report also said the officer told the man that neutering was not the issue, the sheer number of animals was.

Police said the man agreed to trap and relocate the feral cats and was also advised to simply stop feeding them so they would relocate on their own. Police said they would check with the man again in a few days to make sure he complies.

Solicitors ticketed  

Police said they received a call from a resident on July 11 from the 17000 block of Boulder Drive, complaining of solicitors.

According to a police report, two solicitors were selling magazine subscriptions for Marquis Fullfillment Agency LLC. The report said the men had paperwork and receipts of subscriptions sold that day. The report said the checks received were not in the names of the two men.

Both men were given citations for soliciting without permits.

Gas card, GPS stolen from car 

Northville Township Police said that on July 2 at 2 p.m., a man from the 41000 block of Sunnydale Lane walked into the department to make a report of items stolen from his car that was parked in his driveway while he and his family were on vacation.

According to the police report, the man's company fuel card and a Garmin Nuvi GPS system were stolen. The report said the man received a call from his neighbor stating that the two front doors of his car were open and everything looked rummaged through.

The report said the man was confident that nobody could use the fuel card because of the many codes it took. There are no suspects.

GPS stolen from car 

Northville Township Police said that a woman living on the 16000 block of Johnson Creek Drive reported her Garmin Nuvi GPS stolen from her car sometime between July 6 at 9:30 p.m. and July 7 at 8:30 a.m.

The police report said the woman's car was in the driveway and was left unlocked.  There are no suspects.

Teen charged with retail fraud at Meijer

Township Police said that on July 9 at 8:37 p.m., they responded to a theft in progress at on Haggerty Road.

According to a police report, a Meijer Loss Prevention officer said he saw the 17-year-old Livonia teen open a DVD, take out the disc and conceal it in his pocket. The report said the teen then scanned bottle return slips at the register and left the store without paying for the DVD. The report said he was stopped by the Loss Prevention Officer and taken to the office, where it was discovered there were three more DVD's in his pocket, a $58.96 value.

The teen was arrested on charges of retail fraud.

Teen charged with retail fraud at Kohl's 

Northville Township Police said that on July 10 they responded to a call from on Haggerty Road about a theft in progress.

According to a police report, the Kohl's Loss Prevention officer said she saw a 17-year-old Livonia teen enter the juniors department fitting room, conceal costume jewelry in her purse and exit the store without paying. The report said the teen was stopped and taken to the office.

The report also said the teen's mother was also waiting in the office when police arrived. Police said the mother had driven to the store, where they separated to shop and that she had no idea her daughter was stealing.

The teen was arrested on charges of retail fraud.

For any questions about this crime report, contact Nicole Krawcke at n.m.krawcke@gmail.com.

Deborah Facchini July 13, 2011 at 05:29 AM
It seems to me that Northville police applying the city's ordinance regarding ownership of 3 cats at a time, doesn't apply to feeding feral cats. The definition of 'feral' implies that these cats aren't owned by anyone. Maybe, instead of complaining that someone is trying to help these animals, the citizens of Northville start to deal with its feral cat population which seems to have grown. Let us be reminded that this 'problem' was people created and needs to be people solved. There are organizations that will work with you to trapped, these cats, have them neutered/spayed, then release back into their environment. You need to realize that relocation is not an answer because another colony of cats will fill that void. I don't know when people are going to wake up - by closing are eyes and not seeing these cats doesn't mean they don't exist, but by ignoring them we only add to the problem because they will continue to multiply. The city of Northville needs to stand up and take responsibilty for a people created problem and try to solve it by seeking help. A starting point could be to contact Huron Valley Humane Society regarding their 'Trap, Neuter, & Return' program for feral cats, in order to gain an education pluse hopefully to gain a contact for a similar program in Wayne County. Cost can not be an excuse for inaction!
Karen Schweim July 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Deborah - Thank you for your constructive comments that in my opinion use common sense and actions in humanity.
Tam July 14, 2011 at 02:36 PM
It's true, it is hard to see a homeless cat and not want to help because it's a domesticated animal and can understand your arguments for humane treatment. However, feral cats are wild animals just like raccoons, squirrels, foxes etc. When animals breed in the wild they learn to hunt to survive or they expire. I think if a neighbor was putting out food to attract any other kind of wild animal other than a cute kitty it would be taken care of. The truth of the matter is what these local neighbors have to put up with as a result of the cat colony is having their homes reeking of cat urine because they spray them, finding feces in their yards and on their garden furniture and finding litters under their porches. If this gentleman insists on feeding these cats because it's the humane thing to do, perhaps he should be the one to begin the trapping program. To suggest the neighbors take on this task when attracting the cats was none of their doing is ridiculous.
Deborah Facchini July 14, 2011 at 09:51 PM
To Tam: You don't get it - it's not one person's problem, it's a COMMUNITY problem. My comment was not an endorsement to feed wild animals but a suggestion to fix a problem that won't go away but only get worse. You can try to explain it away or to access blame but how does that fix the problem. Yes, feral cats are wild but they multiply alot quicker than raccoons, squirrels, or foxes, so by doing nothing only creates more colonies - I'm sure the one in question is not the only colony in Northville. So my suggestion is that the city of Northville take on this task not one person - but yes, the city could ask neighborhoods to get involved where colonies are known to exist.
Amy August 31, 2011 at 02:58 AM
I live in Hometown Novi and you would not believe how many feral cats we have in here. I have trapped so many over the years I lost count. I have one live trap and it takes forever to catch one cat. Then we have to take the trap to the office and they call animal control to pick it up. It really sucks when I catch a racoon or skunk in the trap. Let alone the wasted time and cat food I put in the trap. When you have 20 cats hanging around, because I live next to the swamp where they catch alot of mice and frogs or anything they can get, there are just more and more before I get them all. I have found now that it is much easier feeding them and gaining some trust so I can get them into a big carrier. I have asked the park and they tell me there is nothing they can do to help. And because it is private property the humane society can not help without the park asking. I hate watching any animal suffer. All the kittens have puss around their eyes and are coated with burrs from woods. Several have gone blind and have been hit by cars in front of my house. I had to pick up a dead kitten today and throw it in the swamp. Not feeding them will do nothing because there is a food sorce with the swamp and trash cans. If more of the neighbors would get involved and help we might be able to make a dent in the colony. It's a lot easier to complain about the person doing something about it than trapping and taking the cats to the office. Anymore it seems like a lost cause.

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