Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Police situation leads some nervous Royal Oak residents to hide in basements, a neighbor said.
A 6-hour standoff shut down an entire Royal Oak neighborhood on Tuesday. Larry Steed was working in his yard at approximately 10:15 a.m. when he noticed police roping off Minerva Avenue. Steed said he did not know at the time that Royal Oak Police had information that a man wanted by the Franklin Police Department was in a house on Sprague Avenue, just one block away. Steed watched as police slowly started bringing in more and more equipment and evacuating homes. "The police told a couple of people that were in the line of fire and they had to stay in their house. They kept one guy that was on a motorcycle from getting back to his house," Steed said. "Some neighbors were hiding in their basement nervous." As the standoff intensified, the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Police from multiple jurisdictions are in Royal Oak assisting with a lead related to the case, officials said.
The Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a resident that could be tied to an ongoing barricade situation in Royal Oak, authorities said. Franklin-Bingham Farms police officers responded to 26000 block of Charles Street this morning and discovered the dead resident, whose identity is not being released this afternoon pending notification to relatives, a press release stated. "The death is suspicious in nature and the Oakland County Sheriff's Department is assisting at the scene," the release stated. The department asked Royal Oak police officers to assist with a possible lead in the death investigation, but no further details about the deceased, or a possible suspect were immediately available. …
Recent crimes included eight larcenies and three assaults.
CrimeMapping.com offers residents in Royal Oak a look at some of the crimes that have recently been reported in their neighborhoods. Here is a list of crimes in Royal Oak listed on CrimeMapping.com between April 28 and May 4: To see where these crimes occurred, view the map on CrimeMapping.com. For more detailed reports on recent crimes, read the police reports on Royal Oak Patch. CrimeMapping.com is operated by a third party and its data does not necessarily reflect every police report made in the city. The Royal Oak Police Department does not include sex crimes on the site as a matter of policy. Royal Oak Police encourage residents to use CrimeMapping.com as a resource and ask residents to call 248-246-3500 to report any possible crimes
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cars have all-wheel drive and improved communication systems.
A car chase that ended with a bank robbery suspect being taken into custody was captured in high definition on one of the Royal Oak Police Department’s newest patrol cars earlier this month. The riveting video is an example of the capabilities of a new state-of-the-art communication system and high-technology cruisers. Officers used good tactics and judgment in the dangerous pursuit on April 10, according to Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. And, the black Ford Interceptor Officer Matt Murray was driving in the bad weather played a role, too. (See attached video.) Murray's new cruiser is equipped with all-wheel drive for inclement weather and has new video capabilities. The Royal Oak City Commission approved the WatchGuard In-Car Video System for …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
At Monday's Royal Oak City Commission meeting, 14-year-old Arthur Davis was praised for his quick thinking and mature demeanor.
A 14-year old Clawson High School student was honored for his acts of courage at City Hall on Monday. Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and Royal Oak Fire Chief Chuck Thomas awarded Arthur Davis, 14, with the Royal Oak Police Department Citizen Award. Davis was at home babysitting his 1-year-old sister when he smelled smoke coming from the basement. After being unable to reach his mother, he called 911 and was able to lead his sister and two dogs to safety outside the home. "Arthur took charge of the situation," said O'Donohue, praising the teen for focusing on saving his sister and family pets. Davis' quick thinking and mature demeanor were deserving of recognition, O'Donohue said.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Crimes included six assaults and seven drug violations.
According to CrimeMapping.com, 25 crimes were reported in Royal Oak from March 31 to April 6. This list of crimes includes the following: To see where these crimes occurred, view the map on CrimeMapping.com. Find out more about Royal Oak's Crime Mapping tool here. For more detailed reports on recent crimes, read the police reports on Royal Oak Patch.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Anton Djonaj, 26, told a cashier that he carried a gun into the Royal Oak store on Sunday morning, according to police.
A Troy man faces a charge of armed robbery after his arrest in connection to a theft at CVS in Royal Oak. Anton Djonaj, 26, was arraigned Monday while his alleged accomplice in the Sunday morning incident, an unknown woman, is still free. Royal Oak police said that Djonaj told a cashier at CVS (209 E. 12 Mile Rd., Royal Oak) that he was carrying a gun and stole cartons of cigarettes behind the counter before fleeing in a car. Using the license plate number as a description, Troy police found the car, a gray Ford Taurus, registered at a house on Basswood in Troy. Djonaj was inside and was arrested without incident later Sunday morning. Djonaj was charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of second-degree retail fraud. Police …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
New Royal Oak Police Department officers are shocked by tasers' force.
With two fish hook-like probes embedded in his body, Royal Oak Police Officer Andre Stienke bellows in agony while he is guided to the floor. After five seconds of tasing, he regains his bearings. “Every new officer gets tasered. It’s part of our initial defensive tactics training,” said Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’ Donohue. The chief believes it is beneficial to for officers to see and feel the electronic weapon’s effects. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Taser, he said. Presently, there are three officers finishing up their training at the end of February. Each has been tasered by O’Donohue. “The Taser is a very effective tool for controlling a subject,” the chief said. When the weapon is fired, it releases two metal …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Must have passed the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards written and physical agility tests.
Sunday, February 3
The Royal Oak Police Department is hiring. Salary Range: $42,768.44 (start for 0-2 years experience) or $49,076.56 (start for 2 or more years experience) - $60,327.28 Duties: A police officer is responsible for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work will usually consist of routine patrol tasks performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations. A superior officer regularly checks the work of a police officer and gives specific instructions and assistance when special problems arise, although the police officer is required to exercise independent discretion when faced with emergency conditions. Work may involve an element of personal danger. Communications are maintained with…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Interactive map tracks 14 types of crime. Police chief hopes residents will use the information to help report suspicious activity.
A new online crime-mapping tool allows Royal Oak residents to see what is occurring in their neighborhoods and notify the police department of any suspicious activities. Interim Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue announced availability of the crime mapping website, crimemapping.com, Wednesday. The website displays location, date and time of 14 types of criminal activity, including: Sex crimes are not mapped and there is a glitch in reporting disturbing the peace crimes, which is being looked into, O'Donohue said. The interactive map will populate different icons for the different crime categories within a time frame set by the user. By default, the maps shows crimes within the past week, but users can go back as far as Dec. 16, 2011, and …