MACOMB POLICE PATROL: Threats Against County Workers will Result in Serious Charges


Shelby-Utica-Macomb-Washington Gazette

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office took two complaints of threats made to the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility via email. The threats named specific former and current employees and referenced a former employee’s new place of employment. MACE detectives were able to track the emails as being sent from the Oakland Community College in Oakland County. Both emails are believed to have been sent by the same person. With the help of the Oakland Community College, a person of interest was identified as Vincent Burgess, 41, out of Detroit. Burgess is an acquaintance of one of the former employees towards whom the threats were made. Detectives made contact with Burgess at his residence and took him into custody without incident. He was lodged at the Macomb County Jail. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued five count warrant for Burgess, including False Report or Threat of Terrorism (20 year felony), two counts of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime (20 year felony), False report or Threat of Terrorism (20 year felony), and Malicious Use of Telecommunications Services (6 month misdemeanor). On September 24, Burgess was arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township. He was given a one million dollar bond. Burgess is scheduled to return to court on October 3 for a probable cause conference.

FIREMAN CHARGED WITH TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE – In late August, Macomb County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Harrison Township Fire Department responded to a fatal motorcycle crash near the area of Executive Dr. and Joy Blvd. in Harrison Township. The crash was a single motorcycle crash with two victims. The operator had been transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and the passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Responding deputies reported that an orange prescription pill bottle with multiple pills had been at the scene upon their arrival. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) was also activated and responded to the scene. Upon arrival of the CIU, the orange prescription pill bottle could not be located. After review of the deputies’ body-worn cameras, it was found that a Harrison Township firefighter, Steven Hart, 45, picked up the orange prescription pill bottle while on the scene. After looking at the pill bottle, Hart maintained possession of it and walked to a different location of the scene. It is unknown what Hart did with the pill bottle from that point. Upon further investigation, the pill bottle could not be located. This incident was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Steven Hart for one count of Tampering with Evidence (4 year felony). Hart is currently on administrative leave. Hart turned himself into 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on September 24 and was arraigned on the above listed charge. Hart was given a $10,000 personal bond. He is scheduled to return to court on October 3 for a probable cause conference.

ASSAULT ON HOMELESS MAN – On September 18 at approximately 9:35 p.m., Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of 40 N. Main St. in Mt. Clemens for a male lying on the ground who had been assaulted. Upon arrival, deputies located a 45-year-old white male victim outside of the Macomb County Courthouse lying on the ground. The victim appeared to have a bloody nose and swollen eyes. This victim was known to the responding deputies as a homeless individual. The victim was unable to answer any questions and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The caller, who had been walking past the courthouse witnessed the assault and has been cooperative with law enforcement. A second witness, along with surveillance video of the assault, was located and a suspect was identified. On September 24, Robert Allen III was arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township for the assault and robbery of the 45- year-old victim. Allen was given a $100,000 bond and is not to have contact with the victim if he is released on bond. Allen is scheduled to return to court on October 3 for a probable cause conference.

MARINE DIVISION RESCUE – On September 8, the Macomb County Marine Division was alerted to a capsized canoe with a man in the water just south of the Marine Division in Lake St. Clair. Macomb County Sheriff Marine Division deputies located a 49-year-old white male from Royal Oak in the water holding on to his capsized canoe. Deputies tossed the male a type IV throwable life ring and pulled him into the Sheriff’s boat. The man was uninjured and brought safely back to shore. He was not wearing a life jacket and was in approximately eight feet of water. The male was hunting when the wind picked up. As he was attempting to maneuver the rough water in his canoe the waves caused him to capsize. He was able to hold on to his canoe until help arrived. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reminds everyone to wear a life jacket when going out onto the lake. “As the summer comes to the end, please remember to stay safe. A life jacket can save your life, especially as the weather changes and lake and air temperatures start to drop.” A type V inflatable life jacket is a great option for people involved in water activities such as hunting, fishing, and sail boating. A type V life jacket must be worn at all times to comply with the state life jacket requirement.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crime or any other offenses, please call the Macomb County Sheriff at 586-469- 5151.