SHELBY, UTICA, MACOMB: Dakota Teacher Gambles with School Fund

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Shelby, Utica, Macomb

According to Shelby Township Police Lieutenant Jeff Daniel, on September 23 at about 0500 hours officers from the Shelby Township Police Department and the Shelby Township Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on 23 Mile Road near Sandshores Dr. Unfortunately the driver, who was the only occupant, was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Troy Beaumont Hospital. No other vehicles were involved. The initial investigation leads investigators to believe that speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash. The name of the driver is not being released pending family notification.

MCC PUT ON LOCKDOWN AFTER GUNMAN SCARE. Campus police received report of a man with a gun on campus at Macomb Community College at 5:42 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26. The white man was described as having gray hair, wearing camouflage, and walking with a “long gun” toward a wooded area by Macomb’s campus. The center of campus was immediately put on lockdown as authorities searched the surrounding campus. The campus alert system alerted students at 6 p.m., telling students on campus to seek shelter and telling those not on campus to not come to campus until told otherwise. Police were unable to locate the suspect or find anyone with a weapon. The lockdown was lifted at around 9 p.m. with no shots being fired and no injuries.

DAKOTA TEACHER GAMBLES WITH SCHOOL FUNDS. Ex-Dakota High School teacher and student events coordinator Lydia Johnson, 29, went to court on Thursday, September 21 to answer for missing student events funds. Authorities had retrieved casino receipts along with empty homecoming funds envelopes from Johnson’s classroom. Authorities believe Johnson had spent over $90,000 on penny slots at Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino in the last year. Johnson is facing a charge of embezzlement from a nonprofit organization of $1,000 to $20,000. If convicted Johnson will face up to 10 years in prison. Her preliminary exam is set for October 12 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township.

A donation jar filled with money destined for charity was stolen on 9-11-17 at approximately 11:40 p.m. from a business on Romeo Plank near 22 Mile Rd in Macomb Township. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a female entered the store and stole it. The white female is described as medium build in her early 30’s, wearing a light blue and gray zip up jacket, striped purple and white shirt, with blue jeans. She has brown hair. A suspected accomplice is described as a black male who is bald, in his early 30’s with a thin build, and wearing a black and white jacket with “game over” in white letters on the front.If you have any information on their identities, please contact Detective Becker at 586-307-9368.

Jewelry store thefts are all-to-common crimes, as diamond rings are small and valuable. As we’ve seen with previous investigations, selling the valuable merchandise is not as easy as running out of the store with it. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in identifying the above individual who is suspected of a brazen robbery at a local jewelry store. On 9-23-17, at approximately 11:30 a.m., this man entered a jewelry store on Cherry St in Mt. Clemens and asked to see a ring in the display case. As he held the ring to better look at it, he ran out of the store, failing to pay for it. Anyone knowing the identity of this man is asked to contact Detective Petrykowski at 586-307-9367.

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