Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Incidents occurred about 70 times over two-year period, according to report.
The Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield Police departments are investigating possible incidents of molestation of a teenage boy by his pediatrician, a close friend of his family. A redacted police report issued to Patch under the Freedom of Information Act revealed some details of allegations against Jeffrey Lee Dembs, 61, a West Bloomfield resident and doctor at the My Kid's Doc office on 12 Mile Road in Novi. Dembs is being accused on a count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, all with a person younger than 13. According to the report, the boy told Farmington Hills police that Dembs invited him to spend the night during the weekends in 2009-10, when, the boy said, he was …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Oakland County community continues benefit efforts in weeks since West Bloomfield Police Officer's death in line of duty.
Royal Oak Music Theatre will be rocking Oct. 2 with special purpose — to benefit the family of slain West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke. O'Rourke, 39, was fatally shot Sept. 9 while responding with other officers to what police believed could have been a suicidal man. The incident sparked a barricaded gunman standoff that ended when police found the suspect, Ricky Coley, 50, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. O'Rourke was the department's first officer killed in the line of duty. Birmingham-based classic rock radio station 94.7 WCSX-FM will broadcast live from the theatre next Tuesday as a host of Metro Detroit-area rock stars including Fifty Amp Fuse, Mitch Ryder and Stewart Francke perform, with proceeds to benefit a …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The money raised will go to Officer Patrick O'Rourke's family.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A Wixom business owner and a Wixom police officer made grown men cry when they delivered a check for more than $12,000 to the West Bloomfield Police Department in honor of Officer Patrick O'Rourke, a 12-year veteran who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month. Eddie Osman, owner of the Osman Marathon Gas Station on Wixom Road, joined Wixom’s Administrative Sergeant Charlie Yon earlier this week to present $12,207 to West Bloomfield Police Chief Mike Patton and his staff for the “Officer O'Rourke Family Trust,” which will benefit the health, education and welfare of O'Rourke's family. “There were tears coming from their eyes,” Osman said of the presentation to West Bloomfield police officers. “They were so …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Here's how you can help benefit the health, education, and welfare of Patrick O'Rourke's family.
Like thousands throughout Metro Detroit last week, Suzy Modiano was stunned by news reports that Patrick O'Rourke, a West Bloomfield Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty. While watching television news all day from the Yoz Yogurt outlet on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield which she owns with her husband, Sonny, less than three miles away from where the incident occurred, Suzy said that her first thoughts were with O'Rourke's family. The Modianos decided to hold a fundraiser to benefit O'Rourke's three elementary school-age daughters and infant son, and his widow, Amy. They'll be open special hours on Oct. 3, from 3 p.m.-9 p.m., and the entire day's sales from both Yoz Yogurt outlets in West Bloomfield will be donated to a …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke died in the line of duty Sunday night.
Religious leaders from diverse backgrounds around West Bloomfield offered prayer and thanks to a crowd of approximately 1,500 a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in honor of slain Officer Patrick O'Rourke. The 39-year-old Fenton resident was a husband and father of four whose family were in attendance to hear from religious leaders of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths at the event organized by township officials and the West Bloomfield Clergy Association. O'Rourke was killed Sunday night in the line of duty by a man barricaded in his home at the North Woods Forest subdivision near the intersection of Halsted and Pontiac Trail. The gunman, Ricky Nelson Coley, was found dead Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a lengthy standoff …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Hearing for 74-old-old Sandra Layne of West Bloomfield charged in grandson's death is postponed. Father says he 'relented,' when Jonathan Hoffman wanted to stay behind after family moved to Arizona.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The 74-year-old West Bloomfield grandmother accused of fatally shooting her 17-year-old grandson as he pleaded for his life during a 911 call spoke softly to a judge Thursday morning to authorize a delay for her preliminary exam. Sandra Layne, 74, is scheduled to be back before Judge Kimberly Small at 48th District Court on July 2 after Small authorized a motion from prosecutors to test Layne's competence. Prosecutors say Layne shot grandson Jonathan Hoffman, a senior at Farmington Hills Central alternative high school, multiple times Friday at the condo they shared in Maple Place Villas. Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota denied allegations that Layne had pre-planned Hoffman's death by asking her 84-year-old husband to …
Sandra Layne, who admittedly told police that she killed her grandson, Jonathan Hoffman will be in court Thursday morning.
Sandra Layne, 74, a former schoolteacher, has a preliminary exam scheduled at 48th District Court in front of Judge Kimberly Small Thursday at 8:30 a.m. During her arraignment on open murder and felony firearms charges Monday, Layne bowed her head and sat mute amid testimony from West Bloomfield Police detectives that said she admitted killing her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, on May 18. Hoffman, a senior at Farmington Central alternative high school, was shot multiple times in the condominium he shared with Layne and her husband in the Maple Place Villas complex, on the 6000 block of Brookview Lane. If bound over by a district court judge, a circuit court judge will determine whether she should face first-or second-degree …
Monday, May 21, 2012
A moment of silence will be held Thursday night at North Farmington High in memory of Jonathan Hoffman, 17, who will be laid to rest Tuesday. Meanwhile, his grandmother awaits possible charges by the West Bloomfield Police.
As the community comes to grips with the shooting death of Jonathan Hoffman, the 17-year-old's grandmother remains in custody by West Bloomfield Police in connection with the teen's homicide Friday night. Police would not say Sunday night if charges have been filed, or if they would be filed, against the unnamed 74-year-old woman. Her attorney spoke out over the weekend, saying she acted in self-defense. The Oakland County Medical Examiners Office confirmed Saturday that Hoffman, the son of a prominent divorce attorney, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting was reported to police around 5:27 p.m. West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond said the boy was pronounced dead after being taken to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
People who knew the 17-year-old West Bloomfield homicide victim pay their respects via Facebook, Twitter.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Police are questioning the 74-year-old grandmother of Jonathan Hoffman, 17, a senior at Farmington Central High, in connection with his death Friday night by multiple gunshot wounds.
The 17-year-old victim of a suspected homicide in West Bloomfield Friday night was identified Saturday by police as Jonathan Hoffman, a senior in the Farmington Public Schools district. Oakland County Medical Examiners confirmed that Hoffman was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, which were reported to police around 5:27 p.m. Lt. Tim Diamond said the boy was pronounced dead after transport to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills shortly after 6 p.m. Police are questioning Hoffman's grandmother, whose name has not been released, in connection with the shooting after her release from a nearby hospital today. She was held there for concerns regarding her age and circumstances, according to Diamond, and she has retained the services of an …