Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 27, 2012

State in Brief: 10/27/2012


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2 teens charged in invasion, slaying

PONTIAC — Two Oakland County teenagers are charged in the slaying of a 27-year-old Pontiac man during a home invasion.

Sheriff's officials say in a release Friday that 16-year-old Donald Lee James and 17-year-old Jonathan Hickerson have been arraigned on felony murder and home invasion charges.

James is a student at Lake Orion High School and is charged as an adult.

Hickerson, of Pontiac, was arraigned Friday at a hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound suffered during the incident.

The victim's brother returned fire at two males who forced their way into Adrian Contreras' home early Monday. Contreras was killed. His wife and 6-month-old child also were inside the home but escaped unhurt.

Tests show same gun used in some shootings

WIXOM — Tests on bullet fragments and casings have determined that the same firearm was used in a string of shootings across several southeastern Michigan counties.

Police in Wixom say Friday that evidence from Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties is related. Shots have been fired on at least 22 cars since Oct. 16.

Most of the shootings involved cars near Interstate 96, and 10 of them were in Wixom, northwest of Detroit.

No injuries have been reported and there have been no shooting incidents reported since Oct. 18.

The analysis of the evidence from the shootings was moved quickly to help in the investigation. Authorities say they have received more than 400 tips in the case.

Roofer reunited with wallet after 44 years

ALMA — Harold Hamp was putting a roof on a home in Alma in 1968 when he lost his wallet.

It was found 44 years later by another man re-roofing the same house.

The Oakland Press in Pontiac reported in a story Friday that Casey Morgan spied the wallet buried in attic insulation.

It appears the wallet fell from Hamp's pocket, tumbled between roofing boards into the attic where it rested for more than four decades.

Morgan's boss Terry Thelen later tracked down Hamp's name through an Alma telephone book and reached his son.

Infant's death is ruled a homicide

BRANDON TOWNSHIP — Oakland County Medical Examiner officials say the death of a 4-month-old Brandon Township boy was caused by blunt-force trauma and has been ruled a homicide.

County sheriff officials say in a release Friday that Brandon Township fire personnel found the unresponsive infant lying on the living room floor about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He later died.