Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ann Arbor prosecutor pleaded for release during drunken driving arrest, video shows

Posted: 9:00 a.m. Today
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Senior assistant city attorney Robert West
An Ann Arbor city attorney pleaded with a Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy to release him after he failed a preliminary breath test during a traffic stop in October, records show.

But the deputy refused because he feared criminal charges himself, according to a Sheriff’s Department video of the stop obtained by under the Freedom of Information Act.

Robert William West, 57, who was responsible for prosecuting drunken drivers at the time, was later charged with first-offense operating while under the influence.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, West faces up to 93 days in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in 14A-3 District Court in Chelsea.

His driver’s license was destroyed, and West was issued a temporary driving permit after his arrest in Scio Township, records show.

West, a senior assistant city attorney, had no comment when reached by phone at his office Wednesday

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Police: Detroit girl, 3, killed when playing with handgun

A 3-year-old girl fatally shot herself in an upstairs bedroom of a house while playing with a handgun, a Detroit police spokeswoman said this evening.
Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said the shooting occurred at about 6:15 p.m. in the 18900 block of Rockcastle near Canyon on the city’s east side. The girl was at home with her 42-year-old grandmother at the time.
“We believe she was possibly playing with the gun,” Stephens said. “Somehow it went off.”
The girl was alone in the bedroom in an upstairs bedroom when she found the gun, she said. Stephens did not know where the gun had been stored at the time the child found it.
Detroit police will provide free gun locks to any one who needs them, Stephens said. They can stop at any police district or precinct to pick up one.
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My daughter survived this incident twice that I know of. Once because her brother and then second time is when her sister saw her with a loaded weapon left around by an idiot. My daughter called Judge Nancy C. Francis herself to tell her and the judge punished me.