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“You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it," Judge John McBain told Camia Gamet during her sentencing Wednesday. (Screenshot: WJBK Video)
Lemelia Johnson Bonner April 18, 2014 at 09:35 pm
Unfortunately, I think most prisoners adapt to their surroundings pretty quickly, because they haveRead More no choice. It's their new reality. We'd like t think most convicted killers are miserable and lonely, but the truth is that they make friends, form relationships, have endless time for recreational activities and educational pursuits if they so choose. An they have a guaranteed roof over their heads and three meals a day. If the person has no family or friends on the outside anymore, prison's a pretty good deal.
Christopher Koulouris April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm
One wonders if the judge was out of line? Is it his role to issue moral edicts? His role to condemnRead More those brought in front of the court and if so what do we mean by crime and punishment? Then again perhaps it was shear exasperation at the conceit of the criminal, which is how of course she probably ended up there in the first place.... http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/04/out-of-line-judge-tells-convicted-killer-camia-gamet-he-hopes-she-dies-in-jail/
Gale April 19, 2014 at 12:34 am
I don't blame him one bit. These judges see so many of these pukes roll through their courtrooms.Read More Cold, callous, with no empathy or remorse. I wish they did have the death penalty, because life in prison doesn't scare these monsters anymore. They get three hot meals a day, plus snack, TV, computer time, free medical, dental and vision care, access to work out equipment, hell, there's people who work who can't afford some of that.
The children of Steven Utash, 54, have established an online fundraiser on the Go Fund Me site to raise money to help offset their father's mounting hospital bills. (Screenshot: Go Fund Me)
Greg Thrasher April 18, 2014 at 02:03 pm
What does Obama, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have to do with this incident ???? I can tell you:Read More Nothing!!!!
Jay Charles April 18, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Actually, Joe, Jesse Jackson did publicly condemn the incident. But, almost two weeks after itRead More happened. I presume he had to make sure which way the media was leaning before speaking out.
Racer Boy April 18, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Obama, Sharpton and Jackson are well-documented race-baters. They carefully choose to weigh in withRead More charges of racism when it fits their agenda. Obama with Trayvon Martin and Henry Louis Gates. Sharpton with Tawana Brawley and Jesse Jackson making a living from extorting money from large corporations for his own personal gain are all great examples. So, with these Black leaders serving as examples to our Black youth, what other result would you expect? The facts are indisputable...sad but true.
Police caught up with Gregory Orr, 29, of Clawson, who reportedly passed out in the drive-through lane of a local Taco Bell, when he backed up in the street, apparently because he'd missed his driveway. (Patch file photo)
Barb Narb April 17, 2014 at 09:23 am
And people want to legalize marijuana?
Racer Boy April 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm
So, $500 and this guy gets to go out and do it all again...possibly killing someone next time. WhatRead More is up with these idiot judges these days?
Jay Charles April 17, 2014 at 04:49 pm
He was drunk and carrying cocaine ... and this relates to marijuana ...HOW?
A SMART bus driver was involved in two accidents in Birmingham on Wednesday. (Patch file photo)
Brian Welch April 17, 2014 at 04:37 am
SMART sucks. The horror stories I could tell you about my experiences with SMART are many. I have aRead More car yet still support public transportation, except SMART. SMART is Horrible.
DianeKH April 17, 2014 at 08:33 am
I support the concept of public transportation, but...I live off of Main Street and see theses busesRead More travelling back and forth all day. I've never seen more than three people on a bus. We could hire taxis for these same people for a whole lot less.
James Patrick O’Connell is shown here with his attorney, Shannon Smith, in Troy's 52-4 District Court after his arrest in August. (Screenshot: Patch video)
Anon April 17, 2014 at 11:17 am
An innocent man was sentenced today. It makes me very scared of our justice system that one child'sRead More word of mouth is taken over a 60 year old man's.
K. Scott April 17, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Um, I don't think that a jury of 12 does this without more than 1 childs testimony. But I wasn'tRead More there.
lls April 18, 2014 at 08:17 pm
But these 12 people did exactly that. Very sad.
An increased supply of heroin from Afghanistan has decreased prices, making it more readily available throughout Michigan, which has a significant public health problem, officials say. (Patch file photo)
Luther's Fan April 15, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Well, I was a parent to three, and all are successful medical professionals. Do you watch the newsRead More or know any teachers in public schools. Ask teachers if kids are fine. Most are total brats. When I look at all those on the welfare dole, seems like Darwinism needs a few more million years to weed out the lazy.
Racer Boy April 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Unfortunately, we created the lazy...LBJ's Great Society has spent $Trillions developing an entireRead More segment of society totally dependent on Government for it's survival. Now, that group has grown in such numbers as to be able to elect a Socialist-based representative government. They in turn, continue to provide more and more Government supplied perks. It will be very difficult to halt this death spiral into oblivion. They have control of our primary, secondary and collegiate educational system...literally indoctrinating our children into the Socialist lifestyle...which looks good on paper. It works really well until you run out of someone else's money. We are at the critical tipping point where the takers are dangerously close to out numbering the makers. We need to wake up now.
HARVEY JONES April 16, 2014 at 10:29 am
To the local POLICE DEPT: It is easy to find where these heroin houses are located Just follow yourRead More local cab companies and the Gratiot bus line.
Steve Utash, surrounded here by his children, awoke from his medically induced coma Friday. (Photo: Go Fund Me)
Bill April 16, 2014 at 07:01 am
It doesn’t take much for the “mob mentality,” or “herd mentality” toRead More kick in. It appears this began as a hate crime and then that mob mentality kicked in, and emotions raged blinding all to the reality of their actions. There’s a lot of anger in this country - it doesn’t help that our political, legal and financial leaders are systematically destroying the middle class, creating a much larger, more lethal lower class.
Ron April 16, 2014 at 09:03 am
Michelle,, Please,,, "they PROBABLY bred the hatred for whites in him"....... I wouldRead More agree that we can teach our children ANYTHING we choose to. However,, I cannot imagine how you can make such a blatantly racist assertions without a SHRED of proof. I would suggest that the number of parents that actually knew their child was capable of a crime is quite low,,,, Timothy McVeigh,, Adam Lanza,, both white and both guilty of committing atrocities against innocent people,,,, can you seriously say the same thing about those white families you just said about the young man that attacked Mr. Utash in Detroit? Or do you have a different set of "standards" for white criminals?
Greg Thrasher April 18, 2014 at 10:25 am
Pitiful reading the racist depravity that is posted on this site . Interesting how so many of theseRead More bigots hide behind alias and their computers ...
Area religious leaders and others have organized a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Little Rock Baptist Church. (Patch file photos)
Ahmed Ismail April 10, 2014 at 09:54 am
I hope that those reading this article will take the time to do the right thing for Steve Utash byRead More going to the donation site listed above and make a donation to help the Utash family through this nightmare. Just skip what you were going to do this weekend and take that money and donate it to the Utash family. It's the right thing to do--you'll be helping someone who did the right thing as well. Thank you!
Reverend Barbara Sexton April 10, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Healing cannot occur until all 'pus' is cleared out! To state otherwise is either disingenuous orRead More is a complete lie or it's both. Furthermore, I can tell you that healing begins from 'within', so let's get on with it, our friends in Detroit. Rev. Barb Stamford, CT
Philip April 10, 2014 at 07:55 pm
according to a master plan for Detroit promoted a couple of years ago, the idea is to congregateRead More populated areas of the city and move out those who live in sparser settled areas. If that plan comes about, what happened to Mr. Utash will only be the first instance of a way of life. Although regular citizens will move out, there is certainty that the lawless will move into the vacated parts of Detroit. If you stay in a populated part of the city, you should be relatively safe. However, if you have business or pleasure that takes you out of one populated area into another populated area, you will have to pass through the "Sherwood Forest," full of outlaws, in between. Woe betide the innocent traveler, like Mr. Utash, who is caught out there. My response to this is to carve Detroit into three pieces: The City of Grand River (north of I-96 and west of Woodward), The City of Gratiot (north of I-96 and east of Woodward), and The City of Detroit (south of I-96). These cities would be self-sufficient, but could share resources if they wanted to. The benefit would be local control of utilities and services. Also, any empty spaces would be smaller and more easily controlled than ones in the present 139 square miles of Detroit. Additionally, with local control, builders would appear because people apparently want to live closer to the core of an area, which in this case, would be the smaller City of Detroit. Detroit once was a small settlement along the river bank. It expanded to take in a huge area as people flocked in. Why can't it retract in order to meet the current circumstances?
Steve Utash is pictured with his three children, who have established a Go Fund Me site that had raised $154,825 by mid-day Thursday, April 10.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Kate, Metro Detroit airport is actually in Romulus, so you wouldn't be in the D.
tamarya April 12, 2014 at 05:48 pm
If he hit a black child then i agree racial, however if he hit a white child then it is because heRead More hit the kid, even if black it could be he hit the kid and they had a problem with him doing that. Even though he hit a child that was unattended in the rd is no reason to have the crap beaten out of him. An accident is an accident, like i said earlier if this is how people react then especially when hitting a child police or the child's family should not question if someone commits a hit and run.
Luther's Fan April 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
The news has reported that the kids were jumping in and out of the street playing some kind of game.Read More Apparently this is fun now; playing chicken with cars.
"I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas because it's now in Hazel Park," Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said of stolen merchandise from a Vegas Victoria's Secret store found in the warehouse. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office photo)
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:50 pm
MontiLee - no they're not better than that.
B. Dub April 10, 2014 at 03:52 pm
“I guess what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas because it’s now in HazelRead More Park,” - HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Oh, wait... that's not funny.
Richard Greaves April 10, 2014 at 09:29 pm
What's was shocking?
Ferndale City Clerk J. Cherilynn Brown shakes hands with resident Andrew Cissell after he submited a petition asking for a vote on marijuana decriminalization. Cissell was recently convicted on election violations. (Patch file photo)
Racer Boy April 9, 2014 at 07:29 am
Perfect!!! I am sure those communities will be very excited to elect a drug dealer as theirRead More representative...especially Ferndale.
RON Ostrodamus April 9, 2014 at 11:18 am
Between the Ferns I am not surprised. This is Oak Park where the proprietary names for an Oak ParkRead More of commerce was falsely registered by a malcontent with a business in West Bloomfield who wants to stop any merging of Oak Park's chamber with the chamber of the perceived city of Sodom. You do not know the half of what is going on in what is now a poor dry community divided by intra religious, ethnic and racial interests. They need to chill out and get along and maybe allow their oldest and largest restaurant/catering/entertainment venue to have the same opportunity to serve wine and beer at a wedding as their insular non profits have. I am talking about the Sahara Restaurant at ten mile and Coolidge where unlike RO there is free parking so you can totally relax and enjoy your hummus in peace no matter what your persuasion.
A lipstick case similar to this one was confiscated at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport over the weekend. (Photo: womenonguard.com)
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
l wonder if the securtiy alarms go off every time obama boards Air Force One? After all, he IS theRead More biggest threat to the whole U. S. A.
Alana Sims, 24, of Sterling Heights is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on several charges. (Police booking photo)
Marcus Burger April 8, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Racially polarized?! You have a lot of nerve playing the race card again for this incident. MyRead More uncle, a white guy, thought he had a little to much to drink one day while leaving the old Wagon Wheel in Troy, so instead of driving he slept in his car for a while. Upon being awakened by Troy's finest, he explained not wanting to drive in his condition. That sounds pretty reasonable, not wanting to hurt someone? They immediately hauled him off to the lockup for some goofy charge. So quit with the sorry excuse of race Ron every time you don't like the outcome of a black behaving badly, or at least wait until it's justified.
K. Scott April 10, 2014 at 08:32 am
Ron, I guess you have no idea about Troy. Last count has residents from more than 100 countries . IRead More suspect this little run in will keep her on the straight and narrow for a while until her frontal lobe develops.
A Concerned Citizen April 10, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Troy PD did the right thing. She admitting to have been drinking too much, and didn't think sheRead More should be driving. She (apparently) had tried to get a cab, and failing that, figured she could call a friend at the Troy PD (you know, using the emergency 9-1-1 instead of calling any of her TPD friends directly with her cell phone). When Troy PD called her back, she clearly thought she was waiting for the 9-1-1 cab to come pick her up. She was abusing the system and the Troy PD kept her off the streets. How should Troy PD have reacted? Should they have taken her home? That's not their job. and it's certainly not the purpose of the 9-1-1 system. If something were to happen while Troy PD was delivering her home, it could have delayed their response to a real emergency. Finally, there's nothing about race in the story, so let's keep it out of the comments!
Steve Utash is pictured at a happier time with his three children, Joe Utash, back; Mandi Emerick, left; and Felicia Utash, right. (Screenshot: Go Fund Me online fund-raising site)
Ron April 10, 2014 at 07:50 pm
K. Scott,,, in a single word? Believe. To believe in ones self,, and self worth against all oddsRead More and all challenges. No matter our place in the world,, no matter our possessions or lack of,, to believe in yourself is crucial and that's what gives us strength to make ourselves better people.
Prometheus April 11, 2014 at 07:16 am
Personal responsibility, respect, integrity.
Racer Boy April 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm
911 works pretty well if you need a Police report written...not so much if you need help in a timelyRead More manner.
Police have arrested three people in last week's attack on Adam Wagner, pictured, at a Westland 7-Eleven store. (Screenshot: WDIV video)
Racer Boy April 7, 2014 at 05:45 pm
Very curious as to why the identities of the thugs who did this have not been released.
Army Guy April 8, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Should be investigated as a hate crime. My understanding is that the 3 suspects are of MiddleRead More Eastern descent. Seems they singled this man out as a US service member, this seems racist in nature to me.
Old Carman April 14, 2014 at 09:27 am
We need a public retribution- eye for an eye....
Police think a man who stole money from a cash donation box at the Monastery of Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills is also responsible for at least three other similar crimes.
Donna Harris April 4, 2014 at 07:26 pm
OK, so do we really think he was praying...or just pantomiming before swiping the cash? I hope heRead More WAS praying, but someone needs to tell him that he needs to wait for God's response--God might have some other ideas about meeting his needs, rather than stealing.....
All Birmingham dog owners should do this, says a man who's found himself in a steaming hot mess after he allegedly flung dog poop at a neighbor who didn't scoop. (Photo: Newtown.Patch.com)
Margaret potter April 7, 2014 at 03:09 pm
I agree with Mr Wolfe, I am a dog lover BUT dog handlers should have dogs on leashes and pick upRead More after them. While in Europe I was surprised to learn the 3 countries I visited allow dogs in parks, businesses and most everywhere as long as they were on a leash and with a handler that can control them.
Mr. Michael April 10, 2014 at 10:35 am
Piss poor reporting I guess eh Jay? The version you describe plays out nothing like the writtenRead More content of the article.
Racer Boy April 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm
So, once again who is telling the truth? Hopefully "eye witness" Jay has contacted theRead More Birmingham Police with his version.
A Michigan lesbian whose marriage to her partner was televised on a local news station was assaulted as she was walking home Monday. Her assailants allegedly referenced her marriage and punched her. (Patch file photo)
McGurk April 8, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Dale: Your metaphor was disgusting, insulting and meant to be so. The only thing worse? You areRead More pleased with yourself for that bit of scatilogical nonsense.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 07:36 pm
Dale: you have more than implied that gay people who live a full and open life are not realRead More Christians. They aren't the only ones you have denigrated in this way either. Are You trying to cover for your awful writing? It will not work. The intent with your metaphors are always clear. Nobody is confused. As mentioned before, there many other points of view than yours, or the two opinions I introduced you to at that website. Yours is no more important than anyone else's, no matter what labels you use. The way you run other people down only speaks volumes about you.
Daffy Noodnicks April 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm
And Dale,you weren't commenting on drug use, you were comparing the heartfelt religious convictionsRead More of other people to drug use, and manure consumption, as well as other demeaning language. It is the sort of intolerant speech you trade in, while pretending to innocently hide behind the Bible or whatever. No matter how you couch it, it's just lousy stuff to say about other people. And then you whine about intolerance when someone calls you on it.
Photos from surveillance video show a suspect entering a Ferndale doctor's office. (Photo courtesy of Ferndale Police Department)
Sylvia Taylor April 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Writing your own prescriptions are we. Hope you got the DEA number.
Luther's Fan April 11, 2014 at 07:27 am
Going to have to start locking doors and buzzing people into businesses. If they do not remove hatsRead More and face gear; no entry.
Police in a Detroit suburb are trying to find out how a human skull and other items from a medical facility ended up in a Dumpster. (Patch file photo)
Debbie Gerard March 28, 2014 at 07:29 am
She found a doctor's lab in the dumpster?
Dan A. Bodak March 28, 2014 at 09:40 am
I think it meant to say, "lab coat."
Lynn Vander Meer April 1, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Geeze, stop digging in garbage and you won't be horrified.
William Dhondt was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and mutilation of a dead body by an Oakland County jury Friday.
Charlie Kretschmer March 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm
This headline is a disgrace. Patch= amateur hour.
stacy Wallach March 30, 2014 at 02:16 pm
When I saw this headline, I was dumbfounded at the disgraceful choice of words to intro this story.Read More This shows a lack of respect for the victim and her family, while sensationalizing the tragedy. The author should have chosen her words more carefully and realize this is about a human being that lost her life in a most horrific way. I have never read such a disrespectful headline story, it surpasses the grocery store tabloids. This headline should be pulled.
Michelle Burns March 31, 2014 at 09:51 am
Not only is the headline horrible....this is the third story I've read in the Patch in which thereRead More are numerous spelling errors. Come on....get a proof reader!
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