Police Chief Vince Emrick addresses Adrian city commissioners at a work session before their Aug. 3 meeting.

Issues faced by APD include gang rivalries, increase in calls, decrease in applicants

Calls to the Adrian Police Department have risen dramatically during the past few years, police chief Vince Emrick told city commissioners during a work session before Monday’s commission meeting. Emrick showed commissioners a graph of how many calls for service the department has received each year since 2012, with estimates for 2015 based on call volume so far:

Year
Calls for service

2012
10,599

2013
12,591

2014
17,049

2015
 19,477 (estimate)

“As you can see, we’ve had a steady rise since 2012,” Emrick said. Part of the difference from 2012 to 2013 could be attributable to a better record-keeping system implemented at that time, but the number has continued to rise since then, he said. Emrick updated the commission on several recent incidents, including the Church Street shooting in July and the drug raids that came immediately before it. He said those incidents involved two rival criminal groups. Continue Reading

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Adrian Speedway robbed; police seek information

The Speedway store in Adrian was robbed this morning, and police are seeking any tips that could lead to the suspect. Police were dispatched around 6:08 a.m. to the store, located at 1367 S. Main St. The victim reported that a suspect entered the store, reached over the counter, and grabbed an as-yet-to-be-determined amount of cash from the register.  The suspect then fled the store in a northerly direction.  A K9 track to locate the suspect was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as an African-American or Hispanic male with a goatee, wearing a flat brimmed baseball cap, gray hoodie sweatshirt, black Adidas style sweat pants and white athletic shoes.  The suspect appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. No one was injured during the robbery. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Adrian Police Department at 517-264-4808. Continue Reading

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Police investigate ethnic intimidation case in Adrian

Adrian police are seeking more witnesses to a case of ethnic intimidation that was reported Monday afternoon. Adrian police chief Vince Emrick said police received a report around 4:45 p.m. that two white males in a late-model pickup truck, teal in color and waving a Confederate flag, were circling a group of three black teenagers in the Adrian Mall parking lot while shouting at them and using racial slurs. Previous 911 callers had reported the truck driving recklessly at other locations. The suspects were described as being in their late teens or early 20s, with thin builds and wearing baseball hats. A witness dialed 911 on her cell phone and the suspects quickly left the area, apparently after seeing her on her phone. Continue Reading

Two people injured in shooting in Adrian

The following statement was released this morning by the Adrian Police Department:

At approximately 12:30 am on July 15, 2015, Adrian Police officers responded to a shooting in the 600 block of East Church Street in the City of Adrian, Michigan.  Adrian officers were nearby investigating a curfew violation, and heard several gunshots.  Officers located two shooting victims, both suffering from gunshot wounds to the lower extremities. 

Information from witnesses indicates that a confrontation occurred and that several shots were then fired from a stationary vehicle, striking the two victims.  Both victims were transported to local hospitals.  Both victims were alive and alert upon transport.  No further update on the victims’ condition or identity is available at this time. Several witnesses were able to describe and identify the suspects involved in the shooting.  Those suspects were located at a location in the City of Adrian, and were taken into custody without incident.  They are currently lodged at the Lenawee County Jail.  The identities of the suspects will be released upon arraignment in 2-A District Court.  At this time, three suspects have been arrested.  Further arrests may be forthcoming as the investigation is completed. Adrian Police Department executed several search warrants to obtain evidence linking the identified suspects to the crime.  Several firearms have been recovered. Adrian Police Department would like to thank the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, Raisin Township Police Department, and Tecumseh Police Department for their assistance during this event. Anyone with information about this crime should contact Detective John Birdwell at Adrian Police Department, 517-264-4808, or jbirdwell@adrianmi.gov. Continue Reading

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Police warn of fake repairman scam in Adrian area

The Adrian Police Department has received several reports of a man posing as a repairman for Comcast/XFinity or DirecTV and trying to get into people’s homes. According to a notice the APD posted on Facebook today, the man knocks on the door and asks if he can come in to check TV connections and equipment. Reports have been received inside the city of Adrian as well as other sections of Lenawee County. He is described as a white male in his mid to early 30s, clean shaven, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and of a stocky build, with short brown hair and no glasses or visible tattoos. He was wearing a hat from Xfinity/Comcast and a DirecTV white polo shirt carrying a DirecTV or Dish cable binder. Continue Reading

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City reaches contract with police sergeants’ union

After an unsuccessful attempt at mediation and nearly going to arbitration, the city of Adrian and its police sergeants have reached a deal on a new contract. The four-year contract between the city and the Police Officers’ Labor Council, which represents the three sergeants in the Adrian Police Department, was approved Monday by the Adrian City Commission. It had already been ratified by the union. The sergeants will receive the same 1 percent cost-of-living increase that other employees received previously, retroactive to Oct. 15. Continue Reading

Marc Boudreau was sworn in as an Adrian patrol officer on Jan. 20.

New police officer sworn in

A new patrol officer has joined the Adrian Police Department: Marc Boudreau, who was sworn in at tonight’s city commission meeting. Police chief Vince Emrick said Boudreau has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and is a 2013 graduate of Oakland Police Academy. He has worked for Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Belleville Police Department. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Britton and have one son. Continue Reading

Suspect arrested after firing handgun during argument

A shot was fired but nobody was injured during an altercation Friday evening in the area of Treat and Tabor streets, Adrian police said. According to a statement issued by the police department, officers were called at 7:14 p.m. to a report of an incident involving a firearm. One round was fired during the altercation and the suspect fled on foot. Witnesses were able to provide a description and point police in the right direction, and the suspect was arrested a short distance away. Police said no one was injured and charges are pending. Continue Reading

Adrian police want to know who painted "Pecan Sandy" on the side of the water tower.

So what do pecan sandies have to do with anything, anyway?

I have to admit I missed this until it showed up on Channel 13’s website. Adrian police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever managed to paint the words “Pecan Sandy” on the city’s water tower. Seems like a strange thing to write. But it’s not the first time: The same words used to be painted along the side of the U.S. 223 bridge just west of Kohl’s. So what’s your theory? Continue Reading