By Lonnie Huhman,

The month of March saw the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office taking on a variety of issues in Scio Township.

From suspected drug overdoses to school threats and a murder charge, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office was busy in the township.


On April 9, WCSO Sgt. Samuel Wallace presented the Scio Township Board the WCSO’s monthly report; giving them an overall look at last’s month police services in the township, which included several cases of note.

Wallace said one location in the 5000 block of Jackson Road was the scene of two concerning cases.

He said on March 4, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Jackson Road for a medical assist at that location and were advised by WCSO Central Dispatch that a 911 call was made from that location, which the 911 caller advised Central Dispatch there was a female at the location who was not breathing.

“Upon Deputies arrival at the location, Scio Township Fire and HVA (Huron Valley Ambulance) personnel were already on scene treating the female subject, who was laying on the bathroom floor at the residence,” Wallace told the township board. “Believing the female subject was overdosing from heroin, HVA administered Narcan and the female subject regained consciousness.”

He said the woman admitted to snorting a line of heroin, but there was no evidence of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia at the scene. He said the female subject was turned over to HVA and transported to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation. 

The second case at the location was on March 26. Wallace said deputies responded to the 5000 block of Jackson Road for a possible double drug overdose at that location.

“Upon Deputies arrival at the aforementioned location they located two male subjects inside the bathroom lying on the floor unconscious and unresponsive,” he said. “Deputies noted that both subjects’ skin was pale white and they had bluish colored lips. Deputies observed drug paraphernalia in the bathroom consistent with heroin use (syringe and spoons). Deputies administered two separate doses of Narcan to each subject. The subjects regained consciousness and were later turned over to HVA to be transported to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation.”

Wallace said, “Due to this being a second suspected heroin overdose at the location this month, Deputies issued the resident a Rental Property Violation Notice at scene, and mailed a copy of the notice to the property owner.”

The school threat came on March 12, when Wallace said Deputies responded to Honey Creek Community Schools located at 1735 S. Wagner Road in reference to staff locating threats written on a bathroom stall by unknown suspect stating, “I’m going to shoot up the school”, “I’m going to kill everyone”, “If you see this you are going to die.”

“Through Deputies investigation and information provided by school staff, Deputies learned of several students who may have been responsible for writing the threats,” Wallace said.

He said due to the threats, school staff requested extra security at the school the following day, so deputies stood by while school staff searched student’s backpacks when they arrived for school. He said school Staff also searched the lockers of the students suspected of writing the threatening message.

“No weapons/contraband were found in none of the students’ backpacks or lockers,” Wallace said. “Deputies conducted a thorough investigation but were unable to identify a suspect. The case was closed due to lack of investigative leads.”

The murder case began on March 28; when deputies responded to the 300 block of Sedgewood Lane for a fight in progress involving two males at that location, according to Wallace.

“As Deputies responded to the location, Central Dispatch advised that a female called 911 from the incident location, stating that her husband was stabbed by her ex-husband in the garage of their residence,” Wallace said. “The female advised Central Dispatch that both subjects left the residence.”

Wallace said she informed Central Dispatch that her husband was driving a silver BMW and her ex-husband was driving a black Cadillac. He said prior to the deputies’ arrival at the location Central Dispatch informed them, they had just received a call from the Edward Jones office located at 6235 Jackson Road in which the caller said there was a man at the location with blood on his face and back.

“Deputies arrived at the Edward Jones and learned that the male subject was the same stabbing victim from the aforementioned location,” Wallace said. “Deputies found the victim conscious with multiple stab wounds to his person. Through Deputies investigation the victim identified who stabbed him. Other responding Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Jackson Road and Dancer.”

Wallace said, “A traffic stop was conducted and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The victim was conveyed to U of M Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.”

WCSO Detective Personnel responded to the scene and took over the investigation, according to Wallace, and the suspect has been charged with murder and the case is currently under investigation.                                                                                                                                                                                                    


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