All charges dropped against Floyd Dent, civil suit planned
On the same day Inkster’s Police Chief announced her resignation, the man at the center of the investigation into her department is officially cleared of charges.
Drug charges against 57-year-old Floyd Dent were officially dropped Wednesday morning in Wayne County. The charges were thrown out in the wake of former Inkster police officer William Melendez being charged with crimes related to his arrest and beating in January.
In court on Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office cited insufficient evidence for the reason to drop charges against Dent.
The beating and arrest in late January was all caught on police dashcam video. Dent admitted to running a stop sign that initiated the arrest but says police went to far and even planted cocaine in his vehicle to get the charges. Dent’s reaction the charges being dismissed were obvious: relief.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges of misconduct in office and assault against Melendez and said those are charges she believes she can prove.
Even though charges have been dismissed, he may be back in court soon. He plans to take the city of Inkster to court … click here for more details.
Victim: ‘I’ll never forget his face’ of accused serial rapist Michael Sykes
A suspected serial rapist was in court today, charged with two cases and more possibly on the way.
Michael Sykes, 21, was charged in two rapes, one that happened in 2008 and one that happened last month.
Prosecutors say Sykes has a violent past, charged as a juvenile in three other cases. Police say he was 14 when he attacked a 15-year-old girl in March, 2008.
Seeing the face of Sykes in court, a 24-year-old Detroit woman who wishes to remain anonymous says she still feels panic and fear looking into his eyes.
“I will never forget his face, ever,” she said. “He scarred me for life. I wanted to cry, my hands were shaking, everything.”
But on Wednesday Skyes appeared relaxed during his arraignment in Wayne County Circuit Court Wednesday as he listened to 30 counts against him.
Among the charges are sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery. Prosecutors charged him for the kidnapping and rape of three women on March 29 of this year and two women on March 24, 2008.
Investigators say DNA links him to those cases … click here for more details.
Yankees pound David Price, win second straight over Tigers
With his ace on the mound, entering the game with a 0.40 ERA through three starts, Brad Ausmus never expected to be warming up his bullpen in the very first inning Wednesday against the New York Yankees.
But that’s exactly what happened to the Tigers skipper, as David Price allowed six earned runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter in the first inning. Price used 51 pitches to get out of the inning as the Yankees batted through their entire lineup … click here for more details.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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