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Meet Detroit Tigers players, adopt a new pet at Michigan Humane Society Clear the Cages event

2 hours 23 min ago

Meet Detroit Tigers players and save animals -- it's a win-win at the Michigan Humane Society's Clear the Cages event next week.

All adoption fees will be waived Jan. 25 at the Mackey Center for Animal Care at the Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus in Detroit.

Detroit Tigers Shane Greene and Jordy Mercer will be at the event, and attendees have the chance to win prizes from the Tigers and Humane Society.

The event is from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 7887 Chrysler Drive.

The NIGHTSIDE report -- Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

2 hours 59 min ago
Women arrested for poisoning mac n' cheese with heroin

Two Port Huron women were arrested Sunday for poisoning a recovery house manager's macaroni and cheese by placing heroin in it, according to police.

Port Huron women arrested for poisoning recovery house manager with heroin in mac n' cheese

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Winter weather advisory issued for Metro Detroit until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Read more.

Police have recovered a historic powder horn that was stolen from a Dearborn museum in the 1950s. Learn more.

Ford and Volkswagen have teamed up for a global alliance. Read more.

The family of a murdered Detroit woman faced the killer in court. Learn more.

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Medical marijuana

A local business claims to be offering low prices and a hassle-free experience for those who qualify for a medical marijuana card.

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School threats

Two Summit Academy Middle School students have been arrested for allegedly threatening bomb and gun violence against other students, according to police.

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Orion Township arrest

An Oakland County man threw several kitchen knives at his girlfriend, kicked deputies and caused a lockdown at a hospital after taking about 200 "unknown pills" that were prescribed to his girlfriend, according to authorities.

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GLWA lawsuit

A Detroit woman is suing the Great Lakes Water Authority, claiming she was fired after complaining about sexual harassment related to the size of her breasts and being forced to return to work early from a breast reduction surgery.

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Read more Bill aimed at lowering Michigan auto insurance rates introduced in state Senate Report: Moped rider killed in crash involving salt truck at Michigan State University Netflix is raising prices again: What you need to know Judge temporarily blocks changes at Livingston County pet cemetery Watch Sears Deals: Are they worth it? Defenders: How to spot counterfeit cash Help Me Hank's Shutdown Survival Guide: Resources for federal workers Bedford Township businesses must install lockbox with key for fire department

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Judge temporarily blocks changes at Livingston County pet cemetery

4 hours 15 sec ago

A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale of a shuttered Michigan pet cemetery that houses remains of an estimated 74,000 animals.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports Livingston County Circuit Court Judge David Reader issued an order that also prevents the property's owners from disturbing the pet cemetery, including prohibiting "digging up any of the pets' remains." Several people whose pets are buried there had sued .

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment Tuesday to Shari Pollesch, an attorney representing Carol Street Park Ridge LLC, which is listed as currently owning the property.

The more than 40-year-old Heavenly Acres pet cemetery in Livingston County's Genoa Township closed after its lease expired Sept. 30. The property was being put up for sale .

Bedford Township businesses must install lockbox with key for fire department

4 hours 29 min ago

Would you give a stranger the ability to unlock your door? One local city is making local business owners do just that.

By the end of the year, nearly every business in Bedford Township will have a lockbox hanging next to their front door.

The business owner is required to pay for the box and its installation, but some business owners say it's money well-spent.

Some have voiced concerns about who has access to that master key.

The manufacturer said the box is as secure as a bank vault if it's installed properly.

Watch the video above for Steve Garagiola's full story.

California brewery partners with Metallica to craft Enter Night Pilsner

4 hours 47 min ago

Metallica is getting its own beer, thanks to Arrogant Consortia.

Arrogant Consortia is an imprint of California's Stone Brewing. According to the band and brewing company, the two have so much in common that it was only natural to team up and create Enter Night Pilsner.

"The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless," said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "I'm always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been. Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process and sense of place in relation to our peers and 'The Man' are almost identical."

Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch spent time drinking at Ulrich's home as they worked to create the perfect band brew.

"I remember seeing Metallica on the cover of a magazine just after the Black Album was released," Koch said. "On the cover was a quote that resonated with me to this day: 'Metallica didn't go to number one, number one came to them.' I loved what that meant. Do it your way and never compromise your art. If you're great at what you do people will come. I view that simple quote as one of the founding philosophical elements of Stone Brewing."

The beer is described by the brewing company as a Northern German Pilsner with "modern overtones of aggression" that creates a hoppy forward that finishes with bitterness.

Enter Night Pilsner will hit the U.S. distribution network early this year and will go worldwide in the spring. Use the beer finder here to find locations that sell Arrogant Consortia beers.

Detroit auto show: What do this year's differences mean for next year's summer show?

4 hours 49 min ago

This year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit is different than past years.

There used to be more than 70 vehicle unveilings at the event. This year, there were about 30.

Some automakers, such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW, skipped out on the 2019 show. Luxury cars sit in the places were automakers used to fight for space to display their vehicles.

"It's partly because automakers want to get attention for things, that it's not being distracted by other introductions, and it's partly just product cycles when they have it ready. They want to be able to talk about it," said Joe Weisenelder, Cars.com analyst.

The changes raise questions about challenges that will arise when the auto show moves to June next year. The first challenge is to get automakers to the new show, which requires making sure the summer attendance equals the 800,000 people who visit the January show.

"They [automakers] have an opportunity. They have a clean slate. They can create an event that runs for days with outdoor venues to visit," said Autoexremist.com analyst Peter Delorenzo. "We'll just have to see. It's not automatic though."

General Motors President Mark Reuss believes in the June show.

"Auto shows should and always will play an important role, I think particularly in Detroit. We have to make sure this show is putting our best foot forward. There's a lot of money coming to the city. It's so important and, ya know, it should be a source of pride," he said.

Defenders: How to spot counterfeit cash

4 hours 53 min ago

Federal agents said counterfeit money is easier to obtain and harder to detect than ever.

Some fake bills are so well-made that it's difficult for experts to determine what is and isn't genuine currency, and it gets worse. The bills are no longer just being used by those who know how to create counterfeit money. Fake bills can be purchased on the deep web.

Kenneth London doesn't know how to make high-quality counterfeit money so he bought his for pennies on the dollar and once he had the fake bills he went on a shopping spree. He spent over $40,000 in fake bills at 40 different stores in metro Detroit.

Douglas Zloto is a special agent in charge of secret service in Detroit and he says the counterfeit cash London was using was extremely high quality. London and his crew would purchase merchandise and then return it to collect real money.

Federal authorities said you don't have to be an expert counterfeiter anymore to get your hands on quality fake bills. Thieves sell them on the deep web for 20 to 30 cents on the dollar.

"When we take that money back to the bank they don't know if it came from the customer or us. They won't accept the money, so we just take the loss," a local business owner said.

"That's the reason the prices of things are going up. That's why major retailer stores raise prices, to offset more security and theft," the business owner said.

Businesses need to work to make sure cashiers use special pens that can identify a fake bill. If you're a customer you need to be able to identify the feel or slight difference in real versus fake money.

London's attorney argued that he should do less prison time because he was purchasing the counterfeit money from someone else and not actually printing the fake bills himself. London was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison.

London was caught because a cashier and security worker realized the money was fake and called other branches in metro Detroit with a description of London.

Michigan business claims to offer medical marijuana licenses at a discount

5 hours 1 sec ago

A local business claims to be offering low prices and a hassle-free experience for those who qualify for a medical marijuana card.

"We help patients that are interested in getting their medical marijuana license," said Alexa Heide with Nature's Answer Clinic.

That help is boldly advertised on the Nature's Answer Instagram page. The page states, "walk-in hassle-free for medical marijuana licensing and you can get two licenses for $100."

To qualify for a medical marijuana card you must have a prequalified condition.

Learn more on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.

Prospective patients are also required to complete an application by LARA. Once you do that you'll meet with a doctor to verify your reasoning for the card.

If approved, the doctor will send the complete application package to the state.

"We have a doctor that comes on scene. We have a few doctors here that work with our staff. They go between our Ann Arbor or Detroit location and meet us at both buildings every day," Heide said.

Heide said both locations -- the one in Ann Arbor and their East Jefferson-Detroit location -- stay busy and they said that's a good thing.

"But anyone is allowed to come in and try to see the doctor. We encourage anyone. We are risk-free ourselves here. We don't charge any fee, if you can't get approved, you tried and we understand," Heide said.

After decades with no new sit-down restaurants, Detroit neighborhood celebrates new eatery

5 hours 26 min ago

New restaurants open up all the time in Detroit, but one is extra special because of where it is.

Owners cut the ribbon on Flare Kitchen and Cocktails on Tuesday, making it the first new full-service restaurant to open up in the area, known as the Joy community, in decades.

"This restaurant is all about friends, family and newcomers," said chef Mashelle Sykes.

Sykes said everybody is welcomed at Fusion Flare Kitchen and Cocktails. It sits on Plymouth Road in the heart of Detroit's Westside.

"There's nothing down here. I'm trying to bring something different in this neighborhood. We wanted to make it more, the J. Alexander in the 'hood. Fresh quality food. We have handcrafted cocktails, a perfectly selected wine list," Sykes said.

Tech Town Detroit, which is a customized support program for brick and mortar small businesses, sponsored the official ribbon cutting.

"We are redeveloping this area. We want to redevelop this area," Sykes said.

The new restaurant's owner hopes to bring light to an area that doesn't have much.

"There's not a whole lot going on, on Plymouth. The lights are really dim. It's dark around here," said Darwin Oden, of King Quality Investments.

New business owner Oden appreciates the new heartbeat of his community.

"So I figured, since they started, I might as well jump on board and let's see if we can bring this neighborhood back," Oden said.

"We're taking a chance, but I believe with all of my heart, this is going to work," Sykes said.

Fusion Flare Kitchen and Cocktails is at 16801 Plymouth Road. Contact the restaurant at 313-653-3700.

Ford, Volkswagen team up for money-saving global alliance

5 hours 55 min ago

An alliance between Ford and Volkswagen will save the automakers money, the companies announced Tuesday.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed that the companies intend to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets beginning as early as 2022. Their plan is to first deliver medium-sized pickup trucks for global customers, aiming to start in
2022, and then intend to follow with commercial vans in Europe.

"We'll become No. 1 in large commercial vehicles worldwide, which is a significant gain in market position," Diess said.

Hackett likes the cost-cutting that will come with the alliance.

"Through alliances, these are different than partnerships. We can get shared investment in areas that, in the future, both of us need, and we can cut the cost substantially," he said.

The alliance will help the automakers save money when it comes to electric and autonomous vehicles.

"Ford seems to be ahead in self-driving. VW is pushing to become a world leader with electrification. So I think from the first look, if you can make the relationship or cultures come together and work, probably it's a good deal," said Paul Eisenstein, Detroit Bureau auto analyst.

Alliance summary: Alliance leverages the two global automakers' strengths to better compete, innovate and serve customers Alliance does not involve cross-ownership between the two companies Companies to first deliver medium pickup trucks for global customers, aiming to start in 2022, and intend to follow with commercial vans in Europe Van and pickup agreements are targeted to deliver scale and efficiencies for each company starting in 2023 Volkswagen and Ford also are committed to exploring potential collaboration on EVs, autonomous vehicles and mobility services

The alliance will drive significant scale and efficiencies and enable both companies to share investments in vehicle architectures that deliver distinct capabilities and technologies, the automakers say.

The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pre-tax operating results, starting in 2023.

In addition, Volkswagen and Ford have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles and have started to explore opportunities. Both companies also said they were open to considering additional vehicle programs in the future. The teams will continue working through details in the coming months.

"Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society," Hackett said. "It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility."

Diess added: "Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and complementary market positions to even better serve millions of customers around the world. At the same time, the alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness."

The alliance, which does not entail cross-ownership between the two companies, will be governed by a joint committee. This committee will be led by Hackett and Diess and will include senior executives from both companies, the automakers said.

Commercial van and pickup collaboration

Ford and Volkswagen say they both have strong commercial van and pickup businesses around the globe, with popular nameplates such as the Ford Transit family and Ranger as well as the Volkswagen Transporter, Caddy and Amarok.

The companies' collective light commercial vehicle volumes from 2018 totaled approximately 1.2 million units globally, which could represent the industry's highest-volume collaboration as production scales.

Demand for both medium pickups and commercial vans is expected to grow globally in the next five years. The alliance will enable the companies to share development costs, leverage their respective manufacturing capacity, boost the capability and competitiveness of their vehicles and deliver cost efficiencies, while maintaining distinct brand characteristics.

Through the alliance, Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pickups for both companies which are expected to go to market as early as 2022. For both parties, Ford intends to engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers, and Volkswagen intends to develop and build a city van.

Police recover historic powder horn stolen from Dearborn museum in 1950s

6 hours 2 min ago

Officials have recovered an essential piece of Detroit history that was thought to be gone forever.

A historic powder horn was stolen from a Dearborn museum in the 1950s, but on Tuesday, with the help of Dearborn police and the FBI, it's back in the hands of the Detroit Historical Society.

"When artifacts go missing, they're seldom, if ever, recovered," said Elena Rugh, CEO of the Detroit Historical Society.

Officials said the horn, which has been through quite a journey, holds a lot of significance.

"It was made for use originally in the French and Indian War and then was used again in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812," Rugh said.

The Detroit Historical Museum bought the horn in 1947, then shared it with the Dearborn Historical Museum, from where it was stolen.

"It's been a subject of conversation here all these years since," said Jack Tate, the chief curator for the Dearborn Historical Museum.

There's been an ongoing investigation to find the missing horn for years. It was sold at an auction in 1991 to an unknown buyer.

Dearborn police worked with FBI agents to find the horn, finally recovering it late last year.

"It's absolutely critical from the FBI's perspective to investigate matters that involve art theft, fraud, forgery, trafficking of cultural property," said Jake Archer, of the FBI Art Crime Team in Philadelphia.

Port Huron women arrested for poisoning recovery house manager with heroin in mac n' cheese

6 hours 5 min ago

Two Port Huron women were arrested Sunday for poisoning a recovery house manager's macaroni and cheese by placing heroin in it, according to police.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. Sunday at a recovery house in the 1200 block of Lapeer Avenue, police said.

A 38-year-old woman lives at the home along with Shanna Marie Kota, 40, and Sarah Elaine Prange, 22, both of Port Huron.

The 38-year-old is the manager of the recovery house and heard rumors that she had been poisoned by Kota and Prange, according to authorities. She said the women poisoned her because they didn't want her to work there anymore.

One of the two women placed what was believed to be heroin in the 38-year-old's macaroni and cheese on Friday, police said. She told police she thought her meal tasted funny and threw it away.

Investigators found evidence that the woman had been poisoned, and Kota and Prange were taken into custody and charged with poisoning, a 15-year felony.

They were arraigned Tuesday and are being held at the St. Clair County Intervention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The 38-year-old woman was treated at McLaren Port Huron Hospital, police said.

Thief steals purse from 77-year-old woman's cart at Westland grocery store, police say

7 hours 42 min ago

Westland police are trying to identify a person accused of stealing a 77-year-old woman's purse from her shopping car.

Police said the incident happened around 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Kroger store at 31300 Michigan Avenue.

Surveillance video shows someone walking out of the store with the woman's purse, police said. You can watch the surveillance footage in the video posted above.

The woman was not harmed, according to authorities.

Police said it's unclear if the thief is a man or a woman, but they were wearing a gray coat with what appears to be a pink zipper, gray pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Westland Police Department at 734-467-3189.

Thieves stealing in-dash navigation systems from minivans parked at Troy Holiday Inn Express

8 hours 1 min ago

In-dash navigation systems have been stolen from several minivans parked at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Troy, police said.

The incidents happened in the parking lot at 400 Stephenson Highway, according to authorities.

One incident happened between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9:17 a.m. Jan. 9, officials said. The victim discovered the front driver's side window of his rented 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan had been broken out, police said.

Someone had entered the minivan and taken the in-dash navigation system while the minivan was parked in the front part of the parking lot, according to police.

A second incident happened between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Jan. 8, police said. A hotel guest discovered the driver's side window of a gray 2018 Dodge Caravan had been broken out.

Someone had entered the minivan and taken the in-dash navigation system while the minivan was parked in the northernmost part of the parking lot, police said. Officers said they were able to contact the driver of the rented minivan.

Police said there have been several similar break-ins at the hotel.

The investigation is ongoing.

Report: Moped rider killed in crash involving salt truck at Michigan State University

8 hours 8 min ago

Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Tuesday morning at Michigan State University.

The crash involved a moped rider and a salt truck, according to WILX. The moped rider was a Michigan State University student and was killed in the crash.

University police closed Shaw Lane from Red Cedar Road to Birch Road before 8 a.m. and reopened the road before 11 a.m.

The identity of the moped rider has not be released. Police are investigating.

Police looking for suspects in connected Home Depot thefts

8 hours 19 min ago

Oakland County Police are currently looking for two suspects in connection to the theft of two Home Depot buisnesses.

On Sunday January 6, 2019, Asset Protection Specialists at The Home Depot, located at 1177 Coolidge Highway, reported that an unknown suspect stole approximately $1,500 worth of merchandise from the business. The suspect was identified a 54-year-old male from Brownstown after having committed several retail frauds at several The Home Depot stores in the metro Detroit area.

Two days later, on January 8, 2019, Asset Protection Specialists reports two unknown suspects stole about $500 worth of merchandise from the same business. The suspects were identified as a 54-year-old male from Brownstown and a 47-year-old male from Taylor after having committed several retail frauds at several The Home Depot Stores in the metro Detroit area.

The Home Depot is looking to seek criminal charges against the suspects. Two counts of 1st Degree Retail Fraud against the 54-year-old suspect and one count of 2nd Degree Retail Fraud against the 47-year-old suspect.

24-year-old Detroit man arrested for driving faster than 100 mph, leaving crash scene, police say

8 hours 27 min ago

A 24-year-old Detroit man was arrested for driving faster than 100 mph and leaving the scene of a crash, police said.

An officer tried to stop the driver of a white 2018 Dodge Charger Jan. 4. The driver was traveling at 98 mph on southbound I-75 at West Big Beaver Road, police said.

The car exited at Rochester Road and reached speeds above 100 mph, police said.

The driver was involved in a traffic crash at West 14 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway, but didn't stop at the scene, according to authorities. It continued west on 14 Mile Road and was stopped by a Clawson police officer.

The 24-year-old man was taken into custody, police said.

He is charged with reckless driving, failure to stop and identify at a property damage injury accident and failure to report a property damage accident.

Safe containing handgun, jewelry, coin collection, cash, camera stolen from Troy home

8 hours 36 min ago

A Troy homeowner said someone broke into their house and stole a safe containing a handgun and other valuable items.

Police said the homeowner discovered someone had forced open a basement window on the west side of the home between 8 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. Jan. 7.

The intruder rifled through several dresser drawers in an upstairs bedroom and took a safe stored in a closet, police said.

The safe contained a Sterling .25-caliber handgun, jewelry, cash, a coin collection and a Pentax Program Plus camera, the homeowner said.

No possible suspects were provided, police said.

Metro Detroit Crime Report -- Jan. 15, 2019

9 hours 56 min ago
'Pure evil' man sentenced for woman's murder

Robert Autrey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend. Autrey's guilty plea is giving them justice. Smith's family described Autrey as "pure evil."

This whole tragic story started when Smith's son was brought to a police station back in December 2016. Read back about it here .

See Autrey's sentencing hearing here . Pistol-whipped over parking spot?

An uncle was arrested last week after pistol whipping his nephew during an argument over a parking spot in Pittsfield Township, police said.

Here's the report . Man throws kitchen knives at girlfriend

Yep, that's what happened, according to police.

An Oakland County man threw several kitchen knives at his girlfriend, kicked deputies and caused a lockdown at a hospital after taking about 200 "unknown pills" that were prescribed to his girlfriend, according to authorities.

Oakland County deputies were called at 11:14 p.m. Sunday to the 1500 block of Tipton Street for a domestic assault report. When they arrived, deputies said they heard screaming from inside the home. They went into the basement and found a 28-year-old Orion Township woman who said her boyfriend had strangled her and tried to kill her with knives.

Read more here . Crime by county

Wayne County

Man shot through dining room window while shooting music video in Detroit Felony firearm charges reinstated for suspect in Dearborn home day care shooting

Oakland County

Waterford Township police investigating robbery of TCF Bank on Dixie Highway Pontiac woman says man forced her into bushes, punched her in face when she refused sex act Man charged with stealing 74-inch television, wood floor scrubber from Birmingham home Ex-Rochester teacher charged in student sex scandal posts $200K bond, released from jail Someone was stealing from Aretha Franklin's Bloomfield Township home before her death, police say Teens with ax, sledgehammer charged after wild police chase, smash-and-grab at Oakland County Costco

Macomb County

Man sought in theft of several bottles of liquor from Macomb Township business, police say Warren post office employee being investigated for mail theft Macomb County couple accused of murdering daughter on Christmas Day denied bond FBI investigating Macomb County woman on suspicion of running unlicensed adoption agency, fraud

Genesee County

Flint teenager found 'low crawling' in wooded area after fleeing home invasion scene, police say

View the full Crime News section at ClickOnDetroit.com/news/local/crime .

The Metro Detroit Crime Report is authored by Dave Bartkowiak Jr. He can be contacted at dbartkowiak@wdiv.com or on Twitter @DaveBartko .

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Oakland County man throws kitchen knives at girlfriend after taking 200 'unknown pills'

10 hours 4 min ago

An Oakland County man threw several kitchen knives at his girlfriend, kicked deputies and caused a lockdown at a hospital after taking about 200 "unknown pills" that were prescribed to his girlfriend, according to authorities.

Oakland County deputies were called at 11:14 p.m. Sunday to the 1500 block of Tipton Street for a domestic assault report.

When they arrived, deputies said they heard screaming from inside the home. They went into the basement and found a 28-year-old Orion Township woman who said her boyfriend had strangled her and tried to kill her with knives.

The woman said her boyfriend had taken her vehicle without permission, so she called police. When he returned and learned police had been called, he got angry and strangled the woman and started throwing knives, according to officials.

Deputies said there were several kitchen knives scattered throughout the house.

The 41-year-old Orion Township man was found in a nearby bathroom, police said. When they tried to arrest him, he kicked at deputies and knocked a table into them, officials said.

One deputy was kicked but uninjured, according to authorities.

The man was eventually taken into custody, officials said.

Police said the man admitted to consuming alcohol and about 200 "unknown pills" that were prescribed to the victim.

He was taken to McLaren-Oakland Hospital and continued to be aggressive and uncooperative with staff members, causing a lockdown, according to authorities.

The man was admitted to the hospital for a possible drug overdose. He is in custody under police watch at the hospital, officials said.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident and will seek criminal charges.

The woman refused medical treatment at the home, police said.

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