Troy Police Respond To Various Calls About People Violating 'Stay Home' Order

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(WWJ) While Michiganders have been instructed not to dial 911 about people violating the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order — people in at least one Oakland County community haven't been shy about been calling the police.

In the Troy Police Department's crime report, officers detailed more than half-a-dozen instances in which police investigated people who were out and about suspiciously, or were otherwise believed to disobeying the governor's order, in effect statewide through April 30. 

In some cases, police ordered people to disperse. 

Most recently, at around 12:30 a.m. Monday, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle leaving the parking lot of Athens High School. After apparently noticing the officer, the driver changed lanes rapidly and then stopped without prompting from the officer, police said. The officer spoke with the occupants, two local teens. The passenger explained they went to Athens High School to “dance in the rain under the parking lot lights.” The teens were advised on the “stay home” order and sent home. 

In an unusual incident back on April 5, at around 6:45 p.m., police said an unknown man was reportedly driving around a neighborhood, on Mesa Drive in Troy, yelling that he has COVID-19, reportedly in an attempt to scare neighborhood kids. The caller said the man had done this multiple times, but police were unable to find him.

Here are the other incidents as described in the Troy police report: 
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – 3671 Crooks – On April 11 at approximately 7:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to Boulan Park because of a teenager ripping down the caution tape on the playground equipment. A citizen had attempted to explain why the caution tape was in place and the teen responded with expletives. Officers arrived and also explained the situation to the 15 year old, who now challenged the officers. The teen’s mother arrived, apologized and carted the teen off. The teen escaped his mother’ custody and called the officers “pigs.” The mother got ahold of the teen again and he left location without further incident.
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – 2000 block of Charnwood – On April 10 at approximately 9:50 a.m., officers responded to a residence on report that the homeowner was having workers install cabinets. Officers informed the homeowner that the “stay home” order did not permit this type of work and he agreed to dismiss the workers.
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – 4333 John R – On April 11 at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a call about people playing tennis at Athens High School. Subjects were advised to leave the school grounds and the officer placed police caution tape across the tennis court entrance. 
  • "Stay Home” Order Violation – 90 block of W. Long Lake – On April 8, officers were dispatched to a report of construction crews working allegedly in violation of the “stay home” order. Officers made contact with on scene staff who presented documents from the State of Michigan proving they had permission to work.
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – 6000 block of Rochester Road – On April 7, officers responded to a call about a non-essential business that was open. Officers responded to the cell phone store and spoke with the owner, who indicated that he was directed by his corporate office to open. He agreed to close right away and comply with the order.
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – Troy Skate Park, 3179 Livernois – On April 3 at approximately 10:51 a.m., Troy officers were called to check on youths hanging out at the Skate Park. The officer advised the juveniles and they left without incident. The entrance gate to the park was locked.
  • “Stay Home” Order Violation – 2000 block of Teasdale – On April 2 at approximately 4:14 p.m., a caller reported a social gathering happening in front of a home. An officer arrived and found about six neighbors talking. They were advised on social distancing and they left the location without incident.

For details about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home" order, visit this link.