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Body Found Near White Lake Subdivision; Brush Fire Scorches Area in Northville Township

A roundup of crime from around the Plymouth-Canton area.

Area Patch sites provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

White Lake-Highland Patch

A body was found in the thicket of a field near Village Acres Subdivision off Union Lake Road in White Lake.

Lt. Don Nankervis with the White Lake Police Department said the body is likely that of a 40-year-old man reported missing in the area in mid-February - but police are still waiting for a positive identification.

"It appears the man died from exposure, there were no signs of foul play," Nankervis said.

The body had been there for at least a few weeks before being discovered by a group of kids on Saturday. Nankervis said it was badly decomposed.

Northville Patch

A brush fire scorched about 10 acres in Northville Township on Wednesday morning, according to Northville Township Fire Chief Richard Marinucci.

Nobody was injured.

Marinucci said the fire was located on vacant land behind the Highland Lakes shopping center at Seven Mile and Northville roads.

He said firefighters arrived on the scene around 10:30 a.m. and put the fire out in about an hour. Marinucci said it took longer because it was difficult to access the area due to hills, swamp area and a stream.

Marinucci said they believe the fire was started by a pit fire, but they have not confirmed this.

He said that the fire burned mostly brush and a few trees. Though he said the fire did not do any lasting damage.

"It will probably grow back greener than it was," he said.

Although brush fires are not common in Northville Township, Marinucci said they have had some in the past few years due to dryness.

Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch

A semi truck driver from Farmington Hills whocrashed into a Macomb Township condominium complex Tuesday told deputies he blacked out before the accident, police said Wednesday.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the driver was taken to the hospital to be treated after he told police at the scene about the medical episode. He was not believed to have suffered injuries in the crash.

Two people inside the condo at the time were unharmed. The condos affected by the crash were evacuated because the structure was unstable, ClickonDetroit reported from the scene.

The accident took place on Warwick Drive off Garfield between Hall Road and 21 Mile.

Dearborn Patch

A store employee says gas thieves pulled up to a pump at the Marathon gas station in the 15000 block of Warren Avenue in Dearborn on Wednesday and made off with $60 in gas.

According to police reports, officers with theDearborn Police Department were dispatched to the station around 5:45 p.m. in response to a larceny complaint.

Upon arrival, the employee informed officers that an Arabic male, approximately 25 to 30 years old with an unshaven face, pumped gas and drove off in a green minivan with an unknown license plate, police said.

The employee told officers that he did not have access to the store's surveillance video but recognized the suspect as a regular customer.

Officers informed the store owner to review the security tapes and contact police if surveillance footage revealed any suspect information.

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