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Police: Uncooperative, Drunk Man Tasered; Arson Reported

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Among the highlights of recent  reports:

Uncooperative, drunk man tasered

Brian Michael Pitcavage, a 25-year-old Westland man, was arrested and jailed Sunday night after police used a Taser to subdue him in a confrontation, according to Lt. Tim Diamond.

Pitcavage remains in Oakland County Jail Tuesday, out on $15,000 cash surety, after being charged with disturbing the peace and refusing to be fingerprinted. Police were originally called to the scene, at the intersection of Maura Lane and Tara Court, in response to a suspicious circumstance of four teenagers loitering in a vehicle about 11:18 p.m. that night, Diamond said.

Diamond continued that upon questioning the teenagers, the officer noticed the man later identified as Pitcavage rapidly approaching him on foot, using a loud tone of voice to ask the officer for identification. Meanwhile, Diamond said, the officer noticed Pitcavage's right hand tucked into his waistband towards a bulge in his side, apparently gripping a weapon.

Pitcavage was slurring his speech, according to Diamond, and had the odor of intoxicants as the confrontation continued. Pitcavage later failed a preliminary breath test, Diamond added.

The officer used his Taser on Pitcavage twice, according to Diamond, and arrested the suspect. At the station, Diamond said, Pitcavage refused to submit to fingerprinting.

Pitcavage pled not guilty to both charges and will be in front of 48th District Court Judge Diane D'Agostini Aug. 14 for a pre-trial conference.

Intentional dumpster fires reported at shopping centers

Police believe that two people might be responsible for intentionally setting fires in dumpsters at and about 10:40 p.m. Monday.

The West Bloomfield Fire Department put out the fires, but the possible suspects — two teenage males, who were seen by the reporting person acting suspiciously in the parking lot of Plum Market prior to the incidents — were nowhere to be found when police arrived, according to Diamond. Detectives are investigating the incidents, he added.

Garage door, driveway spray-painted

Police responded to the 5800 block of Beauchamp Place on Monday after police say an unknown suspect spray-painted the driveway and garage door of a resident's home.

The incident occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 7 p.m. According to Diamond, the word "kill" was painted on both the driveway and the garage door. There have been no witnesses so far, Diamond continued, but another resident on the same block reported their home as being egged within the same time frame.

If you have any information about this incident, you can call West Bloomfield Police at (248) 975-9200. For questions about this report, email tim.rath@patch.com.

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