Two DPD members charged with felonies

Two DPD members charged with felonies following internal investigation

Posted: Updated:
James Kerns, 56 James Kerns, 56
Officer Devon Peyton, 30 Officer Devon Peyton, 30
  • Two DPD members charged with felonies following internal investigationMore>>

  • Policing the police: Chief Craig holds DPD accountable

    Policing the police: Chief Craig holds DPD accountable

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 7:34 PM EST2013-11-14 00:34:43 GMT
    Two members of the Detroit Police Department have been charged with felonies following an internal investigation - a sign that Chief James Craig is serious about changing the way the department does business
    Two members of the Detroit Police Department have been charged with felonies following an internal investigation - a sign that Chief James Craig is serious about changing the way the department does business
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Internal affairs is investigating two members of the Detroit Police Department.

Five-year veteran police officer Devon Peyton is accused of working in a chop shop. 10-year civilian employee James Kerns was caught charging an officer for a copy of his medical records, Chief James Craig says.

The police corruption task force set up sting to catch Kerns in the act collecting the second part of the payment, after learning of the initial down payment.

"Mr. Kerns was not authorized to solicit or accept payments on behalf of the department, or the city, from any member. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that Mr. Kerns knowingly withheld the payment for his own use," Chief Craig says.

Peyton is also facing charges. The patrol officer from the north eastern district is accused of working in a chop shop. After a tip to DPD's commercial auto theft squad that a business on Meyers Street was stripping cars, Craig says the officer was caught red-handed dismantling an engine.

Officer Peyton was arraigned and released on a personal bond charged with two felonies, conspiracy to operate a chop shop and conspiracy to receive stolen property of a motor vehicle.  

Kerns is charged with one felony count of embezzlement of a public official.

Both men have been suspended without pay.

"The actions of these employees are not conducive to those of the men and women who come to work every day and serve the citizens of this city with the utmost level integrity and dedication," Chief Craig adds.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Chief Craig in Fox 2's Maurielle Lue's report

  • Maurielle LueMaurielle LueMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:37:56 GMT
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    24-year-old women is $66 million jackpot winner

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:26:09 GMT
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
    The Michigan Lottery says a Port Huron woman is the winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot that was drawn in mid-June.Kelsey Zachow says in a statement that she "could barely breathe" when she learned she was the winner.
  • Winner of $66 Million Mega Millions Jackpot to be Announced

    Winner of $66 Million Mega Millions Jackpot to be Announced

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:31:30 GMT
    Michigan Lottery news conference to announce the winner of the $66 million Mega Millions jackpot from Friday, June 13, 2014.
    Michigan Lottery news conference to announce the winner of the $66 million Mega Millions jackpot from Friday, June 13, 2014.
  • City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:18:29 GMT
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices