Hackel, Stathakis Pay Visit to Woodstock Tobacco after Reports of K2 Being Sold

Macomb County officials and the Shelby Township Supervisor entered Woodstock Tobacco earlier this week looking for K2, after receiving several tips that the tobacco store continues to sell the synthetic marijuana even though an order banning the sale in M

Just ten minutes before Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, County Executive Mark Hackel and Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis paid a visit to Woodstock Tobacco on Van Dyke Monday evening after hearing reports that the store was selling synthetic marijuana, store owners were tipped off, according to Stathakis.

Stathakis said he had received at least four separate reports that the store in Shelby Township continued to sell K2, also known as Spice, even after

Under the order, businesses that sell Spice or any other synthetic drug could face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail or a $200 fine.

After going through cupboards, and checking behind the counter, Hackel and Wickersham did not find any K2 being sold.

"They were very uncooperative. When people cooperate, that means they have nothing to hide," said Stathakis.

Fox 2 News captured the encounter on camera.

Stathakis said he believes a teen user overheard a parent, who had filed a complaint with officials, talk about how the Sheriff's Department planned to search the store Monday evening. 

The teen overheard the conversation at a nearby restaurant less than 15 minutes before officials entered and tipped off the store, according to Stathakis.

Even though no Spice was found at the store, Stathakis said he hopes businesses understand how serious officials are taking this.

"I think we sent a message that we'll use every available resource and tools to remove this K2 garbage from store shelves," he said.

Thomas Delise June 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
So today $tathaki$ had 4 police cars and 7 officers at Shelby Jr. High to take cans of shaving cream (not K2) from the kids,that are NOT doing anything illeagal.What a waste of residents tax $$$.
Jocelyn Lawrence June 14, 2012 at 06:43 PM
What?!?! Since when is Stathakis a police officer? People sometimes are uncooperative when you are illegally searching their store for things they don't have. Where was the probable cause? Did he send a decoy in? I smell another Stathakis created lawsuit.
Matt Guarnieri June 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The health department can enter any public business to search for health hazards based on any public tip. Why was the County Executive there, the Sheriff, the Township Supervisor? Any lawsuit would be against Macomb County, not Shelby Twp. and the only lawsuits I have seen against Shelby Twp recently have been the whiny entitled trying to suck a few tax dollars from taxpayers. This article seems to have a few more facts about the "raid". http://www.candgnews.com/news/county-local-authorities-descend-shelby-township-smoke-shop
leever June 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
You can tell its an election year when Stathakis sticks his nose where it dont belong but then again it just like him. "Get back to city hall where you belong". We all need to send him north where he belongs
Matt Guarnieri June 14, 2012 at 09:29 PM
What does this have to do with the "raid"? Were the kids loud and disorderly? There are ordinances against disorderly conduct. Bet you would blame the police and Stathakis if one of the kids ran over another or was harmed in the mayhem. Also, it sounds like your stalking the Shelby Township Supervisor ....
leever June 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Election year so Stathakis sticking his nose wherever he thinks it might do him some political good. Now trying to be the good cop. Unreal go back up north with the other animals Stathakis theres a place for you in the woods
Jeffery Berz June 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Maybe Stathakis wants to host Americas Most Wanted like John Walsh when he loses the upcoming election for township supervisor.
Matt Guarnieri June 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I don't get it, First people complain because the Township Supervisor sell insurance part time beside his full time job as Supervisor then you complain because he is putting in exgtra time on Saturdays and after working hours concerned about this K2 thing. Is he not available enough or isn't he? Always complaining either way. Go whine to Utica where the mayor hasn't made one public appearance about sythetic drugs.... geez..... and what of the other candidate for Shelby Supervisor? Mr. Leman has all the time in the world sitting around collecting his 100,000 dollar taxpayer funded pension but can't even make it to the K2 rally.
Jeffery Berz June 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Our Mayor of Utica isn’t out trying to get her face in the camera or in print for some cheap publicity stunt. She lets our Police Department do their job unmolested and they do a fine job. Don’t even take a jab at Mayor Noonan. She puts you to shame. I watched Stathakis from the time he arrived at the Woodstock/Citgo location that Saturday. When he arrived I said “the grandstander is here!” He turned and waved to me. He made a quick assessment of where the cameras were then made a bee line toward them. When the cameras and the media left so did Stathakis. All in all he probably took 40 minutes out of HIS Saturday to grandstand or about the same amount of time it would take to drive down to his insurance office in Warren. As for Bob Leman it sounds like Matt is jealous. Bob did know about the rally but had a previous engagement that he couldn’t change. Let me assure you though that Bob and his friends aren’t sitting around. They are out meeting voters and getting ready for a victory in August.
Jeffery Berz June 15, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Just add it to the long list! Stathakis has cost the people of Shelby a ton of money in legal fee’s to represents his screw ups. The funny thing is that there is always a common denominator named Rick. At least he keeps the attorneys happy!
Jeffery Berz June 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Matt, Regarding the comment by Tom Delise how many Junior High students drive to school? Maybe they could run over each other with their bicycles. Unlikely but possible. I can see the headlines now. Shaving cream fight at Junior High School causes mass hysteria. Four students hit by an out of control Schwinn.
Shelby Reader June 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Matt you are funny. You once stated that you don't like any politician yet you continue to defend certain members of the current board. Someones a hypocrite.
Matt Guarnieri June 18, 2012 at 07:44 AM
I defend those that are honest and do as promised but I don't blindly condem or support anyone, the record of no layoffs and good services of those I support, speaks for itself. The record of others inept leadership, uncontroled spending and self serving decisions speak for those I don't support. I am very consistant and fair in my judgement, I don't play favorites.... even when my editor showed bias, I spoke out with others to change her ways, and I appreciate when someone points out my mistakes, again, I have been consistant and honest in my support and disapproval. By the way Shelby Reader, you need to use your real name or stop posting comments. It's not fair to allow you and not allow myself to do the same.
leever June 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Truth is Matt your just another right wing nutcase. Why dont you keep your goofy comments to yourself or find another avenue. Are you at work putting all those stupid comments on here. Your editor should fire you instead of paying you for meaningless comments about nothing
Matt Guarnieri June 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I comment like everyone else, no one pays me for my opinion. Since when did being fair, equal and wanting what's best for the majority of taxpayers make you a "right-winged nutcase"?
Jim Keane June 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I agree with Shelby Reader that I don't recall you writing anything negative about things the supervisor has done. How's that possible? There's got to be something he's done in the past four years that you don't agree with.
leever June 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
well ALL the Republicans have to offer is cutting up the Obama Admisinstation for the stimilus package which by the way was recommmeded by Republican Economist and it has worked. They just play politics and not spending it would NOT have resulted in whats best for the majority of taxpayers like you indicated. Most taxpayers are so stupid they dont know whats good for them and dont get it and you fall right in line. Sorry Matt but dont claim the majority unless you know what your talking about. Lee
Matt Guarnieri June 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I don't compare local politics to national, they are two different animals. I compare Shelby Township to other local municipalities and what I see is laid off police and firemen, cuts in services and raising taxes (Warren, Sterling Heights, Clinton Twp., Harrison Twp. and most others). I compare what the candidates offer. Leman and many running against fiscal responsibility are in favor of keeping the District Court here which I feel will not only cost Shelby Taxpayers 725,000 dollars a year to support but will also raise crime levels here. I have had to deal with the police while Mr. Leman was chief and personally witnessed his inept ability to lead. I have seen the budget double in 7 years under his leadership, I have seen the budget drop by 500,000 dollars under the new police chiefs leadership and have seen efforts to improve public perception of our police department by other citizens. I don't give a rats behind about the Republican and Democrats locally, I only care about the statistics and use of tax dollars locally. Can you give me examples of how this recent leadership and board has hurt the majority of taxpayers interest.
Matt Guarnieri June 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Above, Mr. Keane and Reader have accused me of not being fair and equal. I wish to bring it back and ask if THEY are being fair and equal and have the best interest of taxpayers in mind. In this blog: http://shelby-utica.patch.com/blog_posts/are-you-being-treated-fairly-by-the-shelby-township-board-of-trustees I point out an issue that the Supervisor has 100% control over and effected all taxpayers. I skewed him for it. Another issue is using the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds to help with the drainage for people in section 30. This is costing us 500,000 dollars to help out maybe 30 homeowners who should be part of a special assessment and pay us back, not take money from our general fund. Some say the money is meant for this but I say the money should be used to help ALL citizen, not just a few. The money could have been used to pay our portion of the Van Dyke widening thus leaving over a half million dollars in our general fund to parks and Rec activity or Library activity. I stick by this opinion 100% but feel it is a gaff the entire board has created not the supervisor.
Matt Guarnieri June 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
....I also feel that allowing a corrupt towing contractor to work for the township for 30 years without bidding the work out or checking to see if they are opperating the Township auctions lawfully is a huge gaff for taxpayers, because we, the taxpayers could be held liable for their actions since the police call the towing contractor to do the work.... but again, this was an issue for 50 years and this board corrected the problem with quite a bit of resistance from the vendor....I blame previous boards for their ignorance to this issue. Some say the lawsuits filed against Shelby Township are horrible but the past supervisor ans police chief were each sued for sexual discrimination and LOST the cases, this board is being sued, sure, but nothing has been paid out and hush hushed quickly, as done in the past. You may be right, maybe people are too ignorant to know corruption and incompetence when they see it. I feel obligated to investigate and point out such behavior. I have even put my time and money where my moth is and created and promoted a web site dedicated to such corruption by ONE trustee. The B.S. I see from opposition is unfounded opinion disputed by facts and independent investigations. Just mud slinging.... I seek the truth, I speak the truth, I write the truth and present independent sources to back up my opinions... what do you bring to the table?
leever June 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The only thing you see is YOUR version of the truth and trust me National and Local Politics are very much connected. What planet did you come from Matt wow you remind me of the old saying "cannot see the forest thru the trees". On top of it your way off the intent of comments here or the issue raised your more in the mind of a nurse who know enough medical information to be dangerous. Good luck in your pursuit of whatever it is your about I sure cant figure it out. Say what you mean and hit the road and just keep pulling the Republican Lever they have pushed the right buttons to have you for life. What a shame lost in the shuffle. Lee
Thomas Delise June 20, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Yeah,ok Matt,what you said. ( not )
Matt Guarnieri June 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
When you can not dispute the facts, attack the messenger. You claimed I was a right winged Republican so I explained my thinking.
Jeffery Berz June 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I think he's narrow minded pachyderm!
leever June 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Jeffery Berz June 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Nothing against Chief Woelkers in my comment here but do you really think one man made the budget drop by $500,000 in such a short time. I think he had help from some of the other Peanuts Gang members. This is nothing more than a shell game played with the township budget. At the last televised meeting as I listened to the supervisor it was hard to understand if there is still a surplus or if the township is bankrupt. It all sounded like a perfectly orchestrated bunch of babble thrown out there to confuse the tax payers of Shelby. Just more games being played. Time to end the games!
Jeffery Berz June 22, 2012 at 07:27 PM
We’ll see who is corrupt when a Federal Judge gets a hold of the Nightingales law suit! Matt I truly think some of the results of your so called investigations have been plagiarized from the Disney and Nickelodeon channels. They’re funny but not real.
Jeffery Berz June 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
If you lived in Section 30 you’d be singing a different song. This is a very narrow minded and insensitive point of view.
Macomb Rocker August 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Matt, when you stalked Manzella at the meetings (and wherever else), trying to get your signs on tv-you also had one that put down a regular, the old blind guy. Did it make you feel good? It was kind of interesting to note you weren't told to put your signs away, but when a lady showed up with a pro Manzella sign and sat behind you-she was told by Chief Woelkers to put her sign down. How much does Stathekis pay you?


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