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Posted on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

Man charged with 2 armed robberies returns to court next month

By Kyle Feldscher

The man accused of robbing convenience stores in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township will return to court next month and was ordered to take classes from Dawn Farm while in jail.

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Douglas Norwood

Courtesy of the WCSO

Douglas Norwood, a 26-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, is charged with robbing an Ypsilanti Rite Aid and an Ypsilanti Township CVS on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 respectively. According to police, he showed a handgun and took money at both stores.

He was in court for a preliminary exam Tuesday morning. The hearing was adjourned until 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12 and will take place at the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township.

District Court Judge Richard Conlin ordered Norwood be referred to take classes from Dawn Farm while in jail.

Norwood is charged with two counts of armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He’s being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond. According to state records, Norwood previously has pleaded no contest to a charge of larceny from the person from an incident on Oct. 11, 2011. He was sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison for that crime in December 2011.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

Susan Ursus

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 1:20 a.m.

OTIS indicates that he is an absconder from probation. Perhaps the judge can give him a couple decades in the penitentiary in which to take those Dawn Farms classes. If he is found guilty in a court of law, that is, or pleads guilty to a reduced sentence.

jmcmurray

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 11:43 p.m.

I hate how judges are ordering criminals to go to addiction support groups. The people recovering don't want them there if they aren't trying to recover. It's just diluting the support received by those who really want to be there.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 2:50 a.m.

Some alano clubs are no longer letting ppl get their paper signed at their meetings. AA has a common solution for alcoholism!!! not pot, crack, heroin, meth, or any of the long list of things the courts sends to AA.

Susan Ursus

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 1:24 a.m.

You are so right. So many AA meetings these days are packed with unmotivated people who are only there to get signatures for their probation agents. Recovery comes from within, not from a judge.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 1:21 a.m.

Bingo!!!

A2M3

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 10:03 p.m.

There is a logical explanation here, seems like a model citizen. AS IF

Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 9:31 p.m.

Classes at Dawn Farms??? Stealing to support a habit? Enquiring minds want know.

justcurious

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 6:27 p.m.

"According to state records, Norwood previously has pleaded no contest to a charge of larceny from the person from an incident on Oct. 11, 2011. He was sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison for that crime in December 2011." So was he released early or did he just get out and commit these crimes? Also, what kind of classes is he required to take? How to be nicer to people? Why you shouldn't steal what isn't yours? I'm not familiar with what classes they could help him with.