SERGEANT WEDAD ELHAGE. 2010: MISUSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION NETWORK & STALKING CHARGES.
JULY 13, 2005: SERGEANT ELHAGE CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
DECEMBER 2010: SERGEANT ELHAGE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED STALKING
February 25, 2011
BY: Gina Damron
Michigan - An assistant Wayne County prosecutor whose ex-girlfriend -- a Detroit police officer -- is accused of stalking her is expected to testify in Wayne County Circuit Court today.
Wedad Elhage, who has served more than 20 years in the Detroit Police Department, is accused of following Shelley Drain to work, watching her at her house and harassing Drain's boyfriend. Elhage is charged with aggravated stalking, a felony that carries up to five years in prison.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is not handling the case; a special prosecutor was appointed by the state Attorney General's Office. Keith Strange, Drain's boyfriend, testified Wednesday that he has received numerous phone calls and sexually explicit text messages from Elhage, including some about his teenage daughters.
Strange testified Elhage, 46, obtained his business cell phone number from his ex-wife. He said Elhage called pretending to be a customer.
Last year, Elhage pleaded guilty to misusing the Law Enforcement Information Network in a stalking case involving Drain. Elhage's attorney, Charles Busse, said stalking charges were dropped in that case as part of a plea agreement.
At that point, he said, Elhage, who had lived with Drain for seven years, was placed on probation.
He said she violated terms of that probation by contacting Drain and was then placed on a tether. Elhage eventually had the tether removed, and was again accused of having contact with Drain, which led to the current aggravated stalking charge.Elhage was spotted during police surveillance on multiple occasions driving past Drain's home in Plymouth Township or watching it from a distance, several officers testified Wednesday.
Strange testified that during a conversation with Elhage, he lied to entice her to violate her probation again, telling her he and Drain had broken up and Drain wanted her to call her, which Elhage did. "She needed to be stopped," Strange said.
Busse said that after that contact, a Wayne County Circuit judge revoked Elhage's bond and she has been in jail since early December. He said she wouldn't have called Drain if she wasn't asked to.
Elhage is on unpaid leave and has submitted her documents for retirement.
Assistant prosecutor says her ex, a cop, stalked her
by Gina Damron
Feb. 25, 2011 11:31 AM
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT - An assistant Wayne County prosecutor testified in court that she feared her ex-girlfriend - a Detroit police officer - after she repeatedly stalked her after their relationship ended.
Shelley Drain testified in Wayne County Circuit Court that since their separation in 2008, Wedad Elhage has harassed her by e-mail, phone calls and text messages, followed her to work and her boyfriend's home, driven by her home repeatedly and harassed her current boyfriend.
Drain testified that she once had to call 911 when Elhage showed up at her boyfriend's house and wouldn't leave. Drain said that later that day, she went to go meet Elhage after she threatened to come back and assault her boyfriend.
"I was very frightened," Drain said.
Elhage, 46, who served more than 20 years in the Detroit Police Department, is charged with aggravated stalking, a felony that carries up to five years in prison. Her lawyer, Charles Busse, said he expects Elhage to testify Monday when the trial resumes.
Last year, Elhage pleaded guilty to misusing the Law Enforcement Information Network in a stalking case involving Drain. Busse said stalking charges were dropped in that case as part of a plea agreement and Elhage was put on probation, which she later violated.Drain testified that the couple met in 2001 and lived together for seven years before she moved out of Elhage's Canton, Mich., home in September 2008. Drain said Elhage helped her move into her new home in Plymouth Township, Mich., but they were no longer dating.
"We did decide to still be friends, but the romantic relationship ended," Drain said.
During her testimony Thursday, Drain recounted many instances of alleged harassment by Elhage. She eventually went to internal affairs at the Police Department.
"I can't live like this anymore," Drain said she thought at the time. "Nothing is going to stop her. Nothing."
The case is being prosecuted by a special prosecutor assigned by the state Attorney General's Office
Ex-Detroit police officer gets 20 months in prison for stalking ex-girlfriend, a prosecutor
Published: Friday, March 25, 2011, 4:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011, 4:49 PM
A former Detroit police officer has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for stalking her ex-girlfriend, who is a Wayne County assistant prosecutor.
A jury earlier this month found Wedad Elhage guilty of aggravated stalking.
The 46-year-old was sentenced on Friday.
The Detroit Free Press says Elhage was accused of repeatedly harassing Shelley Drain and her boyfriend via text messages, emails and phone calls, conducting surveillance on Drain's Detroit-area home and following her, including to work.
Elhage pleaded guilty last year to misusing a police database to get information on the boyfriend.
Defense attorney Charles Busse (BUS'-ee) has said the accusations against his client were inflated.
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