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Published September 7, 2016

DETROIT — Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group traveled to Detroit Aug. 29 and 30 to meet with local community leaders and law enforcement to discuss police accountability, aggression toward law enforcement and public safety concerns related to these issues.

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Published September 7, 2016

DETROIT — Harper Woods residents recently voiced concerns regarding the use of water trucks frequently filling up from fire hydrants near the corner of Beaconsfield and Anita streets. City officials confirmed that the fill-ups are authorized and the water is being used for DTE Energy projects.

The trucks were filling up from the same hydrants every two hours, causing some residents to become concerned. The use was confirmed to be for a legitimate project, and DTE is being charged for the water the company is using.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Suspects Tyshon Taylor and Demetrius Armour are awaiting trial for their alleged parts in the murder of 17-year-old Eastpointe resident Tyrell Lane.

They are being charged with murder in the first degree, as well as two counts of assault with intent to murder. They were charged alongside Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, who earlier this summer was convicted of the same offenses and a count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

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Published September 2, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For those looking for some good reads as the seasons change, the Friends of the Harper Woods Library will be hosting its fall book sale.

The sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Harper Woods Library. A variety of books will be available.

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Published August 23, 2016

DETROIT — New developments in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may be on the way thanks to a new program uniting three of Michigan’s most prestigious universities.

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Published August 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be reopening its bottom floor after a flood on July 8, and it is planning several events in the following weeks.

The water affected only the bottom floor of the public library, with water rising less than a quarter of an inch, but it was enough to soak through carpets, ruin tiles and require repainting. Fortunately, none of the library’s rentable materials, furniture or computers were damaged.

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Published August 4, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY — The field for state representative in District 1 has been narrowed to two.

During the primary election Aug. 2, voters put their confidence in two candidates who will go up against each other to win the open seat in the general election Nov. 8. 

At the polls last Tuesday, incumbent state Rep. Brian R. Banks won the Democratic Party primary, while William Broman, who ran unopposed, secured the Republican nomination.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published July 22, 2016

HARPER WOODS — A Detroit man has been convicted in the fatal shooting that took place at Eastland Center on Vernier Avenue on Dec. 26, 2015. Two other defendants remain on trial.

Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, 18, of Detroit, was sentenced July 18 in Wayne County Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Kevin J. Cox delivered the sentence. The trial took place during the last week of June. Within 90 minutes of its conclusion, the jury delivered a unanimous verdict. Among the evidence was surveillance video.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

HARPER WOODS/DETROIT — On June 7, Bill Costanza and doctors at St. John Hospital and Medical Center made Midwest history.

Costanza, a resident of Harper Woods for 23 years, was the first patient in the Midwest to receive an artificial heart valve as part of a new clinical research trial for low-risk patients with aortic stenosis, or failing aortic valves. 

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Published June 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Drivers charged with civil traffic infractions in Harper Woods — speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, among others — can now resolve a citation from anywhere with internet access.

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Published June 17, 2016

A shooting occurred during the early morning June 17 on southbound Harper between Huntington and Eastwood, according to a press release issued by Harper Woods Director of Public Safety Jim Burke.

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Published June 15, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk knows water rate increases are a touchy subject.

“Everybody gets upset about water rate increases,” he said. “Nobody likes it.”

Skotarczyk said this year’s 9.9 percent increase for water and sewer rates in Harper Woods, effective June 1 after the City Council’s unanimous approval May 16, benefits the city in the long run by reducing the deficit in its sewer and water fund. 

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Published June 15, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Summer’s for soaking up the sun, and possibly, a good book.

The Harper Woods Public Library’s summer reading program encourages children, teens and adults to dive into a book, or a few books, from June 6 until July 15.

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Published June 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Cupcakes, music and good spirits filled the room as family, friends and fellow residents of the Advantage Living Center nursing home in Harper Woods gathered to celebrate the 100th birthdays of Hazel Taylor and Virginia Polega.

Taylor was born on June 8, 1916, in Fort Valley, Georgia. Her family moved to Detroit when she was a baby. Taylor grew up on Evaline Street in Hamtramck, where she met friends Juanita Russell and Joyce Davis. Both were in attendance at Taylor’s birthday celebration.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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