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Published October 3, 2017

FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Safety Department officers arrested a 23-year-old Detroit man in connection with an armed robbery at a local cellphone store earlier this year.

Police said a suspect entered the Go Wireless store at 30780 Grand River Ave. March 7 with a gun. He allegedly jumped the service counter and ordered the clerk to the ground at gunpoint. The suspect then reportedly stole numerous cellphones from a storage room, left the store and fled on foot.

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Published October 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — City officials said they are attempting to fix an area of flooding on Halsted Road, south of 14 Mile Road.

The Farmington Hills City Council discussed the issue at a study session Sept. 25, and Kevin McCarthy, superintendent of public works for the city of Farmington Hills, said a solution is in the works. He said the problem spans decades.

“It’s been flooding since the 1940s,” McCarthy said, adding that the city is looking at a design template to correct the problem. 

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

FARMINGTON — Parking issues, the Maxfield Training Center redevelopment, and the future of the city of Farmington were all discussed, among other issues, during a League of Women Voters-Oakland Area candidate forum for the candidates for City Council Sept. 19 at Farmington City Hall.

The candidates are: incumbent Greg Cowley, incumbent Jeff Scott, Mayor Bill Galvin, challenger Joe LaRussa and challenger Maria Taylor. The highest two vote-getters will receive four-year terms, and the third-highest vote-getter will receive a two-year term.

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Published September 26, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools Trustee Angie Smith doesn’t always back down to the answer “no” — especially when it comes to anything dealing with her children’s education.    

The petite powerhouse’s determination is what helped open doors for her three children — who entered FPS 20 years ago — that otherwise would be shut. Her children are now 29, 25, and 19.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 25, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — A 34-year-old Detroit man was arrested Sept. 19 in connection with two Farmington Hills bank robberies, police said. 

Deshawn Lionel Browning was arraigned at the 47th District Court on Sept. 20 before Judge James Brady; bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety, Sgt. Scott Cronin confirmed.

A preliminary exam date was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

The Farmington Hills Police Department worked with the FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force to arrest Browning, according to a press release.

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Published September 25, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — North Farmington High School seniors are getting noticed, globally, for their humorous — and wacky — student identification cards. 

NFHS’ 301 seniors had the opportunity Sept. 14 to take their senior ID photos at the school, which nearly all of them took part in.

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Published September 25, 2017

The Farmington Public Safety Department is looking for answers to identify a man wanted for questioning in the reported assault of a 32-year-old Farmington woman, according to a press release.

The woman was reportedly assaulted at around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 as she was walking to the Jamestown apartment complex, at Grand River Avenue, east of Halsted Road.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident William Bollin, 70, can’t help but give honor where it’s due.

The Air Force Vietnam veteran, who served from 1964 to 1970, honors local veterans by arranging Honor Flight excursions through the Findlay, Ohio, Flag City Honor Flight Program. The latest flight was planned for Sept. 20. Veterans from the Brookdale Farmington Hills senior living facility and other metro Detroit veterans planned to take the trip.

Bollin said that other veterans living at Brookdale will be going on an Honor Flight in June.

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Published September 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — A number of blue star-shaped balloons flew throughout Heritage Park Sept. 9, dotting the area as a symbolic marker of its dedication as a Blue Star Memorial.

A blue star indicates that someone has a relative serving in the armed services.

The North Farmington Garden Club-sponsored marker, a large rock set near the entrance of the kid-friendly Nature Discovery Trail — just beyond the Nature Center — pays tribute to all U.S. armed forces servicemen and women. Michigan has 92 such markers.

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Published September 19, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — A special group of dogs had some training tips for college staff recently. 

An Oakland Community College Economic Workforce Development Leadership Training session Sept. 12 offered a new program through Leader Dogs for the Blind at the Auburn Hills campus. The program, called Harness the Power of Leadership, included networking, training and more.

Joe Bommarito, OCC business development manager of economic and workforce development, said in a press release that the event is designed for human resources and training directors.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 17, 2017

An East Middle School sixth-grader won’t be returning to school following accusations that two teachers handled him inappropriately after he chose not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance Sept. 7 and 8.

A teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates the matter.

Father Brian Chaney spoke to Farmington Public Schools Board of Education trustees during a Sept. 12 study session about the two incidents.

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Published September 12, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The offices of the state attorney general and Gov. Rick Snyder hold the answers to what Farmington Hills officials can do next with a charter amendment ballot proposal, after the Attorney General’s Office rejected the charter amendment ballot language.

Assistant City Manager Gary Mekjian said the ballot language sent to the state Attorney General’s Office was designed to exempt property owners currently involved in an active special assessment district from a pending road millage until their SAD has expired.

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Published September 12, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Want to take home a pineapple plant? Or a cactus native to Michigan? 

You might find these and more at the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission’s 18th annual Fall Plant and Seed Swap 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Heritage Park Visitor Center parking lot, 24915 Farmington Road, off of Farmington Road, between 10 Mile and 11 Mile roads.

Charmaine Kettler-Schmult, community development coordinator for the city of Farmington Hills, said she loves to see unusual items brought in for the swap when she visits.

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Published September 11, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Wayne State University-Oakland Center is up for sale and set to close in January, Ahmad Ezzeddine, WSU’s associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs, confirmed during a recent phone interview.

The Oakland Center, 33737 W. 12 Mile Road, is one of five WSU off-campus sites. The others are located in Clinton Township, Livonia and Warren. 

Ezzeddine said that the Oakland Center, acquired in the mid-1990s, served a need at the time and consolidated a number of local programs and school-related offerings.

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Published September 11, 2017

The Farmington Hills Police Department has located a missing 18-year-old Farmington Hills resident who is deaf and unable to speak, and who is emotionally challenged, police said.

Tymere Nasir Little voluntarily left his group home in the area of Nine Mile and Inkster roads at around 2:40 a.m. Sept. 11. He was found safe in Lincoln Park later the same day, police said.

Officers, detectives and a K-9 unit had conducted an “intense search” of the area for Little, and they asked for the public’s help in finding him, the release states.

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