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Published December 29, 2015

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — It has been one year since Paige Stalker was fatally shot in Detroit in a murder case that remains unsolved. 

The 16-year-old University Liggett School student, who would have graduated this spring, left behind family and friends who miss her every day.

One year after gunfire took her life, Paige’s classmates at Liggett, in Grosse Pointe Woods, have found a way to honor her memory.

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Published December 29, 2015

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTES — As her husband — former Grosse Pointe Park businessman Robert “Bob” Bashara — continues his fight for a new trial after being convicted of orchestrating her murder, family and friends of the late Jane Engelbrecht Bashara found a way in 2015 to permanently honor her memory.

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Published December 28, 2015

Police are hoping a sketch released Dec. 28 will help them catch the unknown assailant who slashed a woman several times just after midnight Dec. 13 in the area of Cadieux Road and Charlevoix Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park.

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Published December 23, 2015

An unidentified suspect, who claimed that he had a bomb, robbed the Chase Bank in the Village — at 685 St. Clair Road — around 12:41 p.m. Dec. 19.

According to a police report, the suspect — who was still at large at press time — was a very thin black man about 20-30 years of age with a light complexion who stood roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed an estimated 140 pounds. He had a short Afro hairstyle and a mustache. He was wearing a black coat, black pants and a black hat at the time of the robbery, and he was carrying a black backpack.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — After 44 years, some might think Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Chief David Hiller would be eager to retire. But for Hiller, who will hang up his badge Jan. 3, his work is something he enjoys.

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Published December 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two Grosse Pointe Woods public safety officers that protect and serve the community were recognized at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting with the Department of Public Safety’s lifesaving awards.

Officers James Thompson and Jeff Martel were each acknowledged for saving the life of a man who was unresponsive after suffering a possible heart attack this summer at a local business.

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Published December 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Santa Claus had a message Dec. 10 for the young children receiving medical treatments at the St. John Hospital Van Elslander Cancer Center.

“I want everyone asleep when I get to your house in two weeks,” he said while spreading Christmas cheer with Mrs. Claus, as patients and their families gathered for a holiday party. 

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is trying to make this holiday season especially memorable for local veterans.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Tracking down car thieves and fighting fires might seem worlds away from providing security for a historic estate, but for David Loch, there’s a nice synergy between his old career and his new one.

Loch, who retired as the captain of Grosse Pointe Park’s Public Safety Department on Sept. 11, is now the director of security and public service for the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and its sister site, Henry Ford Estate-Fairlane in Dearborn.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — One of the newest employees at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores loves her job so much, she’s willing to work for free.

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Published December 9, 2015

DETROIT — Robert “Bob” Bashara will have to wait until next year to find out if he’s going to get a new trial.

The former Grosse Pointe Park businessman was found guilty last year of hiring former Grosse Pointe Park handyman Joseph Gentz to kill Bashara’s wife, Jane Bashara, in January 2012. Bashara has insisted that he had nothing to do with the murder and is seeking a new trial, claiming his legal team provided inadequate counsel.

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Published December 8, 2015

DETROIT — When growing up on Kensington Street, Michael Smith always noticed the sparkling adornments that decorated two pine trees at Christmastime just across the street from the Alger Theater at Warren and Outer Drive. 

“The city of Detroit years ago used to decorate the trees with lights,” Smith said. “I used to come to the Warren and Outer Drive area with my parents and shop at the stores and dine at the restaurants.”

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The holiday lights will again be shining brightly on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, but the third year of the Winter Wonderland outdoor strolls will also feature the handiwork of local elementary school students.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Santa dropped off an early present to Grosse Pointe City officials.

The audit for the 2014-15 fiscal year — which ended June 30 — showed that the City is doing a good job of maintaining its financial books.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — What started as a routine three-day weekend trip home from Los Angeles to metro Detroit for Lisa Goich turned into a bittersweet final farewell to her mother in December 2011.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS/PARK — An upside-down Christmas tree, a beautifully decorated Cleminson Hall and Ralph Lauren-style ornaments will be among the many festive adornments to see on this year’s Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South High School Holiday Walk.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and should get people in the Christmas spirit. The club puts on the Holiday Walk every two years. Six families have volunteered to open their homes for the 2015 walk. 

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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