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Published February 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents looking for information on possible oil and gas drilling in Southfield showed up in droves for a presentation from state Rep. Jeremy Moss and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash Jan. 27 at the Southfield Public Library.

A long line of attendees snaked through the library lobby before the 6 p.m. presentation. Of the approximately 500 people that showed up, about half were able to find seats or a spot to stand along the wall in the library’s auditorium.

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Published January 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A health insurance company that calls Southfield home recently donated a $10,000 technology grant to Southfield Public Schools.

Priority Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit health insurance company, presented the award to the Board of Education Jan. 12.

Although school officials are still unsure what the technology grant will be specifically used for,  Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood said they are grateful for the donation.

“The children will utilize this well,” Wood said at the meeting.

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Published January 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Growing up can be tough enough, but for burn-injured children, growing up can be exceptionally tough.

At Great Lakes Burn Camp, though, burn-injured children can feel comfortable, according to camp director and retired firefighter Mike Longenecker.

Southfield Fire Fighters Association members made it their mission to make sure burn-injured children keep feeling accepted by donating $10,000 to the camp recently.

Members of the SFFA met with Longenecker Jan. 19 at Fire Station No. 5, on Lahser Road, to make the donation.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — With a wheelchair ramp, widened doorways and a handful of other improvements, longtime Southfield resident Dennis Bee proudly describes his house as “whip-around-able.”

After losing both of his legs to a seven-year series of infections, Bee found his home on Plum Hollow not only in serious disrepair, but in need of a wheelchair ramp and wider doorways.

Not knowing where to turn, Bee’s sister, Diane Johns, of Bloomfield Hills, spent countless nights on the computer searching for options.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The temperature hovered in the teens Jan. 17, but that didn’t stop a group of spirited residents from picketing outside Word of Faith International Christian Center, a church in talks with an oil and gas company to drill an exploratory well.

According to a statement in a previous report from Jordan Development Co., a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company, the company has entered into an agreement with the church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, to explore for oil and gas on part of the church’s 110-acre property.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Seats were scarce Jan. 12 as students, teachers, faculty and staff gathered at the John W. English Administrative Center, as members of the Board of Education and student representatives announced the name, mascot and colors of the new high school.

The new school will be called Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, and will identify as the Warriors. Its colors will be blue, white and red.

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Published January 20, 2016

LANSING —  Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  Area police and road crews are warning drivers to take it slow in the ice and snow after reporting nearly 90 crashes during a recent 24-hour time span.

According to Lt. Michael Shaw, public information officer for the Michigan State Police Metro Post — which covers Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties — troopers handled 88 crashes Jan. 12-13.

Shaw said a majority of the crashes reported were single-vehicle spinouts due to driver speed or inattentive driving.

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One suspect is dead and an officer is injured following an incident during a human trafficking sting in Southfield last week.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 outside the Detroit Marriott Southfield hotel, 27033 Northwestern Highway, during an undercover operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the hotel.

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Published January 19, 2016

Police are on the hunt for a man they say is tied to several bank robberies in Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

The Southfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man responsible for robbing Huntington Bank, 23195 Greenfield Road.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Loussia said the man entered the bank and handed a teller a note that demanded money.

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Published January 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The intersection of Telegraph and 12 Mile was recently named by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan as crash-prone, but local law enforcement officials attribute the statistic to high traffic volumes.

According to data compiled by the TIA for 2015, Telegraph and 12 Mile was ranked second in Oakland County for having the most crashes with 93. The M-5 highway at Pontiac Trail in Commerce Township ranked first with 114 crashes.

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Published January 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Michael Manion, formerly the community relations manager, was recently appointed community relations director by the city.

According to City Administrator Fred Zorn, the decision to appoint Manion to the position was made final Dec. 14 when the City Council approved him for the role unanimously. Councilman Donald Fracassi was not at the meeting.

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Published January 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To honor and thank Vietnam veterans, the Southfield Veterans Commission recently announced that Vietnam veterans may apply for a Vietnam War 50th anniversary commemoration lapel pin and proclamation signed by President Barack Obama.

The commission is working with U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence to find applicants. According to an email from Tracy Manzer, communications director for Lawrence’s office, the congresswoman has awarded three pins to Vietnam veterans within her district so far.

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Published January 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Conversation swirled around Lady Mary, the Dowager and Mr. Carson Jan. 10 as super fans of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning PBS series “Downton Abbey” met at the Southfield Public Library for a “Downton Abbey”-themed tea party to give a proper farewell to the show.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library, downies, or fans of the series, were invited to the community room for tea, petit fours, tea sandwiches, and a discussion on tea and all things Downton.

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Published January 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — For the 31st year, the city of Southfield will recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a peace walk and celebration Jan. 18.

The day will begin with a peace walk departing at 9:30 a.m. from Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway. Participants will walk to the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, for an 11 a.m. celebration.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence recently wrote an amendment that requires the U.S. secretary of education to track the educational progress of foster youth in America. 

The amendment was introduced as part of the Student Success Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — commonly known as No Child Left Behind — which is designed to close the achievement gap that disadvantaged students may face. 

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Published December 29, 2015

DETROIT — An FBI officer was shot Dec. 10 during a two-day, multiagency heroin and crack cocaine raid that included the assistance of an agent from the Southfield Police Department. 

The officer was shot while executing a federal search warrant in the area of Dascota and Fenkell in Detroit, according to a news release from Jill Washburn, media coordinator for the FBI Detroit Field Office.

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