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Published December 29, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — The year 2015 has come and gone, and ringing in the new year would not be complete without reflecting on the past year’s peaks and valleys. 

From reshaping the school district to a new beginning for a Southfield landmark, there was a lot to talk about in Southfield and Lathrup Village this year. 

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Published December 23, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It’s not every day you see two police officers racing carts down the aisles of the grocery store.

Once a year, though, at the annual Shop with a Cop event, police officer cart races are more commonplace.

Shop with a Cop allows hand-selected children to go on a holiday shopping spree with a police officer buddy at Meijer each year. This year, cops and kids met up at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at Meijer, 28800 Telegraph Road.

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Published December 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/HARPER WOODS — Authorities are requesting the public’s help in locating a man wanted for robbery at two local banks. 

According to a news release from Southfield Police Department Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, around 9:55 a.m. Dec. 22, a man entered the Comerica Bank at 27100 Lahser Road and implied he had a weapon. Loussia said the man handed the teller a note that demanded money. 

The bank teller complied with the suspect’s demand, and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. 

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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 21, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It might look like a regular old parking lot when it’s done, but there will be a lot going on under the surface.

Construction began Dec. 17 on parking lot D at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, to install an innovative drainage system, which utilizes new green technology called energy-passive groundwater recharge products.

The school is one of the first in the nation to test the drainage system.

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Published December 18, 2015

After a Berkley man spent seven weeks in the hospital from a hit-and-run accident, police are asking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect wanted in the case.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 12:05 p.m. Oct. 14, an 82-year-old Berkley man was struck by a vehicle while he was walking in the north parking lot of New York Bagel, 19731 12 Mile Road.

Loussia said the driver fled the scene, and as a result of the accident, the victim was hospitalized for seven weeks with a serious head injury.

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Published December 17, 2015

Local law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of breaking into a church and a recording studio recently.

According to a news release from Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, authorities were called to the scene of a breaking and entering of two storage buildings around 8:15 a.m. Nov. 24 at Divine Providence Church, 25335 Nine Mile.

Loussia said the padlocks on the building were pried open, allowing access to the building. The reporting party was unsure if anything was taken.

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Published December 16, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — If you’ve ever been tempted to pick up your kid’s crayons and spend a few minutes unwinding with a princess coloring book, you’re not alone.

According to local experts, coloring books for grown-ups are growing in popularity as a way to relax, have fun and get creative.

As a way for residents to unplug, the Southfield Public Library is hosting an all-ages coloring book program Dec. 21.

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Published December 16, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Fisher Auditorium at Providence-Providence Park Hospital looked like nothing short of the North Pole Dec. 5 as the annual Christmas Store got underway.

Volunteers on the Philosophy of Service Committee at the hospital helped to make over 800 children’s holiday season a little brighter by providing an outfit, a book and a toy for each child in 350 local families.

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 9, 2015

DETROIT — A local man has been charged with embezzlement and larceny after he allegedly stole $20,000 from a Total Armed Truck recently.

According to a release from Maria Miller, assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy charged Charles Stewart, 33, of Southfield, in connection with a theft from a Total Armored Truck.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Internal Revenue Service and the Better Business Bureau are warning consumers about a phone scam sweeping the nation.

According to Jessica Huffman, director of community relations at the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, victims have been receiving phone calls from scammers posing as the IRS, threatening legal action and loss of property if the person does not respond immediately.

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Published December 9, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University recently announced the purchase of a nearly 5-acre site, the nearby Mark Plaza building, 21411 Civic Center Drive.

Eric Pope, managing editor of LTU’s University News Bureau, said in a news release that the university purchased the building from KLM Ventures LLC for $3.65 million.

Portions of the 92,000-square-foot, three-story building will continue to be leased to outside tenants, and the building will also become the home of the Southfield SmartZone and Southfield Michigan Works! offices.

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Published December 3, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — The holidays are said to be a season of giving, and the Southfield Goodfellows are hoping that mentality will help them reach their goal this year of providing food and gifts to those in need.

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Published December 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It was standing room only in the council chambers as the city of Southfield welcomed its newly elected officials in an inauguration ceremony recently.

People spilled out into the lobby of City Hall to watch the ceremony on TV monitors Nov. 16.

WRCJ radio personality David Wagner hosted the ceremony, which included oaths of office, remarks from each newly elected official, and the election of council president from among the council members.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Looking to have an activity to do with her daughter, Huntington Woods resident Judy Bruttell began working in pottery nearly three decades ago in a class at the Huntington Woods Recreation Center.

After expanding her pottery scope with classes at Oakland Community College, Bruttell got interested in raku, a Japanese technique of firing and cooling pottery to create various colors on pieces.

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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

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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Published November 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — A Traverse City oil and gas exploration company is seeking a permit to drill at a local church, but city officials say there is a moratorium on oil and gas extraction. 

According to a statement from Jordan Development, a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company, the company has entered into an agreement with Word of Faith International Church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, to explore for oil and gas on part of its 110-acre property. 

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