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Published April 7, 2015

Looking to buy or sell something on Craigslist with someone in person, but a little skittish about where to meet them?

How about the front parking lot of Troy Police Headquarters?

The Troy Police Department is offering its parking lot and front lobby as a safe zone to complete Craigslist transactions.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman described the move as a “pre-emptive measure.”

“There have been incidents over the years, but there’s no significant increase,” she said of crimes involving transactions started online.

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Published April 7, 2015

The city-owned golf courses, Sylvan Glen and Sanctuary Lake, fared well this winter compared with the “winterkill” that occurred during last year’s record snowfall and weeks of frigid temperatures.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.

​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 1, 2015

Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick has been around a lot of elected officials and mayors during his career, and that’s what he told the crowd who came to hear Troy Mayor Dane Slater’s State of the City address at the Somerset Inn March 25.

“He’s the best mayor I’ve ever worked with,” Kischnick said.

“I quickly realized we have the same management style. It involves teamwork,” Slater said of Kischnick. “He was the right guy at the right time, anytime.”

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.

Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 25, 2015

TROY — Family members and friends of Jamila Monet Vigler-Cage, 21, of Auburn Hills, crowded 52-4 District Court March 18 as Judge Maureen McGinnis ordered the victim’s ex-boyfriend to undergo a competency exam.

Cory Daniel Mullen, 24, of Clinton Township, is charged with first-degree homicide in Vigler-Cage’s death.

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Published March 25, 2015

TROY — The City Council unanimously agreed March 9 to spend $2 million from the 2014-15 general fund balance to begin replacing slabs of concrete on some local county roads.

Work will start soon on Big Beaver, near Somerset Collection; on John R, from Maple to Long Lake; and on Dequindre, from north of Maple to Long Lake. The work will be done on segments not completed in last year’s projects.

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Published March 24, 2015

In an effort to educate the public about coyotes and minimize human/coyote conflicts, the Troy Public Library will host a program about the highly adaptable animal.

Maggie Forrest, adult reference librarian and a gardener, organized the program. She lives in Lake Orion.

“We’ve seen some,” she said, adding that she believes coyotes have been seen in Troy.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 18, 2015

The Troy City Council unanimously approved an agreement March 9 for two police officers to patrol Somerset Collection.

There is no cost to the city.

“This is a fully funded position through the Somerset Collection,” Troy police Lt. Chris Stout told the council.

There has been one Troy police officer assigned to Somerset Collection, funded by the Somerset Collection, since 2013.

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Published March 17, 2015

The first Field & Stream store in Michigan opened its doors in the north parking lot of Oakland Mall last week.

The 50,000-square-foot store is the first Field & Stream location in Michigan, said Chase McClain, spokesman for the store. There are 11 stores across the country.

The store was constructed on the site of the former Circuit City. 

“We find this to be a tremendous addition to Oakland Mall,” Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said at a previous Planning Commission meeting. 

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Published March 16, 2015

A 46-year-old Hazel Park man was charged with drunken driving and child endangerment after witnesses reportedly saw him drink a large can of beer as he drove with his three children at John R and Maple just before 7:30 p.m. March 14. 

Police stopped the vehicle, and they said they smelled a very strong odor of intoxicants from inside.

Police reportedly saw an open can of beer in the console and three young children in the back seat.

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Published March 12, 2015

Armenian music likely would not be what most people think of when they think of the music that has made Detroit.

But it has.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President Ara Topouzian will share the culture and music of his Armenian heritage in a film he created and produced, which will air on Detroit Public Television March 16. 

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Published March 11, 2015

While a cancer diagnosis is frightening, the effects of treatment, which may include chemotherapy, may be even more frightening for some.

According to the American Cancer Society website, chemotherapy differs from surgery or radiation in that it treats the whole body. Side effects of the treatment can include nausea, fatigue, vomiting, loss of appetite, itching or rash, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, diarrhea, constipation and hair loss.

The most difficult part of cancer treatment for many, especially women, to grapple with is hair loss.

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Published March 11, 2015

Unique architecture and the tenets of different religions will be on display during the Places of Worship Tours offered through the Troy Historic Village.

“We’ve done something similar years ago,” said Stephanie Suszek, adult programs and services director for the Troy Historic Village.

Each month through August, a different place of worship will offer a guided tour. The first tour of the program is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. March 18 at the Bharatiya Temple, 6850 N. Adams Road.

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Published March 10, 2015

A 24-year-old Clinton Township man has been charged in the shooting death of Jamila Monet Vigler-Cage, 21, from Auburn Hills, found dead in a car in the parking lot where she worked at One Source Talent in Troy at around 6:15 p.m. March 7.

Mullen was arraigned on first-degree homicide and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony in 52-4 District Court March 10. He appeared in court without an attorney and requested a court-appointed attorney. Judge Maureen McGinnis entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. No bond was set.

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Published March 4, 2015

Mike O’Neill has lived in the same home in the Square Lake and Rochester area for the past 40 years. He describes the homes in his neighborhood as “unique to each other.”

He was surprised to open his home assessment last week and learn that his home was assessed for over 25 percent more than last year.

“I’ve made no improvements,” he said. 

O’Neill said that two homes near him recently sold — one for what he feels was way above market value and one that sold for below what he felt was market value. 

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Published March 4, 2015

Although all the available maple trees at the Lloyd Stage Nature Center are officially tapped out, you can see how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time — Past & Present being held on the first three Saturdays in March.

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Published March 4, 2015

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Residents and small businesses in Michigan can once again take advantage of a free, mail-in mercury collection program through Sept. 30.

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