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Published January 19, 2016

A 21-year-old Center Line man reportedly took a kitchen knife to church with the intent to enter during services and stabbed a volunteer who intervened just after noon Jan. 17.

Police received a 911 call at 12:08 p.m. of a stabbing at Christ the King Syriac Church at 2300 John R Road.

According to reports, Brian Boulus arrived at the church with a small kitchen knife and approached the church door during services.
Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that parishioners at the church originate from Iraq and Syria.

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Published January 19, 2016

Newly released guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture are lengthy and may be hard to digest for those who are not health professionals.

However, Beaumont health experts helped to boil things down to basics — and eggs are OK.

Consumer-based 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines can be found online at www.choosemyplate.gov. USDA information more geared toward health care professionals is available online at www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015.

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Published January 15, 2016

Police are urging officials at local houses of worship to be cautious and aware that there has been suspicious activity reported at a church in Troy.

“Presently, the Troy Police Department is investigating two incidents of suspicious activity at a local church,” police said in a statement released Jan. 14.  “On two different occasions in the past two months, church security intercepted individuals that appeared to be scoping out the church facility and were uninvolved in worship activity.”

Police did not name the specific church.

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Published January 13, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Jan. 5 that eliminated 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 13, 2016

Want to take a step back in time to when the primary source of home entertainment was the radio?

Jeffrey Lilly, vice president of the Michigan Antique Radio Club, will bring vintage radios, including a Philco Model 41-285, to the Troy Public Library 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25. For the program, “The Best Old-Time Radio Shows,” Lilly will play original shows that aired in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

He explained that radio shows from earlier periods simply are not available.

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Published January 13, 2016

Mark Fancher, staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he intends to urge people out of the “very comfortable place where society has taken us with respect to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Fancher will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 “MLK — A Celebration of Freedom,” a tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Athens High School Jan. 18 that is open to all.

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Published January 12, 2016

A 91-year-old Troy man is expected to recover from injuries he sustained in a car crash on Dequindre Road, just south of Long Lake Road, before 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Police said the man intended to pull into a gas station and turned left in front of oncoming southbound traffic on Dequindre.

According to Troy Police Capt. Bob Redmond, the man was not wearing a seat belt and struck his head on the pillar of the window of his 1998 four-door Mazda.

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Published January 12, 2016

A 36-year-old Dryden man remained in jail Jan. 12 after he was charged with bank robbery for an incident at the BestBank inside the Kroger store at 3125 John R.

Police said Robert Perry went to the bank at approximately 3 p.m. Jan. 7 and gave the teller a note demanding money.

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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

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College is one of three educational institutions nationwide that will receive grant money from the Kresge Foundation’s new education program.

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, is an organization that works to expand opportunities to low-income individuals in America’s cities. The foundation promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.

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Published January 6, 2016

What Troy will be as it continues to change will be the focus of a two-day forum next month when elected and appointed city officials and staff meet.

The Kresge Foundation Headquarters and Walsh College will host the two-day retreat, where the theme will be “What is Troy’s Identity?”

Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said officials at both venues were happy to host the event.

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Published January 6, 2016

The Planning Commission has approved a final draft of an ordinance that aims to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced. The council, which has final approval of the ordinance, will hold a public hearing on the ordinance and consider it in coming weeks.

At the May 26 meeting, the Planning Commission, by consensus rather than formal vote, approved a first draft of changes to ordinances that would encourage and give incentives to developers to preserve or replace trees.

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Published January 5, 2016

To itemize or not to itemize?

Find out the latest changes to the tax laws as well as other answers to tax questions when Troy resident and certified public accountant Tom Hill discusses how to prepare for your tax preparer and how to minimize your tax liability at the library 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. 

“We haven’t had Tom here as a speaker before, but he has extensive experience and great credentials,” Connie Doherty, adult services librarian, said via email.

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Published December 31, 2015

Despite what his father, Michael, said, Troy resident Dane Howlett, then 13, knew that the ground fire they came upon in Michigan’s Au Sable State Forest in April was not something they could put out themselves.

Dane is a Boy Scout with Troop 1034, and his father, Michael, is scoutmaster. Dane attends Seaholm High School.

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Published December 31, 2015

Development continued to trend upward in Troy throughout 2015, with major projects coming to the city — and some stalling out.  Along with new council members and some new millages, the last 12 months were full of change in Troy. Here’s a look at some of the major issues in the city in 2015:

New housing, dog park plans go forward

Work is nearly complete on the $42 million, 62,000-square-foot, three-story Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Troy at the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and Big Beaver.

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Published December 24, 2015

The Troy City Council has authorized an agreement with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation to secure $1.3 million in grant reimbursement, which will allow bus service at the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center.

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the Troy City Council voted unanimously to approve a “pass-through agreement” with SMART to receive the Federal Transit Authority grant.

The council initially approved $6.62 million in costs for the center, which a grant from the  Federal Rail Administration Grant covered.

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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

A former employee of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, speaking against his attorney’s wishes, maintained his innocence before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson sentenced him to seven to 15 years in prison Dec. 17.

Aaron Massey was convicted Nov. 19 in a jury trial on three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 9-year-old boy.

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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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