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Published December 16, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Citing “insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing and in the interests of justice,” the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to issue a warrant against a St. Clair Shores police officer in the death of a St. Clair Shores man who was riding a motorcycle when it collided with his patrol vehicle.

James Bush, 20, of St. Clair Shores, was driving his motorcycle in Harper Woods around 9:30 p.m. July 22 when he was fatally struck by an on-duty St. Clair Shores Police officer in a marked police SUV.

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Published December 10, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A Harper Woods woman charged with shooting a Detroit man in October will have to wait a little longer for her day in court. 

The Dec. 9 preliminary examination in Harper Woods 32A District Court for defendant Rachael Paluch was rescheduled for Dec. 16 after the shooting victim in the case did not show up to testify. 

Judge Daniel Palmer rescheduled the preliminary exam for one week later at the request of Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Jane Gillis, who is prosecuting the case.

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Published December 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — In connection with a September robbery, a 22-year-old Detroit resident was charged with a number of felonies before 32A District Court Judge Daniel Palmer Dec. 3. 

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Published December 2, 2015

Detroit police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred at about 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 13000 block of Hayes Street that left two people dead.

According to Officer Dan Donakowski, of the Detroit Police Department’s media relations, two suspects fired an unknown number of shots into a car, killing a 21-year-old male driver and a 13-year-old female passenger.

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Published December 2, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A 19-year-old Harper Woods resident is facing a home invasion charge after Harper Woods Department of Public Safety detectives say he burglarized two different homes on two different occasions.

In 32A District Court Nov. 21, Marquis Harper was video-arraigned and formally charged with one count of second-degree home invasion in front of out-of-county Judge Lawrence Chastang. 

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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 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  Several holiday shows will spread cheer this Christmas season at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road.

Audiences can enjoy a favorite Christmas show from their childhood or form new traditions, courtesy of the performers ready to hit the Macomb Center stage.

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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 18, 2015

Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officers are alerting residents about a suspicious person who approached a child at about 3:40 p.m. Nov. 17 on Eastwood between Harper and Beaconsfield.

According to a police report that Deputy Chief John Vorgitch released via, an unknown adult man riding a bicycle approached a 9-year-old Harper Woods resident and attempted to lure him to the bike.

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Published November 18, 2015

The Nov. 18 preliminary examination for a Harper Woods resident accused of shooting a Detroit man was rescheduled for a later date so her attorney can review more evidence in the case.

Harper Woods 32A District Court Judge Daniel Palmer rescheduled the preliminary exam for Rachael Paluch for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The 25-year-old is facing up to 10 years in prison after being charged in connection with a shooting that happened Oct. 17 in the 20000 block of Roscommon.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 12, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Kenneth Poynter will serve another two years as Harper Woods mayor.

Poynter ran unopposed for the position in the general election held Nov. 3. According to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, he received 1,497 votes at the polls.

Also on Election Day, incumbent Cheryl Costantino was re-elected to the City Council with 1,372 votes. Newcomer Tom Jenny received 1,146 votes, according to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

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Published November 5, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A suspect was placed in custody at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 after he allegedly fled from police during a traffic stop on Vernier Road.

According to a police report from Harper Woods Department of Public Safety Chief Jim Burke, Michigan State Police troopers attempted to stop a vehicle on Vernier shortly before 11 a.m. Nov. 5 for a traffic violation.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

By a margin of 108 votes, the majority of those who went to the polls voted against the Harper Woods Public Safety proposal in the general election Nov. 3.

According to the unofficial results from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, the proposal garnered 941 “no” votes (53 percent) and 833 “yes” votes (47 percent.)

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Published November 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A group of talented artists with a flair for photography, pastry making, candles, knitting and more will showcase and sell their original creations in the second annual Artisans’ Market Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Public Library.

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Published November 4, 2015

DETROIT — Vito Lafata has been playing music professionally since 1976, so one would think he wouldn’t become nervous before an audience anymore.

But an upcoming show is giving him butterflies.

On Nov. 8, the 1976 Denby High School graduate will perform at the Fox Theatre as part of the entertainment for the launch of Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.”

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Published November 3, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods Department of Public Safety detectives are investigating a series of gunshots that occurred at 12:47 p.m. Nov. 3 outside Family Foods, 19230 Harper Ave.

When officers arrived, they located two victims who were not hurt in the incident and several large-caliber spent shell casings in the parking lot, according to a police report released at by Deputy Chief John Vorgitch.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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