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Published April 25, 2016

Police are looking for a man reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a woman in critical condition April 23.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is searching for Romulus resident Terrel Dewhite Johnson, 24-year-old black man, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. 

The incident occurred in the area of eastbound Grand River Avenue, north of Eight Mile Road, at around 5 a.m. April 23.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON — A recent city report reveals that major crimes have gone down in the city.

A March 21 Farmington Public Safety Department report announced that major crimes are down 5.28 percent, from 303 crimes in 2014 to 278 in 2015.

Last year, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said, his goal was to get under 300.

Major crimes include robbery, burglary, home invasion, larceny, sexual assault and more.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Cindy Matuszak hopes to see a lot of green soon.

As a Team Farmington Bowl-a-thon Committee member, she is looking to garner donations through an annual bowl-a-thon, to be held this year at 11 a.m. April 23 at Drakeshire Lanes, 35000 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, to support Farmington-based Team Farmington’s Special Olympics team.

As the parent of a team member, she said the financial support will help her son and the roughly 180 other athletes involved. 

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Public Safety Department wants to know what is in your freezer.

The department hopes to spread the word about a new program unveiled earlier this month, Vial of Life, which encourages people to place medical information on a form in a tube in their freezer.

“We figured everyone has a freezer, (and it is the) most logical place to put it,” Sgt. Reggie Madeline said recently. He said officers can quickly locate pertinent information that way.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Karen Spica, 62, has seen the rise of women in the public relations field since her own journey began as a freshman at Central Michigan University with Journalism 101 in 1973.

Forty-three years later, the public relations guru has been honored as one of this year’s recipients of the Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter’s Matrix Awards.  

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Woodstock could take a few notes.

During the World Laughter Day Community Celebration and Pot Luck Lunch, the city will laugh to support Flint via Flintstock  — a fundraiser for the children of Flint dealing with the water crisis.

“We’re bringing the music, bringing some information, and letting everybody know this could be your water too,” Mike Pritchard, Flintstock creator and director, said. “The problem is that our cities are falling apart.”

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Published April 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Get ready to see some changes on Interstate 275, if you haven’t already.

A $75 million project is underway to fix 88 lane miles between Five Mile and the Interstate 96/Interstate 696/Michigan Highway 5 interchange in Wayne and Oakland counties, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project began this spring and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. 

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Published April 13, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Inside the Farmington Community Library, Barbara Fern and Anne Greenstein opened up the pages of their past.

The Farmington Musicale members dug into a row of teal boxes neatly labeled and organized by date. Inside were scrapbooks full of pictures, program fliers and decorations from past events.

“The glue has been on there since 1977,” Fern, the group’s president, said April 5 of one of the scrapbooks.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — White Lake resident Lisa Ash, 51, received the gift of life last summer. 

The wife and mother of two received a kidney transplant in July through a three-way kidney swap via a collaboration with three southeast Michigan health systems.

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Published April 13, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that ended the life of a 39-year-old Farmington Hills man April 2 at the intersection of Eight Mile and Tuck.

According to a Farmington Hills Police Department press release, a 37-year-old woman was turning from eastbound Eight Mile Road onto northbound Tuck Road when the Farmington Hills man, traveling westbound on Eight Mile, struck the side of her car. 

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Published April 11, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Dennis North is used to seeing his name in lights. 

But the lights shone even brighter for the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge fine and performing arts department professor with his latest role as a scheming politician in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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Published April 6, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Police Department responded to a threat reportedly made by a Farmington Central High School student March 29.

Lt. Paul Nicholas said the situation involved a 17-year-old female student and an 18-year-old male student who had a physical confrontation with each other. The female student allegedly left at 1 p.m. that day in anger over the situation.

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Published April 6, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Some statistics you can’t run away from. 

Each year, more than 1,540 children in Michigan die from neglect and abuse, according to 

Since 1985, the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund has promoted the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

Various communities in Oakland County recently acknowledged the month with proclamations requested by nonprofit organization CARE House of Oakland County.

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Published April 6, 2016

NOVI — Beth Anderson wants you to go for the gusto.

Anderson, the executive show manager of Southern Shows, said the 21st annual Michigan International Women’s Show is a “fabulous” one-stop shop that brings in thousands of people from the metro Detroit area. The show will run April 28-May 1.

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Published April 6, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Farmington Hills author Lisa Rose decided to take on the 68th Israeli Independence Day in a unique way — through a children’s book, “Shmulik Paints the Town.”

Rose’s book is about a town celebrating Israeli Independence Day, which causes the town mayor to honor the day with awards, speeches, music and dancing, according to a press release. 

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A priest who served throughout metro Detroit from 1956 to 1975 has been accused of alleged sexual abuse of minors in Wayne and Oakland counties while in ministry.

The Archdiocese of Detroit said that allegations of sexual abuse of minors while in ministry have been brought against Richard R. Lauinger, 85. The Archdiocesan Board of Review has considered the allegations and has found them to be credible.

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — What ales you? Local brewers are answering that question with a cold one.

Ray Sherwood, co-owner of the Utica-based Sherwood Brewing Co., started out about 25 years ago as a home brewer, and he’s still quenching parched throats with his 10-year-old brick-and-mortar business.

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Published March 30, 2016

FARMINGTON — Spring has sprung at the Governor Warner Mansion. 

Be prepared to step back in time to the Victorian era, where the Warner Mansion will celebrate spring in full bloom.

From 1 to 5 p.m. April 3 at the mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., all are welcome to attend the spring open house.

The mansion event will feature tours, costumed docents in every room answering questions on life during those times, and more.

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Published March 30, 2016

FARMINGTON  — Do you have clothes in your closet that you can’t quite fit into or you’re tired of them taking up valuable space? 

Pack them up and leave them at your curb. 

The city of Farmington, in partnership with the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, has joined forces with the Simple Recycling Inc. program.

The Westland-based Simple Recycling collects clothes and household goods on regular trash and recycling pickup days in the city.

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Published March 30, 2016

FARMINGTON — Getting a good night’s sleep is creating a lot of buzz in Farmington and beyond.

Representatives from the local nonprofit organization Sweet Dreamzzz Inc. recently met up with Mehmet Oz from the “Dr. Oz” show to discuss the fundamentals of getting enough zzz’s for students to maintain their As and Bs.

Sweet Dreamzzz Inc. Executive Director Nancy Maxwell said recently that she is looking forward to the show airing soon.

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