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Published July 19, 2016

DETROIT — There will be no new trial for Robert “Bob” Bashara, 58.

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Published July 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Usually, you have to head downtown to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

But during a few concerts each year, the DSO brings its musicians to various venues in metro Detroit, giving audiences a chance to hear top-notch talents in a venue that might be just steps from home. 

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After an investigation that began several months ago, the former treasurer of the Parcells Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has been charged with embezzling funds.

On the morning of July 8, Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court Judge Theodore Metry charged Ywanda Ndiaye with embezzlement of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. She was released on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.

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Published July 13, 2016

DETROIT — Immortalized in film and literature, there are few things more quintessentially American than the road trip. For a country that early on embraced the notion of packing up and heading west, the road trip offers an opportunity for modern Americans to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.

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Published July 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Osius Park visitors likely have noticed that in recent weeks, one particular longtime friendly face hasn’t been there to greet them.

After 15 years as a park ranger, Ken Louis Werenski has retired.

“He has gone above and beyond in so many ways,” Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said. “We will miss him. The residents will miss him.”

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Published July 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — As a mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, Katie Driscoll would like to see more children and adults with disabilities used as models in advertising campaigns.

So four years ago she founded the nonprofit organization Changing the Face of Beauty to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the advertising industry. 

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Published July 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTES WOODS — Crews from DTE Energy began construction July 11 at the intersection of Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, as the city of Grosse Pointe Woods continues with its Gas Renewal Program.

According to a memorandum from City Administrator Bruce Smith, construction will take place in all four corners of the intersection and should be completed by Aug. 8. 

“We got barrels and barricades up already,” Smith said Monday. 

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s not just the freeways that get a facelift during the summer months. Local roads soon will be getting some work done as well.

As of press time, Grosse Pointe Farms Public Service Director Terry Brennan said by email that local street repairs will be starting July 18 on Stephens Road between Ridge Road and Charlevoix Avenue, on Touraine Road between Williams Road and Beaupre Avenue, and on Cloverly Road between Charlevoix and Beaupre. 

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — To paraphrase a classic song from “Porgy and Bess,” it’s summertime, and the relaxing is easy.

For the second year in a row, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial is offering Summerfest, three weeks of free concerts, movies and performances aimed at audiences of all ages. Presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Monday through Wednesday series will begin July 11 with a screening of the animated movie “Despicable Me” at dusk. 

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Whoever the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department hires next is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Peers say veteran Farms Public Safety Lt. Jack Patterson — who retired June 24 after 33 years and four months on the job — was not only a well-rounded public safety officer, but also someone to whom others could turn for answers or information.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Around the Grosse Pointes, Harry Burkey is known for his roles in different capacities: from an educator, to an actor who has worked on Grosse Pointe Theatre productions, to a volunteer.

But one of his lesser-known roles in life is that of indie film performer.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores’ public safety officers will have one more tool at their disposal to aid people in need of medical care.

During the June 21 City Council meeting, Public Safety Director John Schulte said that a grant had enabled his department to equip each patrol vehicle with a portable trauma bag. These bags contain items “for immediate treatment in life-threatening moments,” he said. 

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — More than 100 local students went on a scientific adventure the week of June 27 at Brownell Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

The students, who are entering grades one through six this fall, participated in Camp Invention, a nationally recognized science, technology, engineering and mathematics summer program that encourages creativity and problem solving.

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Published July 5, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY —  As District 1 state Rep. Brian Banks prepares for his re-election campaign, the Harper Woods Democrat is facing several felony charges. 

On June 28, the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed two counts of uttering and publishing, one count of false pretenses and one count of false statements against the 39-year-old elected official related to an application for a loan. 

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Voters might have the presidential race first and foremost on their minds when they head to the polls Nov. 8, but in Grosse Pointe Park, they’ll also be facing several questions relating to their own city.

If state officials approve the ballot language, the city will be placing four proposed charter changes on the November ballot. A couple of them are what City Attorney Dennis Levasseur acknowledged are “cleanup efforts” to remove items from the charter that are no longer relevant. 

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Published June 29, 2016

DETROIT — For an arts and culture destination, the Scarab Club’s location — directly behind the Detroit Institute of Arts, at the corner of Farnsworth and John R streets — couldn’t be more perfect.

But despite being around for more than 100 years, Scarab Club members say many people still don’t know who or what they are, or that visitors are welcome.

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