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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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Published June 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It was a promise Toni Murphy, 72, of New Baltimore, made to her mother, but one she feared she’d never be able to keep.

Her uncle, Grosse Pointe Farms native George Paul Grifford — born on March 25, 1932 — enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was only 17. He fought in the Korean War.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Over the last 20 years, the Grosse Pointe Public Library has seen massive changes, including new branch library buildings in Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Park. 

During that period, GPPL Director Vickey Bloom has shepherded the library system through a host of physical and technological shifts. But as of June 30, Bloom will close this book and begin a new one, as she retires from a career she started decades ago.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Theirs was a love story worthy of the silver screen, and the romance of Edsel and Eleanor Ford has now been immortalized in sculpture.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Just in time for summer wedding season, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is sharing mementos and memories from several generations of Ford family nuptials.

“Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings” is a new exhibition in the South Cottage that features a number of wedding gowns, personal photos and other wedding memorabilia. Running June 26 through Nov. 6, it was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s November 1916 wedding.

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Family members of Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department officer Gerald Genna attended the June 20 City Council meeting to see him receive a commendation for his role in making the city safer.

Upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Board of Review, Genna received the commendation in recognition of his alertness and prompt action in the apprehension of a suspect who had been sought in multiple cities within Wayne County. 

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When looking back on his years working in the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Works Department, Director of Public Services Joseph Ahee Jr. is grateful for all the support he received from others to make the department a success. 

“The mayor and the council have always been supportive of me and my department,” Ahee said. “I thank everyone here at the city and all the residents for their support.”

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Police work has been likened to a brotherhood, and that sort of family support was visible during the recent promotion of one of the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department’s decorated veterans.

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Published June 20, 2016

With their own boat and specially trained officers, the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department is ready and capable of making aquatic rescues whenever necessary.

But on the afternoon of June 20, officers found themselves engaged in a different sort of water-related rescue.

A mother mallard duck’s nine ducklings tumbled down into a storm sewer in the parking lot of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, leading to a desperate effort to save the tiny, fuzzy birds, who could periodically be heard from below peeping for Mom.

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