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Published August 1, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Nowhere is safe from the viral sensation that is “Pokémon Go,” the new mobile game where you uncover Pokémon in the real world through a GPS-driven scavenger hunt. And Madison Heights is no exception. So rather than running from Pikachu and friends, city officials like Mayor Pro Tem Mark Bliss and Mayor Brian Hartwell have embraced them, citing the positive effects the game has on people of all ages.

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Published August 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK — A body that appears to have been deceased since December was found buried under a heap of trash in a Hazel Park hoarder home, now condemned, and the woman who lived there has been sent to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner said you could smell the unmistakable stench of decay from the sidewalk near the home in the 100 block of West Milton Avenue. Neighbors had reportedly noticed the smell, he said, but no one suspected the cause until a hazardous materials team made the discovery July 22.

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Published July 27, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Growing up in a tech-savvy world, millennials consume media in different ways from prior generations. Among them are an increasing number of “cord cutters” — those who turn away from TV and its conventional advertising, and consume content primarily through the internet. 

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Madison-Park News’ coverage area, voters will decide the race for Oakland County Commissioner District 20 on Aug. 2, as well as whether the Hazel Park District Library gets an extra half-mill, and whether the city of Madison Heights can renew its vehicle and roads millages. The operating millage for the Madison school district is also up for renewal.

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Published July 18, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Insurance Service Office has upgraded the Public Protection Classification rating for the city of Madison Heights from the current Class 4 score to a rating of Class 3 — an improvement on the 10-point scale where 1 is best and 10 is worst.

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Published July 15, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The effects of an opioid overdose can include confusion, slow and arrested breathing, unconsciousness, and even death. Time is of the essence when emergency responders are faced with someone suffering from an overdose.

Now police officers in Madison Heights will be able to counter the effects of an opioid overdose with the fast-acting drug Narcan, also known as Naloxone, administered via a nasal spray.

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Published July 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation is proceeding with plans to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and the communities adjacent to the project area are still on the hook, following the governor’s veto of a bill that would have spared them from having to pay.

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Published July 14, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Operations for Hazel Park 43rd District Court have been relocated to Longfellow Elementary the rest of the year while the courthouse undergoes major renovations to better accommodate its high volume of cases. The project will also improve the exterior of City Hall, which houses the court and Police Department, and won’t cost taxpayers anything.

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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

MADISON HEIGHTS — In early June, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis went on a ride-along with Meals on Wheels. He visited nearly a dozen households, encountering seniors who were struggling in a variety of ways.

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Published July 13, 2016

PONTIAC — A Detroit man has been convicted in the murder of a Madison Heights resident he met on Craigslist.

Christopher Charles-Ruben King, 20, was tried for first-degree murder and convicted of second-degree murder. He was also convicted of second-degree arson and unlawfully driving away an automobile.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar described King as “defiant” and remorseless. She sentenced him to a minimum 30 years in prison June 28, after which he will be eligible for parole. King appeared unfazed by the sentence. 

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Published July 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Earlier this month, Dr. Wilfred Webb passed away at the age of 95. Celebrated in Hazel Park for his countless contributions to the city, the former educator and legislator left a legacy that also reaches across the county and state.

“Just truly a giant — one of the most accomplished people that the city of Hazel Park ever produced,” said Hazel Park City Manager Ed Klobucher. “He cast a huge shadow over Hazel Park for decades. He was a pillar of the community.”

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Published July 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Near the start of the 2010s, Madison District Public Schools moved out of deficit, bringing its expenditures in line with its revenues. Since then, the district has continued to improve its financial picture by leaps and bounds.

The district has been retaining current families and attracting new ones, leading to a $4 million increase the past four years — a time during which expenses have increased only slightly.

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Published July 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library is asking for an extra half-mill in the election Aug. 2. This would cost the average household less than 3 cents a day for the next 10 years. 

Corrine Stocker, the library director, says this will lead to longer library hours, more materials to check out, improved services, and a stronger commitment to the Hazel Park Public Schools, which currently rely on the library as a substitute for their media centers.

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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 3, 2016

HAZEL PARK — They had to wait a bit for him to grow big enough to be fitted, but now Lando, Hazel Park’s K-9 officer, has a bullet- and stab-proof vest to keep him safe.

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Published July 2, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Green Acres Park will bustle with activity Friday, July 22, during this year’s Come Out and Play event. There will be a lot to see and do, from carnival attractions and retro games to a waterslide, water inflatables, a climbing tower, a 250-foot zip line and more.

The event runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at the park, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. It’s free to attend, but concessions cost extra.

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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 July 1, 2016

HAZEL PARK/EASTPOINTE — When the cities of Hazel Park and Eastpointe were at risk of losing critical lifesaving services, their city managers came up with a solution: the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA. Approved by voters in both cities early last year, the authority allowed Hazel Park and Eastpointe to retain fire and ambulance services. 

Now a third city wishes to join the authority: Wayne. But in order to join SMORSA, voters in all three cities must approve the proposal during the election Aug. 2.

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