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Published January 12, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year was an exciting time for Hazel Park, with several buzzworthy businesses opening around town or starting construction. Now the new year has begun, and city officials are optimistic about the town’s prospects going forward.

“I think 2015 was great, but I think 2016 will be even better,” said Hazel Park Mayor Jan Parisi. “We worked hard to get to this point. Now we can finally breathe!”

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Published January 12, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — For Madison Heights Mayor Brian Hartwell, his top three priorities in the new year can be described as “the three P’s.”

The first “P” is “public safety,” most notably the restoration of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at the Madison Heights Police Department.

It was disbanded in April 2010 to save costs, but it is now needed more than ever, the mayor said.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 7, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A 12-year-old girl who went missing from her Madison Heights home five days before Christmas was found a couple of weeks later, and she is OK.

Kimari McIver disappeared from her father’s home around 8 p.m. Dec. 20. She had only been living there for about a week; previously, she had been living with her mom out of town.

This reportedly wasn’t the first time she’s left home without her parents’ permission. When her father noticed she was gone, he immediately notified police.

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Published January 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Corey Haines, the deputy police chief of Madison Heights, will soon be promoted to the department’s top position.
Madison Heights City Council confirmed the promotion at its meeting Dec. 14. It will be effective upon the retirement of current Police Chief Anthony Roberts on Jan. 29. The oath of office is scheduled for Jan. 11. 

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Published January 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While many are looking forward to the new year, it’s always a good time to appreciate the past. On Jan. 19, the Heritage Rooms will reopen, helping guests learn the history of the community, with relics dating back to a time before Madison Heights was even a city.

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Published January 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Authorities are trying to find a young girl who appears to have run away from her father’s home in Madison Heights.

The missing person is Kimari McIver, a 12-year-old black girl, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds, with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen around 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 2015.

She was reportedly wearing pajama pants and a T-shirt, but her father told police she may have changed her clothes prior to leaving home.

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Published January 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At the end of 2015, Madison Heights City Council approved a list of items they’d like to see implemented in the budget for fiscal year 2016-17, funds permitting.

The list is meant to help them prioritize what they’d like to accomplish, but is not a guarantee of what will be done in the coming year.

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Published December 29, 2015

In many ways, 2015 was the year of Hazel Park.

While the economy is still recovering and caution remains the name of the game, Hazel Park’s frugality during the Great Recession has put the city in a prime position to capitalize on property values that are now beginning to rebound. 

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Published December 23, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — City officials expect this winter to be mild, but the Department of Public Services in Madison Heights is ready for anything.

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Published December 23, 2015

HAZEL PARK/FERNDALE — It was two weeks before Christmas, and “Santa’s elves” were hard at work on the Hazel Park holiday baskets.

They went about the task at hand with good cheer, knowing the packages they were assembling would bring joy to struggling families in Hazel Park Public Schools, which includes part of Ferndale. The baskets are something they’ve consistently done for more than 30 years.

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Published December 22, 2015

HAZEL PARK — A Troy man faces up to four years in prison after he allegedly falsely reported a felony in Hazel Park.

The suspect is Kelly Peterson, 47. He was arraigned Dec. 11 in Hazel Park 43rd District Court and released on a $1,000 personal bond. He has no prior criminal history.

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Published December 22, 2015

HAZEL PARK — If you have any cans or plastic bottles left over after this holiday season, consider donating them to a good cause.

Hazel Park Raceway, located at the corner of 10 Mile and Dequindre, will have festive green bins ready to receive them. The receptacles, wrapped in Christmas lights and conveniently located at the clubhouse entrance, will accept the recyclables up through the first week of January.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS/WARREN — A man accused of stealing donated cash from local churches was taken into police custody Dec. 1, hours after he allegedly broke into a collection box at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church in Warren. And police said they’ve since learned that he stole from other churches, including one in Madison Heights.

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 11, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Flickering candles, twinkling Christmas lights, a roaring fireplace — there are many ways people brighten up the darkest time of the year. But authorities say one should be aware of the fire risks that emerge during the holidays.

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Published December 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Rachel Webster, formerly of Madison Heights, loves her horse, Al. But currently she’s unable to take care of him, and he’s in need of a place to live.

The chestnut-colored thoroughbred gelding, 20, raced for eight years — a lengthy career, considering most horses only run for two or three.

Hoping to give Al a well-deserved retirement, Webster took him in when he was 11, but due to changing circumstances, she had to give him up when he was 17.

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