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Published October 26, 2015

A suspect in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Madison Heights man was arrested Monday afternoon following a nearly 12-hour investigation at a northwest neighborhood home where police said the shooting occurred.

Police said the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division quickly identified the suspect, and an arrest was made at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 6100 block of Henry Ruff in Garden City.

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Published October 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Organic farmer Don Cinzori has traveled to the Farmers Market on Saturdays from March through December for nearly 20 years.

Royal Oak is the only market Cinzori travels to from his 300-acre southwest Michigan farm because popular specialty markets like the national grocer Whole Foods purchase his certified organically grown goods directly.

So, why do it?

“The location is fantastic,” Cinzori said. “It’s a beautiful building, great parking and we have really the most loyal customers.”

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Published October 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Ford Arts, Beats & Eats executives announced last week that the organization will distribute more than a quarter-million dollars to community organizations from proceeds collected during the 2015 Labor Day weekend event.

This year, $255,802 was raised from gate admissions, beverage proceeds and other festival-sponsored community initiatives that will be distributed to more than 60 nonprofit and community organizations.

In total, $101,382 of the money raised went back to Royal Oak organizations and nonprofits.

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Published October 21, 2015

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — When Joan Horton learned of a local family with twins trying to find a Halloween activity that would accommodate one child’s allergies, her aha moment arrived.

“I thought, ‘They shouldn’t have to split them up,’” she said. “How do you say to one, ‘This is fun and you can have all of this,’ and then say to the other child, ‘But you can’t.’”

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The majority of city commissioners approved a proposal last week from Robertson Brothers Homes to build 47 single-family homes and 78 for-purchase townhomes on 10 acres at the proposed Normandy Oaks Park site.

After appearing before members of the Normandy Oaks Task Force and the City Commission, the known-to-the-area home builders won the bid to develop the land on the former Normandy Oaks Golf Course for $3.85 million. Voters approved the sale of the property last year.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Although the aroma of cinnamon sticks and pumpkin spice lattes are at the forefront of people’s thoughts, soon snow will cover city sidewalks.

City commissioners resumed their discussions Oct. 5 on the issue of snow removal, with some hoping to move forward with a resolution toward keeping sidewalks clear.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — For Thomas Oppat, the life events leading to his appointment as Shrine Catholic High School and Academy principal were filled with sequential divinity.

“It just all fell into place for me,” he said. “When I sit back now, I think, ‘God, you knew what was happening.’”

Walking the hallways of the seventh- and eighth-grade academy and ninth- to 12th-grade high school on 13 Mile Road, Oppat feels at home while he continues to learn about and appreciate the institution’s history and people.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council unanimously adopted the updated International Fire Code last week after working out the details since the summer.

The 2012 IFC was adopted during the council’s Oct. 6 meeting.

“We have had much discussion about this as it was originally presented to us a few months ago,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

The council began looking at the document in July, when Fire Chief Richard Dylewski presented it to council for adoption.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The yard ornament stolen from Joyce Zeleji’s yard isn’t replaceable, and that is why she wants it back.

“My husband bought it for me, and my husband passed away on New Year’s Eve last year, and it’s a real memory for him to have given that to me, and I really, really miss it,” she said.

The ornament was a 4-foot-long double-barreled shotgun made out of copper and brass tubes — not a real gun. It was placed in her backyard below the top of her gate.

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Published October 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Getting a drink of water at the Detroit Zoo won’t be as easy as buying bottled water any longer, as the zoo has made the decision to stop selling bottled water in an effort to make better environmental decisions.

Part of the zoo’s strategic plan includes sustainability efforts to guide how the zoo moves forward. While bottled water was found to be the best-selling item in the entire zoo, Manager of Sustainability Beth Wallace said zoo officials also realized that selling so many plastic bottles would make a negative impact on the environment.

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Published October 12, 2015

David Douglas Davis never looked up from the floor as he was charged with the killing of 50-year-old resident Theresa Diamos and told that he is facing life in prison.

Davis, 49, appeared before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15 while four charges against him were read to the courtroom.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Jonathan Steinberg began proton therapy 32 years ago, he had to move to Boston and face protesters against the then-experimental treatment in an effort to save his life.

“It wasn’t easy being in a strange town and being told that you had less than a year to live,” he said.

The Birmingham resident eventually brought his fight for proton therapy to Michigan, championing the cause until Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed restrictions blocking who could provide the treatment in 2008.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners were expected to continue their DTE Energy discussions about ongoing neighborhood power outages during Monday’s meeting, carrying on talks that began last month.

The City Commission was scheduled to meet Oct. 5, after press time, and talk about adopting a formal resolution of dissatisfaction concerning frequent power outages in one northeast neighborhood. That area is bounded by Rochester Road, Stephenson Highway, Gardenia Avenue and 12 Mile Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak police arrested a Redford man after he allegedly snatched a woman’s purse from a downtown dining patio.

No one was injured during the nighttime incident Saturday, Sept. 26, on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.

Officers arrested Pierre Jefferson, 17, at 10:03 p.m. Sept. 26, and he was arraigned Sept. 28 before 44th District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm. Chisholm set bond at $10,000. 

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Published October 7, 2015

CLAWSON — Looking back at the past eight years that Penny Luebs has been mayor, she reflected on the growth of the community.

During her four terms, the city has secured grants for road reconstruction, kept and maintained the Clawson Police Department, maintained and improved parks, built relationships with community groups and supported new and existing small businesses with initiatives like the One Stop Ready program.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Ninety-one animals were pulled from a home near the city’s downtown after police said nearby residents complained of a foul odor coming from the house.

Police went to the home in the 1000 block of Edgewood Drive at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 28 to assist Royal Oak Animal Control after residents who live near the house thought the couple living inside was hoarding pets.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Residents will have a chance to voice their opinions next week on development plans for the voter-approved 10-acre property sale at the proposed Normandy Oaks Park site.

Three developers presented their visions for the parcel — which voters supported the sale and development of to fund a 40-acre park on the abutting former golf course property — to city commissioners during the Sept 21 regular meeting.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Memorial Park is going to the dogs this weekend during the 2015 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The family-friendly event celebrating everything furry and Fido will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 inside the park, which is located at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

“It’s all dogs, all day, so if you love dogs, then come on out,” said Jennifer Clark, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce director of events and communications.

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Published September 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.

The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City Park, which is located off of Elmwood Avenue between Main Street and Crooks Road.

“It’s been going on as long as I’ve been here,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A Woodward Avenue Thai restaurant is closed after a medical emergency caused a driver to smash into the side of the building, police said.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said that at about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 24, a 32-year-old Livonia man had a diabetic reaction, left the roadway and crashed into Siam Spicy, located on the east side of Woodward Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road.

Clemens said the man was transported to Beaumont Hospital and was in stable condition.

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