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Published December 14, 2015

A recent string of car fires has investigators looking into nine suspicious fires that have happened throughout the year. Five of the fires have taken place since Thanksgiving week.

“We’re looking at all previous suspicious fires to see if there is a connection,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city’s animal shelter has a lot of animals at the moment, and employees are hoping those prepared for a pet would like to place a furry friend in their forever home during the holidays.

To help assist with a perfect pairing, the Royal Oak Animal Shelter is hosting Make my Christmas Merry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the shelter, located at 1515 N. Edgeworth Ave.

The adoption event will feature reduced fees, cookies and giveaways from local businesses upon pet adoption.

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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 9, 2015

CLAWSON — Don’t tell artist Kenneth Hershenson that he doesn’t know Jack.

The artist is receiving acclaim for his most recent series of paintings, “I DO Know Jack!”

Five paintings in the series were accepted into ArtPrize and displayed in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids before Hershenson’s work was named in the top 25 artists in the 2D ArtPrize category.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A multi-floor office development planned for downtown Royal Oak received the go-ahead Nov. 30 during a special City Commission meeting called to discuss the plans.

With a vote of 6-1, members of the City Commission approved Etkin Real Estate Solutions’ plans to construct a possible three-story office building, with parking on the first level, in the existing city-owned municipal parking lot at the corner of 11 Mile Road and Center Street.

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Published December 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police Department is seeking tips to find a man who exposed himself to a woman warming up her car in a municipal parking lot late last month.

The woman reported to police that while she was warming up her car shortly before 4 a.m. Nov. 29 in the parking lot at West 11 Mile Road and South Center Street, a man walked up to the passenger side of her car and pulled down his pants, exposing himself.

According to police, as the woman drove away, the man got into a nearby vehicle and followed her for several minutes.

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Published December 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A judge ruled Dec. 4 that enough evidence exists for David Douglas Davis to stand trial for the October shooting death of his girlfriend in their Altadena Avenue home.

According to testimony before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke, officers found Theresa Diamos, 50, unconscious and lying face up in the middle of the hallway of the home in the 800 block of North Altadena, near Campbell Road south of Gardenia Avenue. The body was found before 3 a.m. Oct. 12, and Diamos subsequently was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital.

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Published December 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Health experts from Beaumont Children’s Hospital gathered Nov. 24 to offer guidelines for keeping children out of the emergency room during the holiday season.

The press conference, held at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center, was presented in conjunction with the release of “Trouble in Toyland” — the 30th annual survey of toy safety from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s Education Fund.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Police urge residents to lock their car doors, especially during the holiday season, to thwart unwanted thefts.

Clawson Police Department Lt. Scott Sarvello said the department recently received a handful of reports for thefts from unlocked vehicles.

One resident in the 900 block of Phillips Avenue reported at 7:44 a.m. Nov. 16 that sometime during the night, an unknown person entered three unlocked vehicles that were parked in the resident’s driveway.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs hasn’t missed attending the Clawson annual tree lighting, and this year will be no different.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Santa to Clawson and give Santa the key to the city,” she said. “I enjoy seeing and meeting with the kids as they line up to see Santa. The joy, innocence and anticipation surrounds us, and the outcome is smiles all around.”

On a personal note, Luebs attends each year to have her photo taken with Santa to put on her father’s refrigerator as an ongoing tradition.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The National Retail Federation estimates that almost half of all holiday shopping this year will be done with a click of a button rather than a trip to the mall, but while buying gifts online is convenient, it also comes with a few risks that could make your season not so merry and bright.

“So many people get so busy that they don’t think about the what-ifs,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan in Southfield.

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Published November 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Detroit Red Wings forwards Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening stopped by Kenwood Elementary School last month to spread positive messages about health, mind and body.

The players visited the school on Nov. 19 to teach kids about the importance of being healthy through exercise and a proper diet. The hockey players also showed the students somet stick-handling techniques.

The visit was a part of the Red Wings School Assembly Program, which introduces elementary students to hockey through street and floor hockey.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 26, 2015

Royal Oak police, the Royal Oak fire marshal and Oakland County arson investigators are looking into three suspicious car fires that occurred in close proximity Nov. 23 and 26.

All three fires took place within a few blocks of each other on the east side of Rochester Road, south of 14 Mile Road.

According to a press release from Royal Oak police, “The initial investigation indicates the fires originated from the passenger compartment of each vehicle.”

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Following the City Commission’s decision to deny an event permit for the second annual Santa Hat Hustle, organizers said the event would now take place in a neighboring community.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Santa Hat Hustle will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, as planned,” said Regina Stocco, owner of Ultimate Fun Runs and The Social Connection. “The location for the 2015 event will be in the city of Hazel Park.”

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Published November 24, 2015

CLAWSON — Sixth-grader Anna Rusing is grateful that she will be spending Thanksgiving with her father, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Rusing watched with a close eye and hopeful heart during his hospital stay and physical therapy, and she remembered even the smallest details while visiting him.

She wrote about the experience before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission recently appointed two of its members to serve on a committee to examine possible partnership opportunities with Oakland County while developing the future Normandy Oaks park.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Public safety officials are warning residents to be aware of phone scams happening in the area that involve callers who pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to an alert issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, the scam involves a phone message, supposedly from the IRS, alleging that the recipient owes several thousand dollars in back taxes.

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Published November 23, 2015

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Southfield woman found unresponsive in her car early Sunday morning.

Police are not speculating on the cause.

“At this point it is a 21-year-old young lady that was, unfortunately, found unresponsive in her car,” said Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. “She stopped breathing while we were there, and she was rushed to the hospital, and she died.

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