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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A revved-up engine and booming bass may soon put tickets more easily into a driver’s hand while traveling through the city.

City commissioners were expected to approve unanimously on second reading during the commission’s July 25 meeting, after the Review’s press time, a disorderly conduct ordinance targeted at loud motor vehicles.

Commissioners approved the ordinance on first reading during the commission’s July 11 meeting.

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The two suspects arrested for a credit union robbery with a child in their alleged getaway car have been arraigned and now face up to life in prison.

Detroit residents Delavonta Larry, 21, and Raymon Mattison, 20, were arraigned by Circuit Court Magistrate Judith Holtz July 16.

Both men were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and one count of bank robbery. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison.

The suspects both pleaded not guilty; as of July 20, no attorney had been appointed or retained.

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Published July 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Actress and director Nancy Kammer, of Grosse Pointe Park, had put her career on hold to care for her mother, who has dementia and lives nearby with Kammer’s young adult daughter.

But when she got a call from Water Works Theatre Company founder Ed Nahhat to direct William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for Shakespeare Royal Oak this summer, she knew she couldn’t say no.

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Published July 25, 2016

CLAWSON — Skateboard enthusiasts have the opportunity to support the city’s park by clicking their votes before the week’s end.

The Clawson Skate Park was included as a Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award nominee, and city officials hope the recreational destination will take top honors.

“We know that Clawson is No. 1 and we want to share that with everyone,” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

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Published July 19, 2016

In the Review’s coverage area Aug. 2, voters will decide the general election candidates for county and state races, a millage renewal and whether two charter amendments should be adopted. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

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Published July 19, 2016

CLAWSON — A 36-year-old Lathrup Village man is facing numerous charges following an alleged drunk driving spree that began downtown and ended in neighboring Royal Oak.

Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said charges were forwarded to the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office this week.

“We’re seeking charges for defrauding an innkeeper, which is running out on a tab or a bill, leaving the scene of two property damage accidents and assault and battery,” Sarvello said.

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Published July 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — County residents will be asked Aug. 2 to support the Oakland County Zoological Authority renewal millage to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo.

Detroit Zoological Society officials said property taxes won’t increase from the current rate if the renewal is approved; rather, the renewal will continue for 10 years the 0.1 mill property tax supported by voters in 2008.

Society officials said for a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000, the cost will remain at about $10 a year.

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Published July 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters will be asked whether or not they support two local charter amendments Aug. 2, including a solid waste and recycling millage renewal and changes to the city’s charter.

Proposal A, if approved, would allow city officials to renew the solid waste and recycling millage levy for a period not to exceed five years, up to 1 mill, to defray the costs of refuse collection, disposal and curbside recycling.

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Published July 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police caught two suspects July 14 with a toddler in their car after the men allegedly perpetrated a bank robbery moments earlier.

Police said there were no injuries during the incident and the child was turned over to protective services.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens said the department received a call that a robbery had taken place late in the morning July 14 at Community Choice Credit Union, located at 1709 Crooks Road.

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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

ROYAL OAK — Police arrested a teenager last week for his alleged involvement in a July 1 fire inside a downtown parking structure.

“It was some construction material allegedly set on fire,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens.

Clemens did not give any further details about the suspect other than the boy was a 15-year-old Brown City resident who was visiting friends in the area over the weekend.

Police do not believe there was a motive to do greater widespread harm.

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Published July 13, 2016

BERKLEY — Roy Watson has dedicated his adult life to helping the homeless year-round.

His past experiences with personal problems and battles with life-threatening health issues gave him the perspective to serve a population often overlooked.

“I should have, could have and would have been homeless a few times, and I appreciate and thank God that I’m not,” he said. “I’ve been blessed by God, and I try to share the blessings. That’s all I can do.”

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Published July 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The beginning of July marked a homecoming for Don Watchowski as he entered the high school halls as the new athletic director and assistant principal.

“It’s great to be back,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Watchowski was introduced to the community during the Board of Education’s June 23 meeting and was a welcome face to many.

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Published July 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — It truly isn’t summer until the arts start popping up on Center Street.

And this year will be no exception when musicians begin filling the streets July 14 for the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series.

The green carpet will roll out and the blocked-off roadway will turn into a fun concert experience featuring many different genres of music along with some art and dance every Thursday through Aug. 18 at the pop-up park on Center, at Fourth Street.

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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 5, 2016

CLAWSON — There will be plenty of tomfoolery spreading through the downtown this weekend with the ninth annual Cinema in the Streets.

The popular Clawson Downtown Development Authority event, which attracted about 1,500 people last year, will return at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the middle of South Main Street.

“People like to play in the street,” said Downtown Development Authority Director Joan Horton. “There is just something about being able to be in a main street playing.”

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Published July 5, 2016
ROYAL OAK — The combination of art, kids and ingenuity made for an interesting event recently during the second annual Art Battle!

The contest, party and art showing was organized by a group of six Northwood Elementary School students and was held June 25 at 822 Gallery on 11 Mile Road as a way to celebrate the end of the school year and raise money for the Royal Oak Animal Shelter.

“We thought it would be a great idea for the animals,” said fifth-grader Tarian Miller.

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Published July 5, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission agreed unanimously June 27 to impose a 180-day moratorium on lot splits in the Vinsetta Boulevard neighborhood while the Planning Commission looks into creating ordinances to protect the neighborhood’s integrity.

If future ordinances are adopted preventing certain lot splits or other changes in residential property, it would apply to future site plan approvals, not site plans already approved.

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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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