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Published April 18, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are ready to face off once again in the seventh annual Guns & Hoses charity hockey game this weekend.

The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Members of the community will have the opportunity April 20 to see design plans for a new Police Department headquarters proposed on city-owned property adjacent to the 44th District Court.

Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said Police Chief Corey O’Donohue will present the police station design plans to the public at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, on city cable TV station WROK.

“The presentation can also be viewed on Facebook and YouTube live,” she said.

Davids said the plans will be available online too.

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Published April 17, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — With the arrival of spring, plenty of kids are gearing up to get back to baseball, softball and all those other warm-weather sports.

But parents were probably the first to spot the key word in that statement: gear.

That’s because every sport requires what seems to be an endless list of equipment, and keeping growing kids up to date with their gear isn’t cheap.

Just ask Ed Rhue, of Waterford, a father of three kids who have all dabbled in various sports.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When Fadi Francis put out a call to the community to help promote autism awareness, he never imagined the magnitude of positivity and partnership that would come his way on behalf of the Judson Center.

Francis works at the Judson Center’s Royal Oak location as a development associate and was tasked with kicking off the Bring Autism to Light campaign.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Two men face time behind bars after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase with drugs in the car.

John Michael Knudsen, 38, of Livonia, and Dustin Michael Cline, 28, of Trenton, were arraigned April 5 in 44th District Court.

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Published April 12, 2017

LANSING — Michigan’s roads, bridges and sewer infrastructure need a little TLC. That much we can agree on.

On April 3, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order that will create a pilot program to provide “recommendations for implementing a comprehensive statewide asset management system,” billed by his office as “one of the essential cross-cutting recommendations” outlined in the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report.

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Published April 12, 2017

DETROIT — Growing up in Lansing, Oakland University graduate Devin L. Price remembers singing along to Motown classics on the radio.

“I would ride in my grandparents’ car and listen to the soul station,” recalled Price by phone from Indianapolis.

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Published April 11, 2017

ROYAL OAK — From recycling to gardening to renewable energy, Earth Day events in the city will provide knowledge and know-how this Saturday.

Earth Day in Royal Oak, presented by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board, will take place 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 in the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. 

Rain barrels will be available for $60, and the event will serve as a sneak peek of the new 65-gallon recycling cart for residents.

Information will be provided during the event on what can and cannot go into the new bins.

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Published April 11, 2017

PONTIAC — Sexual assault against children is a horrific, painful topic no one wants to talk about.

But for the sake of the young victims, someone has to do it.

Back in October, Haven of Oakland County expanded its medical forensic examination services to include pediatric victims of sexual assault. As part of the Safe Therapeutic Assault Response Team, or START, examinations of victims 12 years old and younger can now take place at Haven’s treatment and prevention center in Pontiac.

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Published April 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Brooke Wilson Vitale’s love for baking goes beyond buttercream.

She began her admiration for baked goods as a teen creating recipes from scratch while blogging her way through the process.

Vitale fondly mixed ingredients and flavors to hone her passion and connect with her late grandmother.

Her blog is no longer online, but her craft and grandmother’s legacy are vibrantly shining at Vitale’s two Love & Buttercream locations in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

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Published April 5, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the leader in Oakland County fighting domestic and sexual assault, the staff at Haven hears tragic stories every day. The fact is, there are just some bad people out there.

But there are good people too.

And those are the ones Haven will celebrate Friday, May 4, during the nonprofit’s Hero Gala fundraiser. Supporters are invited to the Detroit Troy Marriott for an evening of dinner, entertainment and powerful stories from domestic violence survivors and the incredible people who empower them.

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Published April 5, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Whether it’s tweeting, playing “PokemonGo,” watching a movie or just texting, local lawmakers, law enforcement officials and traffic experts are urging residents to stop driving distracted.

On March 31 at the Southfield Police Department, Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association, and state Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, announced a new piece of legislation they said will reduce deaths and injuries related to distracted driving.

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Published April 5, 2017

FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — The cities of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Detroit, as well as the Detroit Zoo, might partner on a proposed trolley system that would make stops along Woodward Avenue.

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Published April 5, 2017

CLAWSON — The hunt will begin this weekend when the Easter Bunny hops into town and greets local children with a treat and a smile.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. April 8 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave., at Bywood Avenue.

“It looks like April 8 will be a dry and sunny day,” said Mayor Penny Luebs, encouraging everyone to come out.

Last year’s mid-March happening was chilly, and organizers are hoping for a warmer temperature this year.

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Published April 4, 2017

With an abundance of shoreline, lakes and wetlands, Michigan is a popular pit stop for thousands of birds as they make their way north each spring. 

Whether you’re a seasoned birder hoping for a rare sighting, or you’re a novice backyard bird-watcher wanting to learn more about some of the species passing through, spring migration brings plenty of birding benefits.

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Published April 4, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Police arrested a Southfield man after he allegedly led them on a multi-city, high-speed car chase last week.

Frankie Lysander Burton, 50, was arraigned in 44th District Court March 30 and charged with one felony count of third-degree fleeing and eluding, two felony counts of first-degree retail fraud, and one count of operating a vehicle without a license. Each felony count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, and the license offense carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail. His bond was set at $50,000, no 10 percent.

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Published April 3, 2017

FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK/PLEASANT RIDGE — The cities of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Detroit, as well as the Detroit Zoo, might partner on a proposed trolley system that would make stops along Woodward Avenue.

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Published April 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A Royal Oak man is in jail awaiting his court date next week after a seven-hour standoff with police ended in his arrest and multiple charges against him.

Clyde Thomas Kubiak, 41, was arraigned in 44th District Court March 29 and charged with one count of domestic violence and one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. Bond was set at $10,000, no 10 percent.

Kubiak faces up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine if found guilty of the charges.

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Published April 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Following a two-month search, Berkley School District Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick was chosen as the finalist to be the next Royal Oak Schools superintendent.

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