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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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Published September 23, 2015

CLAWSON — Elected officials expect to approve a new fire code next month after going back and forth on proposed changes since July.

“We’ll get it eventually,” said City Councilman Gregory Kucera.

Council was asked to adopt the 2012 International Fire Code, presented by Fire Chief Richard Dylewski, during its July 7 meeting, but questions arose about changes requiring businesses to purchase and install lockbox systems and rules governing residential fire pits.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Paying for downtown parking will become more varied as city officials voted last week to remove hundreds of coin-operated machines in favor of pay stations in the farmers market and Sixth and Main parking lots.

Unlike pay stations in other communities, such as Ferndale, that use a pay-by-parking-space method, Royal Oak will be using a pay-by-license-plate method and smartphone apps.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Commissioners were expected to approve on Monday a newly created ordinance governing the use of quadricycles in the downtown area.

The issue was expected to be adopted after the Review’s press time the night of Sept. 21. The ordinance was expected to go into effect the first week of October.

The first reading of the multi-passenger, commercial bike ordinance passed Sept. 14, though commissioners asked for some tweaks before taking a final vote for adoption at a subsequent meeting.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Fire Department will receive more than $60,000 in federal grant money to help equip city homes with smoke detectors.

Fire Chief Chuck Thomas said the money will go toward purchasing 2,000 smoke detectors for senior citizens and low-income residents with children.

“We were happy because it is money that we don’t have in the city,” he said. “And any money that we can get helps out.”

Thomas said the department will begin implementing a program to identify those eligible.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak City Commission will hear next week from a select group of developers who will pitch their residential housing plans for a voter-approved 10-acre parcel at the site of the proposed Normandy Oaks Park.

Three teams were selected by the Normandy Oaks Task Force to appear before the commission during its Sept. 21 regular meeting. They have well-known names in the industry — Pulte Land Company, Robertson Brothers Homes and Burton-Katzman.

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Published September 16, 2015

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”

The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” — is the latest creation of the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, a group originated and run entirely by children.

“It’s a very funny movie, but it has adult humor in it,” said actor and theater co-founding member Max Siwek, 12.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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