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Published November 8, 2016

CLAWSON — Police say it could be weeks before blood tests reveal the exact cause of a serious car crash last week that hospitalized a mother and her 9-year-old son.

“The case remains under investigation,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello, adding that they were not releasing the names of those involved or further details at this time.

Sarvello said late last week that speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor, but the use of prescription medications by the driver is being investigated.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 8, 2016

PONTIAC — The number of licensed foster care homes in Michigan dropped by 349 from this time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately, the need for safe, loving spaces for children continues to grow.

For those thinking about filling that need, Oakland Family Services will host an informational program Nov. 17 to share the ins and outs of foster care with prospective parents.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission voted unanimously last week in favor of approving a three-month extension with a team interested in developing city-owned property on the south side of downtown.

Commissioners gave their collective nod to Burton-Katzman LLC on Oct. 24, allowing an extension of an exclusivity agreement that the firm has with the city to construct a mixed-use development on the parking lots at 600 and 700 South Main St.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A former Michigan State Trooper and current Royal Oak resident recently was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $170,000 in vehicle inspection fees.

Seth Swanson, 31, was arraigned Oct. 26 before 45-B District Court Chief Judge Michelle Appel in Oak Park on one felony count of embezzlement by a public official over $50, and one felony count of uttering and publishing.

Swanson entered a not guilty plea and was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond with the condition that he surrender his concealed pistol license and passport.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The city is well-known for its dining options, and Restaurant Week historically has been a big hit, but adding a charitable cause to the recipe has organizers sure that this fall’s event will reach a new level of success.

The Royal Oak Restaurant Association will present “Royal Oak Restaurant Week: Giving Back” Nov. 4-13 at more than 25 participating downtown dining establishments.

Participating restaurants will offer preset three-course lunch and dinner menus at the $15, $25 or $35 price point per person.

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Published November 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners voted unanimously last week to move forward with engineering and development plans for a potential $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development in place of the current City Hall.

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Published October 31, 2016

A Bloomfield Township mother known for allegedly drop-kicking a birthday cake in Kroger received her sentence in 44th District Court Oct. 31 for a prior incident in which she allegedly slapped an employee at Ray’s Ice Cream.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Review’s coverage area Nov. 8, voters will decide the general election candidates for county, state and federal races and whether a millage renewal, millage reinstatement and Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan assessment should be adopted. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they 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.Read More

Published October 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health received the first go-ahead needed to move forward with a $38 million development project on the site of the shuttered Northwood Shopping Plaza.

With a split vote of 4-3 Oct. 10, city commissioners approved up to $3.7 million in Brownfield development credits requested by Beaumont Health to remediate and develop its 15-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published October 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters at the polls Nov. 8 will be asked whether or not they support a millage restoration proposal benefiting Royal Oak Schools.

If voters follow through to the last item on the second side of the general election ballot, they will see the proposal asking them to restore an 18-mill operating levy on non- homestead properties previously authorized and levied.

School officials said that since 1994, voters in Royal Oak have supported the nonhomestead millage renewal. It was last approved in 2013 with more than 70 percent in favor.

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Published October 25, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Domestic violence does not discriminate.

In fact, 1 in 3 Michigan families are impacted by domestic violence, and while women are the victims in 85 to 95 percent of all reported domestic violence cases, any person of any age, gender, economic status or race can be a victim.

From intimidation, to withholding money,  to sexual assault — to name a few —  domestic violence has many faces.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Between now and Veterans Day, Nov. 11, several groups are hard at work collecting as much winter clothing as they can. Their goal is to distribute the items to the many homeless military veterans in metro Detroit — men and women who served their country but slipped through the cracks due to financial hardship, mental health issues such as substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues.

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Published October 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Two local residents received the Royal Oak Schools Community of Excellence Award last week for their efforts in leading a successful drive to refurbish the Royal Oak High School auditorium.

Royal Oak Schools Performing Arts Committee co-chairs Scott Brown and April Ozdych were the honorees during the Oct. 12 Board of Education meeting for their fundraising efforts, which led to a transformation of the high school’s Kimball Auditorium.

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Published October 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A Hamtramck man was arrested last week after he allegedly stole a Jeep in the city and then filled it with items he allegedly stole from another resident’s home the same night. 

Emmanuel Adam Charles, 22, was arrested Oct. 12 and arraigned in 44th District Court the next day on one count of first-degree home invasion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and one count of unlawfully driving away an automobile, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Ghosts and goblins are getting ready to fill the streets this Halloween, and they will have plenty of options for a ghoulish good time during many merry-not-scary activities through the end of the month.

Clawson will continue with its family-first emphasis by offering a Halloween party, a popular allergy-friendly downtown event and its Trick-or-Treat Trail.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Police questioned a Clawson senior citizen after he was pegged as someone fitting the description of a man who reportedly approached a Schalm Elementary School student earlier that day.

According to a letter distributed by Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson, police were called at about 3:05 p.m. Oct. 12 to the school, located at 940 North Selfridge Blvd., on a report of a suspicious person sighting.

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Published October 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A probable cause hearing for resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh was adjourned in court Oct. 11 so the defendant charged with threatening to kill court officials — including Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper — could undergo a forensic examination.

Singh, 47, was brought handcuffed into 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom the morning of Oct. 11 for the scheduled probable cause hearing. At that time, Singh’s new attorney, Michael McCarthy, requested that Singh undergo the examination.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Over a dozen Oakland County communities will see a decrease in sanitation costs thanks to a new water treatment project that officials celebrated Oct. 11.

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