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Published October 17, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — There are more than 3,700 homeless people in Oakland County,  according to the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness. This includes more than 750 families and more than 700 children. And according to the Oakland County Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, roughly 40 percent of all homeless people suffer from mental illness, and about 25 percent are honorably discharged military veterans.

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Published October 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Oakland County Commissioner and resident Dave Woodward gathered Proposal A supporters late last month to kick off an informational campaign supporting the public safety renewal millage.

Woodward formed the committee, Keep Royal Oak Safe, with the help of residents and local first responders. The group gathered Sept. 26 in front of the Royal Oak fire station on Sixth Street.

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Published October 11, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Two publicized city cases are headed to Oakland County Circuit Court after the defendants waived their rights to preliminary examinations last week.

Attorneys for defendants Benjamin Tesner and Timothy England both waived rights to future preliminary examinations Oct. 4 in 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg’s courtroom.

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Published October 11, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A crowd of beneficiaries gathered downtown Oct. 4 at Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina to collect checks totaling more than $325,000 from Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

The money was distributed to more than 60 charitable and cultural organizations as a result of this year’s festival reaching near-record attendance with 415,000 people.

“We’re so happy to give back,” said Ford Arts, Beats & Eats producer Jon Witz.

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Published October 6, 2016

The woman accused of slapping a Ray’s Ice Cream worker last year pleaded no contest in court this morning and will face sentencing later this month.

Bloomfield Township resident Tricia Ann Kortes and her attorney, Gerald Gleeson, appeared before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Oct. 6.

Gleeson declined to discuss the case following proceedings, saying he most likely would comment after sentencing.

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Published October 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Officials declared that the community’s water is safe during the City Commission’s last regular meeting.

They also let residents know that the water quality report is on the city’s website.

The declaration came after resident Kim Gibbs spoke before the commission during public comment, stating that the water quality report showed there were levels of chromium in Royal Oak’s water supply.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published September 29, 2016

CLAWSON —  It isn’t truly fall in the city until the community gathers for some food, fun and a hayride.

This year is no different.

The City of Clawson Parks and Recreation Department will help the community usher in the unofficial start to the season with the annual Fall Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at City Park, located on Elmwood Avenue, one block west of Main Street.

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Published September 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Homecoming was made a little more special this past weekend thanks to one student and an enterprising idea to make sure every girl had something spectacular to wear.

Royal Oak High School senior Katie Reaume opened a pop-up boutique inside the school, offering free dresses for fellow students to wear to the Sept. 24 homecoming dance with one catch — they just had to return it cleaned and ready for the next formal function.

“My goal is to see more faces at homecoming than we have seen before and to keep the tradition going,” she said.

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Published September 27, 2016

It was an emotional setting in the courtroom Sept. 27 as resident Kumar Abhigyan Singh appeared for a scheduled probable cause hearing after allegedly making death threats to numerous Oakland County prosecutors, attorneys, judges, bailiffs and others.

Singh’s family and a friend sat in the front row of the Royal Oak courtroom Sept. 27, Singh’s mother in tears, waiting for Singh to be ushered into the courtroom.

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Published September 26, 2016

ROYAL OAK — An Oak Park man was arrested this week and faces up to 20 years in prison after he allegedly called Yogurt City claiming he was with ISIS and telling an employee there was a bomb in the building.

Benjamin Tesner, 22, was arrested Sept. 21 and was arraigned two days later and charged with one felony count of false report or threat of terrorism, which carries a penalty of up 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Police said Tesner is a friend of an employee at Yogurt City.

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Published September 22, 2016

Three teens were arrested earlier this week in connection with a report of stolen guns.

Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson said two minors and 17-year-old Joseph Gjonaj — all students at Clawson High School — were arrested Sept. 18 after it was brought to the department’s attention that they might have stolen two long guns from the home of a girl they were friends with in the 1400 block of North Custer Avenue.

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Published September 22, 2016

PONTIAC — After calling convicted killer David Douglas Davis “evil,” “wicked” and a “leech,” Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren sentenced Davis to life in prison without the chance of parole Sept. 21 for the death of Royal Oak resident Theresa Diamos.

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Published September 21, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tricia Ann Kortes will wait until next month, possibly, to learn her fate following  assault and battery charges stemming from an incident at Ray’s Ice Cream.

Attorney Gerald Gleeson appeared along with Kortes before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke Sept. 12 to ask for more time to prepare for the pretrial.

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Published September 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A $13.5 million, seven-story parking structure discussed for the Second Street parking lot across from the Royal Oak post office was the topic of lengthy discussion during the City Commission’s recent meeting.

The proposed structure was the topic of what turned into a hearty back-and-forth primarily between Mayor Jim Ellison and City Commissioner Jeremy Mahrle the evening of Sept. 12.

During the meeting, the commission was asked whether or not it would like to authorize city staff to solicit bids for the Second Street parking deck project.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A doctor and resident sits in jail on a $1 million bond following charges that he made death threats against government officials and others, including Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Kumar Abhigyan Singh, 47, faces 21 felony charges related to recent threats he allegedly made against others, according to a statement issued by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

Singh is the owner and medical director of GreenLite Clinic in Troy, a medical marijuana certification facility.

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Published September 19, 2016

CLAWSON — Following an aggressive campaign to find David “Taco” Bell last week, the 29-year-old man last seen in the city was found Sept. 16.

“He was found alive and well on Friday,” said Clawson Police Department Detective Dale Mills.

Mills said Bell walked into the Oakland County Sheriff’s Rochester Hills substation and was not of clear mind, but was unharmed. Mills said Bell was taken to the hospital and no further information was available.

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Published September 19, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 10-year-old Eastpointe girl who was ejected from a car during a crash on Interstate 75 late at night Sept. 16 has died.

The girl was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael A. Shaw.

Shaw, Special Enforcement Section commander and public information officer, said Sept. 19 that police were not releasing many details about the case, as it was an ongoing investigation.

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Published September 14, 2016

Police along with the family of David “Taco” Bell are searching for the 29-year-old man, who was last seen in the area Sept. 1.

“We just want to know that he is OK,” said Bell’s sister, Alissa Leonardo. “I don’t need him to come home. He is clearly an adult, and if this is the decision that he had made, that’s fine, but he needs to let his friends and family know that he is OK.”

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Seniors from Bloomfield Hills Marian and Warren Regina high schools will take over Phillip E. Runkel Field at Stevenson High School  in Sterling Heights for the annual powderpuff football game at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed in an annual powderpuff football game that brings together students, staff, alumni and families. At last year’s game, Regina defeated Marian 21-12. In powderpuff, the players don’t wear pads, and instead of tackling, the athletes pull flags from their opponents.

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