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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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Published June 29, 2016

CLAWSON — Families have been filling the downtown streets for decades for Clawson’s Fourth of July parade and festivities, and organizers are expecting the same support again this year.

According to the Fourth of July Committee, past attendance for the Fourth of July parade has topped about 15,000 attendees.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 at Crooks and 14 Mile roads. It will travel west on 14 Mile Road to North Main Street to West Elmwood Avenue and conclude at Clawson City Park.

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Published June 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission unanimously approved a contract extension with Plante Moran CRESA to continue vetting the $100 million Royal Oak Civic Center development proposal.

The unanimous June 13 vote extends the engagement agreement at a cost not to exceed $50,000 for capital planning services.

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Published June 29, 2016

CLAWSON — City Council unanimously approved the renewal of two key police mutual aid agreements during its June 21 regular meeting.

City Manager Mark Pollack said the Clawson Police Department’s mutual aid agreement and dispatch and jail services agreement with the city of Troy play integral financial and service roles.

“Both are vital to our operations,” Pollack said.

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Published June 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 28-year-old Royal Oak resident was taken to Beaumont Hospital the morning of June 27 after she was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk at Main and Fourth streets.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, she suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her leg and was transported to the hospital by the Royal Oak Fire Department.

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Published June 23, 2016

WARREN/FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK —  It’s a request to support a good cause, just a few bucks to help send kids from the Michigan School for the Deaf to play football in Washington, D.C.

The problem, police and school officials say, is that the fundraiser isn’t real and an alleged scammer or a group of people bent on fraud has been raking in the cash.

The scam, reported earlier this year by school officials, has apparently already bilked generous souls in at least two communities out of at least $2,200.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police continue to search for a man suspected of going into Jax Kar Wash the evening of June 21 with a gun and taking the manager’s wallet and other cash.

No shots were fired and no one was injured.

“I can’t get into the specifics of the case at this time because it is an ongoing investigation,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens June 24. “We are following up on some leads in the case.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City officials have an important message they want to spread: Do not feed the deer.

Members of the Royal Oak City Commission decided unanimously during the June 13 meeting that the best way to handle the surge in deer population is to wage a public information campaign telling residents to abstain from feeding the animals.

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