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Published December 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A judge ruled Dec. 4 that enough evidence exists for David Douglas Davis to stand trial for the October shooting death of his girlfriend in their Altadena Avenue home.

According to testimony before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke, officers found Theresa Diamos, 50, unconscious and lying face up in the middle of the hallway of the home in the 800 block of North Altadena, near Campbell Road south of Gardenia Avenue. The body was found before 3 a.m. Oct. 12, and Diamos subsequently was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital.

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Published December 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Health experts from Beaumont Children’s Hospital gathered Nov. 24 to offer guidelines for keeping children out of the emergency room during the holiday season.

The press conference, held at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center, was presented in conjunction with the release of “Trouble in Toyland” — the 30th annual survey of toy safety from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s Education Fund.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Police urge residents to lock their car doors, especially during the holiday season, to thwart unwanted thefts.

Clawson Police Department Lt. Scott Sarvello said the department recently received a handful of reports for thefts from unlocked vehicles.

One resident in the 900 block of Phillips Avenue reported at 7:44 a.m. Nov. 16 that sometime during the night, an unknown person entered three unlocked vehicles that were parked in the resident’s driveway.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs hasn’t missed attending the Clawson annual tree lighting, and this year will be no different.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Santa to Clawson and give Santa the key to the city,” she said. “I enjoy seeing and meeting with the kids as they line up to see Santa. The joy, innocence and anticipation surrounds us, and the outcome is smiles all around.”

On a personal note, Luebs attends each year to have her photo taken with Santa to put on her father’s refrigerator as an ongoing tradition.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The National Retail Federation estimates that almost half of all holiday shopping this year will be done with a click of a button rather than a trip to the mall, but while buying gifts online is convenient, it also comes with a few risks that could make your season not so merry and bright.

“So many people get so busy that they don’t think about the what-ifs,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan in Southfield.

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Published November 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Detroit Red Wings forwards Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening stopped by Kenwood Elementary School last month to spread positive messages about health, mind and body.

The players visited the school on Nov. 19 to teach kids about the importance of being healthy through exercise and a proper diet. The hockey players also showed the students somet stick-handling techniques.

The visit was a part of the Red Wings School Assembly Program, which introduces elementary students to hockey through street and floor hockey.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 26, 2015

Royal Oak police, the Royal Oak fire marshal and Oakland County arson investigators are looking into three suspicious car fires that occurred in close proximity Nov. 23 and 26.

All three fires took place within a few blocks of each other on the east side of Rochester Road, south of 14 Mile Road.

According to a press release from Royal Oak police, “The initial investigation indicates the fires originated from the passenger compartment of each vehicle.”

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Following the City Commission’s decision to deny an event permit for the second annual Santa Hat Hustle, organizers said the event would now take place in a neighboring community.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Santa Hat Hustle will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, as planned,” said Regina Stocco, owner of Ultimate Fun Runs and The Social Connection. “The location for the 2015 event will be in the city of Hazel Park.”

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Published November 24, 2015

CLAWSON — Sixth-grader Anna Rusing is grateful that she will be spending Thanksgiving with her father, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Rusing watched with a close eye and hopeful heart during his hospital stay and physical therapy, and she remembered even the smallest details while visiting him.

She wrote about the experience before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Published November 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission recently appointed two of its members to serve on a committee to examine possible partnership opportunities with Oakland County while developing the future Normandy Oaks park.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Public safety officials are warning residents to be aware of phone scams happening in the area that involve callers who pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to an alert issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, the scam involves a phone message, supposedly from the IRS, alleging that the recipient owes several thousand dollars in back taxes.

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Published November 23, 2015

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Southfield woman found unresponsive in her car early Sunday morning.

Police are not speculating on the cause.

“At this point it is a 21-year-old young lady that was, unfortunately, found unresponsive in her car,” said Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. “She stopped breathing while we were there, and she was rushed to the hospital, and she died.

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Published November 22, 2015

Although the first snow of the 2015-16 season was a beautiful site, for thousands of residents, the winter weather meant lights out.

About 4,000 Royal Oak DTE customers on the city’s east side were without power Nov. 21.

The power outage also affected parts of Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale.

DTE officials said the power outage was a result of a problem at the company’s Lincoln substation. Residents in the area reported seeing flashing lights in the sky before the outages.

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Published November 18, 2015

CLAWSON — Protecting the community’s investment and making sure all guests enjoy their park experience is a top priority for Kathy Leenhouts.

“We have just put all of this money into the park, and we have all of these new facilities, and I know that a lot of residents have voiced their concerns over maintenance and upkeep,” she said. “And so we’re really trying to address that.”

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Family, friends and fun will combine this weekend for a downtown tradition to start the holiday season.

The 14th annual Holiday Magic Parade will begin marching along downtown streets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parade will start at Lincoln and Washington and head north on Washington to Fourth Street, where it will head west and end at Lafayette.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local children will have the opportunity to name the city’s upcoming smart park following approval last week to enter into a partnership with the school district.

Members of the City Commission gave their unanimous support during the Nov. 9 meeting to allow Royal Oak Schools elementary students the chance to name the future Center Street smart park. The park was made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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