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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Michigan State Police are investigating the cause of a recent fatal freeway crash.

According to a news release from Lt. Calvin Hart, first platoon commander with the MSP, troopers were dispatched to a traffic crash in the left lanes of westbound Interstate 696, between Greenfield Road and Southfield Road, around 10:44 p.m. April 5.

When police arrived at the scene, they determined that a man in his 30s who was driving a Ford Fusion had lost control of his vehicle and struck the rear of a maintenance vehicle contracted by Oakland County.

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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you have a green thumb or you’re not sure what a trowel is, Southfield Public Schools is calling all community members ready to lend a helping hand for the annual Volunteer Day.

Residents, parents, students and staff will work to clean up the grounds of Adler Elementary, 19100 Filmore Road, and Stevenson Elementary, 27777 Lahser Road, 8 a.m.-noon April 16.

Jacqueline Robinson, public relations and marketing manager for SPS, said Volunteer Day has been around for decades.

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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A local author held a discussion recently on a new book that examines what she said is a lack of media attention on black women as victims of homicide.

Author Cheryl Neely, of West Bloomfield, held a discussion on her book, “You’re Dead — So What?: Media, Police and the Invisibility of Black Women as Victims of Homicide,” at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Southfield Public Library.

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Published April 13, 2016

Officers are investigating a homicide that occurred recently at a local apartment complex.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the Southfield Police Department received a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. April 12 from a woman who said she heard gunshots coming from the area of the Tel-Twelve Place Apartments, 28350 Lockdale St.

Officers determined that there had been a domestic dispute between a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Community input is one of the things that makes the Southfield Police Department great, according to Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

Each month, graduates of the Citizens Police Academy meet for dinner and discussion at the Southfield Police Department as part of the Citizens Advisory Board, where members have an unfiltered discussion on policing and community issues.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — If you find yourself cursing the potholes as you drive down the Northwestern Highway service drive, you could have a hand in making them disappear.

Public Works Operations Manager Larry Sirls said the city is participating in the Pothole Patrol, in which residents and visitors can report a pothole to the city.

Once the pothole is reported, Sirls said public works employees will fill it within 48 hours.

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Published April 6, 2016

OAK PARK — To promote safe driving throughout April, the Michigan State Police, the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan and State Farm hosted a press conference March 30 to kick off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

At the Michigan State Police Metro Post on 10 Mile Road in Oak Park, officials discussed a distracted driving education and enforcement initiative.

Jim Santilli, executive director of the TIA, said the initiative was started to save lives and prevent injuries on the nation’s roadways.

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Published April 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Michigan State Police is investigating the cause of a recent fatal freeway crash.

According to a news release from Lt. Calvin Hart, first platoon commander at the MSP, around 10:44 p.m. Tuesday, troopers were dispatched to a traffic crash in the left lanes of westbound I-696 between Greenfield Road and Southfield Road.

When police arrived on scene, they determined a man in his 30s who was driving a Ford Fusion lost control of his vehicle and struck the rear of a maintenance vehicle contracted by Oakland County.

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Published April 6, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — For five years in a row, the Lathrup Village Farmers Market has been a summertime staple, but event organizers say the warm weather attraction will this year span from late spring all the way to the holiday season.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and is followed by a free concert in the park.

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Published April 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Public Arts Commission is hoping the community will rally to save the art pieces recovered from the former Northland Center.

After the mall closed nearly a year ago, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said, the city stepped in to seal the fate of the mall’s various art pieces.

Built in 1954, Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway,  was one of the nation’s first suburban malls. Eight months after a judge ruled that Northland Center would close, the city of Southfield announced the purchase of the mall in October 2015.

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Published April 5, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Authorities are on the lookout for the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run in February.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said previously in a news release that at around 2:50 a.m. Feb. 23, a woman was walking on westbound Eight Mile Road, between Southfield and Evergreen roads, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

After striking the woman, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene southbound on Evergreen Road, south of Eight Mile.

Previously, police did not know the make or model of the vehicle involved in the crash.

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Published March 31, 2016

A manhunt is underway for two men police say are responsible for a shooting at a local restaurant.

According to a news release from Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. March 31 at the TGI Friday’s at 26299 Evergreen Road. 

Loussia said a dispute began when resturant security was attempting to escort a group of men and women out of the restaurant for refusing to provide ID while attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages.

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Published March 30, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Local law enforcement is warning residents that they will face consequences if they choose to drive impaired this spring.

According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the Southfield Police Department has joined the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, slated to run through April 4.

Coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, the campaign is funded through federal dollars and is designed to deter deaths caused by drunken driving, Loussia said.

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Published March 30, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Although spring has just begun, residents are already lacing up their running shoes in preparation for the third annual Southfield Summer Soulstice, slated for June 18.

A mix of running, partying, food and family fun, Southfield Summer Soulstice is back to celebrate the season many Michiganders love most.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In an effort to keep the community better informed, the city hosted a town hall meeting March 24 on water main rehabilitation, which began March 28 in section 11 of the city.

At 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, Public Works Manager Larry Sirls and John Thompson, of LiquiForce Services, a contractor for the project, discussed how the project may impact residents.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — After sifting through proposals from developers who have ideas on what to do with the property at Northland Center, the Southfield City Council recently approved a plan from a team to survey residents on what they’d like to see in the future of the property.

At its regular meeting March 21, council approved a $300,000 land development consultant services contract for the former Northland Center site, 21500 Northwestern Highway, 6-0. Councilman Donald Fracassi abstained from voting.

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Published March 29, 2016

A local man suffered no injuries from being struck by a vehicle while attempting to assist at the scene of a traffic crash recently.

Around 8:40 p.m. March 28, Michigan State Police Detroit Regional Dispatch began receiving calls about a multiple-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate-696, west of Greenfield Road, police said. 

According to a news release from Lt. Michael Shaw, of the Michigan State Police, during a preliminary investigation officers discovered that there was a two-car crash blocking the left lane of the freeway.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — Nearly two years after Vinsetta Garage owner Curt Catallo attempted to build a parking lot south of his restaurant on Oxford Road, the Berkley City Council March 21 approved an agreement that will see parking added north of the property along Eaton Road.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield lovers, unite.

Southfield’s Total Living Commission recently launched the Southfield Ambassadors program, designed to involve and connect members of the community, according to city officials.

The TLC announced last week that it is seeking applicants for the two-year program through April 15.

Lauren Bealore, Total Living commissioner and Southfield Ambassadors program chair, said the idea for the program was born out of a desire to bring Southfielders together.

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Published March 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Over the last 125 days, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said during the State of the City address, city officials have been working as a team to accomplish a list of goals that will improve the quality of life in the city and increase property values.

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