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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 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Construction is currently underway for a new synthetic turf athletic field at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road.

The new field, located near the intersection of 10 Mile and Northwestern Highway — at an area on campus known as the Point — will be home to the LTU soccer and lacrosse programs. The field is slated to open at the start of the 2016-17 athletic season in August, university officials said.

Prior to the creation of the turf field, the Blue Devils soccer programs have played on a grass field at the Point.

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Published July 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council recently unanimously approved the city’s master plan, which officials say will make the city sustainable for the future.

Council approved the plan 7-0 at its June 20 meeting after City Planner Terry Croad gave a presentation outlining the goals in the plan.

“Tonight is a proud moment for the Planning Department, the Planning Commission and the city of Southfield,” Croad said.

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Published July 5, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Rose Ibokette-Perkins is glad that no other mother has to experience what she went through.

After Ibokette-Perkins’ son, Samuel King, lost his life at age 13 to a deadly genetic disease called adrenoleukodystrophy, she sprang into action.

Ibokette-Perkins started a movement called Samuel’s Law to advocate for the disease to be added to the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Michigan’s Newborn Screening Panel.

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Published July 5, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A microbrewery, a dog park, an art space, a Costco and an amusement park were all on the list of residents’ suggestions on what they would like to see at the former Northland Center site.

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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

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’ve planted dozens of flashy flowers or you like to stick to a simple, well-manicured lawn, you could be eligible for a Community Pride Award.

Through July 1, the city of Southfield is seeking nominations for the 2016 Community Pride Awards.

The awards are sponsored by Southfield’s Neighborhood and Information Center, a division of the Community Relations Department, and the Southfield Parks and Garden Club. They recognize residents who have gone the extra mile in their beautification efforts.

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Published June 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into a reported armed robbery that occurred recently.

According to a police report, around 10:34 p.m. June 6, police responded to the 24000 block of Cashmere Court on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Police dispatch personnel advised officers that they had received multiple calls from residents at the Autumn Ridge Condominiums who reported that they had heard gunshots in the area.

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Published June 29, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously consented to award Rizzo Environmental Services an eight-year contract for solid waste pickup, and part of the contract includes free recycling bins for all residents.

Council chose RES as the city’s waste hauler at its Feb. 29 meeting for a total cost of $18,113,158 for eight years. Council President Myron Frasier was not at the meeting.

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Published June 23, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In recent months, the city of Southfield has been concentrating on curb appeal in its neighborhoods, and to celebrate residents’ efforts, the Parks and Garden Club will host its 10th annual Garden Walk June 26.

The community is invited to stroll through the Farmbrooke and Stonycroft neighborhoods, located near 10 Mile and Lahser roads, 2-5 p.m. and admire the neighborhoods’ gardens and yards. The annual event is hosted by the Southfield Parks and Garden Club.

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Published June 23, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Children and seniors in need of food assistance have a few places to turn for help this summer.

Southfield Public Schools is offering free lunches and breakfasts for children of low-income families.

The program, which is called Meet Up and Eat Up, is funded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Qualifying children ages 18 and younger — or residents up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program recognized by a state or local public agency for the mentally or physically disabled — are eligible to participate. 

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Published June 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Before modern surveying techniques, Michiganders’ property was defined by the rocks and trees that surrounded it, according to local historians.

But thanks to the Public Land Survey System, implemented around 1785, property owners have a mathematically designed and based method of measuring land.

City and local officials gathered June 10 to dedicate a “Coasting the Baseline” obelisk, a commemorative marker and art piece signifying Michigan’s role in the implementation of the PLSS.

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Published June 15, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — For over a decade, Lathrup Village residents have been ushering in summertime with an annual family-friendly event filled with barbecue, craft beer, music and more.

For its 13th year, the all-day annual event will be held at 11 a.m. June 18 on the grounds of Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road.

Parking in surrounding areas is free, and admission to the event is free.

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Published June 15, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Those who can’t seem to slip away from their desk to spend their lunch at the Eat to the Beat summer lunchtime concert series could be in luck — the city recently expanded the series to after-hours events.

According to Community Relations Director Michael Manion, the city and its City Centre Advisory Board are expanding the lunchtime food truck and concert series to now include Eat to the Beat After Hours.

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Published June 13, 2016

Armed with white carnations, students, staff, faculty members and residents alike gathered June 13 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University to remember the victims of a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

Attendees gathered at the school’s Spirit Rock to pay tribute to the 49 people killed and 53 others injured in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, that occurred around 2 a.m. June 12.

The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with police.

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents and city visitors can now get a daily dose of art at every turn, as a new sculpture now graces the south roundabout in front of the Southfield municipal complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The 16-foot, orange steel sculpture, Jay Lefkowitz’s “Gratitude,” was donated to the city by resident Skip Davis and installed May 25.

Davis, a graphic designer and art collector, said he and his late wife, Barbara Davis, purchased the sculpture in 1988 during an outdoor art sale at the Southfield Pavilion and placed it in their yard.

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently unveiled a long-term, comprehensive plan designed to connect residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties through public transit.

At 10 a.m. May 31 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — revealed the plan in front of a large crowd.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

One suspect is in police custody and another is at large following a shooting at a local middle school.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. May 21 to Thompson Middle School, 16300 Lincoln Drive, on a report of gunshots in the area.

Police discovered that a large group of youths had gathered at the school for a fight between several females from two different schools.

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