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Published December 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Close to 1,000 children in metro Detroit may have a happier holiday this year thanks to the Providence-Providence Park Christmas Store.

On Dec. 3, volunteers filled the auditorium to assist with the Christmas Store, which provides an outfit, a book and a toy to around 1,000 local children, organizers said.

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Published December 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Starting early next year, the city and local recycling officials will make it easier for residents to recycle.

At a Nov. 21 meeting, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a municipal contract with Simple Recycling, a company that provides curbside recycling for clothing, shoes and home goods.

The program comes with zero costs or operational responsibilities for the city or its residents, according to Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County General Manager Mike Csapo.

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Published December 6, 2016

Authorities are on the hunt for a woman they say is responsible for killing a local man during a hit and run incident late last month.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, around 6:40 p.m. Nov. 23 the Southfield PD responded to the area of Greenfield Road and 11 Mile on a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

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Published December 2, 2016

Police have captured two men who are allegedly responsible for injuring three men at a local sports bar last month.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, the Southfield Police Department — assisted by the FBI Oakland County Violent Crimes Task Force and the Novi Police Department  — arrested two men Dec. 1 who were wanted in connection with a Nov. 19 shooting at Bar 7, 24528 12 Mile.

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Published November 30, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Sometimes, it’s a struggle to find the perfect holiday gift.

With the largest pottery sale in the country in metro Detroit’s own backyard, though, shopping might prove a little easier.

In its 41st year, shoppers can peruse the Potters Market Dec. 2-4 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The free event will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4. Patrons can attend a special preview of the market for a $10 admission fee 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1. Parking at the pavilion is free.

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Published November 30, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To battle crimes stemming from online sales transactions, the Southfield Police Department has established an E-Commerce Safe Zone for residents to trade goods safely.

At a Nov. 21 City Council meeting, Chief Eric Hawkins presented the plan to establish the trading location.

Hawkins said officials decided to create the zone after responding to numerous crimes originating from online transactions. Its creation is timely because of the holiday season, he said.

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Published November 30, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — A press conference was held Nov. 22 to announce that the Detroit Pistons will soon be leaving Auburn Hills for downtown Detroit.

The announcement came as no surprise to Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Gingell, R-Clarkston. 

Gingell, who represents Auburn Hills and several nearby communities, said he had been aware of the potential for the Pistons to leave the Palace of Auburn Hills for several months. 

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Published November 23, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — After a seven-month search, the city of Lathrup Village is welcoming a new member to the team.

At a Sept. 26 meeting, the Lathrup Village City Council approved Andy Potter as the new city administrator in a 4-0 vote. Councilman Ian Ferguson was not at the meeting.

Potter, who started the new position earlier this month, said he was excited to be offered the job.

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Published November 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Three men are recovering in the hospital, and two men are on the loose following a recent shooting at a local sports bar.

According to a news release from Southfield Police Department Lt. Ted Goff, around 12:46 a.m. Nov. 19, police responded to Bar 7, 24528 12 Mile, on report of a shooting.

When officers arrived, Goff said, they found a 53-year-old Southfield man, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. The Southfield Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the man to a local hospital.

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Published November 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A handful of the Southfield Police Department’s furry friends received a donation recently to keep them safe while out in the field.

At 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10, members of the Southfield Police Department gathered to present Bryan Ede, from Michigan Insurance and Financial Services, an award of recognition for a donation made to fund the purchase of four new bulletproof vests for each of the department’s K-9 units.

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In partnership with St. John Providence Health System, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, will offer a nursing program next year.

On Nov. 3, the two Southfield staples received state approval to establish a nursing education program, which will open for the fall 2017 semester.

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Published November 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A local woman was hospitalized recently after being beaten and robbed in her garage.

Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said that around 2:40 a.m. Nov. 14, police responded to a residence in the 23000 block of Grayson Drive on a report of a robbery.

When officers arrived, they located a 33-year-old Southfield woman, who had been struck in the head several times during a robbery.

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Published November 14, 2016

Police are investigating an incident in which a man’s body was found burning in a local alley recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Thomas Langewicz, of the Southfield Police Department, around 1:22 a.m. Nov. 12 an officer from the Berkley Police Department saw smoke emanating from behind a business at 27167 Greenfield Road, near 11 Mile.

The officer discovered a deceased man lying in the alley at the rear of the mall.

The man and a nearby dumpster were on fire, Langewicz said, when the Berkley officer discovered them.

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Published November 10, 2016

Local authorities are searching for clues that could lead to information on a deadly incident recently.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, two officers were on patrol around 11 p.m. Nov. 7 at Eight Mile and Northland Drive when a Farmington Hills driver, 54, travelling westbound crossed into the median and crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Goff said that when the officers went to the man’s aid he was semiconscious. Paramedics discovered that the man had been shot once in the left shoulder.

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Published November 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — As part of an initiative to make justice more accessible, officials at the 46th District Court, 26000 Evergreen Road, have unveiled a new program in which residents can review their cases online.

According to Chief Judge Shelia Johnson, parties can now resolve eligible traffic violations and warrants through an online system unveiled this month.

On the online platform, people can communicate with the court and law enforcement personnel through emails and text messages.

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Published November 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are speaking out following a corruption investigation in a neighboring jurisdiction involving one of the city’s contractors.

Rizzo Environmental Services is allegedly embroiled in an FBI-led corruption investigation that has so far resulted in the arrests of Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds and Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas, and the resignation of its founder, Chuck Rizzo Jr.

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Published November 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A broken water main that left 57 homes without water last month could take up to three months to fix, according to Southfield Public Works Supervisor Larry Sirls.

On Oct. 27, the city issued a boil water advisory after a water main broke behind McDonnell Tower, 27400 Civic Center Drive, near Telegraph.

Later that day, the city posted a notice on its website alerting residences that the boil water advisory had been lifted, although those west of Telegraph Road and north of Civic Center Drive and Franklin roads would be without water.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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