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Published January 31, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Later this month, young men from local schools will attend a seminar on what it takes to be a man in today’s world.

Members of My Brother’s Keeper and Project Manhood are teaming up with the city of Southfield to host the Project Manhood Symposium 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published January 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In 1959, Art Van Elslander opened his first store on Gratiot in Detroit. In February, he expects to close on a deal to sell Art Van Furniture to a private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In a media release dated Jan. 25, Van Elslander said the time was right. 

Headquartered in Warren, Art Van operates more than 100 stores across five states and has been named among the top independent and overall furniture retailers in the United States. The business model includes a franchising program and boasts 3,500 employees.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 25, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Three local mothers held each other close recently as they discussed how gun violence and murder have affected their families.

Anthony Jones, Crime Stoppers of Michigan spokesman, hosted mothers Julia Spencer, Delores Stinson and Susan Watson last month at the Crime Stoppers of Michigan headquarters, 18000 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield.

Jones said the goal of the panel was to encourage residents to help law enforcement by sharing any tips or information on crimes directly with police or through Crime Stoppers.

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Published January 24, 2017

A woman police had believed was being held against her will has been found safe, police said.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police responded to the Hilton Garden Inn, 26000 American Drive, around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 to check on the safety of an unknown woman who was reportedly involved in an altercation at the hotel.

The hotel front desk clerk witnessed the woman and a man fighting in the lobby, which prompted her to call the police, Loussia said.

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Published January 19, 2017

Police are looking for a man who allegedly held a hotel clerk at knifepoint during a recent armed robbery.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a news release that the incident occurred around 3:25 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Southfield hotel, 28100 Franklin Road.

According to police, the desk clerk of the hotel saw a man behind the front desk of the hotel.

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Published January 18, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Local business leaders and education officials met recently to launch the School Finance Research Collaborative — an effort to re-examine the state’s approach to funding schools.

Southfield Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Wood hosted the launch Jan. 10 at the district’s John W. English Administration Building. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Oakland Schools superintendent, and Angela Reyes, founder and executive director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., were on hand to provide information on the collaborative.

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Published January 18, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The Oakland County economy is in good shape, but it’s just not growing as fast as we would all like.

That was the major takeaway from the annual Economic Forecast hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Jan. 12 at The Reserve in Birmingham. The first chamber event of 2017 brought together members, finance figures and municipal leaders to hear what experts predict for the region’s economy over the next 12 months.

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Published January 17, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS/SOUTHFIELD/REDFORD — More than a month after a local woman went missing, her family is still pleading for her to come home. 

Danielle Stislicki, 28, of Farmington Hills, has been missing since Dec. 2. Local and national police agencies have been conducting an investigation for the woman, who was last seen leaving MetLife, her place of employment, in Southfield. 

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Published January 17, 2017

Police are requesting the help of the public in locating a missing resident.

Police are looking for James Bailey, 57, of Southfield. According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, Bailey was last seen leaving his home Dec. 28 in the area of 11 Mile and Greenfield roads.

Goff said Bailey is a black man last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, a blue coat, dark blue athletic pants with a white stripe down the side, and black-and-gray gym shoes.

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Published January 16, 2017

Tyler Maliek Allen, 18, of Detroit, and Jalen William Smith, 18, of Southfield, were arrested earlier this week in connection with a murder investigation following a shooting and crash.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, at around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, police were called on a report of a crash at the Kingswood Place Condominiums, in the area of 12 Mile and Evergreen roads.

Around the same time of the crash, Goff said, a witness reported hearing a gunshot and seeing someone run from the scene

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Why hire a marketing agency to create an anti-drug film when you can tap into the enormous pool of talent and creativity that’s waiting in our schools?

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming up with national and local agencies to launch a film contest that gives students the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of opioid misuse.

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Published January 10, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Those with a miniature green thumb will have the opportunity to learn from certified master gardeners in a series of classes this winter.

The six-week course is offered on Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 22 for children ages 9-11 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 23425 Lahser Road.

Children will learn from a group of Master Gardeners, certified by the Michigan State University Extension and 4-H, about plants, soil and compost, water, insects, plant diseases, and garden design.

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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — This past year, the region, especially Macomb County, and specifically the city of Warren, proved to be a pivotal campaign stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as all four candidates held rallies there in hopes of becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The candidates spoke about the economy, the automotive industry, education, health care, foreign policy, immigration and more to local residents, including supporters and protesters.

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Published January 4, 2017

A local man was ordered to remove his pants and shoes during a recent carjacking.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called to the 20000 block of Westland, near Eight Mile and Evergreen, on report of a carjacking around 3:10 a.m. Jan. 4.

A 30-year-old Southfield man told police he was leaving his home when he saw a blue or green older-model Chrysler vehicle pull up behind him. The man said there was a blue flashing light on the dashboard of the vehicle, so he believed it was a police car.

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Published January 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Flying through the air, pretending to be an airplane may look like all fun and games, but at Beaumont Children’s Center - Southfield, it’s actually a form of learning.

On Dec. 21, former Detroit Red Wings player Ted Lindsay gathered with Beaumont doctors and staff of to celebrate the opening of the center, 30503 Greenfield Road.

The new center helps children with autism, speech and language delays, and other developmental issues. The center in Southfield is now open and treating patients. Lindsay donated $1 million to the center.

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Published January 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — As 2017 dawns over new horizons, residents are looking back on the highs and lows of the past year.
From protests to plan proposals to “Pokemon Go,” there was a lot to talk about in Southfield and Lathrup Village this year.

City battles church, MDEQ in oil drilling dispute
2016 kicked off with a slew of protests against oil and gas drilling in the city, beginning in January, following news of a then-proposed drill site at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:


Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.


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Published January 3, 2017

Authorities in Southfield are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an attempted armed robbery.

According to a news release from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, police received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a motorist around 6:15 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 25000 block of Evergreen Road.

Loussia said a woman was sitting in her car outside of a business when she was approached by a man wearing a black mask and armed with a black handgun.

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