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Published February 23, 2016

Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for killing a woman in a hit and run recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said in a news release that 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.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

Emotions ran high and seats ran low as over 800 people attended a public hearing Feb. 17 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a proposed oil well at Word of Faith International Christian Center.

The hearing was held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Southfield High School. Officials from the MDEQ office of Oil, Gas and Minerals invited residents to attend the information presentation and public comment meeting on the proposed well.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The memories of two Southfield police officers killed in the line of duty will be memorialized on every marked police car in the city.

Deputy Chief John Fitzgerald said the graphics will honor officers James W. McMahon and Donald H. Harding, the only two Southfield officers to ever be killed in the line of duty. The graphics will consist of each badge, with a thin blue line over a black line —  which symbolizes officers lost in the line of duty — and the words “Never Forgotten.”

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — To recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers, officials from Southfield Public Schools recently announced the Teacher of the Month program.

According to a news release from SPS, teachers can be nominated by students, parents, staff or community members. Each Teacher of the Month will be featured in the district’s weekly newsletter, on the SPS website, in social media and on the district’s TV channel, TV 16.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In recent months, Southfield city officials have been under fire from representatives of the city’s labor unions, who say the city is denying them wage increases.

According to Cory Rowton, union president of the Technical, Professional and Officeworkers Association of Michigan, employees in the union have gone without a wage increase for eight years.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate a day that only graces calendars once every four years, the city of Southfield is hosting its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, the city invites residents for family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Following the festival, at around 6:15 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.

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Published February 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One student’s trash is another student’s treasure.

With that mentality, five art students at Southfield Regional Academic Campus recently transformed hundreds of discarded milk cartons into a 16-foot sculpture of an alligator.

The students created the sculpture for and took first place in the Evergreen Packaging Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. The students won $5,000 for their school.

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Published February 10, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you yearn to learn but don’t want to leave Lathrup Village, the Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free lecture series.

From tea to shopping to art and history, Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond said the event is designed for residents to gain some knowledge in the comfort of their hometown.

“What I’ve done is I’ve tried to get some people that are authors or presenters that deal with our immediate surroundings in the metro Detroit area and who are knowledgeable about this area,” Rosemond said.

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Published February 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents with questions on a proposed oil well at Word of Faith International Christian Center are invited to partake in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Southfield High School auditorium, 24675 Lahser Road.

According to a statement in a previous report from Jordan Development Co., a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company, the company has entered into an agreement with the church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, to explore for oil and gas on part of the church’s 110-acre property.

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Published February 9, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Viral video star Trevor Sullivan raised his selfie stick high as hundreds of students shaped their hands into hearts Feb. 2 at Berkshire Middle School to kick off their annual Hoops for Heart fundraising campaign for the American Heart Association.

Sullivan, 15, of Southfield, was the subject of a video showcasing him waking up from heart transplant surgery in November. The video has gained national attention and has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube.

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Published February 8, 2016

Two children were taken off the street and into police custody recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said police received a report around 12:15 p.m. Feb. 7 that two children were found walking in the street in the 21000 block of Westover Avenue.

When police arrived, Loussia said the children, an approximately 1-year-old and a 3-year-old were found outside and weren’t dressed appropriately.

“They weren’t dressed for the weather, and one was barefoot,” Loussia said.

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Published February 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Planning Commission invited residents to sit in on an overview of the city’s new master plan recently.

The commission conducted the public workshop and open house to gather comments on the proposed plan Jan. 20 in the Parks and Recreation building.

Prior to residents providing their input, City Planner Terry Croad gave an overview and timeline of the plan.

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Published February 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents looking for information on possible oil and gas drilling in Southfield showed up in droves for a presentation from state Rep. Jeremy Moss and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash Jan. 27 at the Southfield Public Library.

A long line of attendees snaked through the library lobby before the 6 p.m. presentation. Of the approximately 500 people that showed up, about half were able to find seats or a spot to stand along the wall in the library’s auditorium.

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