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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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Published December 28, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents took a day trip to Africa recently without having to leave the comfort of their hometown.

On Dec. 19, the Southfield Public Library hosted the Exploring Africa in Southfield event.  Community members were invited to learn about the continent through presentations, songs and art.

Jennifer Banks, of University High School Academy, presented the event.

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Published December 28, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To outsiders, Southfield may be best known for its business community, but city officials are hoping to also make it known as a residential hub.

On Dec. 14, city officials invited residents to a public hearing on the Parks and Recreation Department’s master plan update at City Hall.

Community members were invited to provide their opinions on what they would like to see in parks and recreation services in the future.

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Published December 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When author Jodi Dale speaks of the dangers of addiction, she doesn’t picture a faceless delinquent living on the inner-city streets, miles away from her Harrison Township home.

She speaks of her son: the Advanced Placement college sophomore who fought against his dependence on heroin with his mother at his side every step of the way.

“We started writing the book together,” Dale said of her mother/son memoir, “Love Is the Drug.”

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Published December 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department called on the Fire Department for backup recently to help spread holiday cheer.

The two departments teamed up Dec. 16 to host 29 local children for a seasonal shopping spree at the Southfield Meijer store, 28800 Telegraph Road.

The event was previously known as Shop with a Cop — in which police officers team up with disadvantaged children to help them shop. With the addition of the Fire Department, it is now known as Shop with a Hero.

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Published December 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The two brothers who police say are responsible for a shooting at Bar 7 last month will stay in custody through the duration of their trial.

Clad in orange jumpsuits and handcuffs, Alonzo Beckom, 21, of Detroit, and Carlos Beckum, 24, of Detroit, appeared in front of Judge Shelia Johnson in 46th District Court Dec. 13 for a probable cause hearing.

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Published December 21, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The “Center of It All” was recognized for its efforts in bettering the community recently.

A handful of city and local officials, in addition to representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. met Dec. 9 at Arbor Lofts, 20300 Civic Center Drive, to announce Southfield’s certification as a Redevelopment Ready Community.

In addition to Lathrup Village, which was certified late last year, Southfield follows Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Roseville, Ypsilanti, Muskegon and Marshall in obtaining the certification.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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Published December 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force is looking for students to explore the 1965 Voting Rights Act in its annual essay contest.

The MLK Task Force, made up of over 200 members, is a group dedicated to not only keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peace, freedom and equality alive, but also to organizing a celebration in his honor each January at the Southfield Pavilion.

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Published December 12, 2016

As the search wears on for missing Farmington Hills woman Danielle Stislicki, family, friends and community members are drawing together to help bring her home.

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil held for the woman at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 outside the Southfield MetLife office — the place she was last seen.

According to Farmington Hills police, Stislicki was last seen Dec. 2 leaving her place of employment, but her vehicle was left at her home at Independence Green Apartments, in Farmington Hills, in the area of Halsted and Grand River.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
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Published December 9, 2016

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who went missing recently.

Frinnie Williamson, 49, of Southfield, is missing, according to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department.

Williamson last spoke to his sister Nov. 8, and he has not been heard from since. Goff said the man was known to be living in Southfield, but also frequently stays in Detroit.

Williamson  is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds. He has a medium build, blond or strawberry blond hair, and blue eyes.

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Published December 7, 2016

A middle school student was able to escape an attempted abduction while walking home from school Dec. 6.

Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a news release that a 12-year-old boy said that two men attempted to abduct him while he was walking home from Thompson Middle School, 16300 Lincoln St., around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

The victim told police he was walking on Southwood Drive, near Sherfield, in the area of 10 Mile and Greenfield roads, when he was approached by two men in a black Dodge Ram pickup.

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Published December 7, 2016

During a press conference Dec. 7 at the Farmington Hills Police Department, the parents of a local missing woman pleaded for the public to come forward with information on their missing daughter.

According to Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus, local police — along with a number of local and national agencies — continue to investigate the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki.

Farmington Hills police and Stislicki’s parents, Richard and Ann Stislicki, held a press conference to provide an update on the investigation at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

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Published December 7, 2016

DETROIT/LATHRUP VILLAGE — A local convicted sex offender is awaiting trial for an alleged second offense after multiple delays recently.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, has been accused of producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene materials to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

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Published December 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To start off their meeting Nov. 21, Southfield City Council members decided on their 2017 leaders.

The council chose Myron Frasier as council president. All seven members voted in favor of Frasier for the position.

Frasier thanked his team for the appointment and for their hard work.

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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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