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Published July 25, 2016

SOUTHFIELD ― A Michigan State Police Trooper is recovering at a hospital after a recent early morning freeway crash.

According to Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Shaw, the crash occurred around 7 a.m. July 25, when a trooper was called to the area of eastbound Interstate 696 and M-10 on report of a rollover drunk driving crash.

“As the trooper pulled up to the scene, a large state truck hauling construction equipment failed to stop and struck the rear of the patrol car,” Shaw said.

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Published July 20, 2016

Readers in the Sun’s coverage area will head to the polls Aug. 2 to vote for candidates in the primary election. Following are profiles of the candidates who are running in contested races.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

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Published July 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The city is teeming with creatures.

An exterminator might not do the trick, but a Pokeball sure will.

A new mobile game that lets people play a popular Nintendo franchise in the real world has caught on nationwide and locally, as players are being lured to landmarks all around Southfield.

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Published July 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking for a handful of men they suspect of several similar thefts recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, around 5:09 a.m. July 14, the Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at Suburban Liquor Shoppe, 29085 Evergreen Road.

When officers arrived, they discovered that the front door to the business had been forced open and the ATM and several cartons of cigarettes had been stolen.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Aside from a roadside fire, local police and fire officials said, the Independence Day holiday in Southfield was a relatively quiet one as far as crime.

On July 1, acting Fire Chief Edward Cary issued a bulletin via the city’s website instituting a full restriction on recreational fires within city limits, citing extremely dry conditions.

“Our entire area has had very little rain during the month of June. Together with the warm weather, this adds to some extremely dry conditions,” Cary said in the bulletin.

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Published July 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Smash-and-grabs are a crime of opportunity, and local police say a thief or thieves are taking advantage of businesses after hours.

According to police records, numerous smash-and-grabs have been occurring overnight or in the early morning hours at local nail salons, beauty salons and ATMs.

“We have seen a slight increase in the numbers we’ve had over the last few weeks,” Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said. “It’s always a problem, not just in Southfield, but the metro Detroit area.”

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Published July 12, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

A group of around 100 spirited but peaceful protesters gathered at Beech Woods Park July 11 to protest recent killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The protest follows several incidents of police using fatal force against black men — shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota — as well as a protest that turned violent in Dallas, where a lone gunman killed five police officers.

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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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