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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 2, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A gang has been meeting up at the Southfield Public Library. 

A bicycle gang, that is. 

The Southfield Slow Rollers are a newly formed, family-friendly group of local bike riders who take to the streets each week to promote health and social interaction. 

Dennis LeVaughn, of Southfield, said the event is modeled after the Detroit Slow Roll, a bicycle group that meets up in Detroit each Monday night and which has reportedly inspired numerous groups throughout the nation. 

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Published August 2, 2016

DETROIT — Board members of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently struck down the placement of a public transit millage on the November ballot. 

Officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — held a special meeting July 28 at the Detroit Regional Chamber in Detroit to vote on the millage. 

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — If you long to remain in the workforce after retirement, Southfield could be the place for you, according to a recent study.

SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, last month launched a study on the best places for “worktirement,” or semi-absentee business owners in the U.S.

Southfield ranked seventh on the list, and was the only Midwestern city to make the cut. The top spot was given to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Six hopefuls with the desire to become the next 46th District Court judge participated in a candidate forum July 18 at the Southfield Public Library.

The forum was open to the public and hosted by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.

LWVOA is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, according to its website.

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Nearly a year after tragedy rocked the Southfield Fire Department, one of its own has been selected to fill the late Fire Chief Keith Rowley’s position.

At the July 18 City Council meeting, Fire Capt. Johnny Menifee was sworn in as the new Southfield fire chief by City Clerk Nancy Banks in the council chambers at City Hall.

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Published July 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Judge Michael Warren, of the Oakland County Circuit Court, issued an opinion July 11 dismissing the city’s case opposing oil and gas drilling within the city.

The subject of oil and gas drilling in the city has been a hot topic this year. In March, Warren dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of Southfield against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approving a permit application for Jordan Development Co. to drill an exploratory well at Word of Faith International Church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road.

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Published July 26, 2016

Police are looking for more information on the shooting death of an Eastpointe man that occurred in Southfield recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Dawn Habel, police were called around 11:50 p.m. July 23 to a residence in the 29000 block of Fairfax Street on report that a man had been shot.

When officers arrived they discovered a deceased man, whom they identified as Laquwan Kwame Frazier, 20, of Eastpointe.

Habel said in the release that police are still trying to put together the details of the incident.

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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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