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Published June 15, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, stood mute before Judge Nanci Grant at his arraignment in Oakland County Circuit Court June 8, pleading not guilty to first-degree felony home invasion.

Jones, of Pontiac, is charged with home invasion in connection with the stabbing death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7. He allegedly gave keys to the victim’s apartment to her neighbor, Charles Stephens, who is on trial for her murder.

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Published June 15, 2016

The Morse Elementary School community will address food scarcity in families that experience gaps in nutrition when students don’t eat breakfast and lunch at the school.

Forty percent of Morse Elementary School students receive free or reduced lunches through a federal program.

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Published June 14, 2016

Troy police are searching for witnesses who saw four Flint men driving a red Ford Edge reportedly pointing multiple guns out the windows while traveling on southbound Interstate 75, near Crooks, just before 8:30 p.m. June 11.

Troy police Capt. Robert Redmond said a witness called police and said she was following the vehicle and that the driver had a gun in each hand pointed out the window. The witness said a passenger was pointing an assault-type rifle out the window.

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Published June 8, 2016

See artwork from regional artists, dabble in papercrafts, and try tai chi or blacksmithing as the Troy Historic Village hosts the Art, Mix, Mingle & Linger art show and the Art Amble June 16-18.

The event, sponsored by the Troy Historic Village and the Image and Arts Council of Troy, which, according to the council’s website, aims to “enhance Troy’s image through arts, culture and urban design,” has expanded from a one-day format last year, said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village.

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Published June 8, 2016

A home on John R Road, south of Long Lake Road, across the street from the Troy Police and Fire Training Center, caught fire just after 1:30 p.m. June 1.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said that when the blaze was reported, the daughter of the homeowner, who lives nearby, was at the scene and confirmed that nobody was in the home.

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Published June 8, 2016

Troy High senior Jonathan Sun has taken piano lessons with Bibianne Yu in Varner Hall at Oakland University since he was 6 years old.

He took notice when his teacher had trouble opening a door or getting around Varner Hall after she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2008. Yu is director of the Music Preparatory Division at Oakland University.

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Published June 8, 2016

A Southfield man faces multiple charges after police say he exposed himself, watched a woman undress and grabbed at her in a locker room at a health club just after 2:30 p.m. May 26.

According to reports, a woman showering in the locker room at LA Fitness at 3501 W. Maple Road allegedly saw Luis Augusto Ramirez, 49, of Southfield, in the women’s locker room.

The woman reportedly told Ramirez that he was in the wrong locker room and then saw him watching her under the stall.

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Published June 8, 2016

It was the iconic images of Detroit that Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Maraniss saw as he watched a 2011 Super Bowl commercial that inspired him to write about what Detroit gave the world.

The commercial featured shots of Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre, factories, downtown Detroit, the sculpture of Joe Louis’ fist and rapper Eminem. 

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Published June 7, 2016

Troy police moved, rather than exterminated, approximately 10,000 bees on June 1 that made their home in a small tree near a strip mall on the busy northwest corner of John R Road and Big Beaver Road.

“They (the bees) were surrounding a car and the owners couldn’t get inside,” said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

She said the car owners phoned the Troy Parks Department, which phoned Troy police.

“The officers who responded knew they were bees, (rather than another species),” Lehman said.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin this year.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County officials, Utica Road, at Dequindre, will close for approximately four weeks. Start and completion dates and detour routes are yet to be announced.

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Published June 1, 2016

The wet spring has spurred grass growth, and Troy property owners must keep the green stuff cut so it doesn’t exceed 8 inches in height.

“Spring is when the city receives the majority of tall grass complaints. The weather is usually very conducive to grass growth. This year is no exception,” said Paul Evans, zoning and compliance specialist for the city of Troy.

The city ordinance states that grass must not exceed 8 inches in height and must be cut to the edge of the road. That includes the city right of way between the sidewalk and the street.

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Published June 1, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, waived his right to a preliminary exam in 52-4 District Court May 26.

Jones, of Pontiac, is charged with first-degree felony home invasion in connection with the stabbing death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7. He allegedly gave keys to the victim’s apartment to her neighbor, Charles Stephens, who is on trial for her murder.

Jones’ arraignment is set for June 8 with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant.

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Published June 1, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights resident is facing charges after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Warren Consolidated Schools bus as it transported students home May 27.

Konrad Sliwinski, 40, has been charged with a minor injury accident, felonious assault with a motor vehicle, and reckless driving for crashing into the bus after he was allegedly involved in a road rage incident that reportedly began in Troy.      

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Published May 31, 2016

The Troy City Council has moved forward on plans for a market study to look at ways to redevelop the 100-acre Civic Center complex into a mixed-use area with public, residential and retail space.

At its May 23 meeting, the council voted 6-0 to approve an agreement to allow the Gibbs Planning Group to do a market study proposal for the Civic Center. Councilman Jim Campbell was absent.

Under the City Charter, the city was not required to solicit competitive bids for the market study.

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Published May 24, 2016

A jury awarded the two children of Sally LaMay $5 million for the pain and suffering the 37-year-old mother of two suffered after she was struck and killed by a bus in November 2014. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger represented LaMay’s children, ages 16 and 11, and asked the jury to award them $47.5 million. 

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Published May 24, 2016

Troy police selected the best of the best and honored them at a ceremony at the San Marino Club May 19 in celebration of Police Week.

Troy police officer Brian Warzecha was named as 2015 Officer of the Year. He has been with the department for 16 years and routinely volunteers to work alcohol enforcement and seatbelt enforcement initiatives. Warzecha is a standardized field sobriety test trainer, a field training officer and a traffic safety specialist.

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Published May 24, 2016

The Troy Police Department paused to remember and honor those who wear the badge and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the Troy Police Memorial Day Ceremony in front of Police Headquarters May 19.

Troy police, members of the Troy City Council, and members of the Northwestern University  Center for Public Safety — who are training for 10 weeks at a program held at the Troy Police and Fire Training Center — attended the event.

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Published May 24, 2016

Troy police have put extra patrols near Wass Elementary School, in the Long Lake and Dequindre Road area, after two 10-year-old girls said a man in a white car exposed himself to them as they walked home from school about 4 p.m. May 23.

According to police, a man stopped his car within viewing distance of the girls, arched his back, exposed himself to the girls, then drove off.

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Published May 23, 2016

Four families have found temporary living accommodations after a fire blazed through an attached condo unit on Brentwood Drive, in the Northfield Park and Long Lake Road area, just after 8 a.m. May 22.

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the kitchen on the first floor of a two-story, six-unit structure. Firefighters attacked the blaze, which had spread to the attic, from the first floor, according to reports.

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