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Published May 20, 2016

A 25-year-old Romeo man died of injuries he sustained after he crashed his motorcycle on Big Beaver, at Daley Drive, east of Rochester Road, just before 10:30 p.m. May 19.

According to reports, witnesses said the man was driving erratically in and out of traffic with two other motorcycles before the crash.

“All the motorcycles were seen traveling together prior to the crash,” said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman. She said there were no charges made against the other motorcycle drivers at this time. “We are still investigating,” she said.

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Published May 18, 2016

The Troy City Council approved the $138.3 million 2016-2017 budget 6-0 at an April 22 study session, with no changes from what was initially proposed.

Councilman Jim Campbell was absent from the meeting.

“The staff has done a great job,” said Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick.

The 2016-2017 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes an unassigned fund balance of over 27 percent. The average homeowner will see a savings of $7.51.

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Published May 18, 2016

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Saying it would set a terrible precedent, the Troy City Council nixed a developer’s request that the city construct and assess costs for a $91,000 roadway.

The council voted 6-0 to deny the request of Michael Lamb, of Orion Homes, and two other property owners for a special assessment district to pave 220 feet to extend Cherry Drive. Councilman Jim Campbell was absent.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

A Somerset Apartments maintenance worker, William Vernell Jones, 42, asked a judge to waive his right to a preliminary exam within 21 days of being charged to allow his attorney time to examine evidence.

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.

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Published May 11, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists. 

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase. 

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Published May 11, 2016

Three Troy School District water faucets were found to have elevated lead levels and one water faucet was found to have an elevated copper level, discovered when the district tested water at all of its buildings recently.

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Published May 11, 2016

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that for the past 15 years, the Troy Police Department has partnered with local hotels to promote a safer prom and graduation season through the Hotel Alcohol Awareness Project.

Lehman said police work to engage hotel staff in an effort to prevent after-event parties involving underage alcohol use.

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Published May 11, 2016

A free program at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center will help people find ways to help children understand the natural world.

Early childhood educator, child day care provider and Baker College instructor Seema Ibrahim will talk about children and nature and the importance of nature in learning at a program 7-8 p.m. May 16 at the nature center, 6685 Coolidge Highway. Registration is not needed.

Ibrahim uses the Reggio Emilia philosophy to teach about nature and outdoor play. She explained via email that the philosophy encourages child-led curriculum and lesson plans.

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Published May 11, 2016

Wondering how to start your garden or make it pop this year?

Professional gardener and designer Janet Macunovich will share her 30 years of experience at “Plant it Well, Enjoy it Forever: Complete How-To for Planting” 7-8:30 p.m. May 24 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road.

“She was very popular last year,” Margaret Forrest, adult information librarian, said of Macunovich. “She knows so much about plants. She’s really going to give some really great tips.”

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 5, 2016

An employee of the Somerset Apartments, William Vernell Jones, 42, of Pontiac, was 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.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

In celebration of the Troy Public Library’s 45th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Troy Historical Society, the city of Troy, its library and its historical society will recognize those both living and deceased who made Troy what it is today.

The Embracing Excellence and History Makers Awards Ceremony May 18 will honor history makers who have helped build Troy.

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Published May 4, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Detroit native David Maraniss was inspired to write about Detroit while he watched a Chrysler commercial with rap star Eminem with the theme “Imported from Detroit” during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Maraniss said the commercial featured “wonderful, iconic” Detroit landmarks and he “got choked up.”

He and his family moved out of Detroit when he was 7. Maraniss grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and his mother was from Ann Arbor.

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Published May 4, 2016

Troy High School history teacher Rebecca Moore read and loved Nancy Drew books when she was younger.

While she was teaching middle school in Kentucky a few years ago, sitting in her room while her students were taking a test, she had an idea.

What if a teenage girl’s dreams really came true? And what if she used those dreams to solve mysteries?

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Published May 4, 2016

In an effort to strike a balance that would allow more homes to be built closer together on parcels in order to preserve green spaces and natural features, the Troy Planning Commission took a look at some developments in Auburn Hills during a special site-visit study session April 26.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacement are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools after voters approved a bond issue during the May 3 general election.

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Published May 3, 2016

NOVI — Fans of all things pop culture will have a chance to chat with comic book creators, meet film and TV icons, and walk among superheroes at the 27th annual Motor City Comic Con May 13-15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This year, more than 300 artists, writers, illustrators and actors will be on hand to showcase their work, greet fans, sign autographs, take photos and participate in panel discussions. More than 50,000 guests are expected to attend the convention, which is the largest event of its kind in Michigan.

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