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Published July 5, 2016

Police on patrol this summer will keep a special eye out to catch kids being good.

The Troy Police Department is introducing the Operation Safe Summer Program to encourage safety this summer.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the purpose of the program is to promote safe, positive summer activities and to encourage Troy residents and visitors to get to know the officers of the Troy Police Department. Officers will be available to provide safety tips and answer questions at the request of residents.

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Published July 1, 2016

A library patron has started a GoFundMe campaign to help repair and/or replace over 200 hardcover books that have been ripped apart at the spine at the Troy Public Library over the last three weeks.

The Troy resident reportedly started the  GoFundMe page — www.gofundme.com/helptroylibrary — after she received an email as part of an e-blast from the library June 24.

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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

All eight graduates of this year’s Project Search program — for students ages 18-26 who have intellectual and developmental disorders, based at Beaumont Hospital, Troy — have landed jobs.

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Published June 29, 2016

Firefighters fought a garage fire and managed a gas leak in back-to-back incidents last week.

According to reports, firefighters were called to a detached garage fire on Rowland, in the Big Beaver and Dequindre area, just after 10 a.m. June 22.

Firefighters could see a tall column of black smoke from several miles away, and police in the area could see flames, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

The flames were showing from the one-story garage and were impinging on the home and a neighbor’s garage, Riesterer said.

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Published June 27, 2016

FRASER/TROY — On June 15, the Fraser Special Investigation Unit executed search warrants in Troy and Sterling Heights that were related to alleged marijuana trafficking.

The warrants resulted in the arrests of Troy residents Eric Layne Berg, 35, and Angie Wong, 30. Approximately 105 pounds of packaged marijuana — valued at about $231,000 — and $116,000 in currency were confiscated.

Wong was arrested not for the marijuana, but for reportedly possessing Hydrocodone pills.

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Published June 22, 2016

The Troy City Council, Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority, along with city staff and lawmakers, recently looked at examples of the current site of City Hall, reimagined.

The city hired Robert Gibbs, an urban planner and president of Gibbs Planning Group, to present options to redevelop the 100-acre Civic Center complex and look at mixed uses on the site. The study costs $200,000.

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Published June 22, 2016

Firefighters evacuated guests from their rooms at the Homewood Suites, 1495 Equity Drive, the morning of June 18 after a fire was reported in the one-story pool building attached to the four-story hotel just after 8 a.m.

Firefighters found smoke in the attic of the pool room, and they discovered that a ventilation unit had overheated and caused the smoke, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer. Lights flickered throughout the inside of the hotel, and DTE Energy was called to the scene.

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Published June 22, 2016

Troy Public Library staff will offer popular favorites and new programs, as well as prizes, for patrons of all ages in the summer library programs.

The youth summer program has a new twist this year. In order to qualify for prizes, young patrons can read a book or magazine, listen to an audiobook, try an e-resource, attend a library program or watch a DVD or Blu-ray.

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Published June 22, 2016

Did you know that some date the start of baseball in the U.S. as early as the 1770s?

And that the game migrated to the South after the Civil War?

Davison resident Keith “Hatchett” Jacobson, a member of the the Detroit Early Risers Vintage Base Ball Club, whose home field is at historic Fort Wayne in Detroit, will talk about the difference between vintage and modern baseball rules and will show vintage uniforms when he visits the Troy Public Library to present “Take Me Out to a Vintage Baseball Game” at 7 p.m. June 27.

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Published June 21, 2016

Legislation that would change the requirement of how cities and villages reimburse the Michigan Department of Transportation for road repairs in their jurisdictions cleared both the state House and Senate and now awaits consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, sponsored Senate Bill 557.

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Published June 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — In an effort to keep firearms safe, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and local law enforcement agencies have teamed up to raise awareness of gun safety. 

Police from 30 departments and law enforcement agencies received 4,000 gun locks June 7 from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and other sponsors, to give to residents in their municipalities for free starting June 10. 

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Published June 15, 2016

People can learn ways to reduce the effects of climate change at a program offered at the Troy Public Library next week.

Gerald Hasspacher, of the Sierra Club, Southeast Michigan Group, will talk about rising ocean levels, loss of biodiversity, weather changes, energy sources, fracking, hybrid cars and greenhouse gases during his program, titled “Climate Change and You: An Environmental Awareness,” at 7 p.m. June 21 at the library.

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Published June 15, 2016

Opa! Fest once again will bring all things Greek to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Different from past festivals, the event will operate for fewer hours on Saturday, June 25, opening at 4 p.m.

The event, in its 23rd year, is the largest Greek festival in the Detroit metro area and drew over 7,000 people last year. It supports over 30 charities, said Opa! Fest spokeswoman Pamela Nikitas.

“We love having so many repeat visitors,” Nikitas said.

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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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