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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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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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