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Published April 20, 2016

Charles Anthony Stephens will face a felony murder charge in the death of his Somerset Park Apartments neighbor, Kalpana Murali-Babu, a wife and mother of children ages 10 and 7.

Visiting Judge Dennis Drury bound Charles Stephens, 53, over on felony murder charges in 52-4 District Court April 20 after hearing testimony from Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. ​Ljubisa J. Dragovic, police, a pawn shop employee, Kalpana’s husband and the suspect’s wife, Tonia Stephens.

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Published April 20, 2016

Recognizing that parents are busy, Troy Youth Assistance has recorded some popular parenting programs and made them e-vailable.

“Troy Youth Assistance (is) a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization committed to strengthening youth and families by preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency, child neglect and child abuse through community involvement,” Troy Mayor Dane Slater read from a proclamation recognizing Troy Youth Assistance for Parenting Awareness Month at the March 14 City Council meeting.

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Published April 20, 2016

Troy resident Tom Lias, CEO of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, admits he sells a few recliners through the deal he offers each winter — write a $50 check to The Arc of Oakland County and get a $200 discount on a chair.

However, he said the real payoff from the TV, newspaper and radio publicity is the awareness it brings to Arc and the people the organization helps.

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Published April 20, 2016

Did you know that habitats for monarch butterflies — those orange-and-black-winged beauties — are growing scarcer?

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 75160, based in Troy, plan to complete an interactive monarch waystation on the southwest side of the interpretive building at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center by the end of May.

“Monarchs are struggling,” said Carla Reeb, director of the Troy Nature Society, which funds and operates the 100-acre nature center.

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Published April 14, 2016

Kirts Boulevard north of Crooks Road was closed after contractors doing directional drilling to install a fiber optic line hit a 2-inch natural gas line just before 4:30 p.m. April 13.

Contractors called Troy firefighters to the scene, on northbound Crooks Road, at Kirts Boulevard. Firefighters determined the extent of the leak, checked storm drains and water lines to see how far the leak went, and checked buildings to determine the amount of natural gas present, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 13, 2016
It will only take about two minutes to register, and it could save police officers valuable time solving crime.

The Troy Police Department is launching a new, voluntary security camera registry program called Extra Eyes.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman explained that businesses and homeowners who have surveillance cameras may register to participate in the program.

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Published April 13, 2016

While Christopher Hillier has hiked over 10,000 miles since 2011, he knows he has to be careful when he talks about his passion and experiences on the trail.

Hillier will present “Taking the Walk: Long Distance Hiking with Christopher Hillier” at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Troy Public Library.

“He’s spoken at other libraries, and we thought this would be a good opening to our summer reading, of which the focus is wellness,” said Lauren Bartell, adult information librarian, who is also a hiker.

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Published April 13, 2016

During her tenure as the president and CEO of Walsh College, Stephanie Bergeron said, she strived to establish the college as a destination and to ensure that graduates have all the tools they need to succeed.

The first woman to lead the college, Bergeron announced she will retire early next year.

Bergeron is the sixth president to lead the college since its inception in 1922.

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Published April 12, 2016

You wouldn’t think there’d be so many potholes on roadways because of the mild winter this year.

But it’s the freeze-thaw cycle that wreaks havoc on roadways. Recent welcome warm temperatures, followed by cold, resulted in the potholes that county and city road crews are working to fill, said Kurt Bovensiep, Troy public works manager.

“As a result of the Troy Roads Rock program, over the past two years, we’re not seeing the influx of potholes we have in previous years because of our large investment in the road system,” Bovensiep said.

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Published April 12, 2016

The question Troy residents Martin and Catherine Terbrack, who have cared for 33 foster children, get asked most often is, “How do you give them back?”

CARE House of Oakland County awarded the Terbracks the Joan E. Young Foster Parent of the Year Award at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners meeting March 30 for the Terbracks’ support of Community Social Services of Wayne County.

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Published April 6, 2016

A man charged with felony murder in the stabbing death of a local woman in her Somerset Park Apartments home asked a judge to waive the defendant’s right to a preliminary exam within 21 days of being charged to allow the attorney time to examine evidence.

Charles Anthony Stephens, 53, of Troy, was arraigned in 52-4 District Court March 23 on charges of felony murder — which carries a life sentence — in the death of Kalpana Murali-Babu, 37, the mother of two young children.

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Published April 6, 2016

It’s one of the most diverse schools in a diverse school district.

Sixty percent of Morse Elementary School students speak a language other than English in their homes, and 40 percent receive free or reduced lunches.

The teachers, staff, students and families at Morse Elementary collected household items and grocery store gift cards to help refugee families. The school held a dinner March 30 to offer fellowship to two Sterling Heights families who fled their native Iraq to come to the U.S. in January.

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Published April 6, 2016

Learn what’s needed to train service dogs when southeast Michigan Paws With a Cause volunteers stop by the Troy Public Library April 19.

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Published April 6, 2016

Want to cultivate some vegetables and need an easy way to get started?

Advanced master gardener Judy Cornellier will present a three-part series at the Troy Public Library geared toward beginners.

She’s a founding member of the Troy Garden Club and a member of the Michigan Herb Society.

Cornellier’s first session, April 16, will focus on planting cold crops — potatoes, cabbage and broccoli.

Cherie Edmonds, adult service librarian, said that Telly’s Greenhouse and Garden Center staff members plant the garden in front of the library.

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Published April 5, 2016

Ever wonder what happens to the plastic milk jugs, tissue boxes and Troy Times newspapers that get picked up at your curb? 

Visit the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority facility in Troy for Celebrate Earth Day April 17 to find out.

SOCRRA is a municipal corporation that oversees trash and recycling collection for Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy.

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Published March 30, 2016

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians will come to the Troy library to perform music featured in a best-selling novel set in Michigan as part of a statewide reading initiative.

At 7 p.m. April 7 at the library, DSO flutist Jeff Zook, violinist Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David LeDoux will perform a selection from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn, and works by Vivaldi and others mentioned in the book “Station Eleven.”

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Published March 30, 2016

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire that started in the kitchen of a home on Allison Drive, near Long Lake and John R roads, just after 9:30 a.m. March 22.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said the fire was contained to the kitchen.

Nobody was home when a report of smoke coming from the second level of the two-story home was reported, Riesterer said.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was showing from the second level, front and rear of the home.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sarah and Bill Williams lined up a sitter for their children, Aurora, 6, and Brayden, 8, on March 24 to go to the movies to see “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Their date night was a bit different from other couples in the theater, though.

Sarah Williams and a cake she created were in a scene in the movie.

“It was so awesome to see my cake on the big screen,” she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

After more than a dozen residents said they opposed a dog day care center off Maple Road near Rochester Road, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved the special use and preliminary site plan at the March 22 meeting.

The Planning Commission first considered the request for the more than $2 million, 9,200-square-foot kennel and dog day care center on 2.5 acres at the March 8 meeting, then postponed the matter to give the developer time to address residents’ concerns about noise.

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Published March 23, 2016

A divided Troy City Council approved guidelines for oil and gas extraction that are stricter than state guidelines.

After a public hearing on the ordinance March 14, during which two people spoke, the council voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance.

Troy City Planning Director R. Brent Savidant told the council that the intent of the ordinance is to protect property values and single-family homes.

At a joint special meeting Sept. 14, 2015, the Planning Commission and City Council listened to differing viewpoints.

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