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Published July 22, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — A 30-year-old Kentucky man is in custody after making multiple threats against police agencies, including the West Bloomfield Police Department.

Raynel White was arraigned in Kentucky on July 13. He faces a misdemeanor charge of making terrorist threats-third degree, and two misdemeanor charges of engaging in harassing communication.

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Published July 22, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Since the recent release of “Pokemon Go,” traffic at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is on the rise as people of all ages “gotta catch ’em all.” 

On July 6, “Pokemon Go” was released in the U.S. for iPhone and Android devices. According to an analytics website called SimilarWeb, the game soared in popularity and was already installed in more than 5 percent of U.S. Android devices by July 8.

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Published July 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team has recovered the body of a 17-year-old Walled Lake resident who reportedly jumped into Middle Straits Lake shortly after 1 a.m. July 21. 

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Published July 20, 2016

The Oakland County Boat Club has been a part of Sylvan Lake history for over 100 years. At one time, community meetings for the Sylvan Lake City Council and the Sylvan Lake Garden Club were held at the club. The club is now a private, not-for-profit, social club.

The boat club embraces the community’s pride in long-established traditions. Fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend have been a tradition on Sylvan Lake for decades, and 2016 celebrated the 75th year of the Oakland County Boat Club putting them on.

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Published July 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Taylor man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly attempting to use someone else’s identity to upgrade cellphones.

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Published July 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD/KEEGO HARBOR — Water and sewer rates are on the rise, and residents in West Bloomfield and Keego Harbor can expect to see the 2016-17 rates on their new bills. 

At the June 16 Keego Harbor City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved the water and sewer rates, which went into effect July 1. Keego Harbor receives its water from the Great Lakes Water Authority. 

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Beacon’s coverage area, voters will decide local, state and federal races, and a ballot proposal Aug. 2. Candidates in a contested race — contested within a party — were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

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Published July 19, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — A 35-year-old man from Keego Harbor was in custody after allegedly firing a shot at or near Keego Harbor and West Bloomfield police officers July 17. 

According to Oakland County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Keego Harbor officers were dispatched to a house in the 3000 block of Portman Street, near Cass Lake and Orchard Lake roads, around 1 a.m. for a domestic assault complaint. West Bloomfield officers were on the scene to assist with perimeter security. 

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Westacres Garden Tour is returning in full bloom July 16. 

Sponsored by the Westacres Women’s Club in conjunction with the Westacres Garden Club, the tour will feature eight residential gardens and will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased the day of the tour at the Westacres clubhouse, 3700 Westacres Drive.  

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Published July 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Crews from three West Bloomfield fire stations responded to a structure fire in the 6300 block of St. James Drive, near West Maple and Orchard Lake roads, shortly after midnight June 28.

According to Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist, the residents smelled something burning, and upon investigation, they found a fire near their pool heater and deck. The fire had spread to a nearby fence and overhang, he said. 

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 7, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Polish Americans from across the country packed Our Lady of Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel June 22 to commemorate the anniversary of the baptism of Poland.

The national celebration was believed to be the only one in the U.S., and Orchard Lake Schools teamed with the Polish American Priests Association and the Catholic League to celebrate the event. The anniversary pulled in attendees from New York to Texas. 

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A man has been arrested for breaking into multiple vehicles in West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake and Bloomfield Township recently. 

Richard Duran, 20, was charged with three counts of financial transaction device, which is a felony, and two counts of larceny from a vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

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Published July 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged a West Bloomfield doctor who was under investigation after police found drugs and post-conception material in his impounded vehicle in September 2015.

Michael Roth, 74, was charged June 23 with possession with intent to deliver the Schedule II narcotic fentanyl, and six counts of identity theft in 48th District Court. He also faces three counts of larceny in a building in 38th District Court in Eastpointe.  

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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

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Over 200 people packed the Berman Center for the Performing Arts June 23 to raise money for the West Bloomfield Police Foundation. 

The Concert for a Cause — which was hosted by the foundation and the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission — featured performances by Karen Newman, Kyle Johnson and Steve Acho. In total, the foundation — which provides financial support for officers and their families, and community members in need — raised over $28,000.

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Published June 29, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — School has only been out for a couple of weeks, and already kids are muttering those two terrifying words to parents: I’m bored.

Fear not, because there’s a list for that. 

In honor of July as National Parks and Recreation Month, Oakland County Parks has come up with 31 ways to enjoy the parks and recreation system — one for every day this month.

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Published June 28, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s 3 a.m., and your baby has been crying for hours on end. 

The stress is building, and you’ve tried every trick in the book to console her. What else can you do to stop the crying? 

The Oakland County Health Division recently released shaken baby syndrome prevention guidelines, warning parents and caregivers what not to do in this case  — shake the baby. 

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