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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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Published June 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Get out the lawn chairs and head down to Marshbank Park’s concert hill for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual summer concert series. 

The Marshbank Music Series — formerly known as Hot Music, Hot Nights — will run 7-8:15 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10. Food will be available for purchase from the Optimist Club of West Bloomfield, and the proceeds will benefit the club’s programs. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. 

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Published June 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield’s oldest fire station no longer meets the needs of the crew members or the community. 

That is why the West Bloomfield Fire Department is in the beginning stages of designing a more effective building to replace Fire Station No. 3 — located at 3340 Green Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

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Published June 23, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — The Orchard Lake City Council approved the 2016-17 water and sewer rates with a 6-1 vote June 20. 

The new rates go into effect July 1.

Residents can expect to see a water rate increase of 9.5 percent, or $43.48 per million cubic feet of water used, on their water bill for the fiscal year. 

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Published June 22, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Discharging fireworks is a pastime enjoyed by many, but fire and police officials are reminding everyone that there is a time and a place to legally ignite fireworks, and residents must be courteous of their neighbors. 

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Published June 22, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving five years or more, and proof of those numbers could be found at the Relay for Life of West Bloomfield June 11 as survivors, caregivers and supporters packed the West Bloomfield High School track.

During the opening ceremonies, event lead Michelle Silber instructed survivors to line up along the track starting with the newly diagnosed and ascending to 25-plus years of survivorship. 

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss. 

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Published June 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s a tale as old as time — a cat in a tree. 

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