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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — This past year, the region, especially Macomb County, and specifically the city of Warren, proved to be a pivotal campaign stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as all four candidates held rallies there in hopes of becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The candidates spoke about the economy, the automotive industry, education, health care, foreign policy, immigration and more to local residents, including supporters and protesters.

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Published January 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Near the end of the year, both Pleasant Ridge and Huntington Woods took a look at what they expected to receive as their federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Pleasant Ridge expects to receive $6,000, the minimum funding it can get, which will be designated toward senior services and activities within the city.

City Manager James Breuckman said that all the money goes to senior services because it’s a very small amount of money, and senior activities are one of the allowed uses for CDBG funding.

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Published January 4, 2017

Here’s a look at several stories that shaped the last 12 months in Berkley and Ferndale, along with some memorable photographs.

Berkley residents upset about possible form-based code, master plan update
At the beginning of June, Berkley residents became upset with the city when they learned that officials and the City Council were looking into a potential form-based code and had passed an amendment to the city’s master plan.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:

 

Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.

 

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Published December 28, 2016

A Detroit man was sentenced Dec. 27 to a minimum of 54 months in jail for sexually assaulting a Ferndale woman last May.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts sentenced William Daniel Watley, 22, to 54 months to 15 years for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, to which he had pleaded no contest on Nov. 15. Before his sentencing, Watley addressed his actions and apologized to the court, the woman and his family.

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Published December 28, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council received an audit report from accounting firm Plante Moran for the city’s 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended June 30, at a meeting held Dec. 5.

The presentation detailed three areas of Berkley’s finances, including its general fund, water and sewer fund, and the legacy costs relating to the pension and retiree health care plans.

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Published December 28, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council approved an agreement with a digital communications company to develop a new online tool and mobile app to manage customer requests for work orders from the city.

The agreement with SeeClickFix was for $18,880, and the company will develop the mobile app and online customer request management tool for residents to report and track nonemergency work order requests and concerns.

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Published December 20, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State Police recently announced  that starting next year, there will be some changes to the Amber Alert system.

According to 1st Lt. Michael Shaw, of the Michigan State Police, criteria for the alert system —  which distributes information about missing children — will change effective Jan. 1.

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Published December 20, 2016

FERNDALE — With Ferndale looking to build a new mixed-use parking structure starting in 2017, city officials met with residents Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Ferndale Area District Library to answer questions on the deck and what the city will do with the space.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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Published December 19, 2016

BERKLEY — A Berkley man was arrested Thursday, Dec. 8, at his home in the city for child pornography.

Michael Dembs, who is a teacher at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence, was charged in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with distributing and receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography.

According to the United States District Court criminal complaint, FBI authorities began looking into an IP address, which later was discovered as belonging to Dembs, that was believed to have downloaded child pornography.

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Published December 15, 2016

Police arrested a Ferndale motorist for allegedly being “super drunk” at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, after her Jeep got stuck on railroad tracks and an oncoming train plowed into the vehicle.

The 28-year-old resident was driving her Jeep on Nine Mile Road near Pleasant Street when she made a turn northbound onto the tracks and became stuck, according to Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown.

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Published December 14, 2016

FERNDALE/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Three men were arrested in connection with retail thefts at three different drugstores across Ferndale and Huntington Woods.

A 19-year-old and two 23-year-olds were arrested Dec. 1 and later charged with two counts each of second-degree retail fraud in the city of Ferndale. Charges had not been brought against them in Huntington Woods as of press time.

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Published December 13, 2016

BERKLEY — Three teens are being investigated for numerous thefts of iPhones and a pair of shoes from Berkley schools in early December.

The three teens, who are not students in the Berkley School District, allegedly stole seven phones, six of which have been recovered, and a pair of shoes, which also have been recovered.

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Published December 13, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With only 10 days until Christmas, shoppers are going to be pouring into stores in order to make their last purchases for family and friends.

Local police want shoppers to be wary when exiting stores, as criminals might be looking to snatch up whatever presents shoppers bought.

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Published December 12, 2016

The mother of the victim in a hit-and-run spoke to media in hopes that someone with information about her son’s death will come forward

Michael Proxmire, 49, was fatally hit by a vehicle between 10:30 and 11:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, near the intersection of eastbound 10 Mile Road and Huron Avenue. Police said the Madison Heights man was found lying in the roadway by a passer-by, who then called the police. Proxmire was pronounced dead at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

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Published December 12, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council at its Dec. 5 meeting unanimously approved a contract with John of All Trades for the business to remove snow from the properties of senior citizens in the city.

The program is part of the Senior Home Chore Snow Removal Service, which is funded through Community Development Block Grant funds. The total cost is not to exceed $5,000.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
Click here to submit your own recipe, and we'll add it to the list.

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Published December 10, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale police are searching for answers after a Madison Heights man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run in the city last weekend.

Michael Proxmire, 49, was fatally hit by a vehicle between 10:30 and 11:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, near the intersection of eastbound 10 Mile Road and Huron Avenue.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said a motorist was driving down the street when he saw Proxmire lying in the roadway.

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