April Lehmbeck

Published March 10, 2015

Public safety officers are looking for two robbers who overpowered an employee at Parkcrest Inn during the early morning hours March 10 to take money from the cash register.

The robbers walked into the inn at 20000 Harper, forced their way behind the counter and struggled with a woman who was working there.

The robbers overpowered the woman and pointed a handgun at her. They demanded money from the register, which the employee gave them.

The robbers ran toward the parking lot.

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Published March 6, 2015

HARPER WOODS — While many children dream about their favorite superheroes, four young children who attended the March 2 City Council meeting have real-life heroes in their midst — their dads.

Fire Lt. Kevan Kochan and public safety department Sgt. Thomas Lada were presented with the Medal of Valor for battling smoke and flames that engulfed an apartment in the city last December with the goal of pulling an elderly disabled woman from the building.

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Published March 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The fireworks plans at Lake Front Park are on shaky ground after the City Council appeared on the verge of canceling them for this year, but the council isn’t giving up yet.


“I remain committed to continuing the Grosse Pointe Woods family fireworks tradition and am confident that we will be able to do so in some form,” Councilman Todd McConaghy said in an email.

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Published March 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A Grosse Pointe Farms resident faces a bank robbery charge after he was apprehended following a collaborative law enforcement investigation. 


That investigation involved the community, as well.


According to a Grosse Pointe Woods press release, “Through evidence collected at the crime scene and from numerous tips called in to the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department and Crime Stoppers, investigators were able to establish the identity of the robber.”

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Published February 26, 2015

HARPER WOODS — After investing in lighting upgrades along Kelly last year, the city is looking toward its next steps to improve Kelly and implement some changes aimed at crime prevention.

The City Council passed the Community Development Block Grant program allocations during its Feb. 18 meeting. One area that is included in the funding is street improvements to Kelly Road, including crime prevention through environmental design, according to city information.

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Published February 26, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Hundreds of people from the community will once again converge on Harper Woods Secondary School for a program that generates a lot of excitement in the city — the districtwide Black History Month program.

This year’s program is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Harper Woods Secondary School auditorium.

“The program is open to the community and will feature the acts of Beacon, Tyrone and Harper (Woods) middle and high schools,” Harper Woods Schools Parent and Community Engagement Specialist Deborah Whitelow said in an email.

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Published February 26, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Police are investigating whether two suspects are responsible for contributing to the increase in the number of robberies in Harper Woods.

The department has had 12 armed robberies since the beginning of the year, which is more than what they saw around the same period last year. They’ve arrested five suspects so far, and they think two of those may be responsible for multiple robberies in the city.

One of the arrests involved a suspect who allegedly targeted 7 to 7 Cleaners, 19834 Kelly, twice in four days.

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Published February 25, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Young women can take the reins when it comes to staying safe and acting quickly if they find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.

An upcoming seminar, “Take Charge of Your Personal Security: A Seminar for Teens and Women,” aims to arm women with the information and tools they need to do just that.

The program will be held from 2-5 p.m. March 1 at Assumption School Gym, 22150 Marter, in St. Clair Shores.

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Published February 25, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If your dog doesn’t play well with others, Grosse Pointe Farms’ Kerby Dog Park may not be the right place to hang out.

To maintain a safe and fun environment for all the dogs — and people — who use the park, the City Council has approved a vicious dog ordinance that gives administrators the ability to ban dogs that are overly aggressive. The council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance during a meeting Feb. 9.

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Published February 19, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Police have arrested a suspect believed to be involved in a stabbing at a bus stop at Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway.
 

According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Officers were called to the scene on a report of an assault, and when they arrived, they located two victims who were suffering from stab wounds.

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Published February 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe Public School System’s superintendent search consultants, School Exec Connect, sat down with the school board Feb. 9 to hammer out the details on the superintendent search.

The timeline will include a number of meetings with community, staff, the school board and others leading up to a meeting to select the final candidate May 11.

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Published February 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Debra Jay, an expert in helping families deal with substance abuse and addiction matters, says substance abuse and addiction is a communitywide issue that can come knocking on one’s door at any point in life.

Whether it’s a parent, a teen, a neighbor, a friend or a coworker, there may be a point in life where someone asks for help with a problem. To help guide that person toward help and recovery, people will need to know what steps to take, Jay said.

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Published February 16, 2015

In hopes that someone will recognize the suspect, police released images from surveillance video of a man who allegedly robbed the Charter One Bank Feb. 13.

The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. when a man walked into Charter One Bank, 19307 Mack, handed a teller a robbery note and then left with an unknown amount of cash.

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Published February 15, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The city is working to try to fix its pension fund contribution shortfall, but it might not be fast enough to avoid legal action for the second time.

The Pension Board positioned itself for that possibility by passing a resolution concerning its next step during a meeting Jan. 26.

“We directed the attorney to take whatever measures he deemed appropriate,” Pension Board Chair and Harper Wood Public Safety Director James Burke said. 

By press time, no legal action had been initiated.

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Published February 15, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The public safety patrol, dispatchers and detectives unit’s contract will help the city move toward some of its financial goals.

The contract was approved 6-0 at the Feb. 2 City Council meeting with council member Hugh Marshall absent.

The agreement will run through the end of 2016, according to the contract. 

“The biggest thing in there was pension reform, and there’s significant changes in current benefits and future benefits,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said.

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