Jessica Strachan

Published May 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “It’s one thing to have a house, but it’s another thing to have a home.”

Those are the words of Wilbert James III, who learned a valuable lesson about moving into what he knew was his “dream home.”

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Published May 15, 2014

After more than a decade’s worth of successful Flower Day events in the city, Southfield is expanding its annual spring event to be an all-inclusive occasion for new ideas to freshen up your yard and home.

The inaugural Southfield Home & Garden Expo will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17 in the Southfield Municipal Complex, located at 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published May 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — On May 3, a 27-year-old Southfield man was charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the stabbing death of his father at a local hotel earlier this month, according to the court.

Steven Shelton was arraigned before Magistrate Eman Jojonie-Daman in the 46th District Court for allegedly killing his 66-year-old father, Ivie Shelton.

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Published May 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — A Southfield man was arrested and charged with two counts of home invasion the afternoon of May 3 after he allegedly posed as a utility worker while scrapping around a subdivision.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Larkins Street regarding a home invasion that had just happened. The caller, a resident who is renovating his home, told officers he stepped away for a brief time, and when he returned, he noticed the suspect walking down the neighboring home’s driveway.

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Published May 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — A guest of a hotel in the 27000 block of Northwestern Highway reported that shortly before 1 a.m. April 18, a pair of men arrived at her hotel room and pretended to be authorities in order to gain entry and rob her.

According to the report, one of the men was armed with a handgun and even attempted to fire two shots at her, though “no ammo ejected” when he racked the gun twice.

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Published May 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Looking for a new restaurant to check out? There’s a website for that.

How about a new nanny with strong recommendations? Head to the Internet.

Best reviews for summer vacation spots? A quick search in Google.

That’s what Novi resident Michael Zerkich noticed when he took to the World Wide Web in his search for the perfect caregiver for his mother, who had dementia.

He came up short in his search, however.

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Published May 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Milk, bread, eggs, bananas, a one-of-a-kind bag decorated by local youth and a chance to learn more about the community’s students with autism.

On April 29, shoppers at the Kroger on West 12 Mile Road in Southfield found more among the store aisles than usual. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, kids from Southfield-Lathrup High School’s Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders set up tables in the store for a meet-and-greet of sorts to pass out information on ASD.

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Published May 8, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — He’s been the bearer of the good news and the bad: letters from loved ones, eagerly awaited packages, uninvited monthly bills. 

For nearly three decades, U.S. Postal Service carrier Jim Blanchard delivered the mail to residents in the northeast section of Lathrup Village with punctuality and passion.

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Published May 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — City leaders hope to use Southfield’s social media support to win a $25,000 grant they’re eyeing to improve the community with public art installations.

With the help of Facebook users and a few clicks, Southfield has a one in five chance of winning the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant, according to Southfield City Councilman Ken Siver.

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Published May 1, 2014

A 26-year-old Southfield man is in police custody as officers investigate a homicide that happened this morning at a local hotel.


According to a press release issued by Lt. Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, a 50-year-old Southfield man was found dead at approximately 11:20 a.m. May 1 in a room at the Quality Inn, located at 26111 Telegraph Road in Southfield, near Franklin Road.

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Published April 29, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield’s Malaya Watson may no longer be a contestant on the show, but her “American Idol” journey continues.

After making it to the top eight finalists on season 13, she is being welcomed home by her biggest fan base and receiving one of the city’s top honors: a key to the city.

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Published April 29, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Mother and PTO Vice President Cynthia Merritt knows what it is that her McIntyre Elementary third-grader and his peers need to learn best.

“You give a kid a laptop or a cellphone and they know what to do with it. But you put them in a classroom and they might get bored or frustrated,” she said. “We want to make sure the students are not only getting the academic skills they need to succeed, but also the equipment to do so.”

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Published April 29, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Orange barrels dotting the roads, closed lanes and backed-up traffic — it’s the sight of spring construction slated to begin in May around Southfield.

Inconvenient it may be, but resident Charles Stine said it will pay off in time when roads like Evergreen are a smooth commute to work.

“It’s absolutely worth it. Hopefully, it comes and goes soon, and next year, we won’t have to worry about what it’s doing to our car,” he said.

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Published April 29, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — One resident found out the hard way this month that some people are willing to prey on a good Samaritan.

A homeowner in the 19000 block of Jeanette Street reported to police that at 4:30 p.m. April 17, a suspect came to her house wearing medical scrubs and claimed to be her neighbor.

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Published April 23, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Being a healthy kid isn’t one size fits all.

It is, however, a team sport, and that’s what had Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Detroit Lions mascot Roary joining more than 300 students and staff at Southfield’s MacArthur University Academy April 17 to celebrate kicking off a new and improved Fuel Up To Play 60 program.

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