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Terry Oparka

C&G Staff Reporter – Troy Times


Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.

Published October 20, 2011

A Troy doctor could face 10 years in prison on charges he participated in a fraud and drug distribution scheme.

Dr. Russell Crispell and eight others were indicted on charges they defrauded Medicare in a fraudulent diagnostic testing scheme at World Health Care LLC and Wyoming Medical Centers PLC.

The indictment states that the defendants billed Medicare more than $2 million for tests and services, and dispensed Oxycontin, a controlled substance, when it was medically unnecessary.

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Published October 18, 2011

A cigarette on a condominium balcony on Alameda Drive sparked a blaze just before 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Fire officials said that Troy Fire Lt. Don Douglas from Station 2 saw black smoke as he drove in the area of Rochester Road and South Boulevard and reported it to 911. Douglas determined there was a structure fire on Alameda Drive, and reported it to fire officials, according to reports.

Others also reported to 911 operators that there was a fire on Alameda, in attached condominiums.

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Published October 12, 2011

The Troy city attorney successfully pleaded her case before the Troy City Council that the in-house legal services she and the staff provides are more economical than outsourcing them would be.

Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm presented the results of an efficiency analysis provided by the International City Managers Association/International Municipal Lawyers Association during a study session following the Oct. 3 meeting. ICMA requested assistance from IMLA, a nonprofit professional organization with 2,500 member communities, for the report.

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Published October 12, 2011

As a teen, best-selling young adult fiction author Simone Elkeles did not like to read or write.

An interest survey she completed in high school indicated she’d be best suited working as a bus driver or farmer.

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Published October 7, 2011

A Troy woman awaiting trial on charges of breaking into a home and violating her parole hung herself in the Oakland County Jail.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered Salwa Salim Mansour, 41, had attempted suicide by hanging, and found her unresponsive and unconscious in the jail at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 6.

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Published October 5, 2011

They’ve been left at grocery stores, restaurants and birthday parties, even at holiday gatherings, to fend for themselves while Troy volunteer firefighters answer the call to serve.

Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson acknowledged the sacrifice family members make so that firefighters can serve during the Troy Fire Department annual recognition program Sept. 14.

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Published October 5, 2011

People can learn how to protect their families from fire in a fun, relaxed way during the annual Troy Fire Department open house.

“This is one of the greatest events we do all year,” Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said. “It’s extremely well-attended.”

“There are different things to do at each station,” she added.

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Published October 5, 2011

The Troy City Council has taken the first step to ensure that Troy residents will only have to wait 24 hours to get streets plowed to the pavement this winter.

The council unanimously reinstated the 24-hour snow removal protocol following the stoppage of snowfall of more than 4 inches. The council had amended the policy last year to allow for 72 hours to cut costs.

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Published October 5, 2011

Melanie Ullmann, a Troy Athens Class of 2009 graduate, is seizing the moment.

Dancing is her passion, and something she knows is best to do while she’s young.

So right after graduation, Ullmann moved to Atlanta to pursue her dream of dancing professionally.

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Published October 5, 2011

The number of thefts reported in the city of Troy dropped 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, based on the most recent crime statistics released by the FBI, while the numbers of vehicle thefts and burglaries increased by 28 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

However, the number of these crimes is comparatively low, and numbers in most categories have stayed relatively flat.

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Published October 5, 2011

The Troy Public Library will stay closed on Saturdays after the Troy City Council approved a budget to run the facility for $2.9 million for three years.

The cost to service and maintain the library’s computers, $3,300 per year per computer, raised questions on the council, which approved the budget 6-1 Sept. 26. Councilman Martin Howrylak opposed the approval and suggested postponing the vote for two weeks, which failed in a 5-2 vote. Councilman Wade Fleming also supported the postponement.

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Published September 28, 2011

Brothers Mike and Steve Kopera, raised in Troy, didn’t set out to make a film for children.

Mike, an actor who lives in Los Angeles, decided to write screenplays and produce films as vehicles for his acting career between auditions and working at his restaurant job. He wanted to tell the story of a world where everyone carries monkey puppets that interact with people. The screenplay was inspired by his own monkey puppet, which he took to college wrapped around the base of a lamp and then out to Los Angeles on the same lamp.

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Published September 28, 2011

In an effort to be proactive with brick and mortar resources, the Troy School District is asking for members of the community to evaluate each building being used in the district to maximize financial efficiency and maintain educational standards.

Although the number of students in the Troy School District has increased by about 300 this year, the population in Oakland County over the next 10 years is projected to decrease.

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Published September 28, 2011

The Troy School District and Troy police took steps to lessen the impact of traffic on Boyd Street after a handful of residents objected to a new bus route this fall.

Rodger Walters, a longtime resident on Boyd Street, north of Big Beaver and east of Rochester Road, said he and other residents objected to blocked driveways, a damaged mailbox, buses driving over turf to negotiate a tight turn, speeding and increased traffic.

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Published September 28, 2011

Judge Rae Lee Chabot described the July 2, 2010, shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, by his uncle, Hayes Bacall, at the BP gas station on Big Beaver as needless before she imposed the mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.

A jury rendered a guilty verdict in the case last month. Bacall said he shot his nephew in self-defense.

Chabot stipulated that Bacall have no contact with Jameel’s immediate family and ordered him to pay $28,500 in restitution.

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