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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 August 29, 2011

All available police responded to a report of armed intruders and shots fired at a home on North Lake, near John R and Big Beaver, just before 5 p.m. Aug. 26, only to learn that the call was a prank.

Police dispatch received a call on the hearing impaired line stating that a 16-year-old male at the home on North Lake was hiding in a closet because four men were in the home with weapons and shots were fired.

“Every available unit responded,” Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said.

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Published August 26, 2011

Firefighters battled a blaze on the rooftop of a five-story Troy office building just after 6:30 a.m. Aug. 26.

Firefighters from stations 3 and 6 were dispatched to the Sheffield Office Center, at 3250 W. Big Beaver, and discovered a rooftop exterior address sign ablaze.

Firefighters entered the building to ascend to the roof and safely evacuated the few people in building, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said. Water from the ladder truck quickly extinguished the blaze, according to reports.

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Published August 24, 2011

A political newcomer will square off against a 10-year council member for the top spot in Troy after Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin bowed out of the mayoral race last week.

Council member Robin Beltramini will face Janice Daniels in the race for a four-year term as mayor.

Daniels, who described herself as an independent, said she feels this is a time when people are totally frustrated with government at all levels.

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Published August 24, 2011

Lucy Kollin is not a fan of the water.

Although she and her husband, Adam, own a boat and take it out on Lake St. Clair with their three children, Aaron, 9, Wendy, 7, and Alex, 5, she is not a strong swimmer and didn’t swim at all as a child growing up in China.

Several people in Jixi, the city in northern China she lived in, drowned in the local lake.

She explained that even experienced swimmers got stuck in the sticky bottom of that lake, and her parents didn’t allow her or her siblings to go into the water.

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Published August 24, 2011

Three Troy School District Board of Education members will face two challengers for their seats this November.

Trustee Gary Hauff, serving his 13th year on the board, Trustee Todd Miletti, serving his fourth year on the board, and Trustee M’Liz Malven, in her first year, will vie against newcomers Karl Schmidt and Cristian Teodoridis for three six-year terms.

School board candidates turned in a petition with 40 signatures or paid a $100 filing fee to appear on the ballot.

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Published August 24, 2011

In the Troy School District, Larson Middle School, Athens High School and Niles Community High School failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress guidelines this year, according to results released this month from the Michigan Department of Education.

The state uses data from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program and the Michigan Merit Exam tests for the rankings.

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Published August 24, 2011

A jury said the shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, the owner of the BP gas station at Big Beaver and Crooks, was premeditated and deliberate.

Hayes Bacall, 51, had said he shot Jameel in self-defense July 2, 2010, but the jury returned a guilty verdict of first-degree murder in the case at about noon Aug. 18. Deliberations were carried out the afternoons of Aug. 15 and 17, and the morning of Aug. 18. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot heard the case.

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Published August 24, 2011

Troy resident Tracey Johansson makes a fashion and artistic statement with caterpillars.

She specializes in fiber art in the form of denim clothing items, many for children, and she is one of the featured artists at Northfield Hills Art on the Lake.

Juried work from more 90 artists — pottery, watercolors, fiber art, photography, woodwork, stained-glass and more — will be on view at the 37th annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

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Published August 17, 2011

Students who are shy high school credits needed to graduate may bridge the gap with the Click program offered to students throughout the Detroit metro area through the Troy School District.

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Published August 17, 2011

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Published August 10, 2011

Hours of operation at the Troy Public Library won’t change, at least for now, following voter approval of a 0.7-mill, five-year dedicated library millage Aug. 2.

“The library will remain closed on Saturdays as staff regroups and determines what will and will not fit into the budget,” Phillip Kwik, head of library public services, said.

“We have a lot of housekeeping things to do,” he said.

Library staff will work to re-establish reciprocal agreements, which were severed in April, with different libraries in the area, Kwik said.

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Published August 10, 2011

Troy resident Seth Stark, 39, who works as a videographer at Kensington Church in Troy, was struck by the joy of the children he met at an orphanage in southeast India he visited as part of the church’s charitable works.

He wanted to tell that story.

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Published August 10, 2011

A Troy pharmacist was named among 25 others in an indictment that charges 12 pharmacists, four doctors, an accountant and a psychologist with submitting claims for phony prescriptions, office visits and house calls to insurance providers in exchange for kickbacks.

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Published August 10, 2011

Troy Restaurant Week returns with a flourish Aug. 21-26.

Sponsored in partnership with the Troy Chamber of Commerce, the six-day dining event will feature three-course lunch specials for $15 per person and three-course dinner specials for $25, $30 or $35 per person at more than a dozen participating restaurants.

Deb DePue, director of marketing and communications for the Troy chamber, said that the three price points for dinner make it easier for the restaurateurs to offer their fare and for patrons to try a new restaurant for the lower price.

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Published August 9, 2011

Police recovered a cache of stolen property with the help of a recently retired Troy police sergeant and a resident who helped officers box in a suspect and give chase to two others.

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