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Alleged burglar captured after three Taser shots plus dog bites

A 20-year-old Grosse Pointe Shores man is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly burglarizing a home in Addison Township. It took three separate shots from Taser stun guns and the powerful jaws of a police dog to finally apprehend the alleged burglar, James William-Ellis Wilson, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>
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Addison man accused of shaking 22-month-old child

A 25-year-old Addison man accused of violently shaking his 22-month-old stepdaughter to the point where she suffered a traumatic brain injury is in custody after police say he confessed to the crime....more >>

News Briefs


No go On Sept. 10, at 1:15 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol observed two vehicles on M-15 traveling 59 mph in a 50 mph zone and saw both turn eastbound onto Granger Road without signaling....more >>
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A black bear for the records

Ninety minutes. That's how much time Groveland Township resident David Rheaume waited for assistance after shooting what may be one of the top five black bears ever taken in Michigan....more >>


Township toddler reported standing in Baldwin Road

On Sept. 15, a Brandon deputy responded to the 300 block of Baldwin Road after a toddler was found in the road. The complainant said she found a toddler boy in diapers standing on Baldwin Road near Seymour Lake Road with traffic stopping and going around him....more >>
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A South Africa family affair

Father, daughter connect on hunting safari

Over the past 30 years, Jim Hebb has completed some very successful hunts— from Alaskan moose to snow geese in the western states to trophy whitetails in Michigan. However, a recent excursion not only featured a rather unique hunting location, it also included establishing a new hunting partner—his ll-year-old daughter Brooke....more >>
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From shore to shore

Couple shares cross state horseback trek

In a vehicle, driving from Oscoda near Lake Huron to Empire near Lake Michigan would take about five hours—with a couple of stops along the way. However, for Atlas Township residents Tere and Nick Onica the trek across the northern section of the state was accomplished at a little slower pace this past summer—one foot at a time....more >>


Brandon Township taxes remain unchanged overall

Brandon Twp.- With the exception of a slight increase in the library debt millage, residents will pay the same tax rates next year as they did this year. The township board voted 4-2 at the Sept....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at The Citizen 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is invited to enjoy conversation and treats. Donations for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund will be accepted....more >>


Audit finds extra $500K in district books, staff added

Brandon Twp.- "Found" money is a pleasant surprise to many— whether it's a $5 bill tucked in a jacket pocket or maybe $20 crumpled at the bottom of a wallet. School district officials recently were quite happy to experience "found" money— just over $500,000, discovered in a budget audit....more >>

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Minor a major On Sept 5, Michigan State Troopers from the Groveland Township Post responded to the parking lot at Bueche's Food World for a Minor In Possession (MIP) report. A minor called to report that some alcohol was stolen from his home....more >>

Community calendar


Latchkey The Brandon latchkey program is now enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year. The program offers care between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Daily activities and crafts are offered, as well as family discounts....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is invited to enjoy sweet treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>


DivorceCare program:'You're not alone'

Ortonville- Even though it is estimated that up to half of all marriages end in divorce, Scott Noel says many people who are divorced or separated feel like outcasts. "People suffer through divorce— the feelings and emotions they go through are unique to them and a lot of people don't know how to recover," said Noel....more >>


Changes coming to township recreation

'We've had a very good experience with recreation'

Brandon Twp.- On Wednesday evening, with autumn in the air and the sun lingering in the sky over the soccer fields at the community park, Corene Sebring relaxed in a lawn chair on the sideline and watched a game that included her daughter, Delaney....more >>


Township steps up communication with 800MHz

Groveland Twp.- Communications for area firefighters will be much improved thanks to a new radio system that came online last week. The 800MHz radio system, a combination of traditional two-way radio technology and computer-controlled transmitters, was introduced by Township Fire Chief Steve McGee during the township meeting on Monday night....more >>
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Goodrich kicks off local school spirit food drive

It's 4:30 a.m.on a school day and about 500 Goodrich High School students are packed into the gymnasium, but not for what one might think. They aren't here for a sporting event, concert or even the completion of some obscure class assignment....more >>
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'Nothing's better than Friday nights'—Goodrich coach hits 100 wins

After 18 seasons, Goodrich Varsity Football Head Coach Tom Alward started the 2010 season out right—with his 100th win. Alward, 57, started as an assistant JV football coach at Flint Central High School in 1977 and went on to assistant varsity football coach at Bendel High School before coming to Goodrich in 1993....more >>


Medical marijuana on hold in village

One year moratorium imposed

Ortonville- A cloud of uncertainty still hangs over medical marijuana nearly two years after Michigan voters approved legalization of the drug for patients in need of pain relief. The village council wants the air to clear before making any decisions on ordinances regulating medical marijuana here....more >>


Board makes EMS concessions for residents

By a 4-0 vote Monday night, the Groveland Township Board of Trustees approved charging Brandon Township citizens resident fees instead of non-resident fees for emergency medical services on M-15 between Grange Hall and Oakwood roads....more >>
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'People who don't want our buses need to be in our shoes'

Senior transportation program scrutinized, along with other non-mandated services, by Brandon Township Board

Brandon Twp.- Lee Cleric had to stop driving two years ago after her eyesight deteriorated. The 81-year-old township resident's only mode of transportation is the Edna Burton Senior Center vehicles....more >>


First of two statewide student count days Wed.

School attendance is important every day, but especially this Wednesday, Sept. 29— student count day. The first of two statewide student count days determines 75 percent of school funding....more >>


Township stays in black despite economy

Groveland Twp.-While many communities struggle with a loss of state shared revenues in a sagging economy—Groveland Township continues to linger in black ink. On Sept. 18, Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka, reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>
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Bodi making tracks for greener pastures?

Brandon Twp.- The fate of the township's K-9 unit remains up in the air. The board split 3-3 on a vote to eliminate the Deputy II K-9 position during their Sept. 20 meeting. Supervisor Kathy Thurman, and Trustees Bob DeWitt and David King voted yes....more >>
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Got art?

Donna and Payton Landry of Clarkston take a look at the copper art of Marlene Cole of Flint at Art in the Village, Sept....more >>

No net

Superviser pulls township meetings from Clarkston411

The expanding Clarkston411.com web site includes safety tips from Independence Township Fire Department, upcoming Parks and Recreation activities, and other township programs, courtesy of Clarkston Public Access Center....more >>
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Sample local cuisine at Taste of Clarkston

Dozens of mouth-watering dishes will be served up at the 13th Annual Taste of Clarkston, 12-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, in downtown Clarkston. More than 30 restaurants are set to participate, offering samples of their best entrees, desserts and beverages....more >>
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Optimists rescue Friendly Forest

After a year's hiatus, Friendly Forest is back. Cut from last year's Independence Township Parks and Recreation schedule, the Halloween-themed event for children returns with the help of Clarkston Area Optimists Club, 3-6 p....more >>

Consultant calls to quit

But agrees to finish his assignment first

Budget consultant John Lamerato called township Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen, Sept. 14, to say he would "no longer be providing further services to the township." A few days later, he was back on the job....more >>

Panel to discuss city's future on Clarkston411

Tune in to Clarkston411.com next Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. for a live panel discussion on the future of the City of the Village of Clarkston. Clarkston residents Cory Johnson and Michael Sabol will participate in the discussion, hosted by Phil Custodio, editor of the Clarkston News....more >>
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Beauty queen 'transformed'

Debating whether to compete in this year's Miss Teen USA contest, Andrea Tanner decided to pull her "beauty queen" pageant dress out at least once more. Rresults were even better the second time....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Learning about patriotism

Strong, young voices took over Independence Elementary's cafeteria Friday morning. All the students sang The Star-Spangled Banner proudly on the last day of Patriotic Week. "We do this every week but the singing behind the National Anthem was probably as powerful as I have ever heard," said Principal Chris Turner....more >>
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Sunny day for art show

Rain on Saturday storms kept crowds away, but they filled Depot Park on a much sunnier Sunday at the 2010 Art in the Village. They viewed and purchased paintings, photography, jewelry, fabric arts, wood and metal works in the juried show, hosted by Clarkston Community Historical Society....more >>
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New TV for Maxx contest winners

Renewing their contract at Maxx Self Storage, Shellie Stuetzer wanted to know if Marty Stuetzer signed up for an in-store contest. No, he responded. "I never win anything," he told her....more >>
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Painter gets charge out of art

Marnie Fender's love of the arts stems from an experience when she was a junior in high school. "I was sick with mono for two months," said Fender, Davisburg resident. "I found a paint box under my mom's bed that had never been opened....more >>
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Fashion for SCAMP

Ladies and Gentleman strut their stuff on the Clarkson Mills "Cat Walk" Chi Chi La Botique style, for the second annual fashion show put on by the Clarkston Flower Shoppe. The fashion show was to benefit Clarkston's SCAMP....more >>

News Briefs

Contract considered

Dr. Rod Rock accepted Clarkston Board of Education's offer to serve as superintendent, and is reviewing the proposed contract. The contract offers a $150,000 salary. With retirement, insurance, and other benefits, including $7,200 car allowance and $5,000 for moving expenses, total gross is $198,000....more >>

Stomp Out Stigma

Stomp Out Stigma 5K charity run and walk returns to Independence Oaks County Park, 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Community Network Services, non-profit human services agency providing mental health and social services to adults in Oakland County, hosts the annual fund raiser....more >>

Road paving

About 500 feet of dirt road at Ridgewood and Clark in Springfield Township is set for paving, paid through Tri-Party funds. Springfield Township, Road Commission for Oakland County, and Oakland County Board of Commissions will split the $75,000 cost, each paying a third....more >>

Rotary speaker brings update info on Michigan oil spill

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts local veterinarian and Michigan State Animal Response Team member, Dr. Stephen Steep at its Sept. 27 meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, and speaker at 7 p....more >>

Register to vote

Registration deadline for the Nov. 2 election is Monday, Oct. 4. To register, stop by Secretary of State or clerk's offices. Voters must be 18 years old by election day, and U.S. citizens....more >>

Carrick concerts

Carrick's House Concerts opens a new season with Rootstand, with special guest George Worthmore, guitarist and actor, 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3. Rootstand combines traditional Irish reels, old world polkas, Caribbean ska, American blues and bluegrass, experimental blues and groove, urban hip-hop, dancehall reggae and electronica....more >>

Puppy boot camp, Oct. 2-23

Springfield Township Parks and Rec hosts Puppy Boot Camp, 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, Oct. 2-23, at Mill Pond Park in Davisburg. Christina Muller teach puppies 8-16 weeks old and owners, using lots of positive reinforcement....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Clarkston woman vies for Ms. Senior Michigan" Renate Lapratt was one of 12 finalists from Michigan competing for the title. She was set to play the accordian for the talent portion of the pageant....more >>

Schools to hold February election for bond issue

One thing's clear, said Jillynn Keppler, assistant superintendent of administrative services: the way schools are funded doesn't cover big purchases and major repairs. So how does Lake Orion Community Schools go about funding new buses, better technology and building repairs? Go for a bond....more >>

Senior center approved

Bring on the bulldozers. The Orion Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Monday to move ahead with construction of a new community senior center near Clarkston and Joslyn roads, despite yet another spike in estimated costs since the board last met Aug....more >>
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Drakos seated at school board table

As Kelly Weaver pointed out at the last school board meeting, she's not the newcomer anymore. The board picked Weaver to fill Bill Walter's vacant seat earlier this summer. But Sept....more >>
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Going up: Amphitheater project taking shape

Concerts in Civic Center Park should look a whole lot different next year. The long-planned amphitheater is finally in the works, and while the first performers aren't likely to take the stage until next spring, township officials are excited to see the structure going up....more >>

Board gives Feys 'hefty raise'

Thirty percent. More than $13,000. That was the raise granted Monday to Orion Township employee Allan Feys after the board of trustees voted 4-3 to approve the request made by Supervisor Matthew Gibb....more >>

Woman missing overnight found safe

A missing 69-year-old woman was found alive and well Monday, some 18 hours after she went missing from a group home in the 2400 block of Eaton Gate. Caretakers told deputies who arrived at the home Sunday the missing woman was suffering from mental and physical health conditions and was last seen about 3:30 p....more >>
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Scripps student judged a top young artist at Arts, Beats & Eats

Morgan Herron, 11, was among hundreds of kids who submitted student art projects at the Oakland County Summer Arts Project, part of the 2010 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats event held recently in Royal Oak....more >>
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Lifesaving efforts earn awards for OXFD

Not many folks can boast they saved two lives in four days, but the Oxford Fire Department can. Eight firefighters will be honored Sept. 23 by the Oakland County Medical Control Authority for literally shocking two people back to life after they went into cardiac arrest....more >>

State rankings: Five schools go down, two go up

Asst. supt. explains what numbers really mean

Michigan published two lists this summer ranking every single school in the state based on their MEAP and MME test scores in language arts and math. According to the lists, five of Oxford's seven schools saw a decrease in their state ranking percentage even though their test scores in the two subject areas rose....more >>

Tent-dweller charged with larceny, drug possession

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies recently arrested and charged an 18-year-old Leonard man for multiple crimes related to theft and drugs after he was found living in a tent behind Oxford Middle School....more >>

Downtown's Scarecrow Fest returns Oct. 2

There are plenty of signs around Oxford that point to the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season. First: The kids headed back in school. Second: Friday nights are spent huddled together under a blanket and watching Bud Rowley's Wildcats....more >>

NOTA needs a new home

Attention local building owners and land barons the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is in need of a new home to house its operations and fleet of vehicles. NOTA's current lease at the Crossroads for Youth campus on E....more >>

ACT scores up, MME percentages fall, but still above state averages

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, Dr. James Schwarz, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, announced the district's ACT scores increased from the previous year, while the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) percentages were above county and state averages....more >>

Council rejects ban on outdoor sales downtown

Downtown Oxford merchants who display their wares on the sidewalk can continue doing so thanks to the village council's opposition to banning the practice. "I think this is taking it a little bit too far for local government," said Councilman Tom Benner....more >>
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Get your peanuts here!

Tony Lasher (right) is a brave man. He stood out in the middle of M-24 last week selling bags of peanuts to raise money for the Oxford-Orion Kiwanis Club. "Peanut Day," as it's called, generated about $1,500 for the local service club....more >>

Medical marijuana ordinance on PC agenda

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor After months of discussion and research, Oxford Township is one step closer to regulating medical marijuana dispensaries within its borders. At its 7 p....more >>

Teens busted for village break-ins

Police: Parents watch your kids, residents lock homes & vehicles

Some solid police work and a lucky break ended a rash of break-ins in the Village of Oxford. "The officers did a phenomenal job," said Acting Police Chief Mike Solwold. "They made this a priority....more >>

Village agrees to reimburse overtaxed property owner

An Oxford Village taxpayer billed for property she no longer owned for the last eight years is finally going to get her money back. The only question left is, will the village get its money back from the neighbor who bought the property in question, but hasn't paid any taxes on it....more >>

Addison seeks bids to renovate Arnold School

Soon, the Arnold School building will be one step closer to becoming a fully functional building again. At the Addison Township Board meeting on Monday, Sept. 20, Supervisor Bruce Pearson announced that the township would be accepting sealed bids for exterior renovation of the Arnold School building (see public notice on Page 30)....more >>
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