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Ferndale student beaten unconscious, police search for third suspect

theoaklandpress.com — Ferndale police have two men in custody for assaulting a 16-year-old student in class at Taft Digital Learning Center, and are searching for a third suspect, Jashiem Maynard Ross, an 18-year-old male with a residence on Prairie in Detroit. Ross is black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds.

Report: Crime down 11 percent in Royal Oak, far fewer parolees in city

theoaklandpress.com — The most recent statistics show serious crime is down 11 percent overall in Royal Oak, and the number of parolees living in the city dropped from 35 to 8 last year. The Royal Oak Police Department's annual report, which Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue released this week, showed an increase only in robberies in 2013, which increased to 22 from 12 in 2012.

Police: West Bloomfield jewelry heist possibly second of day for suspects

theoaklandpress.com — No leads have come after a high-end West Bloomfield jewelry store was recently robbed at gunpoint, but police are now working with investigators on Michigan's west side to determine whether the suspects carried out another heist the same day. Sometime before 5:14 p.m.

Electrical fire damages Orion Township bank

theoaklandpress.com — A small electrical fire caused smoke damage but not much else at an Orion Township bank Tuesday evening. Lt. Dan Toth of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's Orion Township substation said emergency personnel responded to a small electrical fire Tuesday evening at the FirstMerit Bank at 4983 S. Baldwin Rd.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Schauer says public education funding ‘No. 1 priority’ while touring local high school

theoaklandpress.com — West Bloomfield High School junior Alex McDonough led Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer through the high school's halls for a tour of the school Wednesday - a week after an announcement placing public education spending at the top of the candidate's priority list.

Plans to reconfigure the I-75 interchange at Sashabaw Road underway

theoaklandpress.com — Build a loop ramp for vehicles going northbound on I-75 that want to exit and turn south on Sashabaw Road. * The existing I-75 exit ramp to go north on Sashabaw will only be one lane, which will provide smoother and safer traffic flow for drivers headed to DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Deputies search for driver who slammed truck into back of vehicle multiple times in Orion Township

theoaklandpress.com — A man said, while driving on southbound Joslyn Road in Orion Township, a black pickup truck rammed into the back of his vehicle three times. He was pulling out of Allendale Street around 8 a.m. Monday when he noticed the Chevy truck behind him.
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Detroit Lions notes: Ryan Broyles back at work

theoaklandpress.com — ALLEN PARK >> Ryan Broyles was back at work on Wednesday. The Detroit Lions wide receiver, who is coming off Achilles' surgery in late October, did not participate in drills on Tuesday but was running drills with the wide receivers on Wednesday.
#Lions minicamp notes: Ryan Broyles back at work; James Ihedigbo sees similarities to Ravens defense; still no Suh >> ow.ly/w62uO
#Lions minicamp notes: Ryan Broyles back at work; James Ihedigbo sees similarities to Ravens defense; still no Suh >> ow.ly/w62pV

Macomb County courthouse institution, Otis, dies at 96

theoaklandpress.com — The mood was somber at the county courthouse Wednesday after employees learned that the beloved, inspirational "Otis the shoeshine man" had passed away. Otis Hopson, 96, died at a rehabilitation facility in Livonia after he was hospitalized in early March. "It's a huge loss," said Clerk Carmella Sabaugh. "He'll never be replaced.

Detroit Lions to open season at home vs. Giants on Monday Night Football

theoaklandpress.com — ALLEN PARK >> What a way to jump into the first season with Jim Caldwell as head coach. The NFL spotlight will be on Ford Field on Sept. 8 as the Detroit Lions host the New York Giants on Monday Night Football to open the 2014 season.
#Lions to open vs. #Giants on MNF, face #Bears on Thanksgiving. Story and complete 2014 schedule >> ow.ly/w66P3
#Lions to open vs. #Giants on MNF, face #Bears on Thanksgiving. Story and complete 2014 schedule >> ow.ly/w66N4
#Lions to open vs. #Giants on MNF, face #Bears on Thanksgiving. Story and complete 2014 schedule >> ow.ly/w66DK

Detroit Lions minicamp: Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford get a jump on chemistry

theoaklandpress.com — ALLEN PARK >> Golden Tate is as excited about the Detroit Lions offense after two days of minicamp, as he was the day he signed as a free agent. Maybe more so. "I think we have potential to be a top five, most explosive team in the league,'' Tate said after Wednesday's minicamp session.
#Lions Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate work to develop chemistry. Story >> ow.ly/w62GP

Troy priest, parish administrator indicted, accused of taking nearly $700K from church

theoaklandpress.com — A priest and a parish administrator have been indicted on federal charges, accused of stealing nearly $700,000 from a Troy church. Edward Belczak, 69, of Troy, and Janice Verschuren, 67, of Bloomfield Hills, were charged in a five-count indictment, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced Wednesday.
A Troy priest and a parish admin have been indicted, accused of taking nearly $700K from St. Thomas More church: bit.ly/1lG7523