Week of 7.17.17

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ChildSafe Michigan Legends Gala

Legends were the story at the ChildSafe gala. But not the celebrity type. Rather at-risk  children and their dreams for becoming Legends of Tomorrow  –  a doctor, a ballerina, a teacher. To make those dreams come true, 310 supporters ($300) flocked to the Townsend Hotel for the annual benefit. Event co-chairs SuSu Sosnick and Christine & David Colman and board chair Keith Pomeroy greeted the 125 VIPs ($500) who arrived early for a reception in the Clancy Room before dinner, a salute to honoree Sandy Pierce  and a live auction conducted by Christopher Aslanian.
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oakland confidential

July 2017

GET WELL SOON: We know others will join us in wishing Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson a speedy recovery after back surgery on June 1 in the green mountain state of North Carolina. Word is he had a pretty aggressive surgery to help him get out of the wheelchair he was finding himself bound to more and more, and one Republican said that he is already feeling better. Patterson was seriously ...more»
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Crime stable in Bloomfield Township

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
07/14/2017 - The crime rate remained fairly stable in 2016 in Bloomfield Township, and for the second year in a row, the township was rated as one of the safest communities in Michigan, trustees were informed at their meeting on Monday, July 10, when the Police Department annual report was presented.

Prepared by former chief Geof Gaudard, it was presented by officer Kelly Marthen, who said that, with 42,112 residents, the departments 66 sworn officers handled 22,575 calls in 2016. He said the township is divided into three patrol districts to provide quickest response times. Traffic violations were the largest area officers dealt with.

"We are noticing a little bit of increase in crimes against persons, which are showing up as larceny from automobiles," Marthen said, particularly in thefts from unlocked vehicles.

The investigations division, which is tasked with identifying, targeting, arresting and successfully prosecuting criminal activity in the township was assigned 1,454 cases, and closed 1,324 of those cases.

There were no murders or carjackings in 2016, and there was one kidnapping. There were seven criminal sexual conduct incidents, up from five the previous year. There were 135 assaults, compared to 101 in 2015. In both 2015 and 2016, there were three robberies and 62 home invasions. There were 13 stolen vehicles, versus 14 in 2015.

In 2016, there were 344 incidents of larceny or retail fraud, against 311 in 2015, and 402 incidents of fraud and identity theft, up from 336 in 2015. Drug violations decreased, from 150 in 2015 to 137 in 2017, while weapons charges increased from 11 to 18.

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