Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
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Drunken stranger arrested for burglary

02/17/2017 - A 24-year-old Grand Blanc man suspected of crashing his car into a wooded area in the 6300 block of Orion Road and stumbling into a stranger's home and passing out on their couch was arrested on Sunday, February 12, in connection with breaking and entering, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies responding about 12:24 a.m. to the report of a break-in in progress at a home in the area arrived to speak with the homeowner who said he heard a person in the home and noticed muddy footprints on the floor. Deputies discovered a pair of muddy boots in a hallway and a man sleeping on the couch in the living room of the house.

The homeowner said neither he nor his wife knew who the man was, nor were they immediately aware that he was there. Deputies advised the couple to go to a secure part of the home while they handcuffed the stranger and woke him up from his sleep.

Deputies said the man smelled like he had been drinking alcohol and appeared to be disoriented when he was awaken. When asked if he knew where he was, the man claimed he was at his sister's home. The man, who deputies said wasn't in possession of a driver's license or identification card, confirmed that a Pontiac G6 found in a wooded area near the house belonged to him.

Investigators through speaking with the man and by following tire tracks at the scene said the man drove across the front lawn of the house and down a hill before crashing into the wooded area and getting stuck. The man then exited the vehicle and entered the house through an unlocked door, where he then took off his boots and went to sleep on the couch.

Deputies said the man, who had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent, told them he believed he was in the city of Grand Blanc or at the "Facebook apartments." Deputies said the man refused to comment further because he claimed he didn't do anything wrong and was just sleeping at his sister's home.

The man was arrested and booked into the Oakland County Jail in connection with breaking and entering.

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