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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine
More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol” and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
oakland confidential HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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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