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»
public safety birmingham/bloomfield

Elderly woman scammed out of $200,000

An elderly Bloomfield Township woman was scammed out of $200,000 over a period of two years, by people claiming to be from the IRS, but who were likely from Jamaica....more>

Hate-speech graffiti, vandalism at Derby

Administrators and staff at Birmingham Schools' Derby Middle School discovered graffiti in the form of hate speech on posters, student art work and on bathroom walls on Tuesday, February 7, as well as a musical instrument that was destroyed, perhaps by two former Derby students, and Birmingham police are currently investigating the incidents....more>

Bloomfield Hills man killed in crash

A two-car vehicle crash on southbound Telegraph at Square Lake roads in Bloomfield Township on Thursday, February 2, left a 53-year-old Bloomfield Hills man dead....more>

Drunk, speeding resident kills woman

At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, a man driving a 2014 Maserati at a high rate of speed on eastbound Square Lake Road, just east of Franklin Road and Telegraph, rear-ended a 2009 Subaru Legacy, killing the female driver, and on Friday, January 27, the driver of the Maserati, Gregory Alan Belkin, was charged with second degree murder in her death....more>

Two years later, fraud criminal caught

A Bloomfield Township woman who had numerous fraudulent credit card charges dating back to February 2015 finally had closure when a suspect was arrested after patrons at a Royal Oak movie theater overheard him talking about using fraudulent credit cards, and the police were called....more>

Dismissed alarm proves to be real break-in

A call from an alarm company to a Bloomfield Township homeowner, which the homeowner thought was a false alarm, turned out to be an actual break-in on Friday, February 3....more>

Unlocked car stolen from driveway

A Bloomfield Township resident informed police that his car, which was left unlocked in his driveway with the key fob in the cup holder, had been stolen sometime during the overnight hours of Friday, January 27....more>

Gas leak forces evacuation

A gas leak in Birmingham shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, forced authorities to evacuate a four-block area that includes the Birmingham City Hall, the Baldwin Public Library and several businesses in the downtown area, although by about 1:20 p.m. the situation was resolved and the evacuation canceled....more>

Candle, other items taken from art center

A candle and a few other small items were stolen from the gift shop at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) on Wednesday, February 1....more>

Man leaves Kroger with cartful of seafood

A Dearborn resident was arrested after he left a Bloomfield Township Kroger store with $300 worth of seafood in his cart that he had not paid for on Tuesday, January 31....more>

Phony document part of bank account scam

A Bloomfield Township man who had downloaded a document that required him to re-enter his username and password led him to learn on Wednesday, February 8, someone was trying to transfer $30,000 from his business bank account....more>

Wallet stolen from Bloomfield office

A woman's wallet was stolen from the office she works in when she stepped away from her desk and a man came in and took it on Friday, February 3, immediately using her credit cards....more>
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