Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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oakland confidential

May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Store employee may have embezzled funds

A Rochester Hills sporting goods store employee is suspected of embezzling more than $20,000 from his employer since December 2016 by making fraudulent returns and loading the funds onto his credit card and store gift cards, authorities said....more>

Gun pulled in road rage incident

A 45-year-old Rochester Hills man was arrested Monday, April 10, in connection with a road rage incident in the area of John R and Auburn roads that allegedly involved a pistol being pointed at another driver, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said....more>

Burglars ransack Rochester Hills home

The home of a Rochester Hills couple was ransacked in late March or early April while the couple was on vacation in another state, authorities said....more>

Woman falls for phony grant scam

A Rochester Hills woman on Thursday, March 23, was tricked out of more than $2,000 by a man posing as a representative from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, claiming she was receiving a grant....more>

Employee argument ends with broken door

An argument between two employees of a Rochester Hills restaurant on Friday, April 21, resulted in a broken door and the termination of employment for one person involved, authorities said....more>

Deputies find suicidal woman in woods

Oakland County sheriff's deputies on Monday, April 10, located a Rochester Hills woman who allegedly tried to take her own life before hiding in a wooded area near the 1800 block of Archer's Pointe....more>

Burglar gets into Rochester apartment

Police are investigating an attempted burglary that occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 28, in the 600 block of N. Main Street in Rochester....more>

Woman seeks stolen wedding ring

An 82-year-old Rochester Hills woman is hoping authorities will be able to locate her wedding band that was stolen from a drawer in her bathroom sometime in early or mid-March in the 300 block of Bellarmine Drive....more>

Woman almost taken by jail scam

A Rochester Hills woman nearly lost $950 in a wire transfer that involved a phone scam that involved a man who claimed to be a family member needing help....more>

Rochester Hills death under investigation

Investigators with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a 46-year-old Rochester Hills man who was found unresponsive on the morning of Monday, April 10, in his vehicle in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Rochester Road....more>

Threats prompt disorderly conduct charges

A 62-year-old Rochester Hills man was cited for disorderly conduct on Wednesday, April 5, after allegedly threatening to rape and kill a pregnant woman and trying to hit her with his cane at a Subway restaurant in the 2000 block of W. Auburn Road....more>

Thief targets gym members' car keys

Oakland County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man they believe to be responsible for a pair of thefts on the morning of Wednesday, March 22, that occurred outside of two Rochester Hills gyms after the victims' car keys were stolen....more>

Hundreds in shorts stolen from business

Oakland County sheriff's deputies are looking for three women wanted in connection with the theft of at least $700 in men's shorts from a Rochester Hills clothing store in the 100 block of N. Adams on Tuesday, April 18....more>

Woman critical after being struck in parking lot

A 63-year-old Rochester Hills woman was listed in critical condition on Wednesday, April 5, after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of a Kroger store at 65 S. Livernois in Rochester Hills, authorities said....more>

Redbull incident leads to arrest warrants

Arrest warrants are being sought for two Sterling Heights women who used a can of Redbull during an alleged assault of a gas station attendant on Friday, March 24, in the 3400 block of S. Rochester in Rochester Hills....more>

Thief tries to collect fraudulent order

A man suspected of using a former Rochester Hills resident's identity to order a pair of smart phones attempted to retrieve the phones from a homeowner in the 2700 block of Weaverton Street in Rochester Hills, authorities said....more>

Secret shopper scam attempted

An attempt to swindle a Rochester Hills woman out of her money through a secret shopper scam was relayed to authorities before the victim lost any funds....more>

Man taken by IRS tax scam

A Rochester Hills man was swindled out of $500 by responding to a false Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent who claimed he owed thousands in back taxes, according to authorities....more>
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