News Nearby: Murder Charge in Royal Oak, Man Masturbates Outside Troy School and More

Here are this week's most interesting stories from nearby towns.

Every Sunday, Patch will help you catch up with the big news happening in nearby towns, bringing you the big (and interesting) stories from Patch sites along Woodward Avenue and beyond.

Here's what's been happening nearby this week:


Police used Taser to subdue Brent M. Smetana after assault; victim had been beaten, stabbed and bitten.


No one was hurt in the blaze, which occurred at a manufacturing processing plant on Northend.


Erandy Pacheco of Ferndale claims she was singled out by bank employees because of her race and wrongfully arrested by Berkley Public Safety officers. She has filed a lawsuit against the bank, the city of Berkley and the Berkley Public Safety Department.


A civil suit against South, five of its bouncers and Arizona Cardinals' player Ronald Talley was filed Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court.


According to police, a woman was walking her dog around 6 p.m. when she saw the man sitting on a bench. The man then pulled down his pants and began masturbating.


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