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Trailblazer Dinner scheduled for June 6

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will hold its 26th annual Trailblazers Dinner on Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at The Community House in Birmingham.

The 2019 honorees are Gregory Conyers, director of Diversity at the State Bar of Michigan; Ronda Tate Truvillion, equity shareholder at Lewis & Munday; and Michelle Crockett, hiring chair, Diversity & Professional Development Principal at Miller Canfield.

The Trailblazers Dinner was established to recognize local leaders who are making positive contributions to the law and our community. 

Law student scholarship winners will be announced as well.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.strakerlaw.org. Regular tickets are $75 and $20 for law students. Sponsorships and ads can be purchased by contacting Kimberley Ann Ward, 734.707.7115 or info@strakerlaw.org.

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is a special purpose bar association. Established in 1990, it was founded by a group of diverse attorneys who established the mission of promoting legal practice opportunities for minorities and women and to facilitate equal justice for all citizens in Oakland County.


Police, FBI exhume remains to try to close homicide cases

CANTON TOWNSHIP (AP) — Detroit and Michigan state police have exhumed unidentified bodies buried at a cemetery to try close old homicide cases.

Detroit police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said investigators exhumed seven sets of remains Wednesday at Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton Township.

Police say they’re taking DNA samples from the bones and will try to match them to possible missing persons’ cases. 

Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Sarah Krebs, who heads the state’s missing persons unit, says the DNA samples will be sent to the University of North Texas for analysis.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says DNA technology has improved since the unidentified bodies were buried.

Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery Park had a contract with Wayne County for 24 years to bury cadavers whose identities were unknown.


North Carolina sheriff won’t stop school-day license checks

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The new sheriff in one of North Carolina’s most populated counties says he won't quit doing traffic stops even though activists say they could be targeting immigrants for deportation.

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers’s office released a statement this week saying he sympathizes with immigrant parents, but his job is keeping all citizens safe.

Advocates for immigrants had asked Rogers to halt license checks on weekday afternoons when parents are driving to pick up children from school.

But Rogers’s office says he won’t tell officers to stop doing their jobs at certain times of the day, because lawbreakers may be driving without a license.

He also says his office will follow state and federal law and no longer routinely holds inmates for immigration authorities without a warrant or deportation order.

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