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Published September 8, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A local junior varsity soccer coach for Roseville Community Schools was arraigned at 39th District Court Sept. 6 after the Roseville Police Department determined that he was “allegedly sexting” with current and former students for a period of months, according to a police press release.

Christopher Mahla, 25, was charged with two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes — a potential four-year felony — and two counts of communicating with another via computer to commit a crime, which is a potential 10-year felony.  

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Published September 8, 2017

ROSEVILLE — During a probable cause conference Sept. 6, 39th District Court Judge Joseph Boedeker scheduled a preliminary examination for a 20-year-old Eastpointe resident accused in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Clinton Township resident at a graduation party in Roseville Aug. 6, and Boedeker warned those in the courtroom that any threats against witnesses in the case could result in those making the threats facing prosecution.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 4, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Oakland University associate professor Karen Miller will discuss the 1943 Detroit race riots as part of the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society Fall Lecture Series at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the museum at 16600 Stephens Road.

Admission to the event is by donation.

MMTHS went into further detail about the riots in a press release Aug. 21.

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Published September 3, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe announced a call for artists for an exhibition that will feature workers and residents Oct. 26-Nov. 3 at the Patriot Building at Spindler Park, 19400 Stephens Road. The exhibition will be open to the public, and there will be no admission fee.

“At this time, we’re looking at having the exhibit open five days, about three to four hours per day,” said Eastpointe Building Official and Director of Community and Economic Development Mary Van Haaren.

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Published August 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools’ Great Start Readiness Preschool Program received a five-star rating from the Michigan Department of Education’s Great Start to Quality, according to a press release from the district Aug. 17.

“Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children’s needs,” the release stated.

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Published August 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — School is back in session for the Eastpointe and Roseville communities, and their local libraries are prepared to assist students and their families for the summer-to-fall transition. This year, both libraries have a new database to aid students of all ages.

Tutor.com provides live assistance from teachers from 4 to 11 p.m. Tutor has a skills resource center with flashcards, videos and recommended websites for all subject areas.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Police Department is investigating a Roseville Community Schools junior varsity soccer coach for “allegedly sexting” with current and former students “over the last several months,” according to a police press release Aug. 31.

Police said they are in the beginning stages of the investigation.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this investigation and the ages of the victims, the Roseville police will not comment further on this matter until the conclusion of the investigation,” the release stated.

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Published August 30, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s City Hall parking lot, 23200 Gratiot Ave., will be closed to the public Sept. 6-30 for a reconstruction project totaling $183,933.

City Hall and its parking lot were built in 2008.

The reconstruction project was brought before the City Council July 18, when members voted 3-1 to approve the project with the lowest qualified bid.

Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt and Councilwoman Sarah Lucido voted in favor of the reconstruction. Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. voted against.

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Published August 30, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will feature local and regional artists, vendors and crafters.
The admission fee is $2, and proceeds will go toward the DDA to “invest in the area,” according to DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 28, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A new probable cause conference date has been scheduled for a 20-year-old Eastpointe resident accused of the shooting death of an 18-year-old Clinton Township resident at a graduation party at a home on Callahan Road, north of 12 Mile Road and east of Hayes, in Roseville Aug. 6.

Amer Mongogna was arraigned Aug. 9 on five charges, including second-degree murder.

One round hit Luke Filary, 18, who was “just attending as a guest of the homeowner,” Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon said Aug. 9.

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Published August 25, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe Finance Director Randy Blum expounded on the recent increases in residents’ water bills during the Eastpointe City Council meeting Aug. 15.

In Eastpointe’s 2017-18 city budget, the city spells out the charges for water rates.

Residents will be charged fixed rates of $4.18 for each 100 cubic feet of water consumed, and $10.97 will be charged per month “for each fire service line connected to premises.”

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Published August 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council introduced and gave first reading to an ordinance Aug. 15 that would regulate the conditions required for tethering a dog.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. all voted to go forward in the process to amend the previous ordinance.

The council scheduled the ordinance for second reading and consideration for adoption at its Sept. 5 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A local family is calling their son a hero after he found his younger brother unresponsive in their family pool and performed chest compressions July 25.

It was an ordinary day at their nana’s house for Jacob O’Connor, 10; Gavin Hawkins, 8; and Dylan Meadows, 2 — filled with time in the sun and playing in the family pool.

Ellen Viau was babysitting her daughter’s three sons and thought the day would be like most days when her grandsons are over.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 15, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe resident Jonas Grabill stands by his story of an alleged incident he said he encountered at The Spot Bar and Grill in Roseville July 22, though security footage shows no recording of the incident.

Grabill described the alleged incident in a Facebook status that went viral July 22.

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Published August 15, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe High School students have been renovating the high school’s library with the help of the General Motors Student Corps program.

The group doing the renovation consists of 10 students, two GM retirees and a college intern from the University of Detroit Mercy. The GM Student Corps program began in 2013 with 11 partner high schools.

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Published August 14, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A suspect accused of causing a fatal crash at Kelly Road and Masonic Boulevard June 1 while allegedly fleeing the scene of a theft in Fraser will see his case continue at Macomb County Circuit Court after a district court judge found Aug. 9 that enough evidence existed to bind over the suspect.

Rochester Hills resident Tony Walker appeared before visiting Judge Carl F. Jarboe inside Judge Marco Santia’s courtroom at the 39th District Court for a preliminary examination Aug. 9.

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