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Published May 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Richmond City Council veteran and 1988 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School will be running in this August’s primary election for the 33rd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Jeff Yaroch, a Republican, has been a member of Richmond’s City Council since 1999, and he decided to run for the state House seat after colleagues advised him to give Lansing a try.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs announced during the May 11 Board of Trustees meeting that he will retire from his post June 3.

Koehs recently announced that he would not seek re-election this fall, ending a 14-year run as clerk.

Although there was speculation by board members, including Supervisor Janet Dunn, that Koehs was stepping down due to health reasons, Koehs said that health had no impact on his decision to retire.

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Published May 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Voters will decide whether or not the Macomb County Veterans Service Department will see increased funding following a millage proposal vote this August.

On May 5, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously the language that will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election day vote.

“I’m pleased, because now we can offer more services starting next year, or at least move forward to expanding,” said Laura Rios, director of the Veterans Services Department.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 5, 2016

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Macomb Township man died following a motorcycle crash during the evening of May 4.

Jeremiah King, 29, died after his motorcycle collided with a minivan at the corner of 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank at 9:33 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Romeo Plank, and as it entered the 23 Mile Road intersection, it hit the minivan.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a stranger danger incident took place during the evening of May 3 in Macomb Township.

The incident reportedly took place on Burgandy Drive, which is between Card Road and Heydenreich Road just north of Hall Road, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy and his parents filed a report with the sheriff’s office claiming that the boy was approached by a black man driving a white vehicle while he was walking home around 2:30 p.m.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michael Schmidt didn’t have any previous experience in building construction or television production, but that didn’t stop him from building his own film studio in Macomb Township to get kids up and moving.

Schmidt, a Macomb Township resident, is the man behind the “Buddy Bigfoot” production, which sets out to make exercise fun for kids.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of detectives have a new task in Tony Aued’s third book in his local murder mystery series.

Aued, a Macomb Township resident, released “Motor City Justice” in early April as the third of a four-book series focused on fictional criminal investigations in Detroit.

In his most recent book, Aued again features his two main characters, Detective Amy Harper and Detective Don Frederickson, as they find themselves chasing after a drug cartel operating out of Eastern Market.

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Published May 4, 2016

On April 25, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and and Industry held a town hall meeting to discuss the Michigan Department of Transportation’s 2017 Hall Road reconstruction project.

The approximately 1.8-mile project will redo Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. It will cost approximately $32 million, most of which will come from federal road funds.

The scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published May 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Similar to a Planning Commission meeting in early April, a host of residents spoke out during a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting April 27 to voice their displeasure over a proposed dog park.

The park would be located along 21 Mile Road, behind Fire Station No. 2.

Township Clerk Michael Koehs joined the residents in voicing opposition to the park by stating that there are other suitable locations within the township for it.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary examination hearing April 11 resulted in the case of a 26-year-old Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder to be bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr. is facing charges following the death of Brian Dequan Shepard, 21, of Macomb Township, in the early morning hours of this past Valentine’s Day.

The two were reportedly in a dating relationship for about three years and had gotten into an argument the night of the incident.

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Published April 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several Macomb Township residents have voiced their concerns about a proposed dog park that would be located on the south side of 21 Mile Road and a half-mile west of Romeo Plank, behind Macomb Township Fire Station No. 2.

Discussions for the park have been ongoing for several years, but due to the recent construction of a bypass lane on 21 Mile Road near the entrance of where the park would be, plans have heated up with construction scheduled to begin  on the park this summer.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a single-car fatal crash occurred at approximately 9:41 p.m. April 16 on 23 Mile Road west of Heydenreich.

A 27-year-old Troy man was reportedly driving eastbound on 23 Mile at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2002 Toyota and struck a telephone pole west of Heydenreich.

The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A lifelong Macomb Township resident and 2004 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School has announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 33rd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Mel Koch, who is running as a Republican, has spent the last six years as a legislative aide after earning a master’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

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Published April 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Performing a play within a play, Dakota High School’s theater team is giving itself a unique challenge for its spring production.

Dakota will perform the comedy “Noises Off” April 14-17.

“This gives them something different than our winter musical, ‘Mary Poppins,’” Dakota Theater Director Kelly Schmidt said. “It is a staple show for most theater programs, and it teaches a lot along the way.”

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