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Published April 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It is time again for volunteers wearing orange vests to fan out along Shelby Township roadways and pick up the trash that has hidden beneath the snow for the last several months.

Clean Up Day will kick off with registration at the Shelby Township Community Center at 8:30 a.m. April 25. It will wrap up with pizza, pop and a “weirdest things found” contest at the Community Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Published April 3, 2015

Shelby Township officials scrambled to publicize word of a mandatory two-day boil water alert after they became aware of it at approximately 11 a.m. March 26. The alert lasted from 11 p.m. Friday, March 27 to approximately noon Sunday, March 29.

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Although it sounds like a tale fit for April Fools’ Day, a Shelby Township neighborhood’s affection for a lone wild turkey who showed up one day last summer is real.

Residents in the area of 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue took to calling the turkey “Mary Lou,” after the name of their street, Mary Lou Court, until they found out the turkey was, in fact, a male. They then dubbed the turkey that enjoys following people, chasing cars and roosting in their trees “Harry Lou.”

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNHIP — Last weekend at Magahay Elementary School in Sterling Heights, the Shelby Township Police Department began a two-day training program, which will span four weekends, for its officers to learn how to respond to an active-shooter threat.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said there is a national problem with people walking into locations, such as schools or places of employment, and shooting people at random, and he wants to have the department properly trained to deal with such a threat.

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Published March 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Republican Party invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser — the Lincoln Dinner — on March 27.

Hundreds of Republicans and affiliates filled the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center’s dining hall to listen to the Republican governor. Christie bashed the current White House administration and highlighted what he believes a Republican president should focus on in 2016.

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Published March 25, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Local families can exercise a range of options for Easter activities this year, as several events will take place in the Shelby-Utica area.


Organizers are inviting families to come out and arrive early for the events, especially those that include egg hunts, because the kids claim the eggs quickly.


In Shelby Township, the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will host its annual Easter egg scramble event at River Bends Park on Saturday, March 28.

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Published March 25, 2015

UTICA — At approximately 2:35 p.m. March 5, police responded to the Home Depot near Hall Road and Schoenherr on a report of a retail fraud in progress. A loss prevention officer said he was watching the suspect inside the store.


When police arrived, they reportedly witnessed a man matching the description of the suspect — later identified as Diamante Jefferson, 23, of Detroit — running southbound from the Home Depot parking lot carrying a plastic grocery bag.

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Published March 24, 2015

On March 23, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to ease the tether conditions for a Shelby man charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.

In February, police arrested Najah Zetouna, 51, following a monthlong investigation and drug seizure worth an estimated $125,000. Police said the seizure involved approximately 32 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged for sale and synthetic marijuana.

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Published March 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, who has represented Michigan’s 10th Congressional District since 2003, announced March 5 that she would not run for re-election in 2016.

The announcement took the political world largely by surprise. Miller said she had never planned to serve in Washington for life and that, while unsure which avenue she planned to pursue next, it was time for her to come home to Michigan.

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Published March 18, 2015

UTICA — At the Utica City Council meeting March 10, Mayor Jacqueline Noonan announced that the developer of an estimated $8 million to $10 million minor league baseball stadium in downtown Utica hopes to break ground in May.

“We have great news,” Noonan said. “The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has decided to give us a major grant — at least half a million dollars — to pick up and dispose of any of the contaminated soils on the east parcel and possibly on the west, but for sure on the east.”

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Published March 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ninth annual Shelby Township Relay for Life will take place at River Bends Park from 10 a.m. May 16 to 10 a.m. May 17 in an effort to raise funds for cancer research, support cancer survivors and commemorate those who have died.

So far, the local event has raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society and all forms of cancer. The 24-hour relay event, in which one member from each team walks on a track at all times during the event, is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser.

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Published March 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 9, Clerk Stanley Grot swore in Kevin Bailey, who is the first police officer to join the ranks of the Shelby Township Police Department since January 2009.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said Bailey came to Shelby Township as a seasoned member of law enforcement. Bailey served with the Auburn Hills Police Department for 11 years.

Bailey won the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Lifesavers Award twice for the most drunken driving arrests made in Auburn Hills.

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Published March 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Within the Police Department that many members describe as a “family,” a literal family had much to celebrate when three of its members were promoted Feb. 23.

With two lieutenant retirements, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said he had to fill the holes in command. Two sergeants rose to fill the lieutenant gaps; two officers, who happened to be married to each other, rose to fill the sergeant vacancies; and the first officer hired since January 2009 joined the ranks of the department.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Chronic kidney disease is what Dr. Arthur Franke terms a “silent killer” because once people have the disease, they tend not to feel ill. He said about 900,000 people in Michigan have chronic kidney disease, but most of them don’t know it.

Franke, senior vice president and chief science officer at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, said the foundation’s mission is to prevent kidney disease from ever happening, as well as to improve the quality of life of those living with it.

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Published March 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Returning for the 14th year, the Friends of the Shelby Township Library’s popular children’s tea party will take place March 14 and adopt a new theme: Dr. Seuss.

With seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., families are invited to indulge in an afternoon of rhyming fun featuring songs and stories from “Seussical the Musical.” The young performers from All the World’s a Stage in Washington Township will give the performances.

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Published March 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The good news is that doctors removed all of Bonnie Bowman’s cancer. The bad news is that chemotherapy drugs left her with neuropathy, a nerve condition that made her hands and feet weak, numb and painful, said her daughter, Brandi Bowman.

When the Shelby Township Police Department learned that Bonnie, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and has been on disability since, was struggling financially, they rallied. Lt. Scott Trumbo said thousands of people directly benefited from Bonnie’s services.

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Published March 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Fire prevention is something most people probably don’t think about when they imagine the Shelby Township Fire Department. But the inspection division goes a long way in ensuring fire safety and fighting fires before they happen.

With longtime fire marshal Eddie Vojtush’s retirement Feb. 26, fire inspectors Steve Henion and Duane Staten will rise to the ranks of fire marshal and deputy fire marshal, respectively. Deputy fire marshal is a new position.

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Published March 4, 2015

UTICA — Organizers of the third annual Lucky Leprechaun 5K Race encourage people to put on their running shoes, and maybe a costume, March 7 in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, which takes place 10 days later.

The race will be held through the streets of downtown Utica and surrounding subdivisions, featuring three bridge crossings, the “world-famous graffiti tunnel” and scenic views of the Clinton River and historic Victorian and Greek revival homes on Cass Avenue.

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Published March 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The idea for a Shelby author’s second book grew from a seed to fruition when she was summoned for jury duty and had to wait for her interview in a courthouse in the spring of 2012. She filled a notepad with the makings of a first draft.

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Published March 4, 2015

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