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Published October 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 15, Judge Denis LeDuc, of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, granted Gregory Bobchick’s new defense attorney’s request to adjourn a motions and pretrial conference for his client until Dec. 17.

LeDuc said David Griem — the new defense attorney — and Washington Township Prosecutor Colleen O’Connor Worden had a chambers conference preceding the decision and that everyone agreed to adjourn the Oct. 15 court date.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There are few better ways to gear up for Halloween than attending a haunted house. 

The spooky music, the dark and the fear of the unknown — was that your friend or a creature of the night breathing on your neck? 

A haunted house is sure to get you in the mood, and quickly.

Local venues offer the Halloween gamut, from over-the-top mayhem and panic to family-friendly entertainment and fun.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, rain or shine, the Packard Proving Grounds will host its annual cruise-in car show and fall open house.

For the first time, the open house will feature a live restoration of a ’54 Packard Clipper Sportster by Packard Proving Grounds volunteer restorer Larry Telles, as well as an inflatable obstacle course and a two-lane slide for children.

Tom Mitchell, chairman of the event, said the objective is to open the historic 14-acre landmark to the public and familiarize people with it.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After a Sept. 26 fire at a house located near 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, homeowner Sheri Neufang said smoke, water and fire destroyed the interior of the house — what an insurance company would call a “complete loss.”

While she said the family was able to salvage a little bit of china and other things that they could wash, as well as some meaningful jewelry and family photos, they lost everything else, including their dog and two of their vehicles.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to amend the township ordinance to ban the use of sky lanterns. The board will have to vote on the issue again at its next meeting Oct. 20 for the change to take effect.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski requested that the township authorize the ban after approximately a dozen other Michigan municipalities have done so.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of six replacement, probationary, entry-level patrol officers to bring the number of sworn Shelby Township police officers to 66.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said he hopes to start at least five of the new hires by Nov. 2. The board approved the hire of Jordan Haughee, Daniel Rutkowski Jr. and Autumn Fettig, and Shelide said two more candidates were in the vetting process.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There are no other homes in Shelby Township like the one owned by Myrna Mazure on 21 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Gardner Hunt Runyan, a carpenter and farmer, built the structure in the 1870s near Van Dyke and Canal Road, a site behind the current BP gas station in Utica. He died in 1919 inside the home and is buried in the Utica Cemetery, along with his wife, parents and brothers.

In 1955, the house was moved to a farm near Hahn Road so that a local business could expand its parking lot.

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Published October 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Township Engineer Carol Thurber said construction on the 1.28-mile trail connecting River Bends Park to the city of Utica is on schedule to finish by Nov. 15.

“This has been in the works for at least five years,” Thurber said. “It’s finally near the end of construction, and I’m pleased to say that the portion from the south end of the River Bends trail all the way to the wetland area where the boardwalk (is), is already constructed.”

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Published October 6, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Wellness Committee will host its inaugural 5K, called the Ether Day Frolic, at River Bends Park.

The group decided to time the event with the anniversary of the first use of ether as an inhalation anesthetic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Oct. 16, 1846.

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Published September 30, 2015

UTICA — On Oct. 3, all-day, zombie-themed festivities will return to downtown Utica for the city’s fourth annual Zombie Fest.

New this year will be a tango performance by “zombified” professional dancers, and professional makeup artists will offer a wider array of ghoulish transformations.

Returning staples include a zombie fun run, a zombie walk, trick-or-treating at local businesses, a costume contest, a blood drive and open house at the Utica Fire Department, a zombie dance competition, and a pub crawl.

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Published September 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 24, 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc set an evidentiary hearing for Oct. 29 to debate defense attorney Neil Rockind’s motion to suppress medical records regarding his client, Joseph Narra.

The Washington Township city attorney charged Narra, 18, of Shelby Township, with a minor in possession of alcohol charge after the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office closed the case on the basis of finding no conclusive criminal behavior.

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Published September 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, the Michigan Humane Society’s Mega March for Animals fundraiser will take place for the third year at Stony Creek Metropark’s Eastwood Beach.

The 10-year-old event also expanded to a fourth location in Woodhaven this year.

The day will feature myriad pet owners and dogs, as well as a few cats in strollers, traversing a loop beginning and ending at Eastwood Beach.

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Published September 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The newest addition to the Shelby Township Police Department will be the first non-English-speaking member — a 15-month-old black German shepherd from the Czech Republic named Morpheus.

On Oct. 5, patrol officer Joseph Wojcik will head down to a Pennsylvania kennel to train for six weeks with Morpheus, which will include learning to give commands in Dutch. The new policing duo is set to hit the roads Nov. 13.

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Published September 28, 2015

At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, a loud explosion at a residence near 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue startled neighbors.

In a matter of minutes, flames from the explosion, which originated in a shed next to the garage at the residence on East Pearson Road, spread to the garage and then the house, although firefighters extinguished the flames before they could seriously damage the home’s interior, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said.

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Published September 23, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Railroad tracks beneath Shelby Road, originally built in the late 1920s, would transport vehicles from the Packard Plant in Detroit to the Packard Proving Grounds for testing. Later, the tracks delivered goods to the former Ford Motor Co./Visteon site near 23 Mile and Mound roads.

Now, with the permission of the property’s current owner, Indiana Metals Inc., the tracks and the failing culvert are going to go.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 22, 2015

At approximately 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, a woman driving her child to school called 911 to report a possible deceased person along the side of Jewell Road, south of 26 Mile Road.

Shelby Township police and fire responded and discovered the body of an 18-year-old man in a ditch below a transmission tower. Shelby Township EMS confirmed the subject was deceased.

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Published September 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last summer, 9-year-old Rachael Mulvaine’s carefree lifestyle changed to a much more scheduled and regulated one.

Rachael’s story is similar to many individuals.

Between 2001 and 2009, the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Americans younger than age 20 increased 21 percent. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually, according to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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Published September 21, 2015

At approximately 9:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, a Shelby Township police officer on patrol discovered a serious two-car crash that had just occurred at the intersection of 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

A Dodge Caravan attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Schoenherr Road on a blinking yellow arrow while a Honda SUV traveling westbound on 23 Mile Road had a green light, Shelby Township Police Sgt. David Taylor said.

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