News & Notes - 9/20/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published September 20, 2023

Shutterstock image


Police remind motorists of school bus safety
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the return of school, the Shelby Township Poilce Department published on some reminders for motorists about what they should do when they encounter school buses.

When overhead lights are flashing yellow, that means to prepare to stop.

When overhead lights are flashing red and the stop sign is out, motorists must stop.

When hazard warning lights are flashing, drivers should proceed with caution.

The department stated that stop-arm cameras were approved for use by the state Legislature and are in use on school buses statewide.

The department said that motorists would see an increase in patrol cars to ensure that the rules are being followed.


Educators can apply for Classroom Cash Grants
STATEWIDE — Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union is offering Classroom Cash Grants to local teachers through Oct. 2. Educators can submit their creative project ideas on for a chance to receive a grant of up to $750.

MSGCU has awarded nearly $625,000 in grants over the years through the program, which funded more than 1,000 classroom projects. After the application period closes, community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite projects from Oct.12 to 22 using the Classroom Cash Grants website. The projects with the most votes will receive grants, and the winners will be announced in early November.


Local law enforcement honored at safety event
UTICA — On Sept. 10, three members of local law enforcement were honored during the Brighter Michigan PAC’s America Safety First event held at Jimmy John’s Field.

The political action committee honored Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham as law enforcement administrator of the year; Macomb County Sheriff Cmdr. Jason Abro as law enforcement supervisor of the year; and Lake Orion Police Chief Todd Stanfield as law enforcement officer of the year.

Conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson was the keynote speaker during the event. The Brighter Michigan’s PAC’s mission is to educate and register new voters, and endorse and help elect conservative leaders. For more information, visit


Weigh in on state land review plans by Oct. 11
STATEWIDE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff recommendations on whether to keep, exchange or sell state-managed land in 11 counties — Baraga, Benzie, Clare, Clinton, Genesee, Ionia, Manistee, Mecosta, Newaygo, Shiawassee and Wayne — are nearing DNR director approval, but there remains time for anyone interested to review the recommendations and share feedback.

An updated, interactive web map — available at through the “state land review” section — reflects those recommendations since the initial public comment period closed, making it easy to see what has changed throughout the DNR’s ongoing state land review process.

Comments left on the web map or emailed to by Oct. 11 will be compiled and provided to the DNR director. A final decision on recommendations is expected at the Oct. 12 meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.


State representative testifies in favor of new judge position
State Rep. Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Township, testified Sept. 6 before the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is the minority vice chair, regarding his bill, HB 4823, which would add an additional judge to the Macomb County Probate Court.

Wozniak said in a press release that adding the judge is supported by the Macomb County Probate Court and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Wozniak said that the most recent Judicial Workload Assessment, from 2019, found that the Macomb Probate Court should have three to four probate judges to properly manage its caseload. Wozniak said he requested a new analysis based on current caseloads and resources, and it came to the same conclusion.

HB 4823 would add one judicial position to the Macomb County Probate Court, for a total of three judges.

Wozniak was joined by Judge Sara Schimke, of the Macomb County Probate Court, and Deputy General Counsel to the Michigan Supreme Court Trevor VanDyke in speaking in support of the legislation.

On Sept. 13, the bill was referred for a second reading.