News & Notes - 6/21/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published June 21, 2023


New officers join Shelby Township Police Department
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department swore in four new officers June 2. Pictured, from left, are Asmir Sahuric, Julian Gherasim, Kevin Gutenschwager and David Frick. Sahuric has experience with the Madison Heights Police Department, and Gherasim has worked for the Wayne State University Police Department and the Border Patrol. Gutenschwager and Frick recently graduated from the Oakland Police Academy.


Weekend Unwind brings music to Utica
UTICA — The city of Utica will be hosting its weekly Weekend Unwind in Utica at 7 p.m. June 23. The band this week will be The Pulse, which has never before played Weekend Unwind. The free Weekend Unwind concerts take place every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park, next to the Utica Public Library at 7530 Auburn Road.


Learn about drought-tolerant ornamental grasses 
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County MSU Extension will host “Adding Ornamental Grasses to the Garden” for individuals interested in learning more about options to complement or replace turf. The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 27 at the VerKuilen Building-Entrance E, located at 21885 Dunham Road in Clinton Township.

The class is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. At the conclusion of the class, each participant can take home a complimentary tussock sedge plug to plant in their gardens. Register at For more information or registration assistance, call (586) 469-6440.


Michigan community colleges now offering course credit for hundreds of industry-recognized credentials
STATEWIDE — Michigan residents with industry-recognized credentials and certifications might now be eligible for course credit at one of the state’s 31 community and tribal colleges, the Michigan Community College Association announced June 12.

The new program awards credits toward degrees for more than 500 professional certifications or credentials.

As a result, students can earn course credit that would count toward hundreds of certificate and degree programs in Michigan. Course credit may be awarded for specific licensures, certifications, apprenticeships, training academies and other industry-recognized credentials.

Find a searchable database of the credentials that can earn course credit at Funding for the program was provided by the Ascendium Education Group.


Save the date for Battle of the Badges
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department will be participating in this year’s third annual Battle of the Badges Charity Softball Tournament at Jimmy John’s Field Sept.17. The gates will open at 1 p.m. and general admission tickets for adults will cost $10. Free admission for children 12 and younger. The event will have live music, a raffle, vendors, K-9 teams, mascots, patrol vehicles, face-painting and more. Shelby Township police will play in the tournament’s first game at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament will benefit police athletic leagues and law enforcement explorers programs.