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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 17, 2015

A youth soccer coach from Roseville has been arrested and arraigned in the 39th District Court on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Jason Allen Niemasz, 33, of Roseville, was arrested Dec. 10, based on an incident that allegedly took place Nov. 14. According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, police received a report from a 12-year-old girl’s parents, who stated that Niemasz allegedly molested their daughter while she was a guest at Niemasz’s home.

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Published December 17, 2015

A 32-year-old Roseville man died when his car hit a tree during the early hours of Dec. 17.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, officers responded to a report of a one-car crash at 12 Mile Road and Congress at 1:17 a.m.

Shane Michael Caughey, of Roseville, was the sole person involved in the crash, police said. His 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo reportedly had left the roadway traveling westbound on 12 Mile Road and struck a tree.

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Published December 16, 2015

DETROIT — A jury trial date of Feb. 2 has been set in U.S. District Court for the man who allegedly robbed a TCF Bank in Roseville Nov. 21.

Martell Poindexter, 27, of Detroit, is facing felony charges of bank robbery by force or violence and violent crime. He was arraigned Nov. 23 and had a preliminary exam Dec. 7, where Poindexter allegedly refused to sign the acknowledgement of a “not guilty” plea.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Transportation is partnering with a consortium of private companies to replace aging or broken streetlights along the area’s major highways with new energy-efficient ones.

The Michigan Freeway Lighting Partners have contracted with MDOT in a public-private partnership, or P3, to finance and contract the replacement work. Over the next two years, those streetlights will be replaced along Interstates 94, 96, 75, 696 and 275 in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, MDOT spokesman Robert Morosi said, as well as M-10 and M-39.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Macomb Mall has brought back its food drive for a second year and added a coat and clothing drive to help Roseville students.

The food drive is running through Dec. 18, while the coat drive will continue until Dec. 31, according to Macomb Mall Marketing Manager Samantha Grosman. She said the mall has been in the community for more than 50 years, and as such, the managerial staff wanted to do something to give back. The mall partnered with the Macomb Food Program and Roseville Community Schools.

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Published December 15, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 for Roseville Middle School to get a full-time assistant principal, owing to the school’s sizable student population.

Jacob Mowinski has been serving in the role part time, Superintendent John Kment said, but due to an increase in the number of students, the building now needs a full-time assistant principal to keep up.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 during its regular meeting Dec. 7 to name Roseville High School’s weight room after the late Rex Corless, a teacher and coach at the school for 34 years.

Corless retired from the district in 1993 and died in 2008, according to Roseville High School Athletic Director Dennis Borse, but upon Corless’ death, his family established the Rex E. Corless Fund to help students in the school’s athletic programs. The fund helps pay for athletic gear or physicals.

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Published December 11, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Local bands, musicians and musical acts like the Tidal Waves, Amy Decker, the Epidemics and Blues Condition are all getting another day in the sun with a memorabilia display at the Roseville Public Library.

The display, put together by Wendy Clem, highlights musicians with some connection to Roseville from a variety of genres going back to the 1960s. Clem said the artists highlighted range in age today from their 20s to their 70s, and the display features everything from playbills to records to music magazines to instructions for bands playing at shows.

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Published December 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Motorists in Eastpointe will not be seeing members of the local Goodfellows organization on the streets selling papers to raise money for kids to get gifts at Christmas.

Instead, the organization is working with Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in the city to raise funds Dec. 15, according to Goodfellows member Harvey Curley. The move was made due to safety concerns with traffic, he said.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — If the weather cooperates, the Geminid meteor shower should provide a stellar show this month.

Named for the constellation Gemini — where the meteor shower appears to originate in the night sky — the Geminids start to appear in mid-December and peak the night of Dec. 13-14 after midnight. The shower occurs when the Earth crosses the orbit of a rocky comet that is shedding debris while traveling around the sun; the debris then burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Kroger store under construction at 13 Mile Road and Flora Street, which will replace a vacant Kmart property, should be open for business in early 2016.

According to City Manager Scott Adkins, work on the new store is “substantially completed” with no issues from the city’s perspective. Since

Kroger’s fiscal year starts when the calendar year does, Adkins said, Kroger opted to finish up and open next month.

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Published December 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A variety of lectures and events are coming up at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum in Eastpointe after the new year, with topics ranging from World War I-era Detroit to pieces of World War II history.

The museum, located at 16600 Stephens Road, currently has five talks lined up between January and May, according to the museum’s president, Chris Causley. The museum also has a book and media sale scheduled for March 19-20.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

This year’s El Niño event is one of the strongest in recorded history, and researchers believe it is increasing the likelihood of a winter that is both warmer and drier than usual.

El Niño is a periodic natural occurrence where warm water cycles around in the Pacific Ocean and reaches the surface. The increase in sea surface temperatures in turn impacts how storms and air pressure regions form and impacts global weather patterns — typically in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months.

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Published December 2, 2015

Water levels in most of the Great Lakes are expected to stay at or above the long-term average over the next six months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels have rebounded after more than a decade of being at near-record lows the past two years, according to NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab hydrologist Drew Gronewald. With the exception of Lake Ontario, they are all currently seasonally above the long-term average. That average was compiled using data from 1918 through 2014.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council voted 6-0 Nov. 24 to place a millage renewal on the March 8 presidential primary ballot for its advanced life support system.

The millage amount is 0.35 mills and would run from 2017 through 2037. According to City Attorney Tim Tomlinson, the original millage was passed 20 years ago and is set to expire next year. One mill is the equivalent of $1 per $1,000 of taxable value on a property.

“To be clear, this is your ambulances from the Fire Department,” Tomlinson said. “This is funded by this millage.”

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

Police issued a citation following a hit-and-run incident where a driver allegedly ran into the Bank of America at 12 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue at about 8:25 a.m. Nov. 28.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, a gray, newer Ford Edge allegedly failed to stop and ended up driving into the south side of the bank building itself, pushing in the wall and knocking objects loose.

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Published November 27, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Regional Transit Authority is gathering public input on a proposed rapid bus service along Gratiot Avenue — from downtown Detroit to Mount Clemens — and would like public input before making a recommendation in early 2016.

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