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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published April 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A man was robbed of $6,500 at gunpoint during a Craigslist deal gone wrong in Eastpointe March 29.

According to a report from the Eastpointe Police Department, the man had arranged to buy a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS for $6,500 on the website Craigslist. He told police that he had exchanged several emails with the suspect and had planned to meet the day prior at the Macomb Mall in Roseville.

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Published March 30, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High School drama club has announced that its spring production is “Grease: The Musical,” and dozens of students all the way down to the elementary level have been preparing for its April 28-29 show dates.

Drama Director Angie Houghton said the production has been in the works since December, when auditions were held. Following the Christmas break, students started rehearsals at least once a week, practicing more frequently as time has gone on, she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council has until its June 7 meeting to review changes to its fiscal management plan, following discussion at its regular March 15 meeting.

The plan aims to provide goals and strategies to serve as guidelines for budget planning and management, according to the document’s introduction. Following last year’s public safety millage approval, City Manager Steve Duchane told council members that a number of items previously in the plan are no longer necessary.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Warm weather has hit the area earlier than usual following a mild winter, prompting city workers to set aside the salt and snowplows to begin spring cleaning.

Roseville Department of Public Services Director Thomas Aiuto said crews have been out every day to patch potholes as they pop up — something they have been able to do a lot due to the mild winter — and have been able to get started on tree trimming.

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Published March 28, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Effective science education can give people a greater understanding of the world around them, but conveying complex ideas is not always easy.

At the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, the staff tries to make science understandable with hands-on programs, Head of Communications Steven Pagnani said.

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Published March 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan School Reform Office, or SRO, is set to post its job opening for a CEO at four East Detroit schools — East Detroit High School, Kelly Middle School, Bellview Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary — amid meetings with the district.

Caleb Buhs, public information officer for the Michigan Office of Technology, Management and Budget, which oversees the SRO, said that as of March 14, there was little else new on that front.

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Published March 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted unanimously March 15 to provide $1,500 for a legal effort by the newly formed nonprofit organization Taxpayers for the Michigan Constitution to take the state government to court over municipal and school revenue-sharing issues.

City Manager Steve Duchane, who helped form the group, said communities across the county have discussed it, and that they seek to end state practices that he said have led to less money being provided to local governments than the state constitution requires.

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Published March 23, 2016

DETROIT — Several members of the “Seven Mile Bloods” gang were indicted on racketeering, murder and firearms violations as part of an ongoing police investigation March 1.

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Published March 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A settlement was reached March 3 in a lawsuit between an Eastpointe woman sentenced to jail time after allegedly being unable to pay her court fines, and the 38th District Court and Judge Carl Gerds.

Under the settlement, both sides agree that the standing statewide judicial practice of jailing defendants who do not pay their court fines and fees — without first checking to make sure the defendants can actually pay — should be ended.

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Published March 23, 2016

A Sterling Heights man has been arraigned in 38th District Court following an alleged abduction attempt March 22.

Mile Marinkovski, 65, was arraigned March 24 and charged with one count of enticing a minor for immoral purposes, a felony. A preliminary examination was scheduled for April 12, and a not guilty plea was entered on Marinkovski’s behalf.

Marinkovski requested a court-appointed attorney, but one had not been named as of press time.

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Published March 18, 2016

ROCHESTER — “You can change the world,” science educator Bill Nye told a crowd at Oakland University’s O’rena Athletic Center March 14.

Popularly known from his “Bill Nye the Science Guy” educational TV series from the 1990s, Nye was invited to talk as part of the university’s Varner Vitality Lecture Series. For nearly 90 minutes, he talked to attendees about topics ranging from his parents’ background and sundials to the Mars rovers, global warming and renewable energy.

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Published March 16, 2016

FRASER — Police believe alcohol was involved in a March 12 fatal car accident.

The incident took place around 1:40 a.m. on Groesbeck Highway, south of 14 Mile Road.

Kyle Kumbo, 24, was reportedly driving his 2004 Buick SUV on northbound Groesbeck, with his girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat. Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII with four people was stopped at a red light in the middle through lane.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Tastefest event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 at Athena Hall in Roseville, and new food vendors are just one of the additions this year.

According to Director Linda Weishaupt, the event will feature a variety of local chefs, restaurants and vendors providing samples of food for people to try in exchange for food tickets — each ticket costs $1, or visitors can purchase 25 for $20.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Voters in Roseville approved renewing the city’s emergency medical ambulance service during the March 8 presidential primary election, while voters countywide gave Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the most support.

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Published March 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Students at Roseville High School raised $1,455 to help out the residents of Flint the week of Feb. 29 through a penny war.

According to Sue Dzieciolowski, a vocational child care teacher, the money will go toward the Flint Child Health and Development Fund via the city’s public relations department.

She said the idea for the penny war to help Flint spun out of a discussion and project her students had in class about the impact of lead poisoning on children, based on Flint’s struggle with poisoned water.

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Published March 14, 2016

The effort to control invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes and their waterways has a new arrow in the quiver following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a new biopesticide.

The pesticide is a synthesized version of the lamprey’s mating pheromone, which can be used to attract male and female lampreys into traps or unsuitable breeding grounds, according to Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Communications Director Marc Gaden. In nature, larval lampreys emit the pheromone to let adults know that they are in a suitable breeding ground.

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Published March 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, anticipated a dry, warm winter in the Great Lakes states due to the strong El Niño that has taken place this year, it has ended up being much wetter than expected.

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Published March 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A 14-year-old Roseville teenager is in stable condition after being hit by a car near Common and Glenhurst March 9.

According to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin, the student was leaving Roseville High School when he stepped out in front of an oncoming car on Common, getting hit in the process. The student was transferred to a hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries,” Berlin said, and was in stable condition later that day.

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Published March 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Dogs awaiting adoption in Macomb and Genesee counties should see an influx of fresh food thanks to the efforts of an Eastpointe resident who has organized the donation of 40,000 cans of dog food from Fromm Family Foods to shelters in both counties.

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