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Published March 8, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council appointed Steve Wietecha, 55, to its vacant seat during its regular meeting Feb. 23.

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Published March 8, 2016

This month’s Looking Back photo features the Roseville Florist shop as it appeared around 1947-48. The storefront was located at 27603 Gratiot Ave., between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads; that location is now home to Jasen’s Fine Furniture, which advertises itself as opening in 1951.
Gratiot itself was not paved until around 1947-48, dating this photo to some point after that work was completed.

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Published March 8, 2016

DETROIT — Restoration work at the 112-year-old Belle Isle Aquarium is continuing amid programs and new additions to its array of aquatic life.

Vance Patrick, co-chair of the Belle Isle Aquarium Committee, said workers are finishing up the restoration of the building’s skylights and should be finished restoring its glass ceiling tiles in April, if all goes well.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Angela Alexie, an Eastpointe resident charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse, went to trial in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 for her actions that allegedly caused her newborn son’s death in December 2014.

After the trial stretched to a fourth day, the jury found Alexie guilty of first-degree child abuse and first-degree felony murder — meaning she caused the infant’s death as the result of felonious behavior. Her criminal sentencing was scheduled for April 19.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Eastpointe resident Timothy Fradeneck was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 to life in prison without parole, which followed a plea in which he accepted guilt for the 2015 murders of his wife, Christie Fradeneck, 37, and two children, Tim, 8, and Celeste, 2.

Fradeneck, 38, received five life sentences without parole and two sentences of 18-30 years; he had a total of seven charges brought against him, including first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. The sentences will run concurrently.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

OTTAWA — Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has decided that there currently is not enough information to approve a proposed nuclear waste site less than a mile from Lake Huron, and she has not approved its construction.

“I am of the view that further information and/or studies are required before I make my environmental assessment decisions and issue my decision statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act,” McKenna wrote in a letter to Ontario Power Generation, the utility company proposing the site.

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Published March 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — City officials are urging pet owners who let their dogs run off-leash in city parks to instead use the MiDog dog park, citing safety concerns.

Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren said that while she has yet to get resident complaints about dogs off-leash in city parks like Spindler or Kennedy personally, one of the park attendants in the summer months had brought it up.

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Published February 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High School has been running financial aid sessions to help educate students — and their parents — on how it works, what it can be used for, and how to apply for it.

East Detroit counselor Howard Weiner said the high school had been running a single-night session about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for well over a decade before expanding it to two nights a few years ago. Last year, the high school expanded the program again to three sessions, and this year’s third session concluded Feb. 10.

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Published February 29, 2016

ROSEVILLE — On Friday, Feb. 19, police arrested four students — 17-year-old Da’lon Ashford, of Detroit, and three juveniles — at Roseville High School for having guns at school reportedly in anticipation of an after-school fight with students from another school.

The police investigation determined that a juvenile subject had taken two handguns from his home that were registered to an undisclosed individual, brought them to school and passed them around between the four students, whom police said had classes together.

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Published February 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The annual State of the City address on Feb. 17 focused on positive news and events that took place in Eastpointe and East Detroit Public Schools during the past year, though the speakers noted upcoming challenges.

Mayor Suzanne Pixley said 2015 proved to be an important year for Eastpointe, and noted that at this time last year, officials were hoping voters would approve what she called one of the most important votes in the city’s history: a public safety millage through the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

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Published February 24, 2016

A pair of residents from Eastpointe, a Roseville-based auto shop and the Roseville High School-based Drive One program all have one thing in common: They are all bringing vehicles to show at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Howard Brisendein, of Eastpointe, is bringing his one-of-a-kind 1973 Buick Riviera GS, which was built as a special order for a General Motors Co. executive at the company’s old Flint plant. Instead of a standard Riviera interior, Brisendein said, this car has the interior of a Buick Electra 225.

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Published February 24, 2016

LANSING — State Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville, submitted a bill Feb. 9 to restrict the state’s fireworks law and provide local communities with more control over the times when fireworks are allowed.

Under Chirkun’s bill, fireworks could only be used on three holidays — Memorial Day, Independence Day and New Year’s Eve — as well as the day immediately before and after those occasions.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — Holy demolition, Batman, the Great Lakes Comic-Con is coming up.

The comic book and toy convention will delight collectors 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Sports & Expo Center at the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road.

The Great Lakes Comic-Con is an annual comic, toy and collectible event in the metro Detroit area. The goals of the GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together and buy and sell some of their favorite merchandise.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 16, 2016

Roseville Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a Comerica Bank at 27990 Gratiot Ave. during the morning Feb. 16.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said in an email that Richard Mckinney, 28, of Washington Township, was taken into custody without incident at around 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The arrest took place in Detroit.

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