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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Step one of the local road reconstruction was successful. Now, the ball is in the county’s court.

At the April 11 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved a special assessment district, or SAD, for residents of Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets.

Trustee Ken Pearl neither voted nor participated in the matter due to living in that particular district.

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Published April 19, 2016

FRASER — A home surveillance system has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Clinton Township man.

On April 16, Colin Mitchell Tyler was arrested by Fraser and Clinton Township police for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

At about 1 p.m. April 14, Tyler allegedly snuck into a home on Garfield Road, near Mulvey, that is owned by a married couple in their 60s.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved by a 9-4 margin April 14 to give their positions and other county elected officials pay raises beginning at the start of 2017.

The raises are part of the 2017 compensation ordinance and are the first pay increase for county officials in more than a decade.

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Published April 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and pedestrians that killed one person and injured another.

Around 6 a.m. on April 13, a red Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound on Gratiot Avenue. The vehicle was driving in the left through lane when the two victims were walking from the east side of Gratiot to the west side, near Capitol Boulevard — about 1 1/2 miles south of Hall Road.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Renee Arrington-Johnson is legally blind, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her resume.

The General Motors engineer has worked for the company in various capacities for more than 35 years and is now working at the GM Technical Center in Warren.

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Published April 13, 2016

FRASER — Three Fraser Public Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 13, 2016

FRASER — A March 30 incident at McKinley Park has not brought anyone to justice yet, but it has provided local police with even more impetus to stop vandals.

Fraser police reported that windows located on the east-facing wall of McKinley Barrier-Free Park’s comfort station were shot with a BB gun.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christian Howard, 25, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years to 10 years behind bars by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski for his role in an accidental shooting last May.

Howard was sentenced for felony charges of second-degree child abuse, receiving and concealing a firearm and possessing a firearm while committing a felony for the incident that took place in Clinton Township’s Normandy Park. A misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm resulting in injury or death was also included.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— In its third edition, Chippewa Valley Choir Director James Pecar’s “A Cappella for Autism” will feature more than 350 student singers from elementary ages to college performers.

The event will feature two shows, both at 6 p.m. on April 19 and April 20, at Chippewa Valley High School’s Henrichsen Auditorium.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Three Clintondale Community Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle school and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With aid from the Macomb County Department of Roads, Clinton Township will soon see a pair of vital road stretches either fixed or replaced.

Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner was present at the township’s March 21 Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the two intended projects: replacing 19 Mile Road, between Hayes and Romeo Plank roads; and a 2-inch asphalt overlay on Cimarron, from 18 Mile Road north to Bayham, and then east to the entrance of Miami Elementary School.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — Police are looking into a vandalism incident that occurred at McKinley Barrier-Free Park sometime on March 30.

The park, located on Grove Street near 13 Mile and Hayes roads, was damaged by unknown individuals. Fraser First Booster Club’s Facebook page released a statement commenting on the incident.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — In the bruising and battering sport of hockey, there’s not much love on the ice.

Things are different beyond the rink, though, and it’s evident with the rejuvenation of a now local hockey team and community members who have offered their support.

The Metro Jets are the newest fixture in Fraser, playing at Fraser Hockeyland on Utica Road. But the North American 3, or NA3, hockey team is not new by any means.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — Harmonies echoing from Fraser Public Schools continue to receive national acclaim.

For the fifth year in a row, the district was recognized by the nonprofit National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM Foundation, with its Best Communities for Music Education designation.

Out of 13,515 districts across the country, 476 were recognized in what is now the foundation’s 17th year of doling out praise to schools that remain committed to music education programs.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Some local Girl Scouts have been keeping busy helping out whoever is in need in the community, even some four-legged friends. 

The Scouts from Walt Disney Elementary in Fraser are big animal lovers and aimed to help the Macomb County Animal Shelter recently. During a two-week collection period, about 30 “starter kits” were created to benefit the shelter’s dogs and cats. The kits included blankets, food, treats, toys and cat litter.

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Published March 30, 2016

FRASER — Fraser High School art teacher Susan DiPace said every year she looks forward to the creative collaboration between her students and those at Emerson Elementary.

The annual creative partnership takes place before Fraser First Booster Club’s Art in the Garden, which has a different yearly theme and includes an auction that benefits the McKinley Barrier-Free Park.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — She is recognized by her stern face, her red polka dot bandana, her blue work shirt and flexing forearm.

The “she” is Rosie the Riveter, who generations have identified with as a symbol of women’s efforts during World War II.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As part of a three-day symposium hosted by FranklinCovey Education at Macomb Community College, approximately 60 educators from across the country paid a visit to Cherokee Elementary School on March 22 to learn about the school’s “Leader in Me” program.

Cherokee Principal Lynn Mair said the visit gave the school an opportunity to show how it implements leadership practices through instruction. 

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sometimes wearing a suit and tie every day can be a tedious venture.

Yet when Clinton Township Civic Center employees dress casually once a week, they’re not simply doing it for their own comfort, but to benefit others in the process.

Debbie Staller, administrative aide to the board of trustees, said the idea started more than a decade ago when employees and administrators discussed a way they could have casual days at work while benefiting local charities and organizations.

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