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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 65th annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama is right around the corner, and car fanatics are already revving their engines.

This year’s edition runs Feb. 24-26 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Labeled as one of the premiere car shows in the nation, this year’s event is expected to feature about 800 chopped, channeled, dumped and decked hot rods and custom cars from around the world.

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Published February 20, 2017

METRO DETROIT — More than five years ago, Anthony Velez and Rosemary Chyz were found murdered.

The young couple’s bodies were found Oct. 24, 2011, in a vacant field on Detroit’s east side, near Mount Elliot and Van Dyke.

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Published February 16, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Due to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole, individuals in 11 affected Macomb County communities have been asked to conserve water.

However, some individuals may not have gotten that message. Or they realize that they have to be conservative, but don’t know the best ways to accomplish that task.

In an effort to help educate the public, Michigan State University Extension will host the program “Save Water: Protect Your Health and Environment” Tuesday, Feb. 21. It will provide tips on how to help alleviate the effects of the ongoing crisis.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools has unveiled a new website designed to educate student-athletes on how to improve performance while avoiding harmful activities. 

The district’s “Life of an Athlete” website started up Feb. 7 before a crowd of administrators, coaches and student-athletes in the district’s administration building.

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Published February 14, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Recent rain nearly resulted in possible water pollution, due to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole.

A press release issued Feb. 8 by Dan Heaton, public relations manager for the Macomb County Public Works Office, stated that rainfall on Feb. 7 nearly caused the “disaster that never happened.”

Heaton said the office’s engineers turned on sewer discharge pipes that night. If the valves would have been opened, it would have sent millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Clinton River and subsequently Lake St. Clair.

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Published February 14, 2017

FRASER — Richard Olin Smith, 24, of Clinton Township, faces several charges after he was arrested in the early morning hours of Feb. 6.

Fraser Police Lt. Mike Pettyes said that around 3:15 a.m. that day, Fraser Public Safety officer James Morgan was patrolling the streets when he observed a man near a neighborhood in the area of Hayes and 13 Mile roads.

“If you’re walking around at 3 o’clock in the morning, our guys will more than likely ask you what you’re doing,” Pettyes said. 

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP— After receiving approval from the state treasury department a week earlier, the Chippewa Valley Board of Education gained approval from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office to hold a bond proposal election May 2. 

Voters will decide whether to approve a project plan priced at $89,942,125. It would raise taxes on a home valued at $200,000 by $50 per year.

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Published February 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Administrators in the Clintondale Community Schools district are working to revive a school that, according to the state, is struggling.

The State School Reform/Redesign Office, or SRO, listed Robbie Hall Parker School within the bottom 5 percent of lowest-achieving public schools in the state. A total of 132 schools were mentioned in the most recent data.

The SRO is a division within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

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Published February 14, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County officials have approved a $20 million loan that will help fund repairs related to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole.

The funds are specifically earmarked for the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, and will come from a combination of the county’s general fund and delinquent tax revolving fund.

The MIDD will pull funds from the loan when needed and will pay back the loan within four months through a bond issue. The district will pay a 0.55 percent annual interest rate.

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Published February 13, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County officials have approved a $20 million loan that will help fund repairs related to the 15 Mile Road sinkhole.

The funds are specifically earmarked for the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD, and will come from a combination of the county’s general fund and delinquent tax revolving fund.

The MIDD will pull funds from the loan when needed, and will pay back the loan within four months through a bond issue. The district will pay a 0.55 percent annual interest rate.

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Published February 10, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Detroit man was arrested Feb. 9, on multiple charges related to a home invasion earlier in the week.

A press release issued by the Clinton Township Police Department that same day stated that Pierre Tipton, 29, was arrested at the Wayne County Parole Office, with coordinated assistance from U.S. Marshals.

He was arraigned via video Feb. 10 at 41-B District Court, in front of Magistrate Daniel Goulette.

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Published February 8, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With February designated as the month to celebrate career and technical education, or CTE, Chippewa Valley Schools officials are touting their work in developing programs that provide students with hands-on work experience while in high school.

Claire Brisson, the district’s CTE director, said Chippewa Valley Schools offers 15 programs for more than 2,000 students each year. 

The programs include construction trades, a medical academy, a teacher cadet program, graphic design and several more.

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Published February 8, 2017

FRASER — Fraser Public Schools is going to the people with a bond proposal that will be voted on May 2.

District administrators said the proposal is needed to address facility upgrades, classroom and student technology, furniture and buses. The millage rate is seven mills.

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Published February 8, 2017

FRASER — The start of the year is a way to look forward, and with tight budgets, officials have to decide what is most important financially.

On Jan. 12, Scott Lockwood, executive vice president of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, or AEW, was joined by senior project engineer Michael Vigneron to discuss the city’s capital improvement options for the upcoming years.

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Published February 8, 2017

FRASER — The city’s towing contract has been in the spotlight for a while, dating back to the last mayor and city council.

The current proposal is still up for grabs following a 3-3 stalemate vote Jan. 12, in wake of the absence of Councilman Mike Carnagie.

Mayor Joe Nichols, Councilman Matt Hemelberg and Councilwoman Yvette Foster voted in favor of Foster’s Towing, while Councilwoman Michael Lesich, Councilwoman Kathy Blanke and Councilwoman Patrice Schornak rejected that vote.

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Published February 7, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Board of Education of Chippewa Valley Schools has passed a resolution that opposes the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, who, at press time, was a nominee to be the country’s next education secretary.

The resolution has similar language to ones passed by East Lansing Public Schools and Ann Arbor Public Schools. It opposes her confirmation, urges senators to vote against her confirmation and urges President Donald Trump to nominate an individual who possesses the skills and experience required to act as education secretary.

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Published February 6, 2017

LANSING/MACOMB COUNTY — On Jan. 31, the Michigan House of Representatives approved Rep. Bill Sowerby’s House Concurrent Resolution 1 to ask Gov. Rick Snyder to extend the city of Fraser’s state of emergency in relation to the sinkhole that opened Dec. 24.

The extension called for an additional 56 days, in effect after the original expiration date of Feb. 3.

It was confirmed by a voice vote and no opposition in the House. On Feb. 1, the state Senate unanimously voted to extend the state of emergency.

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Published February 1, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The 125th anniversary of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce was celebrated Jan. 25 with the group’s annual meeting at Mirage Elegant Banquets and Catering, 16980 18 Mile Road in Clinton Township.

This year’s main speaker was Matthew Cullen, a principal of Rock Ventures LLC and CEO of Jack Entertainment. The Detroit-based Rock Ventures serves and connects Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert with more than 100 companies, along with investments, real estate purchases and community activities.

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Published February 1, 2017

FRASER — A man with a criminal record dating back to the 1960s has been arrested for a crime he has repeated time, and time, and time again: home invasion.

Frank King, 66, of Detroit, was arraigned Jan. 24 in 39th District Court for first-degree home invasion. His bond was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent cash or surety.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said that King was also a parole detainer. His crime history goes back decades, with 14 prior arrests and 10 prior convictions — all for burglary and home invasion.

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