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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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Published February 1, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nichole Wouters considers herself to be a planner.

What she has gone through to start 2017, and what she is about to experience, was never in her plans.

Wouters, 27, spent much of her summer exercising and getting back into shape. As the summer progressed, however, she noticed that she began getting short of breath.

As summer turned to fall, that shortness of breath progressed into a consistent cough, and she was diagnosed with pneumonia around Thanksgiving.

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Published February 1, 2017

FRASER — The 10th anniversary of the Fraser Public Schools’ Empty Bowls fundraiser fused parents, students, singers and musicians.

The project raises money, as well as awareness, for the homeless. It stems from a worldwide movement to help fight and end hunger.

This year’s event took place Jan. 26 in its usual gathering place at the Fraser High School cafeteria. Individuals paid $10 for entry and a bowl of soup, while families paid $25.

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Published February 1, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 18th annual Clinton Township Community Blood Drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will take place Feb. 7 and 8 at various locations within the township.

Clinton Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem is overseeing the event, which was run by former Township Treasurer Bill Sowerby in the past. Gieleghem said he looked at the opportunity of taking the blood drive baton as part of his job to impact the community.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After prescription drugs and opiates have ravaged families and society in recent years, one community has come together to offer proactive solutions.

On Jan. 31, “Hope Not Handcuffs” was officially launched in Macomb County, led by Families Against Narcotics, in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery initiative.

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Published January 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — County commissioners are requesting a response from a local senior services agency after commissioners weren’t allowed to attend a special meeting in early January.

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B informed commissioners Dec. 30 that due to a technicality in its bylaws, they would not be allowed to attend a special meeting called for Jan. 3.

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Published January 30, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The well-known 15 Mile Road sinkhole and its effects were fodder for Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon during his 2017 State of the Township address.

Taking place Jan. 26 at the main branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, the annual presentation by Cannon celebrated the good of the township — along with some black eyes.

He opened his address by saying that 2016 was a tumultuous year, highlighted by political scandal and general animosity on multiple levels.

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Published January 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In 1959, Art Van Elslander opened his first store on Gratiot in Detroit. In February, he expects to close on a deal to sell Art Van Furniture to a private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In a media release dated Jan. 25, Van Elslander said the time was right. 

Headquartered in Warren, Art Van operates more than 100 stores across five states and has been named among the top independent and overall furniture retailers in the United States. The business model includes a franchising program and boasts 3,500 employees.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 25, 2017

FRASER — In nearly two decades of teaching at Fraser Public Schools, Dodi Monahan has enriched the lives of students of different ages and grade levels.

Recently, due to the help of a couple of her colleagues, Monahan’s education efforts were honored on a larger scale.

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Published January 25, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s that time of year again.

Although a weekend warmup has melted much of the snowpack throughout the metro Detroit area, snow-day season — and all of its uncertainties — is well underway.

Chippewa Valley Schools has had to call off school twice this winter, while other districts in northern parts of Macomb and Oakland counties have seen as many as five snow days.

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Published January 25, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Community Schools is hoping planned improvements will help lead to an educational resurgence. 

CCS Board of Education President Jason Davidson said there has been stability in educators and administrative staff in recent years. Moving forward, a deeper look at the curriculum will continue.

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Published January 25, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The urban sprawl of Detroit and its metro area is well-documented, but the natural beauty beyond the region’s Rust Belt moniker is often an afterthought.

The local ecosystem went through decades of tribulation, caused by pollution and general carelessness on a grand scale. Changes are happening, though, thanks to individuals who have worked passionately toward saving the environment before it’s too late.

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Published January 25, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is in the process of approving the re-establishment of a human trafficking task force.

The task force was approved by board committees the week of Jan. 18 and is scheduled for final approval Jan. 26.

Michael Spisz, R-Oxford, was one of three commissioners who authored the resolution to create the task force, which will address the issue of human trafficking countywide.

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Published January 17, 2017

FRASER — A suspected carjacking investigation resulted in a dog being shot and a man behind bars for allegedly soliciting violence against a police officer.

According to Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes, officers from the Fraser Department of Public Safety showed up at a house in late December on Rainbow Road, near Kelly Road and Masonic Boulevard.

Pettyes said the DPS had “pretty much a whole shift over there” to investigate a suspected carjacking. A police investigation led officers to the Rainbow address.

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Published January 17, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners has a new chair for the 2017-18 term.

Bob Smith, D-Clinton Township, was unanimously selected by the 13-person board to be the chair.

“It feels great. It’s an honor and it’s humbling to have a 13-0 vote on a board that’s Republican and Democrat,” Smith said. “Everyone came together and voted for me, and I can’t explain how good it feels.”

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Published January 17, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — While temperatures continue often to fall below freezing in metro Detroit, the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield has introduced a lush new exhibit at its Janice Charach Gallery during parts of January and February.

The gallery, located inside the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit in West Bloomfield, opened its “Essence of Life” art exhibit Jan. 8. It runs during gallery hours until Feb. 9.

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Published January 17, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After securing re-election to the Chippewa Valley Board of Education by voters this fall, Beth Pyden has been elected by her fellow board members to be the district’s new school board president.

Pyden, a member of the board since 2012, was named president for the first time following a unanimous vote Jan. 9. 

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Published January 17, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Local officials are continuing to map out the best course of action for the giant sinkhole that is affecting numerous communities, and the county as a whole.

Macomb County, Clinton Township and Fraser all held special meetings during the week of Jan. 8, although for different reasons. The county and Clinton Township sought extensions to their state of emergency requests, while Fraser officials provided an avenue for citizens and engineers to address realities of the situation.

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Published January 11, 2017

FRASER — The torch has officially been passed from one city manager to another in Fraser.

During a special meeting Jan. 3, six members of the Fraser City Council unanimously approved an agreement associated with its new interim city manager, D. Wayne O’Neal. Councilwoman Patrice Schornak was absent.

O’Neal succeeds Richard Haberman, who served from June 2010 to December 2016. Haberman said that leaving was the best decision moving forward for both him and the council.

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