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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 17, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On April 12, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and engineers were at the scene of the 15 Mile Road sinkhole to discuss the next phase of the project.

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Published April 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School Choirs is going to host its annual A Cappella for Autism event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the Chippewa Valley HS auditorium.

The concert will feature singers from the high school and groups from Wyandot and Algonquin middle schools.

The event benefits the Macomb/St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society as well as vocal music programs in Chippewa Valley Schools.

A fishbowl raffle will take place at 6 p.m.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

LANSING — Michigan’s roads, bridges and sewer infrastructure need a little TLC. That much we can agree on.

On April 3, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order that will create a pilot program to provide “recommendations for implementing a comprehensive statewide asset management system,” billed by his office as “one of the essential cross-cutting recommendations” outlined in the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College will be led by a familiar face starting this summer.

Dr. James O. Sawyer, who possesses a doctorate in education, was announced as the college’s next president on Dec. 20, 2016.

His appointment was finalized by the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees March 15, which included the approval of an employment contract. The three-year contract includes an annual salary of $225,000, along with yearly cost-of-living expenses of at least 1 percent.

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Published April 12, 2017

DETROIT — Growing up in Lansing, Oakland University graduate Devin L. Price remembers singing along to Motown classics on the radio.

“I would ride in my grandparents’ car and listen to the soul station,” recalled Price by phone from Indianapolis.

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Published April 11, 2017

FRASER — Jean DeBruyn has dedicated her life toward elevating the educational experiences of her students.

Now, she is the one in the spotlight.

DeBruyn, a teacher at Twain Elementary in the Fraser Public Schools district, was recently presented with the 2017 Macomb Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee’s “Make-A-Difference Award.”

The honor is doled out annually to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on the educational experience of a special needs student. This is the ninth year of its existence.

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Published April 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, recently compared the climate change debate to a frog that is sitting in a pot of water.

If you simmer the heat, she said, the frog won’t really notice. But if you start to boil the water, the frog becomes more acclimated to what is happening to it.

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Published April 11, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On March 27, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a resolution needed for drainage district bonds related to the ongoing sinkhole project on 15 Mile Road in Fraser. Trustee Jenifer “Joie” West was absent.

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Published April 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — No sewage discharges were necessary as a result of the collapsed sewer interceptor in Fraser following 1.6 inches of rainfall that fell on Macomb County March 30-31, according to the Public Works Office.

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller reported that the massive, more than 1-mile-long sewer by-pass system operated as designed, preventing basement back-ups or the need to dump sewage into the Clinton River.

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Published April 5, 2017

FRASER — At press time, two suspects allegedly involved in a gas station robbery were awaiting their fate in court.

Bradley Moss, 19, of Clinton Township, and Jenille Sutton, 23, of Mio in Oscoda County, were arrested March 24 on armed robbery charges.

According to Fraser Department of Public Safety Lt. Mike Pettyes, the incident occurred sometime between 12:45 a.m. and 1:05 a.m. March 23 at Speedway, 33015 Utica Road in Fraser.

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Published April 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Local police and public officials are more strictly addressing prostitution rings and human trafficking scenarios.

Clinton Township Police Lt. James Stachowski said that on Jan. 23, three different local massage parlors were busted for possible links to prostitution and human trafficking: Sunny Skies, 37150 Utica Road; Lakeside Spa, 40120 Hayes Road; and China Traditional Meridian Health Care Center, 23823 15 Mile Road.

Since police intervention, China Traditional Meridian Health Care Center has changed its name to Relaxation Spot.

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Published April 4, 2017

With an abundance of shoreline, lakes and wetlands, Michigan is a popular pit stop for thousands of birds as they make their way north each spring. 

Whether you’re a seasoned birder hoping for a rare sighting, or you’re a novice backyard bird-watcher wanting to learn more about some of the species passing through, spring migration brings plenty of birding benefits.

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Published April 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A battle between local and state politicians is brewing.

Following a 101-7 vote by the Michigan State House of Representatives the week of March 19 to approve a $3 million appropriation for the Macomb County Office of Public Works to assist with the estimated $75 million cost in relation to the collapsed 15 Mile Road sewer interceptor, the Michigan Senate voted March 29 to change the appropriation to a $5 million loan.

The bill passed the Michigan Senate with one “no” vote.

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Published April 3, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Police are investigating a recent shootout that left one man dead.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. March 31, in a court of townhouse complex Oxford Square on Lipke Street.

Maierle said a woman was bringing her two young children to the complex so they could see their father as part of visitation requirements. The mother and father are reportedly currently estranged.

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Published March 31, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Two recently fired top deputies in the Macomb County Clerk’s Office have filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against Clerk Karen Spranger, saying they were released from their jobs after making comments about her job performance.

Jennifer Lord, one of the attorneys for Paul Kardasz and Erin Stahl, argues that once the two were appointed by Spranger in early January, it became clear that the newly elected Republican was less than capable of running the office.

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Published March 29, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Military veterans who attend Macomb Community College will now have additional support.

On March 20, school officials held a dedication ceremony to officially open the school’s new Office of Veteran and Military Services, housed at South Campus in Warren.

The new office is located in Room 207 of G Building and will serve as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members who are MCC students. The new office also can be used as a gathering and meeting space for veterans. All branches of the military are welcome.

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Published March 29, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools will soon be implementing new English language arts programs for elementary and middle school students.

After piloting programs this past fall, the district’s board of education voted March 20 to approve the purchase of two programs to update its ELA curriculum.

The K-5 program, Journeys, is a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt product that integrates all of the state standards for reading, writing, listening and speaking, said Pam Jones, the district’s director of curriculum and assessments.

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Published March 29, 2017

FRASER — Fraser High School students from different cultural backgrounds are learning to coexist by doing the obvious: talking to each other.

On March 15, the school held a “Diversity Panel” during its afternoon seminar session, inviting students of all grade levels and backgrounds to attend and share their own stories of living in the United States.

Stacy Kalpin, the school’s guidance counselor, said the panel is a byproduct of students attending a diversity summit at Macomb Community College during the 2015-16 school year. 

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