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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An Oak Park man is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading no contest to murder charges.

On Feb. 17 in Macomb County Circuit Court, 32-year-old Ujuan Burton pleaded no contest on four felony charges stemming from the death of Bernie’s Market owner Emil Salem, 50.

Salem was shot and killed in an altercation with Burton in the party store, located on Garfield Road, near 17 Mile Road, the night of March 26, 2015.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced for her role in the death of her toddler son last August.

Brandee Wright, of Warren, was sentenced Feb. 12 by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on three charges related to the death of 18-month-old Amere Carver.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One evening in February, a Clinton Township firefighter flexed his muscle to help a local family in need.

It wasn’t in the literal sense, to fight a fire or remove someone from a perilous situation. Rather, it was an act of kindness in the form of a bill payment.

On Feb. 11, Engine 5 of the Clinton Township Fire Department was dispatched to a nonemergency medical situation on Colonial Drive.

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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 18, 2016

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traditional cigarette use is no longer “in” for high school students.

That is according to a presentation given by Corey Beckwith of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Beckwith spoke to the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families on Feb. 9, and he showed how e-cigarette use has surpassed traditional cigarette use among high school students.

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Published February 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Inside a warehouse structure on the west side of Dakota High School’s football stadium is where students assemble homes from scratch for individuals in need.

For 10 years, students in Dakota’s construction trades programs have built nine homes for Macomb Habitat for Humanity. On Feb. 2, they dedicated a home for a family to move into in Clinton Township.

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A permit extension between Clinton Township and AT&T has been renewed.

The extension on the controversial matter was unanimously approved Jan. 25 at a Board of Trustees meeting, even though some board members expressed dissatisfaction.

According to state government, the Metropolitan Extension Telecommunication Right-of-Way Oversight, or METRO, Authority was signed into law March 14, 2002, to stimulate the availability of affordable high-speed Internet connections.

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nearly two weeks after a body was found near a Clinton Township railroad crossing, no real headway had been made in the investigation as of press time.

The original incident occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. The body of a man, whose name has not been released, was found near the northeast corner of a railroad crossing in the area of Weybridge Street and Little Mack.

Clinton Township police Capt. Bruce Wade is leading the investigation. On Feb. 11, he said there were no real updates in the matter.

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Published February 10, 2016

FRASER — All of the schools in the Fraser School District are officially united on the iPad front.

This past December, all students from kindergarten to second grade were given Apple iPads as a means of elevating learning in a tech-heavy world.

Previously, students in certain grade levels had to share a cart of iPad devices with other classes in the same grade, in the same building. That was due to a 2011 bond that only provided iPads for students in grades three through 12.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Administrators from Chippewa Valley Schools were largely pleased with the results of the first Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step).

The M-Step replaced the MEAP assessments, which had been administered for 44 years. Students took the M-Step in spring 2015 and received their score reports this past January. Students in grades three through eight, and 11th grade, took the exam.

Students are categorized into four scoring levels, 1 through 4, and they must achieve a 3 or 4 to be considered “proficient” in any area.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Board of Trustees Jan. 25 approved SMART Municipal and Community Credit allocations for the community bus program.

The Clinton Township Senior Center utilizes the credits to be able to transport senior citizens and persons with disabilities around the community.

The Clinton Township Transportation Committee, which includes Treasurer Bill Sowerby and Trustee Joie West, met on two occasions — Nov. 4 and Jan. 13 — to discuss the matter.

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Published February 10, 2016

FRASER — Dan Kolke served the city of Fraser for 26 years, but he’s no longer wearing the dark blue uniform.

Kolke, who last served in the Fraser Department of Public Safety as lieutenant and public information officer, worked his final day on Jan. 29.

The 50-year-old said it was always his goal to retire at a certain age, in a particular time of his life. He intended to serve 25 years, but because he didn’t turn 50 until last November, he stayed on a few extra months.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Bill Sowerby’s latest report shows that Clinton Township’s finances are stable and steady.

On Jan. 25 at the Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, Sowerby, the longtime township treasurer, delivered the quarterly investment report for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Bank deposits were held by five institutions — Chase Bank, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Flagstar Bank and Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union — that totaled $55,930,351.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When it comes to drunken driving fatalities, a recent report states that Clinton Township has the lowest rate in Michigan.

The ConsumerAffairs report, which was released in late January, used data from the 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its goal, as stated, is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses from motor vehicle accidents.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In an incident estimated to have occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 4, an unidentified man was found dead near a railroad crossing.

Clinton Township police were notified of a deceased body found near the northeast corner of the railroad tracks, in the area of Weybridge Street and Little Mack Avenue.

A press release issued the same day of the incident described the victim as a black man between the ages of 30 and 35. Police reported that the victim suffered trauma to the right side of his body.

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Published February 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The alleged shooter in a Clinton Township attack was arraigned Monday, Feb. 8.

Alfie Parker, 33, of Clinton Township, was arrested on a multi-count warrant issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Clinton Township Police Department worked with the FBI-Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force — of which Clinton Township is a member — to make the arrest at around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Detroit.

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Published February 3, 2016

FRASER — At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Fraser City Council unanimously voted to amend the city charter so that a seat will not remain open for more than two meetings or 45 days — which is contingent on the normal meeting schedule.

The agenda item was one of many in what was about a five-hour meeting. When the item finally came up late in the evening, Councilman Michael Lesich made a motion to table the item, but Councilwoman Patrice Schornak opposed.

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