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Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect has been arraigned in the alleged  murder of a 38-year-old Macomb Township woman.

Hal Diallo Byrom, 44, of Macomb Township, was arraigned Oct. 20 for the homicide of his wife, Ebony Renne Byrom. Hal Byrom faces a count of first-degree murder, as well as a felony firearms charge.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Ebony Byrom was fatally shot while on the phone with police dispatchers at 1:03 a.m. Oct. 1.

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Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas was arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 based on a criminal complaint that alleges he demanded and accepted bribes for his vote and assistance on a municipal contract.

The official charge against Freitas is “Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds,” which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Published October 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Mount Clemens-based contractor has filed a lawsuit against Macomb Township, as well as Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci.

Gianna Investments, which is owned by Michael Magnoli and Robert Silveri, is seeking damages against both parties for not receiving refunds for construction, water and sewer fees for work that was eventually done by another developer on the Wellington Center project located on Hayes Road, between 22 Mile Road and 23 Mile Road.

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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect was arrested after he allegedly broke into five homes, one of them in Macomb Township, over a three-week period beginning Sept. 20.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Cesidio David Longo, 24, of Richmond, was arrested Oct. 11.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that he allegedly broke into five homes to steal electronics, jewelry and coins during the daytime while homeowners were away.

The Macomb Township incident took place at a home on Omo Road Oct. 7. The other incidents occurred in Lenox Township.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kim Mathers appeared in Shelby Township District Court 41-A Oct. 18 to plead no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired to Judge Douglas Shepherd.

Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, is facing the charge after crashing her 2009 Cadillac Escalade in a reportedly admitted suicide attempt. The crash took place Oct. 7, 2015, on Card Road near 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

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Published October 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A new piece of technology is soon going to help speed up crash scene investigations on roads patrolled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approved for purchase during a Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting Oct. 5, a laser scanner from Faro Technologies will replace the current Total station, which has been used since 2002.

“We’re always looking at technology that’s out there and what pieces of equipment we can use to do our job better and be more accurate,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

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Published October 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A workshop during a Chippewa Valley Board of Education meeting Oct. 3 showed the potential benefits of providing technology devices for district students.

The district is considering seeking a new bond program for a wide range of improvements, and a program that would initially provide devices for high school students could be included as part of that plan. 

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s still a long way from being approved, finalized and constructed, but the owner of Tivoli’s Pizzeria in Shelby Township and Richmond is eyeing a third location in Macomb Township.

Lorenzo Evola, of Tivoli’s, came before the Macomb Township Planning Commission Oct. 4 to petition to rezone a piece of property he owns at Hall Road and North Avenue from residential to general commercial usage.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Roughly 25 people in Macomb County are turning 65 years old each day.

At that current rate, the need for enhanced senior services is growing, which means funding for those services also will need to grow.

One of those programs seeking more funding in this year’s budget cycle is Meals on Wheels. It is seeking an increase of $100,000 in its budget to improve transportation efforts and to keep pace with rising costs from food vendors.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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Published October 10, 2016

In an effort to curb aggressive, distracted and speedy driving before inclement weather and the holiday shopping season hits, police are rolling out an October campaign that includes increased signage and traffic stops along Hall Road from Utica to Chesterfield Township.

The traffic enforcement initiative also is a proactive attempt to increase safe driving before the impending Hall Road reconstruction from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. That reconstruction is scheduled for March to November 2017.

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Published October 5, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a hot and dry summer that saw high water bills for many Macomb Township residents, the rates for water and sewer usage are increasing slightly.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved the new rates during a Sept. 28 meeting.

For water, customers will now pay $3.90 per unit (750 gallons), which is an increase from $3.65. For sewer, customers will pay $3.88 per unit, an increase from $3.75.

Residents should expect to see a $4.58 average increase in their monthly water bill, and $1.38 for sewer.

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Published October 5, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A national sports restaurant chain has been approved to continue plans for a location at Hall Road and Romeo Plank.

Bubba’s 33 gained site plan approval from the Macomb Township Planning Commission Sept. 20.

It will be located on the same site of the closed Brann’s Steakhouse, but restaurant officials said they plan to tear down the former structure and rebuild from scratch.

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Published October 4, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights man has been arrested after he reportedly threatened to “sever the heads” of two Macomb County Circuit Court judges, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that Mohammad Subhi Alsheleh, 30, was arraigned Oct. 3 in the 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights on a pair of felony charges, including one related to terrorism.

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Published October 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge granted a motion to delay the start of a jury trial involving a Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Judge Jennifer Faunce ruled on the day the trial was scheduled to begin, Sept. 27, that the trial for Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr., 27, will instead begin on Jan. 31, 2017.

Boozer-Brown said at court Sept. 27 that he wasn’t prepared for trial and needed more time to meet with his defense attorney, Richard Glanda.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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