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Published January 18, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A mail carrier who delivered mail to Macomb Township homes has been charged by federal authorities for stealing the contents of mail he was enlisted to deliver.

Authorities filed a complaint in federal court Jan. 12 accusing Shawn Hoover of stealing nearly $70,000 worth of cash, debit cards, gift cards and checks.

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Published January 18, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traffic and law enforcement officials have told Macomb Township residents that the normal speed limit of 50 mph on Heydenreich Road near Dakota High School will remain, but plans to change driver and pedestrian behavior in that area are in the works.

Jim Santilli, the CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association, and Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge presented data to residents and the Macomb Township Board of Trustees during a Jan. 11 meeting that show a speed limit change is not needed on Heydenreich.

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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 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — As 2016 came to a close, a new Macomb Community College president was chosen to lead the school.

On Dec. 21, MCC Board of Trustees member James Kelly — chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and chair of the college’s board — announced the selection of school provost James O. Sawyer IV as Macomb’s president designate. The appointment is pending negotiation and approval of an employment contract by the Board of Trustees.

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Published January 9, 2017

CLINTON/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Plans for a new bond program that would provide $90 million in funding for Chippewa Valley Schools will likely be the highlight of the first half of 2017.

In order to create funding for the bond, voters in the district could be asked if they would approve a .5 mill increase on their property taxes.

The special election would likely be scheduled for early May.

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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the most debated topics of conversation in Macomb Township for 2016 will return in 2017.

While previewing what’s to come for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department this year, Parks Director Sal DiCaro said creating a dog park for the township could again be a priority.

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Published January 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Conflicting competency exams for a Macomb Township woman charged with second-degree murder have brought into question whether her case could go to trial.

Julie Kay Chimelak, 62, is charged after the fatal shooting death of her husband, Ronald Chimelak, 75, on Nov. 25, 2015.

After few developments took place in the case over the past year, Chimelak appeared in the Shelby Township 41-A district court Jan. 5 for a review hearing.

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Published January 9, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A three-person committee tasked with reviewing the processes of the single waste hauling bids and proposals during the summer of 2015 reported no irregularities during a Jan. 5 meeting.

Macomb Township trustees Nancy Nevers and Tim Bussineau, plus Treasurer Karen Goodhue, said during the committee’s Jan. 5 meeting that they did not discover any deviations from typical processes prior to the selection of Rizzo as the township waste hauler in 2015.

Supervisor Janet Dunn created the committee during a Nov. 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — This past year, the region, especially Macomb County, and specifically the city of Warren, proved to be a pivotal campaign stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as all four candidates held rallies there in hopes of becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The candidates spoke about the economy, the automotive industry, education, health care, foreign policy, immigration and more to local residents, including supporters and protesters.

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Published January 3, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “I think we have allowed corruption to start coming into the township.”

While reviewing the events of 2016 in Macomb Township, the parting words former Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs said following his resignation announcement in early May proved to be prophetic for what would take place in the following months.

Koehs died from cancer Aug. 8 — two months before news broke that a pair of trustees in Macomb Township were cited for allegedly participating in illegal activity.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:

 

Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.

 

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Published December 28, 2016

NEW BALTIMORE — A 37-year old man from Columbiaville in Lapeer County has been arraigned and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the August death of a 38-year old Macomb Township woman.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Jeremiah James Boshell is facing four charges related to the killing, and was arraigned Dec. 19 in the 42nd District Court of New Baltimore.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Boshell faces counts of intentionally causing a miscarriage by assaulting a pregnant individual and two felony firearms charges.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Department of Roads informed residents Dec. 20 that it plans to widen a stretch of 23 Mile Road, from North Avenue to just west of Fairchild Road, this upcoming summer.

Residents were invited to hear about the project and its impact on local property during a public meeting Dec. 20, and Bob Hoepfner, director of the Department of Roads, said the work was welcomed with open arms by residents who live on 23 Mile.

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Published December 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After again being urged by residents at the start of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 21, township officials informed residents of the progress they’ve made regarding road safety measures near the location of several schools at Heydenreich and 21 Mile roads.

The board announced that it received an estimate from DTE for the cost of installing 87 street lights along Heydenreich from Hall to 22 Mile roads, and along 21 Mile, from Romeo Plank to Card roads.

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Published December 26, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Sterling Heights resident Donald DeVolder is the first to admit he wasn’t always an academic.

Test taking and completing homework assignments weren’t exactly his forte.

But the 35-year-old definitely had it in him, and he proved his collegiate abilities by being named the Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall semester at Macomb Community College.

“I was quite shocked and excited,” DeVolder said. “I just kind of stood there for a moment.”

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Published December 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP— The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education recently moved one step closer to finalizing its application for proposing a new bond program which would raise taxes by 0.5 mills for district residents in Clinton and Macomb townships.

On Dec. 5, the board passed a preliminary resolution relating to the bond issue to show the bond program’s scope of work.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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Published December 16, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has asked Michigan’s attorney general to investigate what he has called “illegal dumping” at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights and how a construction project he said damaged an existing landfill at the site was approved.

In a letter dated Dec. 14, the mayor also asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to look into the relationship between the contractor, Dan’s Excavating, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

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Published December 15, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 78-year old Macomb Township man was sentenced Dec. 14 to 50-180 months in prison.

Donald Miller received his sentence from Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat. A jury found Miller guilty of manslaughter Nov. 4 following the Feb. 16, 2015 fatal shooting death of a 31-year old Pontiac man.

He also received a two-year sentence for a felony firearms charge.

Miller is the great-grandfather to three of the victim’s children, who the victim had with Miller’s granddaughter.

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