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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michael Schmidt didn’t have any previous experience in building construction or television production, but that didn’t stop him from building his own film studio in Macomb Township to get kids up and moving.

Schmidt, a Macomb Township resident, is the man behind the “Buddy Bigfoot” production, which sets out to make exercise fun for kids.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of detectives have a new task in Tony Aued’s third book in his local murder mystery series.

Aued, a Macomb Township resident, released “Motor City Justice” in early April as the third of a four-book series focused on fictional criminal investigations in Detroit.

In his most recent book, Aued again features his two main characters, Detective Amy Harper and Detective Don Frederickson, as they find themselves chasing after a drug cartel operating out of Eastern Market.

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Published May 4, 2016

On April 25, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and and Industry held a town hall meeting to discuss the Michigan Department of Transportation’s 2017 Hall Road reconstruction project.

The approximately 1.8-mile project will redo Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. It will cost approximately $32 million, most of which will come from federal road funds.

The scope of the project includes pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published May 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Similar to a Planning Commission meeting in early April, a host of residents spoke out during a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting April 27 to voice their displeasure over a proposed dog park.

The park would be located along 21 Mile Road, behind Fire Station No. 2.

Township Clerk Michael Koehs joined the residents in voicing opposition to the park by stating that there are other suitable locations within the township for it.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary examination hearing April 11 resulted in the case of a 26-year-old Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder to be bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr. is facing charges following the death of Brian Dequan Shepard, 21, of Macomb Township, in the early morning hours of this past Valentine’s Day.

The two were reportedly in a dating relationship for about three years and had gotten into an argument the night of the incident.

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Published April 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several Macomb Township residents have voiced their concerns about a proposed dog park that would be located on the south side of 21 Mile Road and a half-mile west of Romeo Plank, behind Macomb Township Fire Station No. 2.

Discussions for the park have been ongoing for several years, but due to the recent construction of a bypass lane on 21 Mile Road near the entrance of where the park would be, plans have heated up with construction scheduled to begin  on the park this summer.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a single-car fatal crash occurred at approximately 9:41 p.m. April 16 on 23 Mile Road west of Heydenreich.

A 27-year-old Troy man was reportedly driving eastbound on 23 Mile at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2002 Toyota and struck a telephone pole west of Heydenreich.

The driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A lifelong Macomb Township resident and 2004 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School has announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 33rd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Mel Koch, who is running as a Republican, has spent the last six years as a legislative aide after earning a master’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

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Published April 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Performing a play within a play, Dakota High School’s theater team is giving itself a unique challenge for its spring production.

Dakota will perform the comedy “Noises Off” April 14-17.

“This gives them something different than our winter musical, ‘Mary Poppins,’” Dakota Theater Director Kelly Schmidt said. “It is a staple show for most theater programs, and it teaches a lot along the way.”

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Published April 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 16-year-old girl from Macomb Township who had been reported as missing for more than a month was found April 5.

Marissa Boyce was found with a family in Detroit, Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said.

“Our detectives were monitoring social media, and they were able to determine she was at a home in Detroit, and they tracked her down,” Michalke said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Boyce went missing around 8 p.m. Feb. 28.

Michalke said this was not the first time that Boyce had run away.

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Published April 11, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At press time, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a single-car crash that occurred around 1 a.m. April 11 near the corner of Porta Marina Drive and Sanborn Drive.

Upon arriving, deputies reportedly found that a 2016 Ford Explorer had crashed and was on its side in the driveway of a home located in the 16800 block of Porta Marina Drive, which is in a residential area east of Garfield Road between 21 Mile Road and 22 Mile Road.

There were two occupants still inside the vehicle when deputies arrived.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The stories of what pets are up to when their human friends are out of the house are coming to life thanks to a pair of authors who are also teachers at Shawnee Elementary School in Macomb Township.

Authors William Bower and Julie Rouse recently released a pair of books to continue their children’s book series, “Pet Tales.”

Bower and Rouse released their first book, “Pet Tales: Back to School,” in 2014, and have released a pair of holiday-themed books for the series over the past month.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A $3.8 million sewer project is underway along 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township, between Romeo Plank and Hayes roads.

The project means that the far right westbound lane of 23 Mile Road will be closed in that stretch for the duration of the project, which is expected to be approximately three months.

Project Manager Steve Siklich said there will also be a one-week intermittent lane closure at the intersection of 23 Mile and Hayes sometime in April.

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Published April 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 16-year-old girl has been reported as missing by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Marissa Boyce, of Macomb Township, was reportedly last seen around 8 p.m. Feb. 28. She was still missing at press time April 4.

At the time she was last seen, Boyce was wearing gray pajama pants and a black hoodie.

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Published March 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Candidates for local elections have begun to announce their intentions to run in the Aug. 2 primary election.

With current U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Harrison Township, departing from her post this upcoming fall, candidates will be vying for the vacant 10th Congressional District seat. The 10th Congressional District encompasses northeast Macomb County, most of Tuscola County, and all of Huron, Sanilac, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

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Published March 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/GROSSE POINTE — A pair of local filmmakers have collaborated over the last seven years to produce a film that is set to premiere in early April.

Kim Stricker, 36, of Grosse Pointe Park, and Mike Pfaendtner, 59, of Macomb Township, have created a nearly 70-minute film called “The Goat Yard,” which tells the tales of a sailing club on the east side of Detroit, and the sailors who used to or still inhabit it.

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A five-year master plan for Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department was adopted by the Board of Trustees during a Feb. 29 meeting.

The plan acts as a wish list for what the parks department would like to accomplish, but it does not guarantee that all of the projects listed will come to fruition.

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