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Published November 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn was re-elected to her position for the next four years.

In the general election Nov. 8, Dunn, a Republican who was facing no official opposition from a Democrat, received 29,182 votes. Although the number of write-in votes cast for Mark Grabow was not known at press time, the number of total votes cast in the township was just less than 45,000.

“The goal is to get the township up and running again now that this election is over, and get to the business at hand,” Dunn said.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In one way, it was a very good night for Macomb County Commissioner candidate Leon Drolet.

In another way, it could be a great night for Drolet.

With 30 out of 35 precincts reporting in the 13th District for county commissioner, Drolet, a Republican, was leading Democrat Martha O’Kray with 63.4 percent of the vote.

Drolet has also been leading a campaign to vote down the Regional Transit Authority millage. As of 11 p.m., the millage was being voted down in metro Detroit communities by a slim margin.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 29-year old Macomb Township man who was riding his bike home from work was struck and killed by a car around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man, Kevin Fletcher, was hit while crossing the intersection of Romeo Plank and Hall Road by a northbound traveling vehicle. 

The vehicle reportedly fled the scene and continued traveling northbound. 

The man was traveling home from work at P.F. Chang’s at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township, off of Hall Road.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Florida-style senior living community is in the works for Macomb Township, and it would change the landscape of the local golf scene.

A development of more than 300 acres has been conceptualized for where Hickory Hollow Golf Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club currently sit. 

Plans show that Hickory Hollow would be redeveloped for senior residences, while Sycamore Hills would become an 18-hole course.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn released a statement Nov. 3 which says she will initiate a full review of the township’s waste hauler contract with Rizzo Environmental.

In the release, Dunn says she and the Macomb Township Board of Trustees will explore all options, up to and including terminating the township’s contract with Rizzo.

Dunn said that at the board’s Nov. 9 meeting, she will make a motion to begin a thorough review of the trash hauling contract.

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Published November 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary hearing in the case of a Macomb Township man charged with first-degree murder has been delayed by a month. 

Hal Byrom, 44, is charged with the homicide of his wife, Ebony Byrom, 38.

Byrom’s probable cause conference, originally scheduled for Nov. 3 in the 41-A District Court of Shelby Township, was adjourned until Dec. 5.

Byrom was arraigned Oct. 20 from his hospital bed as he was recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 78-year old Macomb Township man is heading to prison after being found guilty of manslaughter by a jury Nov. 4 at the Macomb County Circuit Court.

Donald Miller was taken into custody after being found guilty for the fatal shooting of Bondaryl McCall, a 31-year old Pontiac man, in the driveway of Miller’s home Feb. 16, 2015.

Miller was originally charged with second-degree murder, but still faces up to 15 years in prison. He was also found guilty of a felony firearms charge. He will be sentenced Dec. 22.

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Published November 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Dakota High School sophomore was killed while walking to school this morning.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Victoria Cartwright, 14, was hit while crossing Heydenreich Road near Vine Drive, in between 21 and 22 Mile Road, around 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

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Published November 2, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — While discussing the role for his final production at Chippewa Valley High School, senior Jay Callahan reflected on what has been a long journey through performances with the school.

Callahan began his career in high school productions as a fifth-grader by playing the role of a River City kid in “The Music Man.” He performed in two more shows in middle school, and will cap off his four-year high school performing career as Gomez Addams in the school’s production of “The Addams Family.”

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Published November 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Opening statements occurred Oct. 27 in the trial of a Macomb Township man charged with second degree murder.

Donald Miller, 78, is charged following the Feb. 16, 2015, fatal shooting death of a 31-year old Pontiac man, Bondaryl McCall.

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

Assistant prosecuting attorney Paul Bukowski led off the opening statements by detailing the relationships and family history involved with Donald Miller, Renee Miller and McCall.

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Published November 2, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A former candidate for Macomb Township clerk has announced his candidacy as a write-in for a Board of Trustees spot in the general election.

Charles Missig, 56, filed to run for trustee with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office the morning of Oct. 27, just before the filing deadline.

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Published November 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents came out in force for an Oct. 26 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Residents packed the township hall meeting chambers to voice their displeasure given the recent arrest of Trustee Clifford Freitas by the FBI for bribery and the filing of a lawsuit against Trustee Dino Bucci for extortion.

A rally, which was planned for several weeks before the meeting, and before the arrest and lawsuit filing, was still held outside prior to the meeting despite rainy and cold weather conditions.

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Published October 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the key issues raised locally by opponents of the incumbent Macomb Township Board of Trustees members in this year’s election cycle has been over medical benefits given to board members as part of their compensation package.

The issue was brought up several times in the buildup to the primary election, and it has surfaced occasionally prior to the general election.

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Published October 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Who are you supporting for president, and why?

That was the question posed to current officials and candidates for local office by the Chronicle during the buildup to the presidential election between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The following are their responses:

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide who will represent them at the local, state and national levels. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.Read More

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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