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Published February 7, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The defense attorney of a Macomb Township man charged with killing his father has made a request to exhume the father’s body for further examination.

Gregory Nieman, 56, of Macomb Township, faces a charge of first-degree murder after the Dec. 27, 2015, death of his father. Nieman and his father, Donald, 89, were living in the same residence at the time of the killing.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Nieman called 911 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Dec. 27 to report that his father was not breathing and cold to the touch.

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Published February 1, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man has pleaded no contest to a pair of charges related to the fatal stabbing of his boyfriend Feb. 14, 2016.

Jerald Boozer-Brown Jr., 28, entered the plea Jan. 31 at Macomb County Circuit Court before Judge Jennifer Faunce. He pleaded no contest to a count of second-degree murder and a separate count of interfering with a crime report.

The plea deal could allow Boozer-Brown to be eligible for parole in as few as 10 years, as opposed to the typical 12-20 year guideline. Official sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 14.

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Published February 1, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nichole Wouters considers herself to be a planner.

What she has gone through to start 2017, and what she is about to experience, was never in her plans.

Wouters, 27, spent much of her summer exercising and getting back into shape. As the summer progressed, however, she noticed that she began getting short of breath.

As summer turned to fall, that shortness of breath progressed into a consistent cough, and she was diagnosed with pneumonia around Thanksgiving.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After prescription drugs and opiates have ravaged families and society in recent years, one community has come together to offer proactive solutions.

On Jan. 31, “Hope Not Handcuffs” was officially launched in Macomb County, led by Families Against Narcotics, in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery initiative.

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Published January 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — County commissioners are requesting a response from a local senior services agency after commissioners weren’t allowed to attend a special meeting in early January.

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B informed commissioners Dec. 30 that due to a technicality in its bylaws, they would not be allowed to attend a special meeting called for Jan. 3.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Due to recent developments within the Fraser sinkhole situation, Macomb Township residents continue to be urged to restrict water usage until otherwise told.

Officials announced Jan. 26 that shifting sediment had greatly reduced the amount of sewage able to flow through the damaged line along 15 Mile Road in Fraser and that existing bypass lines installed along the sinkhole route are only able to handle dry weather sewage flows.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A combination of several factors may soon lead to the construction of a joint fire and police station building, just east of the 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank intersection.

The location of the building would be on the same lot that currently houses Macomb Township’s Fire Station No. 1, a Macomb County Sheriff’s office substation, a communications tower and a senior center.

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Published January 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In 1959, Art Van Elslander opened his first store on Gratiot in Detroit. In February, he expects to close on a deal to sell Art Van Furniture to a private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In a media release dated Jan. 25, Van Elslander said the time was right. 

Headquartered in Warren, Art Van operates more than 100 stores across five states and has been named among the top independent and overall furniture retailers in the United States. The business model includes a franchising program and boasts 3,500 employees.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 25, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township has a new human resources director, and it is a familiar face to the Board of Trustees.

The position, which has been vacant since May 2015, has been filled by Tom Esordi, who will also take over the position of in-house legal counsel.

Esordi, previously a township attorney from O’Reilly Rancilio Law Firm in Sterling Heights, has unofficially been acting as the township’s HR director since it became vacant.

Esordi will be paid $150,000 annually, which makes him the highest paid township employee.

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Published January 25, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Hip hop on Broadway is one way Dakota High School students are describing their upcoming winter performances of “In the Heights.”

Cast members said they weren’t initially familiar with the show when they were introduced to it, but after learning about the modern touches of the show, they are more eager than ever to put their own spin on the production.

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Published January 25, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than 600 people attended the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Holiday Celebration of Macomb County, hosted by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice.

Government, school, cultural and religious leaders from throughout the county visited Dakota High School for the Jan. 16 event that shared a common message of continuing the hard work necessary to create justice for all.

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Published January 25, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s that time of year again.

Although a weekend warmup has melted much of the snowpack throughout the metro Detroit area, snow-day season — and all of its uncertainties — is well underway.

Chippewa Valley Schools has had to call off school twice this winter, while other districts in northern parts of Macomb and Oakland counties have seen as many as five snow days.

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Published January 25, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is in the process of approving the re-establishment of a human trafficking task force.

The task force was approved by board committees the week of Jan. 18 and is scheduled for final approval Jan. 26.

Michael Spisz, R-Oxford, was one of three commissioners who authored the resolution to create the task force, which will address the issue of human trafficking countywide.

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Published January 18, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — To the appreciation of a packed Macomb Township Hall the night of Jan. 11, the township’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase and installation of 87 street lights for around the area of 21 Mile and Heydenreich roads.

Residents, parents and students of local Chippewa Valley Schools buildings packed the meeting room to express support for the lighting plan after a Dakota High School student was fatally hit by a car on Heydenreich Road in November as she was crossing the road to walk to school.

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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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