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Published January 4, 2016

At approximately 11 a.m. Jan. 2, a 78-year-old Washington Township man reported to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office that he had been the victim of a carjacking.

The Washington Township man said he had pulled into the parking area at the entrance to the Macomb Orchard Trail on West Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue, with the intention of walking on the trail, when a man approached him, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

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Published January 4, 2016

UTICA — Police are asking for help identifying a man caught on surveillance video who stole a camera off a tripod outside National Coney Island, located off Utica Park Boulevard.

At approximately 4:08 p.m. Dec. 11, the owner of the camera, a 32-year-old Sterling Heights man, came into the Utica Police Department to file a larceny report, stating that a man stole his camera at approximately 8:35 p.m. Dec. 6.

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Published December 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After launching in 1985, the Shelby Township Library’s Afternoon Book Club is still going strong.                                                 

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Published December 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Some of the biggest news out of Shelby Township and Utica in 2015 included a new Shelby Township police chief; protests that spurred major changes at an animal shelter in Shelby Township; a single-vehicle crash at Stony Creek Metropark that left three dead and two critically injured; progress on a new minor league baseball stadium in Utica; a solution for the cramped Shelby Township District Court and Community Center building; and the completion of a long-anticipated trail connection between Shelby Township and Utica.

 

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Published December 29, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 19, dozens of volunteers and friends gathered at a newly renovated home in Shelby Forest Manufactured Home Community to witness the moment when Barbara and Jonathan Sokolyk first laid eyes on their wheelchair-accessible residence.

Their reaction: tears from Barbara and a wide grin from Jonathan, as his favorite superhero, Spider-Man, performed flips and tricks around him.

“It’s been a journey,” Barb said as she stood in the home’s foyer. “God bless everyone.”

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Published December 23, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/FRASER — Until the last month, 20-year-old Macomb Academy student Sarah Miller, of Fraser, has helped the local running community from the sidelines, cheering on her older sister and helping serve refreshments.

Recently, she decided that she not only wants to participate, but also start a running group for other students with special needs at her school.

Miller has since trained with her older sister, Danielle Miller, a member of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, and completed three local events.

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Published December 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The probable cause conference in the case of a 61-year-old woman charged with fatally shooting her husband the day before Thanksgiving was delayed a week until Dec. 21 during its original hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.

Julie Kay Chimelak, of Macomb Township, is facing a life felony charge of second-degree murder following the shooting of her husband, Ronald George Chimelak, 75.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — On Dec. 15, dozens gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the 1.28-mile Shelby-Utica trail connection, which links Shelby Township’s River Bends Park to downtown Utica.

The project was more than five years in the making and encountered setbacks in terms of variances, funding and other unforeseen hurdles. But through perseverance and, in the words of Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, “more than a village” coming together, the trail became a reality.

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Published December 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past five years, the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 142, the Shelby Township Senior Center and local businesses have partnered together to bring Christmas baskets to seniors in need.

Retired dispatcher Bonnie Bowman started the initiative and is back on board this year after overcoming some health complications. After loading up a bus full of presents, volunteers — along with Santa Claus — personally delivered the goods Dec. 16.

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Published December 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When 6-year-old Cameron Skwier saw more than a dozen uniformed police officers enter a back meeting room at the Wal-Mart at 23 Mile Road and M-53 for the Shelby Township Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program Dec. 16, he said he felt nervous.

However, not too far into his holiday shopping experience, he said he thought the smiling men in blue who helped children pick out Christmas gifts were nice.

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Published December 17, 2015

After a meeting in the judge’s chambers at the 42nd District Court in Romeo Dec. 17, Gregory Bobchick’s defense attorney and the prosecutor agreed on a resolution to Bobchick’s case, which had stemmed from a fatal car crash at Stony Creek Metropark May 8 that killed three of Bobchick’s peers.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Utica Cemetery, located in Shelby Township, recently finished a yearlong process of replacing its sign and installing a 26,000-pound marble columbarium, a monument for the storage of loved ones’ ashes.

The historic headstone of Gurden C. Leech, who proposed renaming the city from the village of Harlow to Utica in 1833, also found its way back to Leech’s burial site after going missing for about 30 years.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Six months after retiring in April, former Shelby Township Police Department K-9  dog Henry succumbed to an aggressive infection Dec. 6 at age 11.

Since November 2005, Henry lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. The duo went on hundreds of raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Earlier this month, Shelby Township sent off its application to Preserve America, a White House initiative to encourage and support community efforts for the preservation and enjoyment of the country’s heritage.

Paige Ash, an intern in the Supervisor’s Office and a Shelby Township resident, worked with local authorities and drew extensively from the Shelby Township Historical Committee’s website, www.shelbyhistory.com, to compile information for the comprehensive application.

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Published December 16, 2015

“Children at St. Kieran took part in a Christmas program Sunday that included bringing gifts to the Christ Child. The wrapped gifts will be distributed by the Community Action Center to needy children in the area. The children also acted out the story of Christmas in song. Taking part in the program are, left to right, Robert Casoli, Lou Scafuri, Andy Ruzzin, Mary Beth Aragona, Mark Gilbert and Jack Miller.”

Photo and caption from the Daily Sentinel, dated Dec. 13, 1967

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 10, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police voted in Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide as its second vice president.

A retirement left the position vacant. Shelide’s term will begin Jan. 1. The plan of succession provides that Shelide would become first vice president of the association in 2017 and president in 2018.

A major function of the group is to influence state legislation.

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Published December 14, 2015

Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the upstairs lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, staff transformed this year’s Christmas tree into a giving tree.

Along with the usual festive ornaments, the tree is adorned with tags listing the needs of Samaritan House, an independent charity in Washington Township that has provided assistance to low-income residents in northern Macomb County for the last 20 years.

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