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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Henry, the Shelby Township Police Department’s 75-pound, 10 1/2-year-old German shepherd, will work his last shift as half of a K-9 unit on April 17.

For the past 9 1/2 years, Henry has lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. Henry has gone on more than 100 raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

Treworgy said that he got Henry when Henry was a year old in November 2005.

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Published April 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It is time again for volunteers wearing orange vests to fan out along Shelby Township roadways and pick up the trash that has hidden beneath the snow for the last several months.

Clean Up Day will kick off with registration at the Shelby Township Community Center at 8:30 a.m. April 25. It will wrap up with pizza, pop and a “weirdest things found” contest at the Community Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 3, 2015

Shelby Township officials scrambled to publicize word of a mandatory two-day boil water alert after they became aware of it at approximately 11 a.m. March 26. The alert lasted from 11 p.m. Friday, March 27 to approximately noon Sunday, March 29.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Although it sounds like a tale fit for April Fools’ Day, a Shelby Township neighborhood’s affection for a lone wild turkey who showed up one day last summer is real.

Residents in the area of 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue took to calling the turkey “Mary Lou,” after the name of their street, Mary Lou Court, until they found out the turkey was, in fact, a male. They then dubbed the turkey that enjoys following people, chasing cars and roosting in their trees “Harry Lou.”

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNHIP — Last weekend at Magahay Elementary School in Sterling Heights, the Shelby Township Police Department began a two-day training program, which will span four weekends, for its officers to learn how to respond to an active-shooter threat.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said there is a national problem with people walking into locations, such as schools or places of employment, and shooting people at random, and he wants to have the department properly trained to deal with such a threat.

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Published March 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Republican Party invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser — the Lincoln Dinner — on March 27.

Hundreds of Republicans and affiliates filled the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center’s dining hall to listen to the Republican governor. Christie bashed the current White House administration and highlighted what he believes a Republican president should focus on in 2016.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Local families can exercise a range of options for Easter activities this year, as several events will take place in the Shelby-Utica area.


Organizers are inviting families to come out and arrive early for the events, especially those that include egg hunts, because the kids claim the eggs quickly.


In Shelby Township, the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will host its annual Easter egg scramble event at River Bends Park on Saturday, March 28.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

UTICA — At approximately 2:35 p.m. March 5, police responded to the Home Depot near Hall Road and Schoenherr on a report of a retail fraud in progress. A loss prevention officer said he was watching the suspect inside the store.


When police arrived, they reportedly witnessed a man matching the description of the suspect — later identified as Diamante Jefferson, 23, of Detroit — running southbound from the Home Depot parking lot carrying a plastic grocery bag.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

On March 23, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to ease the tether conditions for a Shelby man charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.

In February, police arrested Najah Zetouna, 51, following a monthlong investigation and drug seizure worth an estimated $125,000. Police said the seizure involved approximately 32 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged for sale and synthetic marijuana.

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