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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 2, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot swore in four new police officers at the township municipal building, which brought the township’s number of sworn officers to 64.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of six replacement, probationary, entry-level patrol officers on Oct. 6, but only four made it through the vetting process.

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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, will host two town hall meetings with identity theft experts from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to protect residents from fraud.

With the holidays coming up, Lucido said, many people are more vulnerable to fraud because they have a lot on their minds while using credit cards. The forums, he said, will provide people with helpful tips to avoid having to rebuild their identities.

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Published November 11, 2015

UTICA — You may have seen Ted Zimmerman, a six-year resident, zipping around the streets of Utica and surrounding municipalities on his motorized scooter.

Over time, city workers have formed a partnership-turned-friendship with Zimmerman.

“We see him all the time,” said Rick Smith, a jack-of-all-trades at the Utica Department of Public Works. “He lets us know, when he’s cruising around town in his wheelchair, if there’s an issue here, an issue there, if we have a pole that has an issue and different things.”

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Published November 9, 2015

On Oct. 29, Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was one of six contemporary and four historical women in the 32nd class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Miller joined the ranks of more than 285 women who have been honored for wide-ranging and lasting achievements by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing.

Emily Fijol, executive director of the Historical Center, said the Michigan Women’s Studies Association receives more than 100 nominations each year, which then filter through two rounds of judges.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

With two proposals regarding Romeo and Rochester schools, respectively, affecting three out of 29 precincts in Shelby Township, voter turnout expectations were low.

Of the approximately 600 eligible registered voters in precincts 11, 14 and 17, 64 voted either at the polls or through absentee ballots for a 9.9 percent turnout.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 27, Jamie’s Smiles awarded two $1,000 grants to provide supplemental funding to programs that benefit children with special needs.

The grant recipients were the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, which serve a combined total of more than 1,000 students with special needs in Macomb County.

The money is allocated for educational toys and equipment to help core strength, body support, balance development, fine motor skills and sensory ability enhancement.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Nearly a year after the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, many Macomb County municipalities are signing over their water service contracts from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the new authority.

The GLWA, formally birthed on Nov. 26, 2014, is an arrangement that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments. The deal was a way for the city of Detroit to restructure its financial situation after filing for bankruptcy.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 28, dozens of residents showed up to a master plan open house to contribute to the blueprint that will give the township direction for the next five years. Officials hope to implement the document by spring 2016.

Residents also weighed in on the township’s annual visioning process to come up with the top 10 priorities for 2016. The department heads gave their ideas the week before, and the Board of Trustees is set to contribute next week.

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Published November 4, 2015

A staff photo from a Feb. 5, 1958, newspaper article — the name of the paper was unavailable — shows a house originally constructed in Utica before it was moved to its current location on 21 Mile Road, south of Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township. Gardner Hunt Runyan, a farmer and carpenter, originally built the house in the 1860s. Clarence Gildner, a well-known builder in the area, also lived in the house with his family from 1951 to 1958. Myrna Mazure now owns the home. For a story, “Restored house built in 1870s to receive historic marker,” visit
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Published November 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Combining live music and a passion for helping the less fortunate in the immediate area has driven the nonprofit group Rockin’ 4 Hunger since 2009.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 28, Rockin’ 4 Hunger will host its sixth and, organizers hope, biggest bash to date at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Participants can experience a bygone era with vintage Packard automobiles, a traditional roast dinner and 1940s big band music.

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Published November 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As opposed to the township’s somber Memorial Day ceremony, Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo said Veterans Day is an occasion to have fun and celebrate veterans’ service.

On Nov. 8, the township will host its third annual Veterans Day event.

The day will kick off at noon with the Veterans Memorial Run, a 5K featuring a scenic loop around the township grounds and Mae Stecker Park. Participants can register before the race for $20 or at the event beginning at 9 a.m. for $25.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

At an evidentiary hearing Oct. 29, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc denied a motion that the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office “forum shopped” to find a jurisdiction to charge Joseph Narra with a minor in possession charge and put another motion to suppress Narra’s medical records under advisement.

Narra was one of five young men involved in a May 8 single-vehicle accident at Stony Creek Metropark. Three young men died in the crash, and passengers Narra and Gregory Bobchick survived with critical injuries. All victims had alcohol in their systems.

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Published October 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 20, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the removal of some dead and dying trees, as well as underbrush, at the future site of the Shelby Township Fire Department’s fifth station.

The 4-acre parcel is located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road. Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the Fire Department has been looking to build a new station in the southeastern portion of the township since approximately 2004.

He said the department purchased the land in 2012.

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Published October 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 20, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee hosted its annual Beautification Awards ceremony before the Board of Trustees meeting, showcasing the botanical beauty of seven residences.

“When residents beautify their homes, I think we all benefit in the township, and we all feel prouder to be residents of Shelby Township,” said Erika Zoller, co-chair of the Beautification Committee.

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Published October 27, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the last-minute request of Township Attorney Rob Huth Oct. 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries for 180 days.

In February, the township established an indefinite moratorium against medical marijuana dispensary activity until the township had a chance to draft language regulating the growth and sale of medical marijuana within its borders.

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Published October 26, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The Loren Andrus Octagon House is a historic home completed in 1860 that has served many purposes during its 155 years. It also supposedly is a haven for paranormal activity, according to the Motor City Ghost Hunters.

The volunteer paranormal investigations group completed two investigations at the Octagon House, one in April and one in August, and lead investigator Tim Renaud said both resulted in evidence of hauntings.

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Published October 23, 2015

A study released in late September by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, an Auburn Hills-based nonprofit organization, listed the intersection of 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads as having the highest frequency of accidents in Macomb County.

In response, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide tasked traffic commander Lt. Jeff Daniel with cleaning up the intersection.

On Oct. 23, the Shelby Township Police Department and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office partnered for a selective enforcement detail at the intersection.

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Published October 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After weekly protests outside the Humane Society of Macomb, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide facilitated ongoing meetings between shelter officials and protesters in order to make progress.

Ken Kempkens, president of the Humane Society of Macomb’s board of directors, recently announced two important improvements that resulted from those meetings — collaborations with rescue groups and a more streamlined process to increase adoptions.

Kempkens also promised that more improvements would come.

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