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Published March 7, 2016

UTICA — For the first time, the sound of bagpipes will accompany runners as they dash through the starting line in front of Shamrock Irish Pub during Utica’s fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race March 12.

Runners can get into the Irish spirit with bagpipes and a DJ beginning at 9:15 a.m. The 5K run and “green mile” fun run will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk and “green mile” walk at 10:33 a.m.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 4, 2016

On March 3, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to sentence Gregory Bobchick, 18, of Shelby Township, under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act in regard to his second minor in possession charge.

Under HYTA, if Bobchick complies with his sentencing guidelines and restrictions, the conviction will be erased from his record. The misdemeanor carries a $100 fine and/or 90-day jail sentence.

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Published March 3, 2016

Hundreds showed up to cheer on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the Palazzo Grande March 2, the day after he won one out of 11 Super Tuesday contests.

Rubio took the stage a half hour late to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” saying his team was not used to Michigan roads and he would keep his message brief because he was losing his voice and wished to save it for the GOP debate scheduled the next day.

The delay did not deter the crowd. They interrupted him several times to chant his first name.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 27, the Shelby Township Relay for Life held its 10th annual kickoff event in anticipation of the main relay event that will take place from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22 at River Bends Park. The theme is “Lights, camera, cure!”

The Oscars-themed craft and vendor show at Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall was the first open-house-style kickoff event of its kind. Shelby Township Relay for Life co-founder Lauren Conn said organizers hope to make this year bigger and better than ever.

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Published March 1, 2016

Following testimony from witnesses called by the prosecution, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc agreed to add a third and fourth count against a defendant accused of obstructing a police officer and carjacking. LeDuc also bound over the case to circuit court.

Paul Bukowski, an assistant prosecutor with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, amended his complaint to add a count of armed robbery and a count of assault with a deadly weapon against Michael Garrett, 30, of Pontiac.

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Published February 24, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Car enthusiasts are itching to put the pedal to the metal at the annual Detroit Autorama event.

The 64th annual edition will take place Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28 at Cobo Center in Detroit. More than 800 vehicles — including hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from around the world — are expected to be on display.

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Published February 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year extension of Police Chief Robert Shelide’s contract.

The extension takes his contract through Jan. 11, 2021. His contract previously was set to expire Jan. 11, 2019.

Shelide’s contract includes a $10,000 salary increase to $116,590.

Shelide has led the Police Department for 13 months, since Jan. 19, 2015. He retired from the Southfield Police Department at the rank of deputy chief after 21 years.

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Published February 23, 2016

UTICA — A Shelby Township artist who has been rooted in the community for more than 50 years decided to create a 58-by-72-inch painting of Utica to donate to the city after undertaking a similar endeavor for Shelby Township last year.

“It’s a labor of love. (My husband, George, and I) have lived in Utica (now Shelby) since 1960. George taught at the schools here, so we feel like we’re really a part of this community,” said 81-year-old Margaret Glinke. “I had the materials. It isn’t costing me any material time or cost.”

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Published February 22, 2016

With the rising popularity of 5K races, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said he wanted to offer a unique twist and an extra draw by providing runners with a nighttime glow run at a golf course.

After six months of preparation, officials announced that the Run the Creek Night Glow 5K Run/Walk would be held at Cherry Creek Golf Course in Shelby Township at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16. A half-mile fun run for kids will precede the event at 7:45 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Michigan’s Area 14, which encompasses all of Macomb County.

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Published February 22, 2016

On Feb. 22, defendant Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, appeared for his probable cause conference at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township wearing a leg brace. Defense attorney Stephen Rabaut said his client missed his Jan. 19 court date because he had been hospitalized.

On Feb. 22, Rabaut waived the conference and said his client would stay mute, so visiting municipal Judge Matthew Rumora entered a not guilty plea on Frame’s behalf.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Originally pitched by a Shelby Township resident at a Utica Community Schools Board of Education meeting, the idea to use the vacant Ewell Elementary School building has been gaining momentum as a solution to the problem of the overcrowded Shelby Community Center.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 17, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 2, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation into law that will allow Michigan residents — if they so choose — to add emergency contact information to driver’s licenses and state identification cards.

State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, introduced the legislation in April 2015 to embed machine-readable emergency contact information in driver’s licenses and identification cards from the Michigan secretary of state, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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Published February 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In an effort to improve efficiency, McLaren Health Care consolidated all of its billing and processing departments in the state to a newly renovated facility in Shelby Township, located near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

On Jan. 26, officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the first wave of 100 employees started working this month at the 57,000-square-foot location, which used to house a VG’s Grocery store.

Harry Crane, McLaren Health Care’s vice president of revenue cycle, said he expects another 200 employees to start in April.

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Published February 11, 2016

On Feb. 11, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc granted a motion to quash medical records obtained by law enforcement that indicated passenger Joseph Narra, 18, of Shelby Township, had a blood alcohol content of 0.03 at the time of a fatal May 8 car crash.

After a pretrial conference held between the defense and prosecuting attorneys — and a chambers meeting with LeDuc — both parties agreed that Narra would plead no contest to a minor in possession charge.

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