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Published February 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After Vintage Tech Recycling, Shelby Township’s electronics recycling vendor, shuttered its services in Michigan last month, township officials scrambled to subsidize the program for the Jan. 30 event.

On Feb. 3, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one-year contract with GreenTech Recyclers. The Oak Park-based business was the only company that submitted a bid.

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Published February 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The 64th annual Autorama, a custom car and hot rod show, will return Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 28, with a fresh lineup of more than 800 vehicles and celebrity entertainers at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Five residents of Shelby Township and Utica will display their vehicles, including a 1965 front-engine dragster restored by the original owner’s son, and an all-original 1970 Dodge Challenger owned by a member of the Utica City Council.

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Published February 10, 2016

Shelby Township residents may remember the Big Snow of February 24-25, 1965, when a blizzard dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area and caused snowdrifts of up to 12 feet in some places. Schools and businesses were closed for several days as people dug themselves out of their homes. In this photo, the Ford Utica Trim Plant administration building on Mound Road appears to be nearly buried in snow.

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Published February 9, 2016

On Feb. 9, 42-1 District Court Judge Denis LeDuc mandated that the preliminary examination for a man accused of a carjacking near the Macomb Orchard Trail would take place March 1, no matter what, after LeDuc agreed to adjourn the case for a third time.

Defense attorney R. Timothy Kohler said defendant Michael Garrett, 30, of Pontiac, wished to hold the preliminary examination at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, despite a perceived understanding that the case would be bound over to the Macomb County Circuit Court.

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Published February 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 28, five suspects were arraigned on multiple counts of delivery of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and conspiracy charges in connection to an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary. The charges are all four-year felonies.

The suspects are Danny Jamil, 36, of Warren; Ryan Masters, 31, of Sterling Heights; Andrew Zuhrab, 24, of Shelby Township; David Carbone, 25, of Roseville; and David Pando, 23, of Washington Township.

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Published February 5, 2016

It was a busy week for fire crews in Shelby Township.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski praised members of the Shelby Township Fire Department for quick thinking and actions to extinguish fires at two houses and an apartment on Feb. 2, 3 and 5.

During the afternoon Feb. 2, Swinkowski said, fire crews responded to a house fire at a residence on Province Court, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published February 3, 2016

Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 2, 2016

UTICA — Utica’s premier cold-weather festival will take place Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, with illuminated ice sculptures along Auburn Road and Cass Avenue and a jam-packed schedule of events. The theme this year is “Love and Ice.”

New features include an opening night acoustic performance by 10-year-old musician Sophia Avocado, followed by the crowning of an ice king and queen Friday night and a life-size Candy Land game on the municipal grounds Saturday.

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Published January 29, 2016

The Shelby Township Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 10:22 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at a cash advance loan business.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said that the robber entered Advance America, located on the east side of Van Dyke Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Road, and that there were two employees in the store at the time.

Schmittler said the man produced a black pistol and demanded money. Schmittler said the employees complied, and the robber left the business with approximately $4,800.

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Published January 27, 2016

If Michigan’s thumb could grip a painter’s brush, it would have to work skillfully in order to match the talents of several winning Utica Community Schools art students who took top awards at the Thumb Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

According to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honors creative teens in grades seven through 12.

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Published January 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year extension of Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski’s contract, effective Feb. 1.

Swinkowski’s contact includes a $2,000 salary increase to $107,610, effective Feb. 1, and another $2,000 salary increase to $109,610 for the remainder of the term, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Swinkowski formally has led the Fire Department since Jan. 19, 2013, but he also served as “acting” fire chief after former Fire Chief Gene Shepherd passed away in May 2012.

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Published January 26, 2016

On Jan. 26, Judge Denis LeDuc, of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, granted a motion from the prosecution to adjourn the preliminary examination of a 30-year-old Pontiac man charged with carjacking and assaulting and/or obstructing a police officer.

LeDuc also adjourned a Jan. 12 probable cause hearing for defendant Michael Garrett because the prosecution and defense were in agreement to adjourn, given that the key witness was out of state.

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Published January 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After Shelby Township’s monthly electronics recycling vendor shuttered its services in Michigan, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and Supervisor Rick Stathakis sought a solution.

Shelby Township Trustee Paula Filar, who is a member of the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, said the program is very important to township residents and that Township Attorney Rob Huth would solicit bids for a permanent vendor in time for the February collection.

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Published January 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — There will be a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at Coyote Joe’s, 49440 Ryan Road in Shelby Township to benefit the Police Unity Tour 2016: Team Rolling Bacon.

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Published January 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From now through Friday, Jan. 29, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments, along with Utica Van Dyke Services, are hosting a water drive for Flint residents.

Water donations may be dropped off at the Police Department or any of the four fire stations at any time. On Jan. 29, Utica Van Dyke will load the water onto one of its trucks and deliver it to the city of Flint.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You read that headline right. 

For the first time since the inception of its Color of the Year 16 years ago, Pantone chose the blending of two shades as the 2016 Color of the Year.

Pantone chose the combination of a warm rose tone and a cool, tranquil blue to promote balance, connection, order and peace.

With modern-day stress and an incessant stream of upsetting news, both global and domestic, Pantone sought to offer consumers reassurance and security through color.

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Published January 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Michigan Department of Transportation recently shared plans with affected municipalities for an approximately 2-mile Hall Road reconstruction project to take place in 2017, Shelby Township Planner Glenn Wynn said.

The project is slated to target Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. The scope of the project will include complete pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published January 19, 2016

On Jan. 19, defendant Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, did not appear for his probable cause hearing at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township. Defense attorney Stephen Rabaut said his client was not in court because he had been hospitalized.

Frame was arrested Jan. 1 and charged with five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and a misdemeanor for possessing marijuana.

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Published January 19, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, dispatchers received a call reporting a domestic violence situation between two brothers at their family’s home in the 7000 block of Tottenham Drive, located near Van Dyke Avenue and 22 Mile Road.

Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil said that as responding police were en route to the address, the suspects’ vehicle crashed head-on into the front of a cruiser.

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