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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee will host the township’s 18th annual hazardous household waste collection event at the municipal building.

New this year will be the acceptance of latex paint, which organizers say residents have been requesting for years.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 15, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan honored a Shelby Township police officer in observance of National Crime Victims Week.

Lisa Radtke, program coordinator for MADD Michigan, explained that her organization has a three-pronged mission statement: eliminate drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and serve victims of serious crimes — drunken driving and otherwise.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the last seven months, 12-year-old Emma Ritzrow’s health has rapidly declined.

Emma, who was slated to begin seventh grade at Shelby Junior High School, has a rare, degenerative and unspecified genetic brain disorder that causes lesions and hemorrhaging in her brain, seizures, and muscular atrophy.

Darcy Fromm — a close friend of the family whose daughter, Emma, has been friends with Ritzrow since kindergarten — described Ritzrow as funny, witty, caring, loving, strong and courageous.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At an April 5 Board of Trustees meeting, Planner Glenn Wynn presented a comprehensive overview of the Planning and Zoning Department’s activity in 2015.

“It was indeed a busy year for our department, and we were probably involved with more projects than I can remember in my 19 years here at the township,” Wynn said.

In 2015, Wynn said his department processed 384 applications, including 54 site plans, which he said take the most time and effort and represent significant development activity.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 19, 2016

UTICA — Amanda Accica, 24, and Daniel Moreno, 23, of Utica, who were married in February, swept the competition at the U.S. Argentine Tango Championship in San Francisco, California, March 24-28.

They won first place in the U.S. Stage Tango Championship, one of two official categories sanctioned by the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, and automatically qualified for the World Cup semifinals in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this August.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time since the “My Favorite Place in Mexico” international art contest began 10 years ago, a student in the Consulate of Mexico Detroit’s jurisdiction placed in one of the top three slots.

The bold and colorful fiesta scene portrayed by Alexandria Simon, 8, of Rochester Hills, stood out to judges among more than 3,200 entries. She entered the contest through her school, the Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori in Shelby Township.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Shelby Township for the second time since it was adopted in February 2015 at the request of Police Chief Robert Shelide.

Township Attorney Rob Huth said the six-month extension intends to limit the sale, growth and distribution of marijuana, as well as the presence of medical marijuana dispensaries in the township until legislators clarify state law.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 4, Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil began the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement executives around the country and abroad. He is slated to graduate June 10.

Coil will join a class of approximately 220 on a Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, to learn the latest techniques in crime fighting, leadership and administration. The class will be challenged physically too, and will complete a 6-mile obstacle-laden run at the end of the session.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 6:56 a.m. April 7, Shelby Township police were dispatched to Shelby Wholesale, located off 23 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue, for a report of a breaking and entering.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that one or possibly more suspects broke through a wall to gain entry to the business and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise, according to a press release.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is hoping to see approximately 800 orange-vest-clad volunteers spread out along local roads and collecting garbage during the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 30.

The township is specifically seeking local groups to adopt mile-long portions of township thoroughfares. Several long-standing groups recently gave up their annual commitments, many due to aging members.

Shelby Township has hosted the event for nearly three decades.

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus will perform the operetta “The Mikado,” reimagined for a younger generation, at the Detroit Opera House.

The production, which combines humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, will include 80 children ages 8-16 from around the metro Detroit area, including two local girls.

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Published April 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 28, Joseph Wolf Jr., 52, of Shelby Township, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzling from the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball team, and paid $21,440 in restitution.

Wolf also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of improper distribution of proceeds from charitable gaming events. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia agreed to drop four felony counts of embezzling in exchange for the full payment of restitution.

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Published April 4, 2016

UTICA — Utica Police Chief David Faber said drug addiction motivated a couple to steal from at least seven Home Depot locations in the metro Detroit area.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. March 9, Utica police arrested a 34-year-old Rochester man and a 31-year-old Hazel Park woman after they allegedly stole power tools, strong-armed a loss prevention officer at the Home Depot in Utica, and fled in a reportedly stolen vehicle.

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Published April 1, 2016

UTICA — For about three hours Thursday, Macomb County Animal Control (MCAC), assisted by the Utica Police Department, removed a large number of dogs and cats from a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Brian Pylar, lead kennel attendant for MCAC, said he did not know the exact number, but estimated that approximately 40 animals were removed from the home. The incident, he said, is still under investigation.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Spring is technically here, according to the calendar, but experts caution that it is possible to begin tidying up lawns and landscaping too early.

Two local experts agreed that homeowners should wait until overnight temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees, lawns dry out and grass begins to grow before doing anything that will compact the soil and grass roots.

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Published March 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program recently awarded a two-year, approximately $254,000 grant to the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

Shelby Township is among roughly 25 local, county, state and federal governmental agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, in the CISMA working to control invasive plant species to protect wetlands, woodlands, uplands and the St. Clair River delta.

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Published March 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kaleidoscope is an annual initiative of the Michigan Reading Association to publish a book containing a collection of approximately 50 excerpts from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from around the state.

This year, Beck Elementary School sixth-grader Addyson Richard, 11, of Shelby Township, was among those chosen to be a Kaleidoscope young author winner.

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