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Published May 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 26, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to an adjournment of a case regarding an alleged marijuana dispensary that police raided and shut down July 10, 2015.

Police said they arrested five men and seized 12 pounds and 200 jars of marijuana, 993 marijuana edibles, a large variety of drug paraphernalia and $10,000 in cash from Advance Medical Supply, located near Van Dyke Avenue and 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At an April 26 court hearing, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd scheduled a special half-day preliminary examination for Philip Frame, 61, of Shelby Township, who is charged with more than 70 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.

William Harding, chief of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office Internet and ID Theft Unit, said the exam will be lengthy because of the number of exhibits to present, and that at least two witnesses will be called to testify.

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Published April 27, 2016

UTICA — On April 20, the Utica Public Library board voted unanimously to pursue placing a 0.4-mill increase on the city’s ballot for the Aug. 2 election.

The library’s current millage rate is 0.84 mills. The average residential taxpayer in Utica currently pays approximately $44 per year for library services. With a 0.4-mill increase and based on the average, residents would pay $20.94 more per year.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

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Published April 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 30, the Shelby Township Police Department honored many of its members and several residents for quick thinking, heroic actions and professionalism.

“This is a very exciting day for many of our officers,” Police Chief Robert Shelide said during the annual awards ceremony at the township municipal building. “Our heroes are acknowledged on this day.”

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In a 5-2 vote April 19, the Board of Trustees approved the final installation of wetland monitoring required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at Gene Shepherd Park for a cost not to exceed $7,000.

The MDEQ mandated that the township perform wetland monitoring and control invasive species in the park’s wetland restoration area for a minimum of three years as part of a consent judgment.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The widely sought-after suspect in a Jan. 29 armed robbery at a cash advance loan business in Shelby Township is in custody on another case, police said.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said an FBI crime task force is in charge of the case and that the Shelby Township Police Department has been working closely with them.

Besides Shelby Township, Shelide said the suspect has been linked to four armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights and Lansing.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Richard Batchelder, a Shelby Township resident and retired firefighter who filed to run for supervisor in the Aug. 2 election, said Supervisor Rick Stathakis assaulted him before the April 19 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Police said Batchelder filed a police report regarding the incident and that they are investigating, but police declined to comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

Stathakis denied the claim.

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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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