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Published June 26, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS/UTICA — School officials agreed to deeply tap their stash of fund reserves and lay off some teachers to balance the budget June 22.

The Utica Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s 2015-16 budget at a meeting last month.

School districts are legally required to approve balanced budgets by June 30. Superintendent Christine Johns said the budget will fund district services and learning opportunities for 28,100 students.

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Published June 24, 2015

At approximately 2:30 p.m. June 25, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham’s office released a statement that identified the man who drowned at Stony Creek Metropark a day earlier as Loyd Thomas Jr., 23, of Warren.

The original call regarding a possible drowning at Stony Creek Metropark’s Baypoint Beach came in at approximately 4:10 p.m. June 24, said Michael Gaydos, a battalion chief with the Shelby Township Fire Department.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 23, 2015

On June 23, officials broke ground on an approximately $12 million minor league baseball stadium financed by the Rochester-based company General Sports and Entertainment. The ballpark, to be located at the crossroads of Auburn Road and Moscone Drive, officially will be called Jimmy John’s Field.

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Published June 23, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As part of Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide’s vision for increased community engagement, the Police Department upped its social media presence, in the form of its Facebook page, to provide open communication between police and the public.

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Published June 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen people around metro Detroit have been charged in what the federal government is calling the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Nationwide, 243 arrests were made as part of the investigation, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in schemes to defraud Medicare of $712 million through false billings. The investigation also led to the suspension of a number of health care providers.

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Published June 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark’s annual fireworks display over its 500-acre lake is set to take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26. Organizers are requesting that the public show up a couple hours early, since the event consistently draws thousands of spectators.

The fireworks blast off from the shore near Baypoint Beach, but Huron-Clinton Metroparks Eastern District Superintendent Mike Lyons said patrons would get a good view from anywhere along the lake.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 19, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials said the pipeline installation of the 7-mile water main project along 24 Mile Road is scheduled to be complete before Nov. 1, with final paving and restoration taking place next spring.

Although contractor Ric-Man Construction has open-cut the rest of the westbound lane of 24 Mile Road, Ric-Man President and CEO Steve Mancini said crews will have to tunnel under the bridge at M-53, which will close both lanes of 24 Mile Road for at least a month.

Mancini said the tunnel project and road closure will begin this week.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

UTICA — At the June 8 Utica City Council meeting, the Utica Police Department bestowed its highest award, a citation of valor, to a nearly seven-year, furry-faced veteran of the force who is set to retire at the end of the month.

Bear, an almost 9-year-old, 95-pound German shepherd, stole the show at the meeting with his handler, Sgt. Kurt Sharrow. The City Council approved the sale of Bear, technically considered a city asset, to Sharrow for a nominal fee so that he can live out the rest of his years at Sharrow’s home in St. Clair.

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Published June 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — An event that started as an additional fundraiser and morphed into a highly anticipated event for those whose lives have been touched by autism will celebrate its 10-year anniversary June 20.

The Out and About Autism 5K Walk/Run and 1-mile Fun Run will start at Eastwood Beach in Stony Creek Metropark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and participants can also register online at www.macombasa.org.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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