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Published February 6, 2017

At approximately 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a black 2017 Lincoln MKZ at 25 Mile and Mound roads.

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Published February 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 17, Clerk Stan Grot officially swore in the Shelby Township Police Department’s second dog, Niko, an 18-month-old, 62-pound German shepherd, and awarded him his police badge.

In August, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a second police dog for $13,750 using drug forfeiture money. Niko is certified in narcotics, building search, area search, tracking, obedience, agility and aggression control, and article search.

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Published February 1, 2017

UTICA — At approximately 4:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, police responded to the area of Hall and Schoenherr roads for reports of a head-on collision between two cars.

Police determined that a 40-year-old Sterling Heights man in a gold 2000 Saturn sedan had been traveling north in the southbound lanes of Schoenherr Road and struck a 29-year-old Eastpointe man in a silver 2010 Chevrolet Aveo traveling south, just north of Northpointe Boulevard.

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Published January 30, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to reports of a serious injury accident on 24 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue.

A 65-year-old Shelby Township woman was driving west on 24 Mile Road when her silver 2014 Ford Focus crossed the center line into eastbound traffic and collided head-on with an eastbound silver 2013 Toyota Sienna driven by a 46-year-old Shelby Township woman, according to a police press release.

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Published January 30, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The inauguration of President Donald Trump and the subsequent Women’s March, both in the same location in Washington, D.C., made history Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, respectively.

The Shelby-Utica News interviewed Shelby Township Deputy Clerk Brian Fairbrother, who cast one of Michigan’s 16 Republican Electoral College votes for Trump, and Shelby Township resident and elementary school teacher Nancy Smith, who is critical of Trump.

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Published January 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In 1959, Art Van Elslander opened his first store on Gratiot in Detroit. In February, he expects to close on a deal to sell Art Van Furniture to a private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In a media release dated Jan. 25, Van Elslander said the time was right. 

Headquartered in Warren, Art Van operates more than 100 stores across five states and has been named among the top independent and overall furniture retailers in the United States. The business model includes a franchising program and boasts 3,500 employees.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 25, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s a new year and a new administration. 

But will either of those have much of an impact on southeast Michigan’s economy in 2017? Experts say it’s too early to tell — but they’ve got some predictions.

During an annual economic forecast hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, investment strategist Daniel Haines, of Greenleaf Trust in Birmingham, discussed a mixed bag of outcomes that could be tied to the policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Published January 25, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Area Optimist Club is hosting its ninth annual essay contest. The theme is “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges,” and the contest is open to all Utica Community Schools students younger than 18 as of Oct. 16, 2016.

The top three essays will win $250, $150 and $100 cash scholarships, respectively, and the first-place winner will have the opportunity to compete for a $2,500 scholarship.

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Published January 25, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, recently had two bills signed into Michigan law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bills do away with bond and time requirements for retrieving seized property and instate a civics test about the U.S. for high schoolers, respectively.

Public Act 418 of 2016 removes the requirement that property owners must post a 10 percent bond — not less than $250 or more than $5,000 — within 20 days of seizure by law enforcement officials to start the process of potentially returning the property to its owners.

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Published January 25, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Planning and Zoning Department is looking to find creative solutions to develop existing space in the township, while developers are lobbying to build many new homes in the northeast portion of the township.

Planner Glenn Wynn said most of the vacant land in the township is to the north, which is a partial factor in why developers are seeking a contentious sanitary sewer district. However, he said his department’s focus is on redevelopment.

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Published January 24, 2017

UTICA — With the focus on Utica’s bicentennial celebration this summer, city officials almost scrapped the Utica Ice Festival, but ultimately they decided to continue the family tradition.

From Feb. 10 to 12, ice sculptures will line Auburn Road and Cass Avenue. On Saturday, Feb. 11, a large fireworks show will light up the city’s winter skies. The city opted to scale back on its entertainment and vendors this year.

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Published January 18, 2017

UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — Between Jan. 23 and 28, all you have to do is tweet #DigUtica on Twitter to cast a vote for a contest, hosted by Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library, to digitalize the Utica Sentinel newspaper.

Residents are encouraged to vote, and vote often. Clarke only digitalizes one paper per year, and Sterling Heights and Utica are competing against four other finalists in the state for the opportunity. The Utica Sentinel published from 1876 to 1966.

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Published January 18, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In 2002, a Shelby Township couple lost their son at the age of 30 after a 10-month struggle with cancer. While their son fought in hospitals for eight months, they witnessed the hardships other families dealt with and decided to do something.

Through an annual golf outing that began in 2002 and euchre fundraisers, Jim and Stephanie Langeveld have donated more than $225,000 to a fund established through the University of Michigan to help patients who stay at the university’s cancer center.

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Published January 18, 2017

UTICA — In a week, Utica Mayor Thom Dionne said the city of Utica’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CityofUticaMichigan, has grown from three to nearly 300 followers.

Dionne, who was elected Utica’s new mayor in November and officially took the helm Jan. 1, said he wants to establish a strong connection with residents in the city by broadcasting information on Facebook.

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Published January 17, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners has a new chair for the 2017-18 term.

Bob Smith, D-Clinton Township, was unanimously selected by the 13-person board to be the chair.

“It feels great. It’s an honor and it’s humbling to have a 13-0 vote on a board that’s Republican and Democrat,” Smith said. “Everyone came together and voted for me, and I can’t explain how good it feels.”

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Published January 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township residents and employees deposited more than 800 nonperishable food and personal care items beneath the township’s Giving Tree for the Samaritan House, which serves needy families in northern Macomb County.

Utica Van Dyke Towing donated $1,500 and Kroger pledged a $1,500 match in conjunction with the township’s initiative. On Jan. 3, state Rep. Peter Lucido also presented the Samaritan House with a $2,500 check to help with the overall needs of the Samaritan House, specifically its families’ utility bills.

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Published January 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — As 2016 came to a close, a new Macomb Community College president was chosen to lead the school.

On Dec. 21, MCC Board of Trustees member James Kelly — chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and chair of the college’s board — announced the selection of school provost James O. Sawyer IV as Macomb’s president designate. The appointment is pending negotiation and approval of an employment contract by the Board of Trustees.

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Published January 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 21, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year extension of Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski’s contract.

The extension takes his contract through Feb. 18, 2021. His contract previously was set to expire Feb. 18, 2019.

The contract includes a salary jump from $107,610 to $116,590 — a flat rate without performance bonuses — and a reduction in the amount of cash payment for unused vacation hours, from 80 to 40.

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Published January 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — By the end of 2017, the Shelby Township Police Department will have received anti-bias, combat-casualty care and real-life-scenario-based use of force training.

Police Chief Robert Shelide has been on the job for two years and has made it his goal to make the Police Department the best in the county.

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