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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — On Dec. 15, dozens gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the 1.28-mile Shelby-Utica trail connection, which links Shelby Township’s River Bends Park to downtown Utica.

The project was more than five years in the making and encountered setbacks in terms of variances, funding and other unforeseen hurdles. But through perseverance and, in the words of Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, “more than a village” coming together, the trail became a reality.

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Published December 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past five years, the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 142, the Shelby Township Senior Center and local businesses have partnered together to bring Christmas baskets to seniors in need.

Retired dispatcher Bonnie Bowman started the initiative and is back on board this year after overcoming some health complications. After loading up a bus full of presents, volunteers — along with Santa Claus — personally delivered the goods Dec. 16.

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Published December 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When 6-year-old Cameron Skwier saw more than a dozen uniformed police officers enter a back meeting room at the Wal-Mart at 23 Mile Road and M-53 for the Shelby Township Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program Dec. 16, he said he felt nervous.

However, not too far into his holiday shopping experience, he said he thought the smiling men in blue who helped children pick out Christmas gifts were nice.

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Published December 17, 2015

After a meeting in the judge’s chambers at the 42nd District Court in Romeo Dec. 17, Gregory Bobchick’s defense attorney and the prosecutor agreed on a resolution to Bobchick’s case, which had stemmed from a fatal car crash at Stony Creek Metropark May 8 that killed three of Bobchick’s peers.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Utica Cemetery, located in Shelby Township, recently finished a yearlong process of replacing its sign and installing a 26,000-pound marble columbarium, a monument for the storage of loved ones’ ashes.

The historic headstone of Gurden C. Leech, who proposed renaming the city from the village of Harlow to Utica in 1833, also found its way back to Leech’s burial site after going missing for about 30 years.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Six months after retiring in April, former Shelby Township Police Department K-9  dog Henry succumbed to an aggressive infection Dec. 6 at age 11.

Since November 2005, Henry lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. The duo went on hundreds of raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Earlier this month, Shelby Township sent off its application to Preserve America, a White House initiative to encourage and support community efforts for the preservation and enjoyment of the country’s heritage.

Paige Ash, an intern in the Supervisor’s Office and a Shelby Township resident, worked with local authorities and drew extensively from the Shelby Township Historical Committee’s website, www.shelbyhistory.com, to compile information for the comprehensive application.

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Published December 16, 2015

“Children at St. Kieran took part in a Christmas program Sunday that included bringing gifts to the Christ Child. The wrapped gifts will be distributed by the Community Action Center to needy children in the area. The children also acted out the story of Christmas in song. Taking part in the program are, left to right, Robert Casoli, Lou Scafuri, Andy Ruzzin, Mary Beth Aragona, Mark Gilbert and Jack Miller.”

Photo and caption from the Daily Sentinel, dated Dec. 13, 1967

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 10, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police voted in Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide as its second vice president.

A retirement left the position vacant. Shelide’s term will begin Jan. 1. The plan of succession provides that Shelide would become first vice president of the association in 2017 and president in 2018.

A major function of the group is to influence state legislation.

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Published December 14, 2015

Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the upstairs lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, staff transformed this year’s Christmas tree into a giving tree.

Along with the usual festive ornaments, the tree is adorned with tags listing the needs of Samaritan House, an independent charity in Washington Township that has provided assistance to low-income residents in northern Macomb County for the last 20 years.

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Published December 9, 2015

UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During the month of October, local police departments joined forces to launch a traffic enforcement program on Hall Road and M-59 in response to numerous complaints of aggressive driving.

The campaign was designed to raise awareness of safe driving, with the hectic holiday shopping season setting in, in order to reduce crashes.

Police said they wanted to launch the initiative before Black Friday, when congestion from holiday shopping at the many retailers along Hall Road might have fueled frustrations.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Because temperatures are cooling and asphalt plants have closed, crews working on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road project in Shelby and Macomb townships will resume paving operations in the spring of 2016.

Contractor Ric-Man Construction will continue to work on the road, however. There will be intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project, which is estimated to wrap up in July 2016. The whole project stretches across 7 miles.

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Published December 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the Dec. 1 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, Clerk Stan Grot swore in the township’s newest furry, four-legged police officer.

Morpheus, a 15-month-old black German shepherd from the Czech Republic, graduated from a training academy in Pennsylvania with his handler, Joseph Wojcik, a 15-year veteran of the Shelby Township Police Department, on Nov. 13.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said Wojcik and Morpheus, who will wear a special custom-made police badge with his name on it, hit the streets Nov. 16.

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Published December 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the season of giving in full swing, the sixth annual Jingle Bell Run 5K will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to a record eight charities this year.

The holiday-themed run and walk will begin at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday, Dec. 13. The cost is $25 per person, and participants can register online at www.jinglebell5krun.com or in person on race day starting at 7 a.m.

The course will begin and end behind the Shelby community center, located at 51690 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published December 7, 2015

UTICA — Police charged a 24-year-old Utica man with three counts of breaking and entering after a woman reportedly found him attempting to cut out her window screen with a small knife Nov. 29.

Ronald Vanston was arraigned at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township Nov. 30. At press time, he was being held at the Macomb County Jail on a bond of $10,000 cash or surety.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. Nov. 29, police responded to the 45200 block of Brownell Street for a report of a possible home invasion in progress.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 1, 2015

UTICA — The sounds of carolers, sleigh bells and Santa’s belly laugh will fill the streets of downtown Utica beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The city’s annual Christmas and tree-lighting program will feature the arrival of the jolly old saint on a fire truck, and together he and Mayor Jacqueline Noonan will light the decorations at Utica City Hall.

There will be a craft table set up for children to make a holiday decoration, and everyone will be invited to enjoy hot cider and doughnuts at the Utica Fire Department, located at 7609 Auburn Road.

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Published November 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 40th annual Potters Market, featuring 140 artists, will return to Southfield from Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-6.

The popular holiday shopping destination runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free.

There also is a preview event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, which will cost $10 per person. With an annual attendance of approximately 8,000 visitors, the preview sale is a way to get first dibs on the show’s approximately 35,000 pieces.

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