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Published November 9, 2016

Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, emerged as the winner of the four-candidate contest for a two-year term as the representative of the 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mitchell, the 59-year-old retired CEO of Ross Education, took 214,599 votes, or approximately 63 percent, followed by Democrat Frank Accavitti Jr. with 110,073 votes, or approximately 32.3 percent. Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia garnered 10,611 votes, or approximately 3.1 percent, and Benjamin Nofs, of the Green Party, received 5,125 votes, or approximately 1.5 percent.

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Published November 9, 2016

With a record turnout of voters, Shelby Township residents elected the Republican trustee candidates to the Board of Trustees and overwhelmingly passed the fire millage.

Vince Viviano, Lynn Wilhelm, John Vermeulen and incumbent Douglas Wozniak will fill the four trustee positions next year. Supervisor Rick Stathakis, Clerk Stan Grot and Treasurer Michael Flynn, all incumbents, ran unopposed.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 1, the Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to sell four double lots on the undeveloped, township-owned property known as “Bellarine Subdivision,” next to Cherry Creek Golf Course, to local developer Simone Mauro for $240,000 and allot the revenue to a splash park feature at Gene Shepherd Park.

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Published November 9, 2016

UTICA — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, the Utica Public Library is opening the doors of its Gibbing Room to all poets, poetry enthusiasts and those simply curious about the spoken word. The event will not be judged or competitive — organizers are aiming for a laid-back, welcoming environment.

Library Director Marsha Doege said she has been wanting to host a poetry slam for several years, but this year she and library board member Kelly Calandrino made it happen.

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Published November 9, 2016

Election volunteers at Utica’s two poll locations could hardly contain their excitement at the sheer number of residents who came out to vote, establishing the city’s new mayor and three of the City Council positions.

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Published November 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A preliminary hearing in the case of a Macomb Township man charged with first-degree murder has been delayed by a month. 

Hal Byrom, 44, is charged with the homicide of his wife, Ebony Byrom, 38.

Byrom’s probable cause conference, originally scheduled for Nov. 3 in the 41-A District Court of Shelby Township, was adjourned until Dec. 5.

Byrom was arraigned Oct. 20 from his hospital bed as he was recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 8, 2016

UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, a 33-year-old woman called police to report that she had just witnessed a man, whom police later identified as 36-year-old Brian Higgins, inappropriately touch himself while making eye contact with her.

The victim stated she had been walking toward her vehicle after shopping at Christmas Tree Shops, located near Hall and Schoenherr roads in Utica, when the suspect pulled through the parking lot in a gold Cadillac and parked beside her vehicle.

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Shelby Township on its municipal grounds will host a 5K walk/run to honor and support local veterans, followed by a ceremony at the township’s memorial.

Registration for the run will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event, and the run will start at 10 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special emphasis on the Fire and Police departments.

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Advancing Macomb, a civic leadership group, is in the process of hosting its inaugural East Side Bike Drive to collect gently used bicycles for families in need.

The weeklong Shelby Township bike drive kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29, and will conclude Nov. 6.

Bikes can be dropped off at the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 5 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6.

Melissa Roy, executive director of Advancing Macomb, said one of the county’s greatest assets is its bike trails.

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Published November 2, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — From approximately 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, about 50 police officers executed 12 search warrants and arrested five men in connection with an alleged criminal enterprise involving the buying and shipping of stolen cellphones and money laundering.

At press time, Lt. John Michalke, of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said an arraignment had not yet been scheduled for the arrested individuals — two Sterling Heights men, ages 40 and 25; two Shelby Township men, ages 39 and 29; and a 35-year-old Macomb Township man.

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Published November 1, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, nature photographer Joan Bonin was at Stony Creek Metropark to perform her daily check on the pair of eagles that have made the Inwood Trails their home.

When the cold, high winds drove her to head back after a couple of hours, she happened upon a 10-point buck standing at the point of Winter Cove, and she reflexively began taking a series of photos with the camera that was already in her hands.

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Published October 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the second phase of a landscaping project that will extend landscaping on both sides of Auburn Road.

The original project was to landscape Auburn Road from Dequindre Road east to Hixson Street. Because the township received low bids for the first phase, it had extra funds and put the second phase — to landscape Auburn Road to Ryan Road — out to bid.

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Published October 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township officials are responding to the allegations of corruption related to its waste collection contractor, Rizzo Environmental Services.

Rizzo Environmental Services is embroiled in an FBI-led corruption investigation that has so far resulted in the arrests of Clinton Township trustee Dean Reynolds and Macomb Township trustee Clifford Freitas, and the resignation of its founder, Chuck Rizzo Jr.

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Published October 26, 2016

UTICA/WARREN — Approximately 130 family members, friends and neighbors attended a 100th birthday bash for Maria Marrone, of Utica, at the Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren Oct. 22.

Marrone was born on Oct. 25, 1916, in Sicily, lived through World War II and came to America through Ellis Island in 1958. Her legacy includes three children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Published October 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 13, state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, introduced legislation to allow local municipalities to opt out of the Regional Transit Authority Act, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If approved, the RTA would add high-speed transportation to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The 1.2-mill property tax assessment is set to levy approximately $3 billion over 20 years and combine with $1.7 billion in federal and state matching funds to create rapid bus and rail lines and cover operational costs.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Shelby Utica News’ coverage area, voters will decide the Shelby Township Board of Trustees, the Utica mayor and the Utica City Council, as well as vote on a renewal of the Shelby Township fire millage and a Regional Transit Authority for southeast Michigan Nov. 8.

Voters also will establish county, state and federal officials in the general election. Questionnaires were sent only for contested races. Unopposed candidates are listed by name.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, said she is seeing a resurgence in the popularity of pumpkins and other gourds in seasonal decorating this fall, and she recommended new tricks to keep decorations fresh.

She said one idea is to stack pumpkins and gourds outside, using hay bales for a variety of heights. Homeowners can customize their outdoor pumpkin collection by painting their house numbers on each pumpkin, she said.

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Published October 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/TROY — On Saturday, Oct. 29, the community is invited to attend a bowling fundraiser to benefit the children of a Shelby Township father who died after attempting to save his struggling sons from undercurrents in Lake Michigan.

The family-friendly fundraiser will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Bowl One Lanes in Troy. The cost is $25 and includes three games of bowling, pizza and soft drinks. There will be a costume contest, and organizers will raffle off a spread of baskets and other items.

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