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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

UTICA — On Oct. 11, the Utica City Council unanimously voted to create an ad hoc committee for the purpose of examining a series of medical marijuana regulations signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Sept. 22.

The committee, consisting of the city attorney, police chief and two members of City Council, ultimately will make a recommendation to the city of Utica for an ordinance covering the regulation of medical marijuana in the city.

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Published October 19, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With Utica’s bicentennial anniversary coming up next year, the city is seeking volunteers for the five-day celebration, which is set to close sections of Van Dyke Avenue and Hahn Street for seven days, including setup and takedown.

The event will take place June 22-26, 2017, and incorporate the city’s annual Riverwalk Festival. It will include vendors, a carnival, a baseball game, a 5K run, a fashion show, and a large number of activities and partnerships.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

At approximately 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, police responded to a white 2007 Mercury Milan that had driven through the glass exterior of a Shamrock gas station located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of M-59.

Utica Police Chief David Faber said he feared at first that the incident was the result of a chase or road rage, but he quickly learned that an inexperienced driver went to park in a spot in front of the business, but hit the accelerator instead of the brakes.

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Published October 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A new piece of technology is soon going to help speed up crash scene investigations on roads patrolled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approved for purchase during a Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting Oct. 5, a laser scanner from Faro Technologies will replace the current Total station, which has been used since 2002.

“We’re always looking at technology that’s out there and what pieces of equipment we can use to do our job better and be more accurate,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

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Published October 17, 2016

At approximately 3:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, the wife of a 40-year-old Shelby Township man called 911 to report that she had been the victim of a domestic assault, according to police.

The Police and Fire departments responded to the residence that the couple shared on Lincoln Court, which is part of the Shelby Forest Manufactured Home Community on Schoenherr Road between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads. The Fire Department treated the woman at the scene for minor injuries.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 4, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire a real estate agent to sell four double lots on the undeveloped township-owned property known as Bellarine Manor Subdivision, next to Cherry Creek Golf Course.

An engineering study conducted last year revealed that there were wetlands on many of the 15 vacant lots, which would decrease the value of the sale of the total property as a package. The township decided to combine eight lots into four lots and sell them individually.

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, the Shelby Township Fire Department will host its annual open house at Fire Station No. 1, located at 6345 23 Mile Road, west of Mound Road.

The department holds the event yearly so that the public can check out the equipment, services and protection it provides for the township. Residents will get a chance to speak with firefighters, and there will be plenty of activities for kids.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Roughly 25 people in Macomb County are turning 65 years old each day.

At that current rate, the need for enhanced senior services is growing, which means funding for those services also will need to grow.

One of those programs seeking more funding in this year’s budget cycle is Meals on Wheels. It is seeking an increase of $100,000 in its budget to improve transportation efforts and to keep pace with rising costs from food vendors.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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Published October 11, 2016

At approximately 12:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a 911 call that two double-bottom haulers had collided on Ryan Road, south of 22 Mile Road, near Coyote Joe’s Nightclub.

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Published October 10, 2016

In an effort to curb aggressive, distracted and speedy driving before inclement weather and the holiday shopping season hits, police are rolling out an October campaign that includes increased signage and traffic stops along Hall Road from Utica to Chesterfield Township.

The traffic enforcement initiative also is a proactive attempt to increase safe driving before the impending Hall Road reconstruction from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. That reconstruction is scheduled for March to November 2017.

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Published October 7, 2016

On Friday morning, a woman taking her children to school suffered a diabetic attack that led to a scary series of events that ended at approximately 8:01 a.m. when her vehicle crashed into an unmarked police car at a high rate of speed and sent the police car into the Shelby Township Police Department building.

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Published October 6, 2016

Police reported Oct. 6 that the body recovered a day earlier from a pond at Oak Hill Apartments, near Ryan and West Utica roads, had been identified as Madyson Carolyn Redpath-Kirkwood, an 18-year-old who had been reported missing.

Shelby Township Police Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said police actively had been searching for Redpath-Kirkwood since she was reported missing Sept. 23. She reportedly had been seen last in the area of the apartment complex.

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Published October 5, 2016

On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5, a body was discovered in a pond at the Oak Hill Apartments, located near Ryan and West Utica roads.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler issued a press release at approximately 3:15 p.m. Oct. 5 stating that contractors near a pond on the south side of the property reported finding a body at approximately 10:35 a.m. First responders recovered the body of a deceased female from the water.

Schmittler wrote that the identification of the female had not been confirmed and the official cause of death had not been determined.

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Published October 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, Weekend Warrior Runfest, the first country music-themed running event in the area, will take place at River Bends Park in Shelby Township.

A 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run will begin and end in the parking lot, and participants are invited to bring coolers, folding chairs and dogs to tailgate after the race while listening to country music.

Country music station 99.5 WYCD will be broadcasting live from the finish line during the event.

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Published October 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously gave Tri-County Aquatics Inc. authority to clear areas of Shelby Township choked with Phragmites australis, an invasive species known as the common reed, in 2016 and 2017.

The treatments include spraying herbicide on and cutting down the invasive plants, which are known to spread quickly. The tall, dense stands suffocate environments and deplete water, decreasing native populations of fish, frogs, ducks, cattails and other wildlife.

The effort is part of a larger, regional initiative.

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