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Published October 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 20, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the removal of some dead and dying trees, as well as underbrush, at the future site of the Shelby Township Fire Department’s fifth station.

The 4-acre parcel is located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road. Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the Fire Department has been looking to build a new station in the southeastern portion of the township since approximately 2004.

He said the department purchased the land in 2012.

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Published October 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 20, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee hosted its annual Beautification Awards ceremony before the Board of Trustees meeting, showcasing the botanical beauty of seven residences.

“When residents beautify their homes, I think we all benefit in the township, and we all feel prouder to be residents of Shelby Township,” said Erika Zoller, co-chair of the Beautification Committee.

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Published October 27, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the last-minute request of Township Attorney Rob Huth Oct. 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries for 180 days.

In February, the township established an indefinite moratorium against medical marijuana dispensary activity until the township had a chance to draft language regulating the growth and sale of medical marijuana within its borders.

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Published October 26, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The Loren Andrus Octagon House is a historic home completed in 1860 that has served many purposes during its 155 years. It also supposedly is a haven for paranormal activity, according to the Motor City Ghost Hunters.

The volunteer paranormal investigations group completed two investigations at the Octagon House, one in April and one in August, and lead investigator Tim Renaud said both resulted in evidence of hauntings.

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Published October 23, 2015

A study released in late September by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, an Auburn Hills-based nonprofit organization, listed the intersection of 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads as having the highest frequency of accidents in Macomb County.

In response, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide tasked traffic commander Lt. Jeff Daniel with cleaning up the intersection.

On Oct. 23, the Shelby Township Police Department and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office partnered for a selective enforcement detail at the intersection.

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Published October 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After weekly protests outside the Humane Society of Macomb, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide facilitated ongoing meetings between shelter officials and protesters in order to make progress.

Ken Kempkens, president of the Humane Society of Macomb’s board of directors, recently announced two important improvements that resulted from those meetings — collaborations with rescue groups and a more streamlined process to increase adoptions.

Kempkens also promised that more improvements would come.

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Published October 21, 2015

UTICA — At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Utica City Council voted to extend the city’s moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for another year.

The city first adopted the moratorium on Aug. 10, 2010, and has renewed it every year since.

City Attorney James McGrail and Police Chief David Faber both recommended passing the moratorium.

McGrail explained that, once Michigan voters approved medical marijuana dispensaries in 2008, the language of the legislation was hazy at best.

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Published October 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 15, Judge Denis LeDuc, of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, granted Gregory Bobchick’s new defense attorney’s request to adjourn a motions and pretrial conference for his client until Dec. 17.

LeDuc said David Griem — the new defense attorney — and Washington Township Prosecutor Colleen O’Connor Worden had a chambers conference preceding the decision and that everyone agreed to adjourn the Oct. 15 court date.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There are few better ways to gear up for Halloween than attending a haunted house. 

The spooky music, the dark and the fear of the unknown — was that your friend or a creature of the night breathing on your neck? 

A haunted house is sure to get you in the mood, and quickly.

Local venues offer the Halloween gamut, from over-the-top mayhem and panic to family-friendly entertainment and fun.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, rain or shine, the Packard Proving Grounds will host its annual cruise-in car show and fall open house.

For the first time, the open house will feature a live restoration of a ’54 Packard Clipper Sportster by Packard Proving Grounds volunteer restorer Larry Telles, as well as an inflatable obstacle course and a two-lane slide for children.

Tom Mitchell, chairman of the event, said the objective is to open the historic 14-acre landmark to the public and familiarize people with it.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After a Sept. 26 fire at a house located near 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, homeowner Sheri Neufang said smoke, water and fire destroyed the interior of the house — what an insurance company would call a “complete loss.”

While she said the family was able to salvage a little bit of china and other things that they could wash, as well as some meaningful jewelry and family photos, they lost everything else, including their dog and two of their vehicles.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to amend the township ordinance to ban the use of sky lanterns. The board will have to vote on the issue again at its next meeting Oct. 20 for the change to take effect.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski requested that the township authorize the ban after approximately a dozen other Michigan municipalities have done so.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of six replacement, probationary, entry-level patrol officers to bring the number of sworn Shelby Township police officers to 66.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said he hopes to start at least five of the new hires by Nov. 2. The board approved the hire of Jordan Haughee, Daniel Rutkowski Jr. and Autumn Fettig, and Shelide said two more candidates were in the vetting process.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There are no other homes in Shelby Township like the one owned by Myrna Mazure on 21 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Gardner Hunt Runyan, a carpenter and farmer, built the structure in the 1870s near Van Dyke and Canal Road, a site behind the current BP gas station in Utica. He died in 1919 inside the home and is buried in the Utica Cemetery, along with his wife, parents and brothers.

In 1955, the house was moved to a farm near Hahn Road so that a local business could expand its parking lot.

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Published October 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Township Engineer Carol Thurber said construction on the 1.28-mile trail connecting River Bends Park to the city of Utica is on schedule to finish by Nov. 15.

“This has been in the works for at least five years,” Thurber said. “It’s finally near the end of construction, and I’m pleased to say that the portion from the south end of the River Bends trail all the way to the wetland area where the boardwalk (is), is already constructed.”

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Published October 6, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Wellness Committee will host its inaugural 5K, called the Ether Day Frolic, at River Bends Park.

The group decided to time the event with the anniversary of the first use of ether as an inhalation anesthetic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Oct. 16, 1846.

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Published September 30, 2015

UTICA — On Oct. 3, all-day, zombie-themed festivities will return to downtown Utica for the city’s fourth annual Zombie Fest.

New this year will be a tango performance by “zombified” professional dancers, and professional makeup artists will offer a wider array of ghoulish transformations.

Returning staples include a zombie fun run, a zombie walk, trick-or-treating at local businesses, a costume contest, a blood drive and open house at the Utica Fire Department, a zombie dance competition, and a pub crawl.

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Published September 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 24, 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc set an evidentiary hearing for Oct. 29 to debate defense attorney Neil Rockind’s motion to suppress medical records regarding his client, Joseph Narra.

The Washington Township city attorney charged Narra, 18, of Shelby Township, with a minor in possession of alcohol charge after the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office closed the case on the basis of finding no conclusive criminal behavior.

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Published September 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, the Michigan Humane Society’s Mega March for Animals fundraiser will take place for the third year at Stony Creek Metropark’s Eastwood Beach.

The 10-year-old event also expanded to a fourth location in Woodhaven this year.

The day will feature myriad pet owners and dogs, as well as a few cats in strollers, traversing a loop beginning and ending at Eastwood Beach.

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Published September 28, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The newest addition to the Shelby Township Police Department will be the first non-English-speaking member — a 15-month-old black German shepherd from the Czech Republic named Morpheus.

On Oct. 5, patrol officer Joseph Wojcik will head down to a Pennsylvania kennel to train for six weeks with Morpheus, which will include learning to give commands in Dutch. The new policing duo is set to hit the roads Nov. 13.

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