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Published August 5, 2016

Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store, located near 24 Mile and Shelby roads, at knifepoint at approximately 12:32 a.m. Aug. 5.

The suspect reportedly held a knife to the cashier and demanded money from the register. He then fled with an undetermined amount of cash in a dark-colored SUV in an unknown direction, according to police. The cashier was uninjured.

Police photographed images of the suspect from surveillance footage at the 7-Eleven and are seeking the public’s help to identify him.

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Published August 4, 2016

Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, surpassed four opponents to clinch the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race in the Aug 2 primary with 30.6 percent of the votes.

He will compete with Democratic nominee Frank Accavitti Jr., Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia and Benjamin Nofs, a member of the Green Party, in the Nov. 8 general election for a two-year term in Congress.

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties, as well as portions of Macomb and Tuscola counties.

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Published August 3, 2016

Low numbers of voters in Shelby Township made it to the polls in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 2. Clerk Stanley Grot said more residents sent in absentee ballots than came to the polls.

Voters opted to retain several Republican incumbents: Supervisor Rick Stathakis, Clerk Stanley Grot and Treasurer Michael Flynn. Grot ran unopposed. There are no challengers to them on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

But on that same ballot, five candidates likely will run for four trustee positions.

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Published August 3, 2016

The voters have spoken, and it is apparent they prioritize their local public library.

Utica residents voted 74.4 percent to 25.6 percent — or 462 to 159 — in favor of increasing the library millage by up to 0.4 mills for a period of 10 years, for a total of 1.2418 mills ($1.24 per $1,000 of taxable value) to be levied in July 2017. That first levy was estimated to collect $72,255.50.

Utica Clerk Beth Ricketts said the election was slow and turnout was low, but those conditions seemed to be the norm for primary elections.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 3, 2016

UTICA — In the less than 2-square-mile city of Utica, it is no secret that parking has been a long-standing issue. The introduction of a ballpark with a total capacity of 4,500 fans per game has fanned the fire.

On July 12, the Utica City Council unanimously approved Mayor Jacqueline Noonan’s proposal to create a parking committee to review all parking in the city, including on-street and undeveloped lots.

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Published August 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the third and final phase of Fire Station No. 5 — construction and outfitting of the building, to be located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski estimated the total project construction cost, including a traffic light, to be approximately $1.9 million, with a total cost, including permit fees and outfitting the fire station and vehicles, of $2.5 million.

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Published August 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a project to resurface Lakeside Boulevard from Hayes Road to Market Street, as well as several smaller asphalt and concrete road projects in residential areas.

Each project will be financed with money from the township’s local road paving fund and the Macomb County Department of Roads. All projects are slated to conclude before Nov. 1.

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Published August 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Election fliers began circulating among local mailboxes in the days leading up to the Aug. 2 election that portray Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis as Adolf Hitler and four township candidates as saluting Nazis.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said police launched a criminal investigation into the flier because of allegations that the name on the flier is not the person responsible for the flier.

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Published August 2, 2016

UTICA — The annual car show in downtown Utica, a staple event for more than a decade, is changing things up for its 13th year by adding a swap meet and a gas show.

The show will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, across from Memorial Park.

Co-organizer Meghan Michelon said the event attracted more than 300 classic cars last year and continues to grow each year. She said the gas show, which will feature old-fashioned collectible gas pumps, will be the only gas show in the state of Michigan.

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Published August 1, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Due to complaints about the number and treatment of animals in Utica and Shelby Township, respectively, both municipalities recently took steps to amend their ordinances.

In Utica, the removal of approximately 40 animals from a home prompted the city to revise its definition of a kennel. In Shelby Township, caged beagles outside an apartment complex prompted the township to allow Macomb County to respond immediately to the situation.

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Published July 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During his second annual State of the Township address at the Palazzo Grande July 13, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis touched on finances, public safety and quality-of-life initiatives.

“I am very happy to say that the state of Shelby Township is strong because of the many people that have worked together as a team,” Stathakis said, referring to the township’s department heads, employees and volunteers.

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Published July 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A sense of pride established by witnessing the growth of an institution and a love for Golden Grizzlies basketball forged a strong bond between the Leming family and Oakland University.

Dan and Teresa Leming, who got married and moved to Shelby Township in 2001, spent more than two decades working on a total of three degrees, so OU became like a second home.

Dan began attending OU in 1995 after graduating from Lake Orion High School. He said he liked that the school was close to home, had small classes and was relatively inexpensive.

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Published July 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Preceding Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis’ State of the Township address, officials recognized several community members at the Palazzo Grande July 13.

The award ceremony is a component of the annual event. Individuals received awards for making the township a better place to live, learn, play and do business. Stathakis also presented longtime Trustee Paula Filar, who opted to not seek re-election this year, with a special award for her contributions to the community.

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Published July 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A drunken driving case allegedly involving Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, was adjourned until Oct. 18 following a brief hearing July 20 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township.

The matter was adjourned so both parties could continue plea negotiations. Paul Addis, legal counsel for Macomb Township, is the prosecuting attorney, and Michael Smith is defending Mathers.

The next hearing is date certain, which means a jury trial or plea agreement must occur that day.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters will choose Shelby Township officials and vote on a millage increase for the Utica Public Library Aug. 2.

Voters also will establish general election candidates at the county, state and federal levels in the Aug. 2 primary election. Questionnaires were sent only to contested parties. Unopposed candidates are simply listed by name, with further coverage to come closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published July 20, 2016

Water bills can add up quickly, especially with residents trying to keep their lawns verdant in the midst of drought-like weather conditions.

A local department of public works director and the chief operating officer of the Great Lakes Water Authority weighed in on what residents can do to save water costs and be good stewards of a finite natural resource.

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Published July 20, 2016

UTICA — On July 12, the Utica City Council voted unanimously to allow Friday night fireworks for the rest of the season at Jimmy John’s Field and revisit the topic next season.

Part of the deal is that Friday night games will begin earlier, at 7:05 p.m. instead of 7:45 p.m. No new innings will begin after 10:15 p.m., and all firework activity will conclude by 10:45 p.m.

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Published July 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Pokemon Go is the newest mobile gaming fad hitting smartphone users of all ages. From elementary students to parents and beyond, local residents are on the prowl for Pokemon — shorthand for “pocket monsters.”

The app taps into players’ GPS location to create a virtual map full of catchable Pokemon. When players attempt to catch Pokemon in a Poke Ball, the app uses their phones’ cameras to create real-world backgrounds.

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Published July 14, 2016

At approximately 10:40 p.m. July 13, police received reports about a three-car crash that had occurred on 25 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr Road.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said apparently the driver of a 2007 Ford Fusion rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a red light, which crashed into another vehicle.

Schmittler said the Ford Fusion's driver, a 46-year-old man from Macomb Township, then drove off eastbound along 25 Mile Road and crashed at the roundabout at 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

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