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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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Published September 28, 2015

At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, a loud explosion at a residence near 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue startled neighbors.

In a matter of minutes, flames from the explosion, which originated in a shed next to the garage at the residence on East Pearson Road, spread to the garage and then the house, although firefighters extinguished the flames before they could seriously damage the home’s interior, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said.

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Published September 23, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Railroad tracks beneath Shelby Road, originally built in the late 1920s, would transport vehicles from the Packard Plant in Detroit to the Packard Proving Grounds for testing. Later, the tracks delivered goods to the former Ford Motor Co./Visteon site near 23 Mile and Mound roads.

Now, with the permission of the property’s current owner, Indiana Metals Inc., the tracks and the failing culvert are going to go.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 22, 2015

At approximately 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, a woman driving her child to school called 911 to report a possible deceased person along the side of Jewell Road, south of 26 Mile Road.

Shelby Township police and fire responded and discovered the body of an 18-year-old man in a ditch below a transmission tower. Shelby Township EMS confirmed the subject was deceased.

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Published September 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last summer, 9-year-old Rachael Mulvaine’s carefree lifestyle changed to a much more scheduled and regulated one.

Rachael’s story is similar to many individuals.

Between 2001 and 2009, the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Americans younger than age 20 increased 21 percent. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually, according to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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Published September 21, 2015

At approximately 9:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, a Shelby Township police officer on patrol discovered a serious two-car crash that had just occurred at the intersection of 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

A Dodge Caravan attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Schoenherr Road on a blinking yellow arrow while a Honda SUV traveling westbound on 23 Mile Road had a green light, Shelby Township Police Sgt. David Taylor said.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan State Housing Development Authority recently announced nine steps for a smooth transition into a new home for first-time homebuyers through its MI First Home program.


MSHDA spokesman Darren Montreuil said the nonprofit organization is bolstering its efforts to educate individuals on the whole process, including factors besides the mortgage purchase, so they remain on budget and do not miss key opportunities.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 7, a charity representative unknowingly received nine counterfeit $20 bills in exchange for gaming chips at The River, a charity poker lounge in Shelby Township.

Under new rules implemented in May 2014 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board to regulate charitable gaming, a representative from the given charity must be the one to handle any cash transactions.

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Published September 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Three generations of women cruised through the sky for an hour Sept. 6 in a brightly colored hot air balloon, waving to people on the ground and sharing gleeful shrieks as their basket lightly skimmed the tops of several trees.

The ride — a 2014 Mother’s Day gift from Pam Berger’s son and son-in-law — took more than a year to realize because of busy schedules and, more importantly, balloon operator Ray Pini’s choice to wait for ideal weather.

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Published September 14, 2015

At 9:16 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, police patrolling approximately two miles away responded to a call regarding an armed robbery in progress at National Coney Island, near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

While en route, dispatch informed police that restaurant employees and a patron had physically restrained the suspect, 23-year-old Shelby Township resident Nicholas Koerner, as he was trying to leave. Upon arrival, police said, officers took Koerner into custody and recovered a knife.

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Published September 12, 2015

Despite a steady downpour, dozens of people turned out for Shelby Township’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event included speeches by Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide and Shelby Township Fire Lt. Inspector Brian Werner, as well as a performance of “God Bless America” by a local singer.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the Sept. 1 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Rick Stathakis provided an update on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road water main construction project in terms of its progress and the expected progress by the end of the year.

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Published September 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The deaths of seven students in the Utica Community Schools district last year affected students, teachers, administrators and support staff.

In response, the Utica Education Association raised funds for the families of the fallen students, as well as the Shelby Township Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program.

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