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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Following the cross examination of two prosecution witnesses July 6, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd determined there was sufficient probable cause for child pornography-related charges against a Shelby Township man.

Shepherd bound over the case against Philip Frame, 61, the former director of the Macomb County Office of Public Affairs, to the Macomb County Circuit Court for a trial by jury.

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Published July 11, 2016

UTICA — The Old Mill Arts & Crafts Festival is a community favorite, with vendors spread along a looping bike path shaded by trees. New this year will be a beer tent, along with live music and entertainment.

The 26th annual event will return from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Many new vendors will join tried-and-true artisans, although the overall show will be slightly smaller, festival chairwoman Nancy Carter said.

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Published July 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The ban issued July 1 by the Shelby Township Fire Department on all fireworks and bonfires, due to dry conditions, did not deter residents on the Fourth of July weekend.

Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the Fire Department responded to four grass fires, a dumpster fire caused by the ignition of discarded fireworks, and a couch outside an apartment building that caught fire likely due to fireworks.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Based on a professionally shot photo showcasing the various uniforms worn by the Shelby Township Police Department, a national uniform association named the township the best-dressed department in the 100-officers-or-less category.

Sgt. Jeffrey Bellomo took on the project in February. The photo was shot March 11, and the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors announced the winners in May.

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Published July 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 28, a 19-year-old Shelby Township resident was one of 38 college students throughout the Midwest who received a $1,500 scholarship from the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers Foundation.

As a pharmacy technician at Kroger, Rita Kachi was eligible to apply. She also is a junior at Oakland University studying biology with a premedical concentration and a long list of extracurricular activities.

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Published July 6, 2016

“The Michigan National Guard unit at the NIKE site in Shelby Township has donated a backstop to the Shelby-Utica Little League for the further development of the facilities at Ford Field. The donation was made possible when the government decided to install a new radar system in the middle of the ball diamond at the NIKE site. According to Sgt. William Curtis, the base personnel decided that they would donate the backstop to Shelby Township rather than have it destroyed.Read More

Published July 5, 2016

Police have submitted warrants for multiple driving offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, against a 26-year-old driver from Sterling Heights for an incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3.

According to police, the driver of a silver 2005 Cadillac drove at a high rate of speed through a parking lot, hit the curb, cleared a 5-foot wall and crash-landed into a home near Janis Street and Van Dyke Avenue.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said no one was in the home at the time of the crash.

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Published July 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Garden Club’s biennial garden walk is right around the corner. This year, the interactive walk will feature five residential gardens and Heritage Garden, located on the township municipal grounds.

The garden walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and may be purchased at the Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke Ave., or at the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, 52602 Van Dyke Ave.

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, fire crews were called to the scene of an inferno that consumed the majority of a deck, home and garage on Mallard Court, near 21 Mile and Hayes roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the blaze originated in a gazebo over a hot tub next to the deck, which spread to the wooden deck and into the house. Flames traveled up the wall, into the roof and burned away half of the house between the kitchen and the garage.

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Published June 29, 2016

UTICA — On June 7, Shelby Township 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd granted a defense attorney’s motion to return three of 35 dogs taken, along with nine cats, during a March 31 raid of a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said he opposes returning the three animals until the case is resolved. Randazzo said the other animals currently are in the care of foster homes and rescue groups, and they are doing great.

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Published June 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A brightly colored mural full of symbolic images encapsulating Shelby Township will hang in the current Shelby Community Center for now. It is scheduled to move when the township solves its building problems.

The Shelby Community Foundation, a local nonprofit organization specializing in endowment distribution, unveiled the mural at the June 21 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published June 29, 2016

UTICA — The vacant building near Hall Road and M-53 that formerly housed a Borders bookstore will be home to a 2nd & Charles, the second such store in the state of Michigan.

“We’re excited that this is a similar kind of business and that it spreads itself between new and used books, but also music and a coffee shop and a gathering spot,” Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said. “Being a real advocate of literacy, I think this is a great addition to the mixed-use area.”

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Published June 29, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When a mother of six children — ranging in age from 3 months to 13 years — lost her Eastpointe home in February, she held out hope and accepted help, despite the fear that some in the same situation have of ridicule or shame.

Latrice Dickerson, 32, found a house in Warren in May after bouncing between her parents’ homes and shelters, but for a month, she and her family had no furniture except for a pullout couch and a playpen.

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Published June 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 10, Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil graduated from the 10-week FBI National Academy with the distinction of being one of five section leaders in a class of 213 law enforcement officers.

“It was the highlight of my professional career. It was literally the most rewarding and most difficult thing I’ve had to do,” Coil said. “At the same time, I’m humbled by the experience and grateful for the township and the chief to send me.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR — On June 14, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel awarded $500 scholarships at the Voyageur, a restaurant in St. Clair, to four local students who will be entering their first year of college.

The Macomb North Chapter of the MARSP, which consists of approximately 1,100 members, began distributing college scholarships to relatives of its members approximately a decade ago.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With historically low interest rates, local real estate agents are encouraging those on the fence to list their homes, especially since a shortage of homes for sale is tipping the scale in the sellers’ direction.

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