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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 4, Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil began the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement executives around the country and abroad. He is slated to graduate June 10.

Coil will join a class of approximately 220 on a Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, to learn the latest techniques in crime fighting, leadership and administration. The class will be challenged physically too, and will complete a 6-mile obstacle-laden run at the end of the session.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 6:56 a.m. April 7, Shelby Township police were dispatched to Shelby Wholesale, located off 23 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke Avenue, for a report of a breaking and entering.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that one or possibly more suspects broke through a wall to gain entry to the business and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise, according to a press release.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township is hoping to see approximately 800 orange-vest-clad volunteers spread out along local roads and collecting garbage during the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 30.

The township is specifically seeking local groups to adopt mile-long portions of township thoroughfares. Several long-standing groups recently gave up their annual commitments, many due to aging members.

Shelby Township has hosted the event for nearly three decades.

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus will perform the operetta “The Mikado,” reimagined for a younger generation, at the Detroit Opera House.

The production, which combines humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, will include 80 children ages 8-16 from around the metro Detroit area, including two local girls.

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Published April 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 28, Joseph Wolf Jr., 52, of Shelby Township, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzling from the Detroit Metro Stars, a nonprofit youth baseball team, and paid $21,440 in restitution.

Wolf also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of improper distribution of proceeds from charitable gaming events. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia agreed to drop four felony counts of embezzling in exchange for the full payment of restitution.

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Published April 4, 2016

UTICA — Utica Police Chief David Faber said drug addiction motivated a couple to steal from at least seven Home Depot locations in the metro Detroit area.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. March 9, Utica police arrested a 34-year-old Rochester man and a 31-year-old Hazel Park woman after they allegedly stole power tools, strong-armed a loss prevention officer at the Home Depot in Utica, and fled in a reportedly stolen vehicle.

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Published April 1, 2016

UTICA — For about three hours Thursday, Macomb County Animal Control (MCAC), assisted by the Utica Police Department, removed a large number of dogs and cats from a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Brian Pylar, lead kennel attendant for MCAC, said he did not know the exact number, but estimated that approximately 40 animals were removed from the home. The incident, he said, is still under investigation.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Spring is technically here, according to the calendar, but experts caution that it is possible to begin tidying up lawns and landscaping too early.

Two local experts agreed that homeowners should wait until overnight temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees, lawns dry out and grass begins to grow before doing anything that will compact the soil and grass roots.

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Published March 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program recently awarded a two-year, approximately $254,000 grant to the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

Shelby Township is among roughly 25 local, county, state and federal governmental agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, in the CISMA working to control invasive plant species to protect wetlands, woodlands, uplands and the St. Clair River delta.

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Published March 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Kaleidoscope is an annual initiative of the Michigan Reading Association to publish a book containing a collection of approximately 50 excerpts from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from around the state.

This year, Beck Elementary School sixth-grader Addyson Richard, 11, of Shelby Township, was among those chosen to be a Kaleidoscope young author winner.

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Published March 30, 2016

Local literacy nonprofits provide adults with free services from trained volunteer tutors, and donations keep them viable.

On April 14 and 29, Macomb Literacy Partners and the Oakland Literacy Council will host fundraising events, respectively, to raise awareness of and support for their ongoing efforts to reduce adult illiteracy.

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Published March 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials estimate that the 24 Mile Road reconstruction work along the entire length of an approximately 7-mile water main project from east of Dequindre to Romeo Plank roads will be finished before the end of June.

On March 18, crews finished installing the new 42-inch water main that runs parallel to an existing 36-inch water main. The $3.3 million project began on the eastern Macomb Township end in October 2014.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Three Shelby Township firefighters received awards this month for accomplishments in 2015.

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association honored two on March 4, and Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski honored one at the March 15 township Board of Trustees meeting.

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association presented a Medal of Valor to probationary firefighter Jeff Shea for his actions on May 8, 2015 — the day of the triple-fatal, single-vehicle crash at Stony Creek Metropark.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At a March 15 public hearing, a planning consultant presented a new plan that, if approved by the Board of Trustees, would allow the Downtown Development Authority to expand its district and reset the base taxable value to capture more tax money.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution of support required to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the next phase of Shelby’s Iron Belle Trail connection.

The plan is to obtain the $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and a $300,000 Transportation Alternatives Plan grant and use them to match each other, so the next phase of trail can be constructed at no cost to Shelby Township.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 71, Shelby Township resident Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick does not let anything slow her down. Last year, she was inducted into the Michigan Senior Olympics Hall of Fame and, recently, she received recognition from the National Senior Games Association.

In 1945, a bomb blast destroyed her hearing as an infant while her parents were fleeing Hungary during World War II. Her father, a high-ranking government official, opted to emigrate to protect his family.

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Published March 22, 2016

On March 22, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. sentenced a 37-year-old Ann Arbor man to 24-480 months in prison for fleeing police.

On Feb. 16, Dennis Paquette pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree fleeing a police officer in connection to an incident that occurred Jan. 19 in Shelby Township.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19, a Shelby Township police officer attempted to stop Paquette on Hall Road, east of Schoenherr Road, for driving a blue Buick without a license plate.

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Published March 21, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ornate and delicate art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, is a tradition that one Shelby Township resident of Ukrainian heritage holds dear.

Cathy Wandrei learned how to decorate pysanky from her family and passed on the tradition to her two daughters, ages 25 and 26. Every year since 2007, Wandrei has displayed her large and varied collection of pysanky at the Shelby Township Library.

Wandrei said both of her parents share a Ukrainian background, and one of her grandfathers came from Ukraine to Ellis Island.

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Published March 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER — As spring weather approaches, residents may be interested in checking out a new network of nearly finished trails located between Chief Gene Shepherd Park and Yates Cider Mill.

Last March, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee received permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to create two trails through its conservation easement — a park-to-cider-mill connection and a loop behind Yates.

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