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Published October 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A new piece of technology is soon going to help speed up crash scene investigations on roads patrolled by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approved for purchase during a Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting Oct. 5, a laser scanner from Faro Technologies will replace the current Total station, which has been used since 2002.

“We’re always looking at technology that’s out there and what pieces of equipment we can use to do our job better and be more accurate,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

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Published October 14, 2016

A 27-year-old St. Clair Shores man was arrested after allegedly stealing an 87-year-old woman’s purse outside a pharmacy.

The woman told police Sept. 21 that she was walking to her car in the parking lot of Walgreens in the 21000 block of Harper Avenue when the suspect approached her and asked to use her cellphone. When she couldn’t give it to him because she had left it at home, he allegedly pushed her to the ground and grabbed the purse off her shoulder.

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Published October 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for a man seen in surveillance video knocking down a 23-year-old St. Clair Shores man in 7-Eleven and threatening him.

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Paul Dlugokenski said that just before 1 a.m. Oct. 11, the victim entered 7-Eleven on Jefferson Avenue, near Doremus, and talked to the clerk behind the counter after buying a few items.

“As he’s leaving, a guy in black meets him at the door and struggles with him. When he gets him on the ground, he tells him he has a gun,” Dlugokenski said.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh recently announced some new technology that will make buying a home much easier.

Macomb County property buyers may now electronically record deeds and get electronic tax certification by allowing deeds to be electronically recorded in circumstances where tax certification is required, which will make Macomb County real estate transactions more efficient.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Plans are proceeding for the renovation of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a contractor hired by City Council set to begin mobilizing on the site as soon as this month.

The city awarded the bid to Cross Construction, the lowest bidder on the project, with two alternates and a slight modification to the plan.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council members were surprised by a recent request by a petitioner to sell boats along the Nautical Mile.

“You’ve got a little bit of a unique circumstance,” City Planner Liz Koto told City Council in September. 

There are a number of allowable uses along the Central Lakefront Development District, which encompasses the Nautical Mile, but if a use is not listed, the petitioner has to come before City Council for approval of the use.

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Published October 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local restaurant owner wanting to expand his business to include alcohol sales had his request turned down by City Council, whose members said they are being more selective now that the city only has two liquor licenses left to give.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Roughly 25 people in Macomb County are turning 65 years old each day.

At that current rate, the need for enhanced senior services is growing, which means funding for those services also will need to grow.

One of those programs seeking more funding in this year’s budget cycle is Meals on Wheels. It is seeking an increase of $100,000 in its budget to improve transportation efforts and to keep pace with rising costs from food vendors.

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Published October 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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Published October 11, 2016

One cat has died and several residents are displaced after a Sunday evening fire in a condominium complex’s basement.

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to one of the buildings in the Wedgewood Manor Condominium complex between Masonic Boulevard and Edgewater Street, east of Harper Avenue, around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 after residents discovered smoke and flames coming from the basement.

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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Six months of work has been incorporated into an amended animal control ordinance that melds county regulations into St. Clair Shores’ current ordinance.

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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With beer, food trucks, bands and competitions, the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee is hoping the second annual Shorestoberfest will be an even better time than the first.

“The event is bigger, so bigger tent, more music, we have two food trucks and a caterer, and the food is a la carte so you buy what you want,” said organizer Stephanie O’Brien, of the Cool City Committee.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A delay in the repair of the roof at the St. Clair Shores North End Fire Station, combined with torrential rains at the end of September, led to the evacuation of personnel from the North End Fire Station due to mold issues.

“From our roofing leaks, we had acquired some mold issues that are being abated today,” said Fire Chief George Morehouse Oct. 5. “It’s been patched, (but) all that rain brought everything to a head.”

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — October is here, and what does that mean for the St. Clair Shores Fire Department? 

National Fire Prevention Week and the annual open house.

“It’s a good time for the community to come out and see what the Fire Department has to offer. How people can protect themselves with fire alarms and just educate the public a little bit ... how important that kind of stuff is,” said firefighter paramedic Ian Griffin. 

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — David McCaulley does it for the love of nature.

“We have a couple ducks that fly in every year,” said the resident of Glenbrook, who was one of the residents and businesses honored by the St. Clair Shores Beautification Committee with a 2016 Beautification Award.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Along with residents, business owners in the city were honored for their work beautifying their landscapes.

St. John Medical Center on 12 Mile Road, Buffalo Wild Wings on Harper Avenue, and the Windwood Pointe Condominium Association received commendations this year for their work beautifying the city.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Mike LeFevre, the owner of Mike’s on the Water on the Nautical Mile, was granted approval in September to build a pair of second-story decks on his popular waterfront eatery.

“I’m excited to be here. This is another step to make this not only a St. Clair Shores Nautical Mile attraction, but I really believe I can get it to be a Midwest attraction,” said LeFevre to City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published September 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police responded to a call from CVS in the 22000 block of Greater Mack Avenue the evening of Sept. 24 after a man allegedly grabbed cash out of the register.

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Published September 29, 2016

Two men have been arrested in possession of stolen checks and credit cards, and police say they may be responsible for stolen mail in several metro Detroit communities.

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