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Published June 30, 2017

Sterling Heights police are working to find out who shot a man outside a hookah lounge early in the morning June 30.

Police said they arrived at the scene of Empire Hookah Lounge, located at 34766 Van Dyke Ave., near 15 Mile Road, at around 12:55 a.m. They reportedly found a 22-year-old man who had been shot in the abdomen and the leg. Police said they believe the shooting happened in the parking lot next to the business.

Medical transportation was arranged, and police relayed information that the man is now in stable condition.

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Published June 28, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials hope to make a splash with a new event to entice people to pay a visit to the city’s distinctive waterway, the Clinton River.

The city will present its inaugural Canoe the Clinton canoe and kayak event July 8.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool described the event as a way for the city to celebrate the Clinton River’s reopening for recreational usage. Teaming up with Clinton River Canoe & Kayak Rentals helped make the new event possible, he added.

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Published June 28, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Responsibility for child and pet passengers doesn’t end when a driver leaves a vehicle, as proven by the dangers of being trapped inside a car while it’s warm outside. 

The safety advocacy group KidsAndCars.org says that 12 children have died from vehicular heatstroke so far this year, and 39 such deaths happened last year. The group warns parents that anyone can potentially have a memory lapse that leads to forgetting a child in a hot car, and it’s not something that only happens to other people.

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Published June 26, 2017

Eastland Middle School students, staff and family members held a candlelight vigil at Veterans Memorial Park June 25 to show their support for 14-year-old half-sisters Kaylee Guy and Alyssa McClendon, who were critically injured in a car crash in Sterling Heights four days earlier.

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Published June 26, 2017

Just like pierogi are stuffed with potato or other fillings, so is the upcoming American Polish Festival and Craft Show stuffed with events.

The American Polish Century Club’s annual event will return to Sterling Heights to celebrate Polish culture July 7-9.

Organizers expect a turnout of more than 15,000 visitors. Event co-chair Arnold Beller described how much attendees like to get reacquainted with one another every year at the event, adding that some people throughout the Midwest plan their vacations and family reunions around the festival.

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Published June 26, 2017

The fate of recently detained Iraqi nationals could become clearer soon, according to attorneys connected with the case, following a June 21 hearing in federal court related to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions.

The hearing was tied to ICE’s arrest of 114 Iraqi nationals on or around June 11, which involved operations in the metro Detroit area. Those 114 were among the 199 Iraqi nationals who were detained nationwide recently, according to ICE statistics.

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Published June 26, 2017

The Sterling Heights Police Department is continuing to play its role in rolling out an anti-distracted driving initiative that was announced in the spring, according to police.

SHPD patrol cars have made a fresh effort to conduct traffic stops as part of Operation Ghostrider this month.

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Published June 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are 75 years and growing.

From giant inflatable slides and treetop fun to state-of-the-art playground improvements and wildlife and nature conservation efforts, the parks system is continually growing and evolving.

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Director George Phifer said that ever since the park system opened to the public in 1942, visiting is like taking a mini vacation right at home.

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Published June 22, 2017

An afternoon traffic crash along Utica Road June 21 claimed the life of one woman and injured four other people — two of them critically, according to Sterling Heights police.

Police said that at around 2:52 p.m., a head-on collision occurred on Utica Road, near Forester Street, which is west of Hayes Road. Police investigated the crash and reportedly learned that a gold 1999 Buick Century traveling northbound wrongly attempted to use a gravel shoulder to pass a vehicle.

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Vacation season has arrived, and the suitcases have finally been packed after a long winter. 

But before you walk out that door, is your largest investment as secure as your travel schedule? 

Lt. Eric Reincke, of the Clinton Township Police Department, said that one of law enforcement’s biggest concerns during the vacation season is breaking and entering. 

“There’s a pattern, and people take advantage of that,” he said.  

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Each winter, as municipal workers make our icy roads safer, they could also be turning our famous freshwater lakes saltier.

Much saltier.

An intensive study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April observed long-term chloride trends in 371 freshwater lakes across the continent. It was determined that there were increasing chloride trends in most of the urban and rural lakes in the Midwest and Northeast surrounded by greater than 1 percent of impervious land.

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Published June 20, 2017

The food, music and culture of Italy will be on display when Festa Italiana returns to Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights July 14-16.
Joe Ventimiglia, from the Italian American Cultural Society, said he is a chairman of the event, and he added that he typically starts organizing the event around January or February every year.

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Published June 20, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A church’s recent decision to buy property from Utica Community Schools in Shelby Township promises to supply the district with some additional revenue, school officials said.

St. Mina and Pope Kyrillos VI Coptic Orthodox Church, which has been meeting for worship at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Rochester Hills, is the new owner of the Ewell Elementary School property. The property is located at the corner of 23 Mile and Shelby roads.

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Published June 15, 2017

Leaders of metro Detroit’s Chaldean and Arab communities are among those speaking out against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s apprehension of dozens of people around June 11 for possible deportation.

According to local Chaldean and Arab-American advocates, the ICE raids took place in Dearborn, Sterling Heights and Warren. Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello confirmed the recent presence of ICE agents in Sterling Heights.

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Published June 14, 2017

The Utica Community Schools district is saying farewell to a new class of diploma holders after graduation ceremonies were conducted this month.

Around 2,250 students graduated from UCS as part of the Class of 2017, district spokesman Tim McAvoy said in an email. Graduates hailed from Stevenson, Eisenhower, Utica and Henry Ford II high schools, as well as the Utica Academy for International Studies and the Utica Alternative Learning Center/Adult Education.

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Published June 14, 2017

The Sterling Heights Fire Department was called to do some heavy lifting June 5 after learning that a piece of heavy machinery had partially fallen on top of the person operating it.

According to the Fire Department, a 44-year-old man was inside a gravel hauler when it rolled over onto the driver’s side, pinning the man and preventing him from getting out. The incident reportedly happened around 4 p.m. at Troy Aggregate Carriers, which is located in the 6000 block of Elmridge Drive, near Mound and 18 Mile roads in Sterling Heights.

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Published June 14, 2017

Longer days, vacations and no school mean more time for summer reading, and the Sterling Heights Public Library has plans to make the most of the season with updated programming.

The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Build a Better World.”

Library Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth explained that the summer reading theme will be incorporated into library activities aimed at the various age demographics, such as crafting programs and Legos for younger kids.

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Published June 14, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Living life in the fast lane on a Michigan highway can sometimes be against the rules of the road, though drivers often are unaware of the law’s specifics, according to Michigan State Police traffic safety experts.

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Published June 14, 2017

The Sterling Heights City Council unanimously awarded a bid for a fresh round of park improvements in the consent agenda during a June 6 meeting.

The agenda item approved the bid and spending of $1.72 million for the improvements, which will affect six parks. Warren Contractors & Development will handle the project as the awarded bidder.

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Published June 8, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller was invited by President Donald Trump to visit the White House June 8, after press time, to discuss local infrastructure needs.

Miller is one of a handful of state and local leaders invited to the White House to provide the president with first-hand input on local infrastructure priorities and concerns, according to a press release from Miller’s office.

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