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Published May 16, 2017

All of the pieces were in place for the Utica Community Schools district to hold its annual chess tournament earlier this month.

The tournament was held May 6 at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. According to organizers, this was the 22nd year for the tournament, which involves UCS schools and local charter and parochial schools.

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Published May 16, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials said they are going to court to prevent water and sewer customers from having to pay extra in order to fund repairs to the 15 Mile Road interceptor and sinkhole in Fraser.

The city filed a legal complaint May 8 in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking judicial relief after the city was ordered to pay repair costs as one of 11 community members of the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD.

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Published May 15, 2017

An early morning home invasion resulted in the hospitalization of two residents after they were shot by masked gunmen, according to Sterling Heights police.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello, three male suspects wearing masks and carrying handguns reportedly forced open the front door of a home at around 3:40 a.m. May 14 in the 2000 block of Groves Drive, near Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road.

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Published May 15, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Sterling Heights, one of 11  communities part of the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District, or MIDD, may be looking for other options after a judge tossed its lawsuit May 15.

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Published May 15, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — On the afternoon of May 9, two Richmond men, one driving and the other a passenger, lost consciousness while their car traveled along eastbound Interstate 94 in Harrison Township.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen swerving at the Metropolitan Parkway exit before it struck a guardrail and a roadside sign and landed in a ditch near Joy Road.

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Published May 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After weeks of dispute and a court injunction, Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger agreed to a May 10 court order that ultimately means a partial move, as planned, of her office from the Circuit Court building to the former Talmer Bank building at 120 N. Main St.

The Register of Deeds and Vital Records were slated to be moved the weekend of May 13-14, after press time.

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Published May 10, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — John Berg’s term as Sterling Heights’ police chief will be a short one after he announced during an April 25 City Council meeting that his contract will not be extended.

The announcement came as Berg discussed in a budget presentation how a series of police retirements are expected to wrap up during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

According to city officials, Berg had entered a Deferred Retirement Option Plan  that took effect in 2012 and lasted five years, making his final day June 17 of this year.

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Published May 10, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights City Council gave a Class C liquor license and associated permits April 18 to a California-based restaurant chain’s new location.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. plans to open a new restaurant, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, near Hall Road/M-59 and Schoenherr Road, at 14455 Lakeside Circle. The property used to contain a Linens ‘n’ Things store before it went out of business.

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Published May 5, 2017

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — On May 2, taxpayers in Warren Consolidated Schools approved the district’s zero-tax rate operating millage renewal.

According to the unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, there were 7,344 (70.6 percent) “yes” votes and 3,057 (29.4 percent) “no” votes.

The millage renewal will continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the school district to receive revenue at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan.

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Published May 5, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Representatives from the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill say concertgoers can bet on an exciting season of musical acts.

This is the second year that Palace Sports & Entertainment has managed the amphitheater’s concert schedule, and it’s the first concert season under the amphitheater’s name change from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. The amphitheater, which can fit more than 7,000 attendees, is located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Reminders about driving behavior may prove tiresome at times, but being tired is one of the leading factors that can contribute to a dangerous crash, according to safety experts and statistics. 

A 2016 AAA survey found that almost 30 percent of drivers had a hard time keeping their eyes open behind the wheel within the past month or so, and around 3 percent admitted that this occurs “fairly often” or frequently. 

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Published May 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will be holding Macomb County Day on May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The service is part of County Days, offered twice a year for people living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents, said DIA Program Manager Julie McFarland.

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Published May 2, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY— Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz was on pins and needles May 2.

After months of speaking to residents about the district’s $58.7 million bond proposal, it was time for them to vote at the polls Tuesday.

“I can’t wait until we start getting the results,” Kaltz said.

When the voting precincts closed and the votes were counted, the outcome wasn’t what Kaltz wanted to hear. The bond issue failed to get enough votes to pass.

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Published May 2, 2017

Vendors of political memorabilia and other valuables are casting a vote of confidence for a local annual expo that will soon celebrate five decades of existence.

The 50th annual Michigan Political and Pop Culture Collectibles Show will take place May 12-13 at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel.

Ken Hosner, who has organized the local show for 28 years, said keeping the same show going for 50 years is a “pretty big milestone.”

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Published May 2, 2017

City officials are looking northward when it comes to anticipating some of the biggest upcoming economic changes and developments in Sterling Heights.

During an April 11 Sterling Heights City Council budget meeting, Senior Economic Development Adviser Luke Bonner offered a preview of some of the changes the city hopes to see advance in fiscal year 2017-18 with the North Van Dyke River District.

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Published May 2, 2017

The creation of the Recreating Recreation campaign’s attractions and amenities will be well underway in the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to presentations at an April 25 Sterling Heights City Council budget meeting.

According to Finance and Budget Director Jennifer Varney, the voter-approved 2016 millage for parks and recreation funding is largely responsible for boosting the Parks and Recreation Department’s budget, which is estimated at $16 million for 2017-18, compared to around $1.96 million the previous fiscal year.

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Published April 28, 2017

Police have arrested the brother of a Sterling Heights teen who died April 28 in an incident that police and firefighters suspect was an arson-caused house fire.

According to a city press release, firefighters from stations 1, 2 and 5 were reportedly deployed to a fire early in the morning in the 42000 block of Bloomingdale Drive, located near 19 Mile and Ryan roads. They learned that a 17-year-old was trapped in a second-floor bedroom above the first-floor fire.

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Published April 27, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley made remarks during a recent Macomb Chamber Alliance event that Macomb County has been instrumental in Michigan’s economic rebound in recent years.

“Not long ago, Michigan was at the top of any list you want to be at the bottom of, and the bottom of any list you want to be at the top of,” Calley said. “Macomb County has been in the middle of our comeback. Macomb County is responsible for bringing Michigan back.”

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Published April 26, 2017

While it wasn’t all fun and games, the Sterling Heights City Council recently took the first step toward modifying its amusement device regulations.

At an April 18 City Council meeting, the seven members unanimously introduced changes to Sterling Heights’ city code pertaining to amusement devices and introduced modifications to related sections in the zoning ordinance. This does not mean that the changes are officially adopted yet — a vote to consider final approval is set to occur at a May council meeting, officials said.

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Published April 26, 2017

An actor who grew up in Sterling Heights is on the verge of expanding his empire in the acting world by making an appearance on a national television show.

Revon Yousif, 25, is scheduled to appear on the Fox TV show “Empire” at 9 p.m. May 3. Yousif said he can’t reveal much about his character except that his name is Harry and he is an R&B singer.

“Acting and singing are the two things I love doing most, so being able to do both on a show that I’m a huge fan of is a dream come true,” Yousif said in a statement.

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