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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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Published June 7, 2017

A familiar face to the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently reunited with his former colleagues to earn a prestigious achievement award.

Wayne Oehmke, 75, received the 2017 Lil Adams Award May 17 at the annual Michigan Week Luncheon and Sterling Edge Business Awards, which were held at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel. Oehmke was the Sterling Heights chamber’s president and CEO for around eight years.

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Published June 7, 2017

Those who want to celebrate with flair — and flare — this summer season should remember the laws and city codes that govern the use of consumer fireworks, according to Sterling Heights officials.

During a May 16 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool presented some reminders about the state fireworks law and some of the city’s related ordinances. He explained that the timing was right given that some holidays are coming up.

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Published June 7, 2017

The start of June marks the beginning of some of the city of Sterling Heights’ weekly summertime events in Dodge Park, according to city officials.

At a May 16 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool invited the public to check out activities including the third annual Dodge Park Farmers Market, as well as the return of the Music in the Park summer concert series. In addition, visitors may check out the park’s new pedestrian bridge.

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Published June 6, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, making it an angler’s paradise. But with all that water, how do you choose the perfect fishing spot?

With the fishing season officially underway, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has plenty of tips to guide anglers to optimal fishing locations. One helpful tool is the DNR’s Trout Trails app at michigan.gov/trouttrails. 

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Published May 31, 2017

The bustle of graduation is just days away, but Zach Saunders’ name has been on the minds of high school seniors at Eisenhower High School.

On the morning of May 17, Eisenhower seniors wore blue and assembled to form the name of their fellow senior classmate, Zach Saunders, 17, who is currently fighting cancer. According to student organizers, the action was designed to show that they miss Saunders while he is absent from school.

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