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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Soon it will be time to bundle up for the winter, and it likewise will be a good idea to bundle up some time to take care of your vehicle before the snowfall starts.

The nonprofit Car Care Council says October is Fall Car Care Month, and it recommends that drivers get their vehicles’ engines, belts, hoses, brakes, fluids and more checked before it’s too cold — and potentially too late. 

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Published October 24, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials and residents responded to recent news concerning waste hauler Rizzo Environmental Services — namely, news of its acquisition by another company, as well as Rizzo’s name appearing in the news over an FBI corruption investigation involving Clinton Township.

GFL Environmental Inc., based in Toronto, said in an October press release that it “completed its merger” between Rizzo and GFL’s American subsidiary Sept. 30.

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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The budget for the Macomb County Department of Roads is set to increase by about $26 million next year to fund several big-ticket projects throughout the county, more maintenance employees and the renovation of its service center.

The budget was discussed during an economic development meeting Oct. 11, when Bob Hoepfner, the director of the department, outlined the budget for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The future of Volvo vehicles is on a guided course to keep drivers safe, according to staff at Suburban Volvo in Troy.

Retail Operations Manager Rob Lyons said the 2017 S90 sedan was released this month, replacing the earlier S80 model. He added that the new sedan “kind of goes hand in hand together” with the 2016 XC90 SUV, which came out about a year ago.

Lyons explained that, when it comes to target demographics, his dealership sees people from pretty much every corner of the buying public.

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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 17, 2016

Sterling Heights police say they have caught a man accused of robbing a local credit union while wearing a fake beard Oct. 17.

At about 9:41 a.m., the Vibe Credit Union, 33950 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights, was reportedly robbed.

Police said the man wore a fake beard, a yellow jacket and rubber boots, and police added that he reportedly wielded a silver handgun.

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Published October 14, 2016

Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights will eventually be transformed into a redesigned golf course with an accompanying housing community for senior residents, according to plans from Moceri Cos.

Moceri Cos., which specializes in building and development and is based in Auburn Hills, has announced plans to build a housing development near Maple Lane Drive called Verandas, which will also contain a senior living development called Blossom Lane. Verandas is expected to be a $300 million project, according to a company press release.

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Published October 14, 2016

A recently approved agreement with Warren could potentially give Sterling Heights residents a deal on using the Warren Community Center and its aquatic amenities, but the service-sharing agreement is contingent on Sterling Heights voters approving a November millage proposal.

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Published October 13, 2016

A Sterling Heights High School student is facing several charges after he allegedly made threatening comments to individual students and the student body itself.

According to a Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office press release, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged Brendan Joseph Boucher, 18, with false report or threat of terrorism, a felony, and possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, a misdemeanor, Oct. 13.

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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

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

Dodge Park will be haunted by a host of families and kids when the third annual Sterling Frights Halloween event returns Oct. 22.

According to the city, the Sterling Frights event is intended to entertain kids ages 12 and younger. Young attendees may receive goodie bags, go trick-or-treating for candy, and eat free cider and doughnuts, according to Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny.

“We’re going to have more costumed characters out there than we have in the past,” Nowotny added.

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Published October 11, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights recently made the business terrain for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a little smoother for the automaker’s planned investments toward building a major pickup truck in the city.

The Sterling Heights City Council voted Oct. 4 to give FCA an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate on particular land space within the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located on Van Dyke Avenue, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published October 11, 2016

Mayor Michael Taylor’s message was optimistic when he delivered Sterling Heights’ first-ever State of the City address Sept. 30.

During the address, which took place at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel, Taylor said he wanted to promote ways to improve transparency by explaining city challenges, successes and future plans.

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Published October 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Although back-to-school season is now several weeks old, the shorter, colder and darker days — combined with the timing of Halloween — may provide additional challenges that drivers need to be vigilant about, according to pedestrian safety experts.

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Published October 10, 2016

In an effort to curb aggressive, distracted and speedy driving before inclement weather and the holiday shopping season hits, police are rolling out an October campaign that includes increased signage and traffic stops along Hall Road from Utica to Chesterfield Township.

The traffic enforcement initiative also is a proactive attempt to increase safe driving before the impending Hall Road reconstruction from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. That reconstruction is scheduled for March to November 2017.

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Published October 5, 2016

Sterling Heights police are warning the public to be cautious if they see scary clowns in the area.

A pair of Oct. 4 incidents involving suspects wearing clown costumes have reportedly terrorized people in the city and caused a minor injury to a child.

The first sighting occurred around 6:48 p.m. in the 43000 block of Normandy, near 19 Mile Road and Van Dyke, police said.

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