Bria Brown

Published August 17, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit Public Schools officials and the state-appointed CEO for four of the district’s schools held their first meeting Aug. 8 to work together amid a recent court order restraining the powers of the state-appointed CEO.

The state School Reform/Redesign Office appointed Gary Jensen to be the CEO for Bellview Elementary School, Pleasantview Elementary School, Kelly Middle School and East Detroit High School, which the state had identified as being among the lowest-performing 5 percent of Michigan schools at least once.

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Published August 11, 2016

An armed robbery suspect was still unaccounted for nearly a month after forcing his way into a Burger King restaurant, located at 20840 Gratiot Ave., near Eight Mile Road, at approximately 5 a.m. July 14, according to an Eastpointe Police Department news release.

According to police, the suspect claimed he was armed and threatened to shoot an employee. The suspect reportedly assaulted several employees and then stole money and a gray Burger King hat from the restaurant.

A surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect.

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Published August 8, 2016

ROSEVILLE — In celebration of the Olympic Games in Rio, the Roseville Public Library held its first teen Olympic Games party Aug. 3 for kids ages 11-17. 

Attendance has been low for the library’s teen programs, so the library is trying to offer more activities to keep tweens and teens in the habit of using the library, according to Roseville Public Library Director Jacalynn Harvey.

“We don’t have many teens that attend library programs like we used to. We’re doing more programming for our tweens,” said Harvey.

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Published August 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A suspect is facing several charges after he allegedly led police on a chase at approximately 10:20 p.m. Aug. 2 from the area of Little Mack and Erin Street onto Interstate 94.

Roseville police officers Brian Dobrzycki and Bridget Lines saw what they believed to be an illegal drug transaction taking place on Little Mack, near Erin Street, but when they tried to stop a suspect motorist, the motorist allegedly fled the scene in a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Published August 5, 2016

The Roseville Police Department is investigating a three-car crash that occurred at about 10 a.m. Aug. 5 on southbound Gratiot at Masonic that has caused southbound Gratiot and eastbound and westbound Masonic to be closed to all traffic, according to a news release sent from Roseville Police Chief James P. Berlin.

Berlin said that the preliminary investigation indicates that a minivan ran a red light and struck a vehicle traveling southbound on Gratiot. That vehicle then swerved and hit a third vehicle.

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Published August 3, 2016

Roseville voters approved a library millage during the Aug. 2 primary election, while Eastpointe voters approved a charter amendment and voted down adding the city of Wayne to the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

Throughout the day, both cities saw a low number of voters at the polls. 

According to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office elections website, 13.1 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in Roseville.

When asked about the library millage proposal, Roseville City Clerk Richard M. Steenland hopeful residents would pass it.

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Published August 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — It was widely reported over the July 24 weekend that five heat-related deaths had occurred in Roseville, but Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland clarified that five deaths did not occur over the weekend due to high temperatures in the Roseville area.

“What I said was heat can be a contributing factor to deaths,” Holland said. “It’s not five heat-related deaths.”

Over that weekend, Holland set in place extra staffing and measures.

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Published July 28, 2016

During a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens July 28 to determine if a state-appointed CEO should take over administration of four schools in the East Detroit Public Schools district, both parties came to an agreement.

At the last court hearing, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia allowed a state-named CEO for the four schools to have limited access to those schools for 10 days.   

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Published July 27, 2016

Two women and their two children, one 11 months old, the other 3 years old, were walking on a sidewalk along 12 Mile Road when a 22-year-old Roseville man reportedly lost control of his vehicle, drove up on the sidewalk and struck the four at approximately 7:30 p.m. July 26.

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Published July 27, 2016

An African-American couple who recently moved into a home on Florida Street, off Gratiot Avenue north of 12 Mile Road, received a racially charged letter in the U.S. mail July 24.

The letter was mailed in a standard, plain envelope without a return address. According to a news release from Roseville Police Chief James P. Berlin, upon checking the letter, the couple found it contained two racial slurs with a red line through them.

Since moving to Roseville, the news release said, the couple has had no issues with anyone and had no idea who might have sent them the letter.

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Published July 27, 2016

The Roseville Police Department received several calls of a large altercation in Veterans Memorial Park, near 11 Mile Road and Barkman Street, at approximately 9 p.m. July 25, and found that a teen had been stabbed.

Officers noticed young teens gathered around the gazebo area of the park.

“It appears they were just congregated in the area watching what happened,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said. 

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Published July 26, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Roseville residents will determine if they are in favor of a library millage proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot, while Eastpointe residents will decide whether they support a proposed amendment to the city charter and whether the city of Wayne can join the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

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Published July 19, 2016

Residents are being warned to look out for a man posing as a city worker and attempting to scam homeowners out of cash and other valuables.

On July 15, officers responded to a larceny complaint from a victim who lives in the north end of the city. The victim, 93, reported that a man claiming to be from the Eastpointe Water Department stole money from the victim’s home.

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