Cortney Casey

Published September 19, 2012

Sterling Heights police say a former Jeannette Junior High School student didn’t think it was a big deal when he posted a threatening comment on Facebook — but he does now.

Police arrested the 14-year-old, who is not being identified due to his age, at his father’s home in Royal Oak Sept. 14, one day after the boy allegedly made a threat against his former school and classmates on his Facebook page.

According to Lt. Kevin Reese, the student “stated that he would return to the halls of Jeannette and everyone would die.”

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Published September 19, 2012

Herbal education
Through December, Troy Huffaker and his wife, Diann, of DTL Herbs Ltd., are teaching herb-related courses at the Macomb MSU Extension offices in the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham in Clinton Township. Upcoming classes, which are $7 apiece and run 1-2:30 p.m., include:

Published September 18, 2012

Policy amendments targeting perpetual and excessive garage sales, left in limbo since last fall, have been put out to pasture, at least for the time being.

City Council voted unanimously Sept. 4 to indefinitely postpone adoption of the measure, which resurfaced per a vote last September to delay action for one year, pending evaluation of another garage sale season.

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Published September 18, 2012

For many motorists, getting pulled over is cause for alarm. But for Jon Stephens, it’s all part of the job.

A truck driver of 16 years whose work takes him anywhere from Minnesota to New York, Stephens is accustomed to submitting to inspections. So when his was one of the first trucks randomly tapped by Sterling Heights police officers for an evaluation during Operation Air Brake Sept. 10, he merely shrugged off the delay with an easy grin.

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Published September 18, 2012

Time to talk money
The four-part Mind Your Money Manners series kicks off Sept. 26 and continues on select Wednesdays through early November. Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory, but each class builds on the previous ones.
• “Know the Flow,” 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

Published September 18, 2012

Human remains discovered in a sewer line in Sterling Heights in August have been sent outside the state for further analysis that police hope will better pinpoint the unknown victim’s vital stats.

Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department said investigators recently sent the remains to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification – Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics.

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Published September 18, 2012

It was a drop-off last year at the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives that got the wheels turning in Director Jan Durecki’s mind.

When Marilyn Florek, bringing old letters from an Israeli pen pal to add to a collection at the facility, mentioned that she worked at an automotive museum, Durecki began mulling Jewish connections to the auto industry.

Hence, the idea was born for Putting the Drive in Detroit, an Oct. 4 fundraiser to benefit the Franklin Archives and Anna S. and Meyer L. Prentis Memorial Library, both located within Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills.

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Published September 18, 2012

They’ve already earned Bill Van Vianen’s ardent gratitude, but three strangers who saved his life formally received the Sterling Heights Fire Department’s acknowledgment earlier this month.

At the Sept. 4 City Council meeting, interim Fire Chief Chris Martin presented the Exceptional Civilian Service Award to Utica residents Tim O’Connor and Carol Sunman, and Berkley resident David Charlton, praising their rapid intervention after Van Vianen suffered a heart attack in Dodge Park.

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Published September 12, 2012

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When it comes to southeastern Michigan’s defense industry, the region is drawing from the past to guide the future.

Economic development staffers from Sterling Heights, Warren and Macomb County have been collaborating with Macomb Community College on an initiative to promote the area’s assets in the defense realm.

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Published September 10, 2012

An influx of hookah lounges is placing the Zoning Board of Appeals in an awkward position, prompting members to seek formalized direction from City Council.

At its August meeting, the ZBA tapped three members to work with Assistant City Attorney Don Denault on a resolution asking City Council to adopt codified guidelines regarding such establishments.

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Published September 10, 2012

There’s never a day when Bea Davey, Barbara Vinch, Hilda Boylan, Luella Knapp and Marge D’Agnese have to push back from the breakfast table and muse, “What should we do today?”

For the five residents of Waltonwood at Lakeside senior living community, it’s a given. Seven days a week, the hours spanning from breakfast until lunch are spent in the Quilters’ Corner fashioning quilts for hospitalized children.

The women, whose ages span from 71 to 91, insist that they never tire of the work or of each other.

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Published September 10, 2012

By day, Norman J. LaPrise was an engineer, by night, the owner of a 16-piece big band.

But when the band — which began for rehearsal purposes, but quickly evolved into an in-demand performance group — became like “a second job,” LaPrise sold his interest to his partner.

“I wanted to keep my creative outlet going, but I didn’t want the headaches of the big band,” said LaPrise, who’s since retired from General Dynamics Land Systems. “We all liked it, but it just got to be too much work.”

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Published September 10, 2012

Two men convicted in a case of vigilante justice recently learned how long they’ll spend behind bars.

After a lengthy trial earlier in the summer, a jury found Sterling Heights resident Vincent Bosca and Shelby Township resident Allen Brontkowski guilty of four counts of unlawful imprisonment, one count of extortion and a felony firearms charge.

Bosca also was convicted of four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug house, and Brontkowski was convicted of four counts of assault and battery.

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Published September 10, 2012

Julie Kumm was handling someone else’s trauma at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Aug. 4 when she received the call about another that had occurred miles away — yet, in a sense, much closer to home.

Kumm’s 18-year-old daughter, Taylor Nitzh, sustained fatal injuries after her Mitsubishi Galant struck a curb and rolled near the Steak ‘n Shake on Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights.

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Published September 10, 2012

Imagine everyday activities like cleaning, preparing a meal, doing laundry, jotting notes, communicating with family members, giving and receiving directions.

Now imagine tackling those same tasks while grappling with physical and cognitive impairments like pain, loss of dexterity, discomfort, distraction and disorientation.

Welcome to the life of an elderly patient with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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