Cortney Casey

Published September 10, 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 4, 2012

The reconstruction of Van Dyke from 15 Mile to 18 Mile is more than two years away, but as far as the city’s concerned, the countdown has already begun.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned of the impending $30 million project, slated to begin in spring 2015, during the Aug. 21 City Council meeting.

“The good news is, it’s a few years off,” he said. “The bad news is, it requires a couple years of planning, and once it does happen, it’s going to be a major inconvenience.

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Published September 4, 2012

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To paraphrase celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry is kicking it up a notch for the latest edition of Marvelous Macomb Restaurant Week.

In its third installment Sept. 10-14, the event will specifically highlight fine dining, with participating restaurants offering prix fixe three- to five-course meals for lunch, dinner or both.

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Published September 4, 2012

A staple of local seniors’ schedules is celebrating 15 years of linking residents with resources.

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Senior Expo returns to the Sterling Heights Senior Center Sept. 13, bringing with it speakers, vendors, educational materials and free services geared toward the 50-plus set.

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Published September 4, 2012

For years, politics has been David Bocek’s reality; now, it’s fueling his fiction.

The Sterling Heights resident and onetime candidate for state representative recently published his first novel, “The Shadow Faction,” a thriller about a journalist who stumbles across a global political conspiracy.

After losing his job at a liberal news network, the journalist begins working independently to uncover the truth as evidence begins piling up.

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Published September 4, 2012

A proposed commercial center that raised neighbors’ ire five years ago resurfaced late last month, after developers sought yet another amendment to their conditional rezoning agreement with the city.

Struggling to find tenants for a trio of buildings they’d planned to construct on Mound, south of Hall Road, the partners of Poplar Properties LLC petitioned council to tweak previously instituted restrictions in hopes of making headway.

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Published September 4, 2012

In the latest in a series of policy amendments, City Council voted Aug. 21 to tweak the appointment process for some boards and commissions, but postponed a proposal to limit elected officials’ contact with appointed officials.

Council members unanimously agreed to nominate applicants for certain boards at a regular meeting in May, with appointment occurring at a subsequent meeting in June.

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Published September 4, 2012

The 15 Mile and Schoenherr area may be on high alert after body parts were discovered in a sewer Aug. 15, but police confirmed that remains found nearby the following week came from an animal.

Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department said someone from Serenity Animal Hospital alerted police after coming across the remains in a field the afternoon of Aug. 23.

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Published August 28, 2012

Two years after earning City Council’s approval, the federally funded transformation of a former gas station into a municipal park — kind of — is finally getting under way.

As part of their Aug. 8 consent agenda, council members awarded a $170,000 contract to overhaul the triangular property at the Van Dyke and Utica Road intersection, once home to a Speedway gas station.

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Published August 28, 2012

Sterling Heights police are warning residents and business owners to be on the lookout for a pair of men who attempted to make an unusual transaction at a nail salon on 17 Mile.

According to police, the men entered Tres Bon Nails, on 17 Mile, just east of Dequindre, around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, seeking to sell a gold bar and diamonds. As the salon was busy at the time, they were asked to return on Monday.

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Published August 28, 2012

Sterling Heights police are still seeking witnesses in a rollover accident near Lakeside Mall that killed a local teenager earlier this month.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:17 a.m. Aug. 4, while the 18-year-old motorist — later identified as Sterling Heights resident Taylor Nitzh — was “driving in a reckless manner” northbound on Lakeside Circle, the road that rings the mall, where the speed limit is 30 mph.

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Published August 28, 2012

Athletes often load up on pasta pre-race, but members of the local Law Enforcement Torch Run team are hoping it’s donors who decide to do so Aug. 30.

The Fraternal Order of Police team — comprising officers from the Sterling Heights FOP Lodge 118 and Grosse Pointe Park FOP Lodge 102 — is hosting a Cops on the Run pasta dinner at Rosie O’Grady’s in Chesterfield Township that night in anticipation of the Sept. 10-14 run.

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Published August 28, 2012

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What would you do with an extra five minutes?

It’s a question motorists on Mound can contemplate, thanks to the retiming of more than 50 traffic signals from West Utica Road in Utica to Nine Mile in Warren to ease congestion along the county’s heaviest-traveled corridor.

Robert Hoepfner, director of roads for the Macomb County Department of Roads, said the re-optimization, completed earlier this year, was the culmination of a yearlong study assessing traffic patterns along Mound.

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Published August 28, 2012

It could be a long wait for answers in the case of a dozen body parts found in a sewer line in Sterling Heights Aug. 15.

As of Aug. 23, police still had not identified the source of the human remains discovered by two workers during an ongoing repair project in the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor.

Lt. Luke Riley said Sterling Heights police continue to follow up on leads received in the aftermath of the discovery — including an inquiry from someone out of state who wondered if the victim was a missing relative — but none had panned out.

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Published August 28, 2012

FRASER — Fraser City Council members passed an ordinance earlier this month to account for the state’s Fireworks Safety Act.

Fraser Public Safety Lt. Dan Kolke said the new ordinance, passed Aug. 9, allows city police officers to more easily enforce the state statute. By allowing police to enforce under the city ordinance, they can ticket potential violators and prosecute them without having to go through the county prosecutor’s office. Fraser gets to keep any fines assessed.

“It saves time, and it gets the city more money,” Kolke said.

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