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Published December 24, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In an effort to prevent local youth from smoking hookahs, township officials will begin penalizing businesses who provide such materials to minors and will prohibit any new hookah lounges from opening in the township until June.

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Published December 23, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — An alleged shoplifter was arrested last weekend after he reportedly attacked a police officer and fled the scene of the crime.

According to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, at around 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 20, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Target store near the northeast corner of Hall and Heydenreich roads. While en route, they were advised by a store security officer that the suspect had fled the store and ran inside the neighboring Home Depot.

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Published December 17, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The results of its most recent audit showed the township maintaining its reputation as one of the most financially sound communities in Michigan.

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Published December 17, 2014

MACOMB COUNTY — After months of feuding, officials from Macomb County’s executive and legislative branches were able to reach a compromise over the management of the county-owned Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility.

Beginning Jan. 1, the Macomb County Human Services Board (HSB) will assume full control of the Mount Clemens-based facility, and county administration will cease to provide Martha T. Berry with supplemental resources and will no longer subsidize its budget in the event of a shortfall.

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Published December 17, 2014

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of recent incidents in Oakland County have brought the topic of food allergies to the forefront of people’s minds, as parents and school officials are reminded of the seriousness of an often-overlooked area of public health.

In Chippewa Valley Schools, preventative measures are taken every day to protect the safety of students with severe food allergies. This is especially true at the elementary school-level, where classmates sharing snacks and treats is common.

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Published December 17, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/RAY TOWNSHIP — The former employee of a local Catholic high school who was arrested for sexually abusing a student recently saw his case postponed until 2015.

A pretrial hearing held for Joseph Sturza, 47, of Macomb Township, in Romeo 42nd District Court on Dec. 9 was adjourned by Judge Denis LeDuc. According to a court clerk, LeDuc adjourned the case for discovery purposes, giving Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor William Harding and defense attorney Thomas Stotz more time to gather evidence and prepare arguments.

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Published December 10, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Although he told the Macomb Township Board of Trustees this summer that it would be done before the end of the year, the developer of the Twin Rivers subdivision now says that an access road in and out of the neighborhood won’t be built until mid-2015.

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Published December 10, 2014

MACOMB COUNTY — There were a handful of recurring themes in Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel’s fourth annual State of the County address, one of which was the county’s goal of establishing a distinct identity while also working with its neighbors to create a stronger region.

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Published December 8, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of thieves’ plan to serve as the Grinch for township residents this holiday season was thwarted after a witness caught them in the act of stealing packages from his neighbors’ porches and alerted the authorities.

The suspects, 18-year-old Brandon Joel Chait and 19-year-old Brandon Maier Ancell, were arrested on larceny charges last week following the alleged crime. Ancell is a Sterling Heights resident, while Chait resides in Florida but is currently living in Sterling Heights.

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Published December 3, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Dakota High School coach and teacher who was arrested in September on charges of drunken driving and drug possession recently returned to work after a lengthy absence from the classroom and the athletic field.

Paul Tocco, 43, of Macomb Township, was originally pulled over during the early-morning hours of Sept. 20 while driving near 21 Mile and Card roads, only about a mile away from Dakota. He was later arraigned in Shelby Township 41-A District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug analogues.

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Published December 3, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In revisiting bonds that were originally issued to pay for extensive park upgrades, township officials were able to reduce their payments by nearly half a million dollars.

On Nov. 24, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to refinance the township’s 2005 series of building authority bonds. According to Finance Director Stacy VanReyendam, this $9.8 million bond was used to fund a series of improvements at Macomb Corners Park near 25 Mile and Luchtman roads.

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Published December 2, 2014

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — With its annual food drive for Hope Center in Macomb, Shawnee Elementary School doesn’t just collect items for the organization’s food pantry — it also helps to personally deliver, organize and stock them.

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Published November 25, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Kids in Macomb Township better watch out and better not cry, because on Dec. 3, Santa Claus is coming to town.

That evening, the Recreation Center will host its 10th annual Holiday Tree Lighting & After Glow, a free event for the entire community. According to Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda, the only significant change made to this year’s celebration is that it was moved a half-hour earlier and will now kick off at 6:30 p.m.

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Published November 25, 2014

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The township will soon begin work on another water main project, this time near the northwest edge of the community.

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