Kevin Bunch

Published October 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Motorists going along Utica Road between Gratiot Avenue and 12 Mile Road might have noticed that as of Oct. 22, the road has been restricted to three lanes.

According to City Manager Scott Adkins, this is part of an evaluation to see if permanently changing the road to three lanes would make that downtown area safer for pedestrians and drivers.

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Published October 30, 2015

SOLAR SYSTEM — As the National Aeronautic and Space Administration probe New Horizons continues to beam back photos and data from its July flyby of Pluto, scientists are discovering that the dwarf planet is far more interesting than first thought.

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Published October 28, 2015

EASPOINTE — Mayor Pro Tem Phil Guastella participated in his last full meeting as part of the Eastpointe City Council Oct. 20, as the six-and-a-half-year veteran decided not to run for re-election in November.

Guastella spent much of that time as a councilman before being selected as mayor pro tem following the death of Bill Sweeney in 2014. In his remarks, Guastella said he was proud that the city was able to bounce back from the “brink of insolvency” during his tenure.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Two bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature seek to ban the use of tiny plastic microbeads in the state.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Snowfall and ice do not usually greet Roseville and Eastpointe until December, but the cities’ respective public works departments are already preparing for whatever winter brings their way.


Roseville Department of Public Services Assistant Director Jeff Schmidt said the city has fully stocked its salt dome with 3,000 tons of salt. He said that while scientists expect a milder winter than the past couple due to El Niño’s influence, the city wants to be ready for any possibility.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Saving on energy usage at home does not necessarily require a whole lot of new gadgets and appliances.


October is National Energy Awareness Month, and there are a lot of appliances around the average household that people do not think about powering down as a way to save energy, DTE Energy Insight App Program Manager Joel Miller said.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Participants in the 2015 Big Bird Run 10K will find a new path through the streets of Roseville as the event enters its 37th year.


The run, which includes a 4K, 10K and 1-mile fun run, is scheduled for Nov. 8. It will kick off at 10 a.m. at the recreation center, 18185 Sycamore St.

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Published October 23, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A pregnant Mount Clemens woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

According to a Roseville Police Department press release, the 42-year-old woman was stopped at a red light on northbound Groesbeck at Common Road when Natasha Watts, a 26-year-old Fraser woman, allegedly failed to brake and crashed into the victim’s vehicle.

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Published October 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — East Detroit and Roseville schools saw the decline of student numbers continue this fall, as school districts across the state held the fall count day Oct. 7.


Count days are used to determine how many students a district has for funding purposes. There are two each year: a spring count day and a fall count day, with the fall day accounting for 90 percent of state funding. The number is then blended with the spring count from the same calendar year to determine the final funding levels from the state.

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Published October 22, 2015

ROSEVILLE — With a unanimous vote of the entire City Council Oct. 13, the city of Roseville officially created its Downtown Development Authority.


The authority covers the Utica Junction around Gratiot Avenue and Utica Road.


City Manager Scott Adkins said the vote established the boundaries of the DDA, the powers of the DDA board of directors, its fiscal year and compliance with state statutes governing such authorities.

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Published October 22, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A new independent horror film called “Spring Thaw” is pulling double duty: It not only was made to thrill audiences, but to serve as a love letter to the city of Roseville.


Mike Stanley, who wrote, directed and acted in the film, said the movie was an opportunity for him to show off Roseville to the world by featuring familiar locations in the city and snippets of its history.

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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A climate science project to connect scientists to community members seeing weird weather recently has expanded across the nation, and its organizers are hoping to get input from Michigan residents.

Executive Producer Julia Kumari Drapkin said the project, called “iSeeChange,” is designed to let people report strange or unexpected weather patterns and its impacts, from unseasonable warmth and flowers blooming early to even the price of groceries at the store.

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Published October 20, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge sentenced Michael Loftis, 46, Oct. 20 to 15-50 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 1998 rape in which a 62-year-old woman was assaulted following a church event.

Loftis also is banned from contacting the victim’s family and must be registered under Michigan’s current sex offender laws. He can appeal his sentence. Loftis will receive credit for 531 days served. 

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Despite being neighboring cities, Eastpointe and Roseville are seeing somewhat different numbers when it comes to drug arrests compared to last year.


Police in Roseville believe the drug usage rates in the city have not changed since last year, but arrests have gone up due to increased enforcement, according to Police Chief James Berlin.


Berlin said that as of Sept. 30, 2014, the department had made 215 drug-related arrests; this year, that number has climbed to 308 arrests.

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe teenager is planning to replace five worn-out signs along Kelly Road for his Eagle Scout project this fall.


According to Alex Fisette, 15, the signs — which run from 10 Mile Road down to Eight Mile Road — were built to let community organizations, churches and the schools advertise their events and programs. The wooden signposts have degraded over the years to the point where some have started falling apart.

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