Kevin Bunch

Published May 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ ROSEVILLE — A New York-based financial technology firm has found Eastpointe and Roseville to be among the most affordable cities in Michigan to buy a house.

Under the study done by SmartAsset, Eastpointe came in second, narrowly missing the top spot to Holly. Roseville was listed in seventh place on the list, which factored in average closing costs, property taxes, housing insurance, annual average mortgage payment and median income.

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Published May 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s four-legged police officers are getting an extra layer of protection while they are out on the job, thanks to a private donation for a pair of safety vests.

Roseville’s two K-9 officers, Corporal and Chase, are each receiving bulletproof and stab-resistant vests, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. The vests are being provided by Vested Interest in K9s, with the $4,600 needed for them coming from sisters Sharon Peters and Patricia Settimo.

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Published May 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Empire Tile and Marble, a longtime Eastpointe business in the 17000 block of Stephens Road, suffered heavy damage in an early morning fire May 6, and investigators last week did not believe it was accidental.

According to Public Safety Director John McNeilance, firefighters received the call at 3:48 a.m. and found upon arrival that the office area and workshop area were engulfed in flames. St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Warren and Detroit Arsenal responded through mutual aid to help get the blaze under control, McNeilance said.

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Published May 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The multiday trial for Hilary Ulp, the woman charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring a 14-month-old boy in May 2015, resulted in a hung jury May 12 in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Ulp’s case now returns to a pretrial conference May 25 in circuit court. It is possible that another trial will be held.

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Published May 10, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Before the Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot event June 18, the Eastwood Odd Fellows club is going to hold a 5K walk/run to help raise money for local charities.

Event co-chairman Charlie Brown said this is the first time the Odd Fellows have put together a 5K event, after learning about a successful race held in Detroit that was sponsored by Mexican Village Restaurant.

“We were thinking that there’s no reason we can’t do something like that here,” Brown said.

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Published May 10, 2016

An armed suspect robbed a Speedway Gas Station in the 20000 block of 13 Mile Road May 7.

No injuries were reported.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, the suspect entered the store at approximately 8 a.m., at which time security camera footage reportedly caught him wandering around for a few minutes; police believe he was checking the location of cigarettes within the store.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools district is preparing for its third extended school year program for elementary school students this summer, alongside several others for preschool, middle school and high school students.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski said the district has its Steenland Elementary and Kment Elementary extended-year programs beginning in June, along with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten half-day programs, credit recovery programs for the middle school and high school students, and middle school math and literacy camps.

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Published May 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Over the course of two weeks, the students of an East Detroit school were gathering food and toiletry supplies to help cancer patients in need.

The second-graders at Forest Park Elementary School took some time each school day during the weeks of April 25 and May 2 to gather items brought in by students and their families, second-grade teacher Lauretta Fischer said.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is seeking a half-mill millage increase on the August primary election ballot following unanimous approval by the City Council April 26.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that over the past few years, the library has been forced to dip into its reserve fund — essentially its savings account — to balance its budget. The library has already made cuts over the past few years, she said, and the Library Commission feels that a millage increase is the way to proceed.

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Published May 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman, charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly injuring her boyfriend’s 14-month-old son in May 2015, went on trial in Macomb County Circuit Court last week.

The trial started May 4, continued May 5 and 6, and was scheduled to resume May 10, after press time.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Downtown Development Authority laid out its early spending proposals — which include sidewalk and lighting improvements, and increased safety — at a City Council meeting April 26.

According to Doug Piggott, of Rowe Professional Services, who gave the presentation, the DDA will be securing funding through tax increment financing. That sets the 2015 property taxes as a baseline for the downtown district, and the district captures any increases in tax values to fund improvements.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The second annual RoseFest is coming up June 16-19, and the organizers are busy finalizing entertainment and events.

Co-chairwoman Virginia Green said one of the changes that visitors might notice this year is more activities for small children. In the event’s inaugural year, Green said, many of the rides were only accessible to people taller than 42 inches, leaving toddler-age children out.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Regional Transit Authority presented its proposed transit plans for the Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan Avenue corridors at Roseville’s City Council meeting April 26. The plans would connect Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens and Pontiac to downtown Detroit — along with the communities in between — using specialized buses.

Project Manager Sarah Binkowski said bus rapid transit, or BRT, involves light commuter rail trains that run on tires and pavement instead of tracks, capable of carrying about 60 people at a time.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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