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Published April 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Macomb County determined that six Roseville schools and four East Detroit schools have earned at least a “green” designation in the county’s annual Green Schools program.

Kaiser Elementary and its Green Team won “evergreen” status for the third year in a row, the highest designation available. Other evergreen-winning schools include Fountain Elementary, Huron Park Elementary and Steenland Elementary, all in Roseville Community Schools.

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Published April 25, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A collision between a car and a motorized tricycle at about 5:40 p.m. April 20 left one person hospitalized as police continued to investigate exactly what happened.

The crash took place approximately 200 yards south of 14 Mile Road on southbound Gratiot Avenue, according to Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon. The driver of the car was uninjured, but the trike driver was sent to the hospital, he said.

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Published April 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — For the past 25 years, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association has been advocating nationally for those suffering from illnesses like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, right from their offices in Eastpointe.

According to Patricia Barber, assistant executive director, AARDA got its start when founder Virginia Ladd — a lupus sufferer — was volunteering with a local lupus organization before going to Washington, D.C., to work with the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Published April 25, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — In budgets unveiled at council meetings April 12 and 19, the cities of Roseville and Eastpointe laid out stable 2016-17 budget proposals that should not require delving into the cities’ savings accounts.

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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman convicted of leaving her newborn infant in a garage for days until his death was sentenced to life in prison during a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court April 19.

A jury found Angela Alexie, 25, guilty March 4 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse regarding her newborn son’s death in December 2014. Alexie had given birth Dec. 22 in the garage of the house she had been staying at after spending months hiding the pregnancy. She never brought the newborn indoors, and he died after a few days, on Dec. 24.

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Published April 20, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The state’s School Reform Office is aiming to name a CEO for four East Detroit schools in early May, according to East Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Ryan McLeod.

The SRO announced in February that a state-appointed CEO would be appointed to supervise East Detroit High School, Kelly Middle School, Bellview Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary to help the four buildings improve their test scores. They are all listed as “priority schools” by the state, meaning they are among the lowest-performing schools in the state.

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Published April 20, 2016

Roseville Community Schools officials reported that they received a bomb threat at Roseville Middle School for the second day in a row April 20.

According to a post made shortly after 8 a.m. on the district’s Facebook page, students were evacuated and the police called in to inspect the building. The district announced that police gave the all-clear at about 9:50 a.m. and that students were on their way back to the building; parents wishing to pick up their kids were asked to bring identification.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville police gave the all-clear the morning of April 19 after a bomb threat was called in to Roseville Middle School.

A statement released by Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment said that a threat had been called in around 7:10 a.m. as students were arriving at the school.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools currently is taking registrations for its third annual Dream Dash, with this being the second year that the event has been dedicated to the late Joe Manfreda.

According to Kaiser Elementary Principal Teresa Tomala, the event is scheduled for May 7 and will see participants starting at Roseville High School — located at 17855 Common Road — before following a 5K route along Common and residential streets. New this year is a section for participants to take photos.

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Published April 18, 2016

While some Michigan communities do not know where all their lead water pipes are — such as Flint — this is not the case in Eastpointe and Roseville, as far as public lines go.

According to Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane, the city does not have any lead-based, publicly owned water lines operating.

“The city has not had those for years,” Duchane said. “The only ones in the system that have been replaced in the past several years have been pipes with (lead) joints.”

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Published April 18, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A man died after suffering severe burns following a garage explosion April 4 in the 15000 block of Rudland, near Hayes and Common roads.

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said that they received calls from neighbors around 10:36 a.m. that there was an explosion and smoke coming from the man’s garage, and that they heard someone yelling inside the garage.

“Fortunately, our officer in charge was actually very close to the scene, as was a couple of our (Department of Public Services) workers,” Holland said.

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Published April 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city of Wayne is interested in joining Hazel Park and Eastpointe in the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA, provided that voters in all three communities agree to the move.

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Published April 12, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A man accused of holding another person against his will and torturing him to extort money on July 31, 2015, has seen his trial date slip from April 6 to April 20.

Edward Palokaj, 39, has his trial before Judge Mary Chrzanowski scheduled for 8 a.m. April 20 in Macomb County Circuit Court. He is facing three felony charges: extortion, torture and unlawful imprisonment.

Palokaj’s attorney, Stephen Rabaut, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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Published April 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council at its regular meeting April 5 unanimously approved setting up a special assessment district to get old bills paid up for sidewalk and driveway repairs.

City Manager Steve Duchane said the district will cover work scheduled and finished going back as far as 2014 where the property owners failed to pay the bill. With an assessment district set up, those people will have 60 days to pay for the replacement and repair work done on their sidewalks; afterward, they will be rolled onto those property owners’ tax bills.

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Published April 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Invasive quagga mussels are pushing out invasive zebra mussels from the Great Lakes, but researchers warn this is not necessarily a cause for celebration.

Ashley Baldridge, a research benthic ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said NOAA has been researching the mussel populations in Lake Michigan annually for two decades, and the other Great Lakes on a five-year rotating basis. They use a claw called a PONAR grab to pull up a section of mud from the lake bottom and then count and measure the mussels, she said.

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