Kevin Bunch

Published April 5, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Planning for the annual Memorial Day parade set for the holiday itself — May 30 — is already underway in Eastpointe.

Charley Jackson, one of the organizers of this year’s event and East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education vice president, said the parade is set to begin at City Hall on Gratiot and head north to Stephens Road, where it will turn east and terminate at Kennedy Park. It is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Police have announced that they arrested three suspects April 4 who possibly are connected to a series of Craigslist robberies.

Jvon Ford, 20; Quazeal March, 17; and a juvenile, all of Detroit, were arrested, according to a press release from the Roseville Police Department. Ford and March were arraigned in 39th District Court April 6 before Judge Herman Campbell. They are facing multiple charges that could see them in prison for life.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Middle School student Grace Magee has been practicing judo for years, and now she has been tapped to be part of an American team at an international competition in Japan.

Magee, 13, has been chosen by the U.S. Judo Federation to be part of the female youth judo team at the Sanix Judo Championship Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, this December. This will be her first international competition since she started judo at the age of 6, when she took up the sport to be more like her older sister.

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Published April 4, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Michigan Department of Transportation has given approval to the city of Roseville to reduce the turn onto northbound Utica Road to one lane at the intersection with Gratiot Avenue, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

The Macomb County Department of Roads also agreed to put in a right-turn-only lane on southbound Utica at 12 Mile Road, Adkins said.

Both lane reductions are the final step needed in a study to see what the impact of reducing Utica to one lane has on traffic patterns and accidents.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The four buildings in East Detroit Public Schools that the state designated as “priority schools” — schools among the lowest-performing in Michigan — are all seeing improvements in academics and disciplinary procedures, according to presentations at the district’s Board of Education meeting March 28.

The schools still fall short of national academic averages, though they each saw gains above expectations through the first half of the school year.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published April 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A man was robbed of $6,500 at gunpoint during a Craigslist deal gone wrong in Eastpointe March 29.

According to a report from the Eastpointe Police Department, the man had arranged to buy a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS for $6,500 on the website Craigslist. He told police that he had exchanged several emails with the suspect and had planned to meet the day prior at the Macomb Mall in Roseville.

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Published March 30, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High School drama club has announced that its spring production is “Grease: The Musical,” and dozens of students all the way down to the elementary level have been preparing for its April 28-29 show dates.

Drama Director Angie Houghton said the production has been in the works since December, when auditions were held. Following the Christmas break, students started rehearsals at least once a week, practicing more frequently as time has gone on, she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council has until its June 7 meeting to review changes to its fiscal management plan, following discussion at its regular March 15 meeting.

The plan aims to provide goals and strategies to serve as guidelines for budget planning and management, according to the document’s introduction. Following last year’s public safety millage approval, City Manager Steve Duchane told council members that a number of items previously in the plan are no longer necessary.

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Published March 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Warm weather has hit the area earlier than usual following a mild winter, prompting city workers to set aside the salt and snowplows to begin spring cleaning.

Roseville Department of Public Services Director Thomas Aiuto said crews have been out every day to patch potholes as they pop up — something they have been able to do a lot due to the mild winter — and have been able to get started on tree trimming.

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Published March 28, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Effective science education can give people a greater understanding of the world around them, but conveying complex ideas is not always easy.

At the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, the staff tries to make science understandable with hands-on programs, Head of Communications Steven Pagnani said.

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Published March 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan School Reform Office, or SRO, is set to post its job opening for a CEO at four East Detroit schools — East Detroit High School, Kelly Middle School, Bellview Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary — amid meetings with the district.

Caleb Buhs, public information officer for the Michigan Office of Technology, Management and Budget, which oversees the SRO, said that as of March 14, there was little else new on that front.

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Published March 23, 2016

DETROIT — Several members of the “Seven Mile Bloods” gang were indicted on racketeering, murder and firearms violations as part of an ongoing police investigation March 1.

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Published March 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A settlement was reached March 3 in a lawsuit between an Eastpointe woman sentenced to jail time after allegedly being unable to pay her court fines, and the 38th District Court and Judge Carl Gerds.

Under the settlement, both sides agree that the standing statewide judicial practice of jailing defendants who do not pay their court fines and fees — without first checking to make sure the defendants can actually pay — should be ended.

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Published March 23, 2016

A Sterling Heights man has been arraigned in 38th District Court following an alleged abduction attempt March 22.

Mile Marinkovski, 65, was arraigned March 24 and charged with one count of enticing a minor for immoral purposes, a felony. A preliminary examination was scheduled for April 12, and a not guilty plea was entered on Marinkovski’s behalf.

Marinkovski requested a court-appointed attorney, but one had not been named as of press time.

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