Kevin Bunch

Published May 14, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With cruises coming up in June and July, organizers in Eastpointe and Roseville are working to secure sponsorships, routes and activities for the cities’ respective events.

Eastpointe’s is up first, with the 16th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot starting at 11 a.m. June 14. Roseville’s second annual Gratiot Cruise is scheduled for July 26 and should start around noon.

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Published May 9, 2014

C&G Newspapers

ROYAL OAK — The Comedy Castle will be playing host to Kevin Lepine’s comedy hypnosis show May 19, as the former Eastpointe resident returns to Michigan from Las Vegas.

Lepine, a 1993 graduate of East Detroit High School, said his “uncensored comedy hypnosis show” sees volunteers brought up on stage, put under hypnosis, and asked to do various things, from fighting over a dollar bill that is really a napkin, to thinking they are rock stars.

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Published May 8, 2014

Following a day of testimony at the 38th District Court May 8, Judge Carl Gerds found sufficient evidence to bind over to Macomb County Circuit Court the case of Johnathon Sails, the East Detroit High School substitute teacher charged with involuntary manslaughter in the November drowning death of student KeAir Swift.

Sails’ arraignment at the circuit court was set for May 27. Gerds said that based on the testimony of three students in the swim class that day, it appeared that Sails met the gross negligence requirement set out by state law.

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Published May 7, 2014

Roseville police have arrested a suspect in a kidnapping and rape that occurred 16 years ago.

Michael Loftis, 44, of Clinton Township, was arrested by Roseville police officers May 7 and arraigned the same day on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping, and one count of unlawful imprisonment. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

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Published May 6, 2014

EASTPOINTE — Spring cleaning is not just cleaning junk out of the house.

For Eastpointe, it includes getting debris out of the roads, the median areas, the parks and the properties throughout the city. Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren said that the effort got underway in late April but is ongoing. Street sweepers have gone out to clean up the debris in the streets, which is caused by melting ice and snow, and the deterioration to the roads themselves, she said.

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Published May 6, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The world has changed substantially in the past century, and a Roseville woman has been there to see it all.

Susan Berardinelli celebrated her 100th birthday April 22 and received proclamations commemorating the day from both the city of Roseville and from the state of Michigan in a short ceremony as the City Council — and her granddaughter, Councilwoman Colleen McCartney — looked on.

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Published May 6, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville school district will be trying to teach kids and their families the importance of science, math and technology to their future careers during the district’s upcoming educational fair May 9 at Roseville High School.

The Science, Math and Technology Fair will run from 6:30-8 p.m., and according to Deputy Superintendent Michael LaFeve, it will have a variety of hands-on projects for kids of all ages.

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Published May 6, 2014

MACOMB COUNTY — Lovely native plants are not the only ones taking this time of year to spread their seeds and roots, as several invasive plants are bouncing back after winter.

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Published May 6, 2014

EASTPOINTE — City staffers are doing their parts to help local displaced and homeless kids get toys for the holidays, and the staffers are starting early.

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Published May 1, 2014

Police as of May 1 were on the lookout for two suspects in the armed robbery of a Radio Shack at 26290 Gratiot April 30.

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Published April 30, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Police Chief James Berlin said he expects to have six new police officers on the force by July 1.

Berlin  made the announcement during a City Council meeting April 22.

According to City Manager Scott Adkins, the city should be able to afford the six new officers through offsets in the amount of overtime being put on existing officers.

“We haven’t filled back all the previous positions vacated,” Adkins said. “This is a shift from the revenue and expense side.”

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Published April 30, 2014

DETROIT— A 36th District Court judge has found sufficient cause to send the four men charged in the April 2 mob assault of Steven Utash to circuit court, following a preliminary hearing April 21.

Detroit residents Bruce Wimbush, 17; James Davis, 24; Wonzey Saffold, 30; and Latrez Cummings, 19, were each bound over to the circuit court on the felony charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Their arraignment there is scheduled for April 28.

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Published April 30, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market will return to the East Brooke Commons May 24, running most Saturdays through Sept. 27 and giving local residents an opportunity to get fresh produce and learn some new skills.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley said there are a few new educational programs this year. Pixley said a specific area will be set up for the educational programs, with different events taking place each week, depending on the time of year.

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Published April 30, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — In addition to setting record levels of snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures, this past winter also proved busy for city workers trying to keep on top of a higher-than-average number of water main breaks.

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Published April 30, 2014

C&G Newspapers

MACOMB COUNTY — Voters across Michigan will hold the fate of municipal financing in their hands when they hold the Aug. 5 ballot.

State residents will vote whether to move money from the state’s use tax to counties and cities to replace funds lost with the outgoing personal property tax. The use tax is a state tax assessed on tangible pieces of property that are used, stored or consumed in Michigan but are purchased from outside the state.

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