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Published March 19, 2014

Johnathon Lamonte Sails, the East Detroit High School substitute teacher who stands accused of involuntary manslaughter after a student drowned in his swim class last fall, will be back at the 38th District Court May 8.

Sails, 24, of Detroit, was charged Feb. 12 due to the drowning death of East Detroit freshman KeAir Swift last fall. Involuntary manslaughter is a felony that carries a potential 15-year prison sentence.

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Published March 19, 2014

EASTPOINTE — A Harper Woods teenager is in stable condition after an Eastpointe resident allegedly accidentally shot him.

According to Lt. Neil Childs, of the Eastpointe Police Department, at 4:30 p.m. March 9, the victim was visiting his grandmother’s home in the 23000 block of Normandy and had three other people over in a bedroom. Edward Thomas, 18, was one of the victim’s guests, and Thomas allegedly had pulled out a firearm he owned to show it off.

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Published March 19, 2014

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FRASER — The Roseville Fire Department and the Fraser Public Safety Department will be taking to the ice March 30 to help kids with cancer.

The two cities have assembled hockey teams to play a charity game with the aim of raising money to send kids with cancer to Camp Quality, a children’s camp set up specifically for cancer patients.

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Published March 19, 2014

East Detroit board splits on schools of choice

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Published March 19, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars are closing the doors of their post on Gratiot after 70 years and seeking a new home.

Post Commander Tom Dubiel said the hall used to be utilized in the community a lot more through rentals and attendance at the thrice-weekly bingo fundraisers, but the bingo has fallen off due to increased competition, and hall rentals were down. Furthermore, the VFW was losing money on the bingo fundraisers from a lack of players.

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Published March 19, 2014

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Local municipalities will save more than $1 million with the refinancing of drain bonds by the Drainage District for the Lake St. Clair Clean Water Initiative Drain.

According to Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, the refinancing of $14.3 million in drain bonds will result in a savings of more than $1.5 million over the payback period ending in 2029.

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Published March 17, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council approved 6-0 a commercial rehabilitation exemption certificate for the former Crowley’s Value City at Macomb Mall March 11, which will lock-in the property taxes collected from the property at the current level for the next 10 years.

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Published March 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — A former Roseville police officer has entered a plea bargain with the Macomb County Circuit Court after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs last fall, but the details of the bargain remain private.

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Published March 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The seven elementary schools in the Roseville school district have gotten their March is Reading Month plans underway, with each school doing different things.

Practically every school building is planning to have guest readers from the community come in — politicians, school board members, other dignitaries and interested parents — to read to children in their classrooms. The similarities end there, however.

At Dort Elementary, the building has a “Wild About Books” jungle-animal theme, Principal Charles Felker said.

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Published March 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — John Partridge, a Roseville man who allegedly shot his stepdaughter with birdshot amid a domestic dispute, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation prior to getting a court date set, following a preliminary examination at the 39th District Court March 5.

Tim Barkovic, Partridge’s attorney, said — after discussions with Partridge’s family — that he suggested that a psychiatric evaluation should be done to determine Partridge’s competency and culpability “related to this matter.”

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Published March 12, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council signed off on lending up to $900,000 to the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe (RARE) at its meeting March 4 for the expansion and repair project at the recreation center on Sycamore Street.

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Published March 7, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville school board honored a group of high school students March 3 for their work with the Macomb County Global Trade Mission, a program dedicated to teaching students to identify and work on needs around the world from an economic perspective.

The students had the opportunity to tell an audience of family and friends about the projects they pitched, ranging from air pollution filters to medical devices.

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Published March 5, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council signed on to a six-month animal control contract with the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights Feb. 25 in a bid to save money following increases in cost with the Macomb County Animal Shelter.

Strong emotions were on display by residents and other people in the audience, who did not believe the animal hospital has the experience and ability to do the job as well as the county’s animal shelter. In spite of their input during the public hearing, the council’s vote was unanimous in favor of the contract.

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Published March 5, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Regional schools have had to close numerous times due to snow and the cold this winter, but it has not proven to be a huge problem yet, according to administrators.

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Published March 5, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS — The trial date for Anthony Webster, an Eastpointe man who stands accused of killing his wife, Christina Lazzana-Webster, around Jan. 25, 2013, has been set for June 3 at the 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Macomb County.

During Webster’s pretrial conference Feb. 25, Webster’s recently retained attorney, Tim Barkovic, said he would need a longer period of time than the initially suggested 30 days to review all of the information, like lab reports and crime reports, and to meet with officers from the Eastpointe Police Department.

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