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Published February 14, 2014

EASTPOINTE — A long-term substitute teacher at East Detroit High School was arraigned at the 38th District Court on a charge of involuntary manslaughter Feb. 12 for the pool-related death of 14-year-old freshman KeAir Swift last November.

Johnathon Lamonte Sails, 24, of Detroit, pleaded not guilty to the charge, a felony that carries a possible 15-year sentence. According to Detective Matt Merlo, Sails had been contracted as a long-term substitute teacher for the physical education classes and allegedly was teaching a remedial swim class when Swift drowned.

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Published February 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man charged with a shooting is in police custody, and the victim is recovering with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

According to a press release from the Roseville Police Department, John Partridge, 58, of Roseville, was allegedly in the middle of an argument with his wife at about 11 p.m. Feb. 2, which police said escalated into an assault. Partridge’s stepdaughter, 41, who lived with the couple, allegedly became involved and was assisting her mother.

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Published February 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The city of Roseville approved a municipal loan to the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe to help it finance the expansion at the cities’ recreation center.

The Roseville City Council voted unanimously Jan. 28 to approve up to $900,000 for the authority. Eastpointe discussed the same issue Feb. 4, but the council tabled it for additional review.

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Published February 12, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Feb. 3, 2014, was an emotional day for Jerry Caparo.

The 66-year-old Roseville man received his high school diploma during the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting from Superintendent John Kment, an event deferred when Caparo enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1966 as the Vietnam War raged.

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Published February 12, 2014

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WARREN — For the past few years, Macomb Community College has been giving qualifying high school students throughout the county a chance to earn an associate degree at no cost.

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Published February 12, 2014

EASTPOINTE — A church and nine Eastpointe residents received landscape awards from the city’s Beautification Commission Feb. 5 for their work making their properties look good last year.

The winning properties were showed off in a photo slideshow during the ceremony at City Hall, and each winner was given a certificate and wooden sign to post at their property.

Eastpointe Public Information Officer Bill Driskell said the idea behind the awards was to highlight people who have worked harder than most to make the city a more attractive place.

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Published February 10, 2014

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The heavy precipitation and bone-chilling temperatures have not been kind to the salt stocks in Roseville and Eastpointe this winter.With months left to go in the season, both cities have seen greater salt usage than in the past few years’ winters, surpassing expectations and, for Eastpointe, budgeting.

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Published February 5, 2014

EASTPOINTE — Officials were bullish on Eastpointe’s future during the State of the City address Jan. 28, but they were clear in their beliefs that the state needs to do more on the municipal, county and school levels to properly fund these entities.

County Executive Mark Hackel, state Rep. Sarah Roberts, East Detroit school board President Craig Wodecki, Judge Carl Gerds, City Manager Steve Duchane and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Sweeney all spoke for more than an hour combined.

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Published February 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — It has been more than a decade since the emerald ash borer was first detected in North America, and in that time, it has devastated ash trees as it spreads.

The invasive beetle is native to China, where it typically infests sick or dying ash trees, feeding on leaves and laying eggs within bark, which is then attacked by larvae as they hatch. When it was accidentally brought to the U.S., it found a slew of ash trees with little natural resistance and has since spread, killing millions of trees in the process.

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Published February 5, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit Board of Education passed a new policy dealing with athletics and concussions across the district.

The policy passed in a 6-0 vote Jan. 27 with Trustee Paul Seibert absent from the meeting. School board President Craig Wodecki said the policy was a recommendation from the Michigan Association of School Boards.

“They do updates to a lot of districts’ policies, and this one came and they suggested we approve this,” Wodecki said. “They usually give us the updates we should have to our policy booklets.”

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Published February 5, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe is hoping a class teaching magic tricks to elementary school kids will teach them another item: self-confidence.

On Feb. 13, magician and entertainer Steve Zieman is going to spend 90 minutes teaching attendees “pocket magic tricks,” including those using coins and cards, according to Recreation Authority Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson.

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Published January 31, 2014

EASTPOINTE — When the opportunity came up to be on a game show she has enjoyed for years, Sandie Baker decided to take a chance and try out. Now, the Eastpointe resident will be appearing on an episode of the long-running quiz show “Jeopardy!,” scheduled to air April 9 on NBC. Baker said she has never been part of a trivia league, but she enjoys playing Trivial Pursuit with her friends. “I think that’s where some of my friends got the idea I should try out for that show,” Baker said. Read More

Published January 29, 2014

ROSEVILLE — A man was arraigned in the 39th District Court Jan. 21 for allegedly pulling a gun on paramedics following an emergency call. Steven Philip DeKane, 50, of Roseville, was arraigned and charged with one count of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of brandishing a firearm in public. While the latter is a 90-day misdemeanor, felonious assault is a four-year felony. DeKane reportedly stood mute to the charges, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He retained an attorney, Dov Lustig, who could not immediately be reached for comment. Read More

Published January 29, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Teachers and administrators would be taking concessions under a tentative contract agreement reached between the teachers and the Roseville Community Schools. According to Superintendent John Kment, teachers and the superintendents, including him, would be taking a 5.5 percent pay cut in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, compared to the previous contract. Additionally, they would need to take five unpaid furlough days this school year, and six for the next school year. Read More

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