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Published March 22, 2016

WARREN — Warren police are investigating at least four break-ins at local car washes, potentially tied to a spate of similar thefts reported across southern Macomb County over the weekend between March 19 and March 20.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the first break-in was reported at the Super Car Wash on Dequindre south of 14 Mile Road shortly after midnight on March 19. The thieves allegedly entered the building by kicking out a window of the overhead garage door on the east side of the building, but reportedly took nothing.

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Published March 18, 2016

ROCHESTER — “You can change the world,” science educator Bill Nye told a crowd at Oakland University’s O’rena Athletic Center March 14.

Popularly known from his “Bill Nye the Science Guy” educational TV series from the 1990s, Nye was invited to talk as part of the university’s Varner Vitality Lecture Series. For nearly 90 minutes, he talked to attendees about topics ranging from his parents’ background and sundials to the Mars rovers, global warming and renewable energy.

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Published March 16, 2016

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FRASER — Police believe alcohol was involved in a March 12 fatal car accident.

The incident took place around 1:40 a.m. on Groesbeck Highway, south of 14 Mile Road.

Kyle Kumbo, 24, was reportedly driving his 2004 Buick SUV on northbound Groesbeck, with his girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat. Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII with four people was stopped at a red light in the middle through lane.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Tastefest event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 at Athena Hall in Roseville, and new food vendors are just one of the additions this year.

According to Director Linda Weishaupt, the event will feature a variety of local chefs, restaurants and vendors providing samples of food for people to try in exchange for food tickets — each ticket costs $1, or visitors can purchase 25 for $20.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Voters in Roseville approved renewing the city’s emergency medical ambulance service during the March 8 presidential primary election, while voters countywide gave Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the most support.

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Published March 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Students at Roseville High School raised $1,455 to help out the residents of Flint the week of Feb. 29 through a penny war.

According to Sue Dzieciolowski, a vocational child care teacher, the money will go toward the Flint Child Health and Development Fund via the city’s public relations department.

She said the idea for the penny war to help Flint spun out of a discussion and project her students had in class about the impact of lead poisoning on children, based on Flint’s struggle with poisoned water.

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Published March 14, 2016

The effort to control invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes and their waterways has a new arrow in the quiver following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a new biopesticide.

The pesticide is a synthesized version of the lamprey’s mating pheromone, which can be used to attract male and female lampreys into traps or unsuitable breeding grounds, according to Great Lakes Fisheries Commission Communications Director Marc Gaden. In nature, larval lampreys emit the pheromone to let adults know that they are in a suitable breeding ground.

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Published March 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, anticipated a dry, warm winter in the Great Lakes states due to the strong El Niño that has taken place this year, it has ended up being much wetter than expected.

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Published March 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A 14-year-old Roseville teenager is in stable condition after being hit by a car near Common and Glenhurst March 9.

According to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin, the student was leaving Roseville High School when he stepped out in front of an oncoming car on Common, getting hit in the process. The student was transferred to a hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries,” Berlin said, and was in stable condition later that day.

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Published March 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Dogs awaiting adoption in Macomb and Genesee counties should see an influx of fresh food thanks to the efforts of an Eastpointe resident who has organized the donation of 40,000 cans of dog food from Fromm Family Foods to shelters in both counties.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council appointed Steve Wietecha, 55, to its vacant seat during its regular meeting Feb. 23.

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Published March 8, 2016

DETROIT — Restoration work at the 112-year-old Belle Isle Aquarium is continuing amid programs and new additions to its array of aquatic life.

Vance Patrick, co-chair of the Belle Isle Aquarium Committee, said workers are finishing up the restoration of the building’s skylights and should be finished restoring its glass ceiling tiles in April, if all goes well.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Angela Alexie, an Eastpointe resident charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse, went to trial in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 for her actions that allegedly caused her newborn son’s death in December 2014.

After the trial stretched to a fourth day, the jury found Alexie guilty of first-degree child abuse and first-degree felony murder — meaning she caused the infant’s death as the result of felonious behavior. Her criminal sentencing was scheduled for April 19.

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Published March 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Eastpointe resident Timothy Fradeneck was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court March 1 to life in prison without parole, which followed a plea in which he accepted guilt for the 2015 murders of his wife, Christie Fradeneck, 37, and two children, Tim, 8, and Celeste, 2.

Fradeneck, 38, received five life sentences without parole and two sentences of 18-30 years; he had a total of seven charges brought against him, including first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. The sentences will run concurrently.

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Published March 1, 2016

OTTAWA — Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has decided that there currently is not enough information to approve a proposed nuclear waste site less than a mile from Lake Huron, and she has not approved its construction.

“I am of the view that further information and/or studies are required before I make my environmental assessment decisions and issue my decision statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act,” McKenna wrote in a letter to Ontario Power Generation, the utility company proposing the site.

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