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Published February 9, 2016

Roseville police are seeking information on a man who apparently tried to break into the Kroger gas station at 30200 Gratiot Ave. Feb. 6.

According to a press release by Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon, the perpetrator approached the gas station apparently from a field to the east off Beaconsfield on a bike at about 3:45 a.m. Surveillance footage reportedly showed the suspect remove a large rock from a black plastic bag that had been attached to the bike's rear rack and hurl the rock at the gas station’s glass.

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Published February 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Longtime resident Welda Felber celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 31 with a massive party that saw about 174 guests.

Felber was born Welda Gorlitz on Jan. 31, 1916, at her grandmother’s house on Holcomb Avenue in Detroit. At the time, she said, children were typically born at home and not in hospitals. Felber said her family continued to live with her grandmother until the woman’s death when

Felber was 4 or 5 years old, at which time they moved in with her paternal grandmother at Canton and Mack.

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Published February 4, 2016

A man with no fixed address has been arrested and arraigned for allegedly stealing a donation jar from the Ram’s Horn at 29220 Gratiot Ave. Jan. 27.

Cory Gebhart, 28, was arraigned on a charge of larceny from a building Feb. 4 in 39th District Court. His next court date was scheduled for Feb. 17.

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Published February 3, 2016

2015 was a record-breaking year for global temperatures, as data measured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA found it to be the warmest year on record.

In the continental U.S., 2015 was the second-warmest year on record, according to Thomas Karl, director for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Only 2012 has been warmer.

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Published February 3, 2016

EASTPOINTE — At its regular meeting Jan. 25, the East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with a company, Graduation Alliance, to help students who have dropped out or who are considered “at risk” to graduate with a high school diploma.

Vice President Charley Jackson and Trustee Julie DeVita cast the two no votes.

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Published February 2, 2016

Councilman Sam Aiuto resigned from his position on the Roseville City Council Jan. 26, citing work-related issues that keep him from devoting more time to city business.

“Every meeting when it’s time for our comments and it’s my turn, I end it with, ‘Take care of each other.’ Tonight I’m taking care of Sam,” Aiuto said. “I am resigning my seat on City Council. My work life is keeping me very busy and I can’t take on something if I’m not going to give it 100 percent.”

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Published February 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit Public Schools teachers, students and their families have stepped up to gather water and money for the people of Flint, who are still struggling to get potable water after reports that the city’s drinking water supply is contaminated with lead.

Students collected the donations Jan. 21-22 in the district’s classrooms and school buildings, according to East Detroit Federation of Teachers President Lincoln Stocks. In all, they managed to collect $1,000 for water-related needs and 600 cases of water for the beleaguered city.

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Published February 1, 2016

A drier and milder winter than usual has been beneficial to the public services departments in Roseville and Eastpointe, which typically spend December through March battling snowfall, icy roads, water main breaks and potholes.

This year so far has not required as much salt, according to the department heads in both cities, which has allowed crews to focus on dealing with potholes and occasional icy patches.

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Published February 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The part of Macomb Mall that used to house Silver Cinemas is on its way out, as the section is being torn down.

Chris Brochert, a partner with Macomb Mall owner Lormax Stern, said at this point they have no deals to announce regarding an occupant for that space, though the demolition will open up a 50,000-square-foot “box” for retailers who might be interested.

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Published January 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — At one time, getting a lightbulb involved little more than seeing what wattage was needed, going to the store and purchasing an incandescent a few times a year. 

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Published January 27, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its programs and events through April for adults, teenagers and children.

Sarah Marsak, teen librarian, said the first upcoming teen program will be an Un-Valentine’s Day Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Participants will get to make duct tape black rose pens and mini heart piñatas that they can break open; there also will be games, snacks and unromantic music.

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Published January 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council has received proposed new logos for the city, and the overwhelming response from residents and officials has been that the existing one needs only minor changes.

According to City Manager Steve Duchane, the project to look into a new logo came through the city’s redevelopment-ready designation from the state and was not financed by the city itself. The city started taking input last fall, and the council discussed preliminary proposals at its regular meeting Jan. 19.

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Published January 26, 2016

Eastpointe man Timothy Fradeneck, 38, pleaded “guilty but mentally ill” in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens Jan. 25 to charges that he murdered his wife and two children.

Fradeneck made the plea to first-degree murder charges and first-degree child abuse charges at an evidentiary hearing before Judge Diane Druzinski. His sentencing is scheduled for March 1; the sentencing for the murder charges is life without parole, while the child abuse charges can see a number of years up to life in prison.

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Published January 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Timothy Fradeneck, the Eastpointe man accused of killing his wife and children on April 13 last year, was considering a guilty plea at his next circuit court hearing.

The hearing was scheduled for Jan. 25, after press time.

“We’re exploring entering a plea of guilty but mentally ill,” said Fradeneck’s attorney, Steven Kaplan. “A guilty-but-mentally-ill verdict spares the family of hearing the details of the crime, and it enables him to receive mental health help in prison.”

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The trial of Angela Alexie, who faces charges of first-degree child abuse and first-degree murder following the death of her newborn son in December 2014, has been postponed until March 1.

Her trial was set to begin Jan. 12, but it was delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Additionally, Alexie has a Walker hearing and competency hearing scheduled for Feb. 9. A Walker hearing regards the possibility of disallowing a defendant’s possibly incriminating statements based on the circumstances around the defendant making the statements in the first place.

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