Kevin Bunch

Published January 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Fourteen months after the project gained Roseville City Council approval, the Kroger store on 13 Mile Road near Little Mack Avenue was scheduled to open Jan. 17 — after this story went to press.

Ken McClure, customer communications manager with Kroger, said the new store will employ 300 people to start, a number of whom transferred from the closing St. Clair Shores store at 13 Mile and Harper Avenue. A number of employees were being trained to work with the store’s new features, which are not necessarily common to other Kroger stores.

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Published January 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe is rolling out a series of programs geared toward teenagers over the next several months in a bid to give them fun activities to do.

These include craft programs from Jan. 25 through March 21 for people ages 11-17, a game night in April, and “teen trips” in the summer, according to RARE Marketing and Social Media Manager Cammie Kanakry. She said the authority has done a poor job of making programs specifically for teenagers, but it has been getting a lot of requests for them.

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Published January 20, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Jan. 5 that eliminated straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 19, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A 68-year-old woman died following a house fire in Eastpointe the morning of Jan. 19.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts, fire crews got a call around 7:20 a.m. about a house fire in the 23000 block of Lexington Avenue, at its intersection with Semrau Avenue. The intersection is west of Kelly Road and north of Nine Mile Road. When firefighters arrived, Folkerts said, the house was completely on fire.

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Published January 13, 2016

A 48-year-old Roseville woman was struck and killed by a car while crossing 12 Mile Road during the early evening Jan. 12.

According to a police press release, Christine Marie Oleson was trying to cross 12 Mile heading southbound east of Massachusetts Street. She had made it to the lane divider for the two eastbound lanes when a vehicle struck her at 5:45 p.m., police said. The vehicle’s driver, a 61-year-old Roseville man, immediately called 911 and stopped at the scene.

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Published January 13, 2016

Despite a landmark climate agreement signed by representatives of 195 countries on Dec. 12 to try to limit the global warming temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, scientists still expect this century to get warmer over the coming decades due to the greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere.

This warming trend is expected to impact people living in every corner of the globe, including Michigan. According to University of Michigan Climate Center Director Elizabeth Gibbons, the biggest changes expected in the Great Lakes region are related to precipitation.

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Published January 13, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The school district officially has moved to tweak its graduation requirements following the first reading of the changes at the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting Jan. 4.

Superintendent John Kment said the board needed to approve language changes in the existing requirements; specifically, the board needed to update when the rules would go into effect. The board updated the language from “students entering the ninth grade in 2012 and beyond” to “2016 and beyond.”

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Published January 12, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has been planning for this year’s annual daddy-daughter dance, set for Jan. 29 at Fraser’s Vintage House.

According to RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson, returning from last year will be the buffet dinner, the DJ playing a mix of old and new music, photos, and gifts for the girls. Unlike previous years, however, she said RARE has hired a professional photographer to take pictures.

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Published January 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Residents and city visitors may notice new additions full of books to the city’s parks later this year, thanks to a contest being put together by the Friends of the Eastpointe Memorial Library.

Assistant Librarian Sue Todd said they are asking residents, local groups and businesses to participate and design a small lending library that is weatherproof and able to be set up inside one of the city’s parks.

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Published January 12, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A house fire that took place in the 17000 block of Sprenger the morning of Jan. 10 left two people dead and three injured, according to the Eastpointe Fire Department.

Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts said firefighters responded to a call about a house fire around 7:20 a.m., with dispatch being informed that there were still people inside the home. Upon arrival, Folkerts said three people — two adult men and a child — had managed to escape the house, while two women were still trapped inside.

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Published January 11, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council unanimously approved setting up an industrial development district for a pair of adjacent properties on 10 Mile Road during its regular meeting Jan. 5.

According to a city memo, Sigma Manufacturing Services hopes to renovate the properties to turn them into a plastic injection molding plant.

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Published January 6, 2016

PARIS — On Dec. 12, 195 countries from across the globe signed off on a pact, known as the Paris Agreement, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Each nation made its own pledge and was left to decide to bring down emissions internally.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Whether visitors are prospective Jedi, Sith, technology scavengers or interstellar smugglers, the Roseville Public Library wants to show them a fun and exciting time at a “Star Wars” daylong event Jan. 18.

Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said this is the third such all-day event that the library has hosted over the past few years, following ones based on the Harry Potter book series, as well as the book — and movie — “Mary Poppins.”

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Published January 6, 2016

With 2015 in the books, administrators in Roseville and Eastpointe are ready to move into 2016 with continued redevelopment and infrastructure repair programs.

In Eastpointe, Assistant City Manager Randy Altimus said the city administration is ready to jump into 2016 with budget planning. While the next budget is not due until the end of June, officials spend a good deal of time between January and April hammering out the details of the year’s spending, he said, including what projects to undertake and when.

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Published January 4, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl has been bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct following a preliminary examination at the 39th District Court Dec. 30.

Jason Niemasz, 33, is due back in court Jan. 11 for his circuit court arraignment.

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