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Kristyne E. Demske

C&G Staff Reporter – St. Clair Shores Sentinel


Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.

Published April 20, 2011

UTICA — Every penny counts in cash-strapped communities, and Utica is no different.

That’s why city officials were so happy to hear from Brian Steckroth of Meadowbrook Insurance Group, which manages the Liability and Property Pool organized by the Michigan Municipal League.

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Published April 17, 2011

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They come in waves. While the city was hit hard last weekend, it may be weeks before these criminals strike again.

That’s what makes the thief or thieves sawing catalytic converters off vehicles in Utica hard to catch.

Detective Sgt. David Faber said there were at least four such incidents in the city, in the shopping and restaurant complex near Utica Park Boulevard and M-59, during the late afternoon and early evening hours April 9. No specific type of vehicle was targeted, he said.

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Published April 13, 2011

Home prices in metro Detroit continued to fall through the end of 2010, a trend echoed throughout most of the country.

The problem for those trying to sell here, though, is that Detroit carried the distinction of having prices fall the most — down 34 percent from prices in 2000.

The Detroit metropolitan area had an index level of 66.02 on the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices through January 2011, with only Cleveland, Atlanta and Las Vegas joining the area with house prices below what they were in 2000.

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Published April 11, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will now pay for a formerly free service, all in an effort to stay connected to its residents.

The Board of Trustees voted 6-1 on April 5 to approve a one-year contract with Nixle, a Web-based alert service that sends messages from the township to interested residents via text message or email. The new contract will cost $1,495 for one year, whereas it used to be a free service.

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Published April 11, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A trip to the clerk’s office to turn in an absentee ballot or the treasurer’s department to pay a bill isn’t usually a cultural experience.

But through April 29, the Shelby Township municipal hall has been turned into a fine art gallery, with pieces from local residents brightening the indoor area.

Carole Currier, president of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, said the group puts on four shows a year, each of which is a show and a sale.

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Published April 11, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A new contract for employees of the 41-A District Court calls for wage freezes for the next three years and a 10 percent wage reduction for all new hires.

The contract, approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees April 5, covers about 16 employees of the township. It changes who is eligible to receive health care in retirement. Under the new contract, employees will have to meet the “Rule of 75” to receive health care benefits in retirement, said Human Resources Director Lisa Suida.

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Published April 8, 2011

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The Shelby Township Clerk’s Office said on April 8 that the planned Passport Fair scheduled for April 9 would be canceled because of a possible shutdown of the federal government.

The shutdown loomed as Congress tried to hash out a budget deal by midnight.

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Published April 6, 2011

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Two Shelby Township residents who own a business in Detroit are facing felony charges alleging they conspired to bilk the food stamp system out of more than $100,000.

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Published April 6, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Representatives of myriad different careers filled the media center of Morgan Elementary, spilling into the halls.

They were there to teach other students about their chosen careers, hoping to spark an interest and gain new recruits.

The potential careers — from candle-making to apothecary to shoemaking — were just a few hundred years too late for the 21st century students perusing the offerings.

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Published April 1, 2011

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Stony Creek officials are looking for volunteers to come out to get down and dirty — in an effort to clean up the park.

The park — along with five of the other Huron-Clinton Metroparks — will welcome volunteers April 16 for Metroparks’ Earth Appreciation Day, when they’ll clean up the park in exchange for free entry and a free lunch.

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Published March 31, 2011

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Police are reporting another incident of a man in his mid-30s approaching a student as he walked home from school.

This is the third time this month police have received reports of what appears to be the same man approaching schoolchildren in a small, black SUV and asking them if they would like a ride home.

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Published March 28, 2011

UTICA — The gym looked like it might for any other pep rally: filled with smiling basketball players and students ready to cheer on their team before their next big game.

But the hair stylists, barber shears and chairs set up in the middle made it anything but typical.

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Published March 24, 2011

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The actions of two police officers collecting signatures for recall petitions on their personal time has been deemed “lawful and proper and in no way reflect(ing) poorly on the department,” according to an internal investigation by the Police Department into the matter.

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Published March 21, 2011

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Search crews found the body of a missing Shelby Township woman March 19 in Washington Township.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said they found the body of 40-year-old Michelle Kristen DeGrace of Shelby Township in the wooded area behind a home in the Quail Ridge subdivision on 31 Mile Road, east of Campground Road, around 12:55 p.m.

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Published March 18, 2011

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The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and Shelby Township police are working together to find a missing woman believed to have last been in Washington Township.

Her name is Michelle Kristen DeGrace. Sherrif’s officials described the Shelby Township woman as 40 years old, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his department received a report around 6:30 a.m. March 18 of a vehicle in the roadway on Campground Road, north of 31 Mile Road, in Washington Township.

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