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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 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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Published March 16, 2011

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Working to address a $36.7 million deficit that would hit the district if Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal is adopted, unchanged, by the Legislature, the Utica Community Schools Board of Education cut about $8 million from its budget March 14.

The reductions include concessions from the district’s administrative staff, projected cost savings in employee benefit plans, facility changes for the alternative education and community education programs, and the use of $5.7 million in one-time federal funds.

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Published March 14, 2011

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Police are looking for a man in his mid-30s who is suspected of approaching elementary school-aged children on two separate occasions to entice them into his vehicle.

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Published March 8, 2011

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After more than three decades and having served “every position in the department,” Police Chief Michael Reaves will serve his final day in the city at the end of this month.

Reaves recently accepted the position of police chief with the city of Port Huron. His last day with Utica will be March 25.

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Published March 8, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The township is taking aim at trucks parked in lots near main streets that it feels may be circumventing the temporary sign use ordinance to enhance visibility for certain businesses.

The ordinance amendment establishing more comprehensive standards for vehicle display signs was just one of more than a dozen amendments to the zoning ordinance approved by the Board of Trustees March 1.

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Published March 3, 2011

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It was a moment years in the making as township officials put shovels into the ground for a new police headquarters.

But as one of the department captains pointed out during the March 2 ceremony, a key man who worked hard to get the building erected was missing from the festivities — Police Chief Robert Leman, who is on medical leave.

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Published February 28, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A red-letter day in American history will be remembered for posterity locally now that a piece of the World Trade Center towers has a new home in Fire Station No. 1.

The Shelby Township Fire Department received part of an I-beam recovered from the Twin Towers Feb. 15, about 15 months after Chief Gene Shepherd applied for a grant to house one of the historical objects in the township.

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Published February 28, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — With the world fast becoming one big village, schools are trying to keep up, doing their best to see that students are connected to one another and can learn about different ways of life.

And for one day in February, sixth-grade students at Oakbrook Elementary were able to learn all about schools and community in Wales without ever leaving their school when five students and two administrators from Barry Island Primary School came to visit.

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Published February 23, 2011

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UTICA/GROSSE POINTE CITY — With an announcement that it has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, Borders Group said that it would be closing two local stores in the next few weeks.

The Borders locations in Utica and Grosse Pointe are among the stores across the country slated to close in the next several weeks to help the book-selling company reposition itself as a competitor, company officials said in a news release Feb. 16.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 23, 2011

It could be one of the largest financial transactions of a lifetime, but not everyone knows how to pick the person most central to the deal — a good Realtor or real estate agent.

“My best advice to any homeowner is, No. 1, referrals because if people are satisfied with the job a Realtor’s done, that’s the best source … to find out whether or not the Realtor is attentive and knowledgeable,” said Ronna Feldman, manager of Max Broock Realtors in Bloomfield Hills and a Realtor for 15 years.

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Published February 21, 2011

Two newcomers will compete against three incumbents for their seats on the Utica Community Schools Board of Education this May, with everyone pointing out their vested interest in working toward educational excellence for the students of the district.

Gene Klida of Shelby Township, Michele Templeton of Sterling Heights and Carl Territo of Shelby Township are all up for re-election for their seats. Competing against them is Steven Grady of Sterling Heights and Ken Krolczyk of Washington Township.

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Published February 16, 2011

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With an announcement that it has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, Borders Group said that it would be closing two local stores in the next few weeks.

The Borders locations in Utica and Grosse Pointe are among the stores across the country slated to close in the next several weeks to help the book-selling company reposition itself as a competitor, company officials said in a news release Feb. 16.

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Published February 16, 2011

UTICA — After almost 26 years, a revolver carried in the service of the community has left the city of Utica.

City Council presented recently retired Sgt. Daniel Healy with his service revolver as a sign of gratitude for his time with the department at the Feb. 8 City Council meeting.

Healy began working for the department in March 1985 and left for a short period before coming back in December 1987.

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Published February 16, 2011

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In the midst of a horrific cold spell recently, Lucia Karaczewski and her sister shelled out the last of their Social Security money on four space heaters for their Warren home.

Even that wasn’t enough after the main furnace in the home broke Jan. 19 — they had to block off rooms to keep the air even remotely warm. The 53-year-old woman called several places looking for help, but kept “getting the run-around,” until someone suggested she call the Macomb County Community Services Agency.

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