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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 February 9, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Frank Jolliff has lived in the Shelby Township/Utica area for most of his life.

He graduated from Utica High School and taught at several schools in the Roseville school district.

In fact, pretty much the only time he hasn’t lived in metro Detroit was January 1968 to January 1969, time he spent serving in Vietnam.

“When I got out of Vietnam, they discharged me in San Francisco, and I came home,” said the 63-year-old Jolliff. “I had the typical nightmares and the flashbacks.”

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Published February 2, 2011

Nearly two months after City Council tabled a revamped vicious dog ordinance that specifically targeted pit bulls, city administrators returned to the table with a breed-neutral policy that zeroes in on so-called “dangerous” dogs.

City Council unanimously approved the introduction of the proposal Feb. 1, with City Attorney Jeff Bahorski now investigating incorporating several changes to the ordinance proposed by Councilman Michael Taylor. The measure is scheduled for final adoption Feb. 15.

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Published February 2, 2011

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Acting ahead of a predicted snowstorm, local communities called for snow emergencies the first day of February to keep the roads clear for plows and emergency vehicles.

Shelby Township declared a snow emergency that started at 2 p.m. Feb. 1, before any flakes began to fall, and was to last until 2 p.m. Feb. 5. The emergency meant that no vehicles could be parked on public roadways or they could be towed at the owner’s expense.

The city of Utica declared a snow emergency just before 8 p.m. Feb. 1.

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Published February 2, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A bright orange bag flies through the air toward a victim that has fallen through the ice, an attempt by the firefighter to help pull him to shore while other emergency workers are suiting up to go out and rescue him.

The line falls short, is pulled back and has to be packed back into the bag before it can be thrown again. Precious seconds tick by as the bag has to be thrown out a third time, finally reaching its mark.

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Published January 27, 2011

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Police are looking for three men who allegedly impersonated Shelby Township officers to search a local home.

Police said that a resident — for whom they did not release a gender or age — in the 48000 block of Oriole Street reported to them Jan. 24 that three men had knocked on their door the day before, claiming to be police officers.

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Published January 27, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the naming of a general contractor, the Board of Trustees took the Police Department one step closer to possibly getting into a new building by the end of the year.

Stephen Lodge, a senior associate with French Associates, said 19 companies bid on the contract. French and Associates then did a background check and interviews with the three lowest bidders, making sure they understood the scope of work and they were equipped to do the job, and “trying to uncover if there’s any reason not to award to that low contractor.”

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Published January 19, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Trustee Lisa Manzella has filed a lawsuit asking for damages in excess of $25,000 against Michael Ward, the Shelby Township resident who filed seven recall petitions against her in November.

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Published January 19, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the township’s website was designed, President Bill Clinton was in the White House, the housing bubble hadn’t yet expanded — let alone burst — and AOL was still a socially acceptable means of surfing the Internet.

More than a dozen years later, that website is now hard for viewers to navigate and lacks the polish and tools of newer sites. That’s why Shelby Township was set to unveil its newly revamped site Jan. 18 — a homepage at the same address as before, but years forward in features.

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Published January 19, 2011

The housing bubble popped a while ago now; new homeowners aren’t propped up by a federal stimulus anymore; and more and more buyers are discovering that the illusion of a beautifully maintained but cheap foreclosed home is just that — an illusion.

So what are first-time buyers to do in this new reality when looking to save for a down payment? Get back to basics, say real estate and mortgage experts.

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