Nico Rubello

Published May 24, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Marine Cpl. Michael Politowicz wasn’t supposed to be competing in the Warrior Games, an Olympic-style, multi-sport competition for wounded military personnel.

Halfway through a qualifying race to make it onto the Marine cycling team, Politowicz, a former Clinton Township resident, saw the Marine riding in front of him faint and fall off his bicycle. Politowicz was the first to the man’s side. He told the other racers to continue on, but stayed behind with two others until the ambulance arrived.

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Published May 24, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Michigan appeals court upheld a murder conviction for the man found guilty of the 1990 slaying of his wife at the couple’s Clinton Township comic book store.

In a court ruling published May 21, a three-judge appeals court one-by-one ruled against each of Michael George’s reasons that the conviction be overturned.

George, now 52, had appealed the conviction based on what the defense claimed were trial errors and insufficient evidence to find him guilty.

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Published May 22, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A restaurant’s request for a free liquor license prompted debate among the Clinton Township Board of Trustees, but a majority ultimately opted to dole out the license.

The township board voted 5-2 to award one of four liquor licenses to the Palm Palace restaurant at 15750 Hall Road in Clinton Township, with the mutual agreement that should the business close, the license would come back to the township.

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Published May 22, 2013

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Published May 20, 2013

FRASER — What’s taking so long?

That’s one of the most frequent complaints posed to Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi about a road construction project, such as the current one on Groesbeck.

Morosi said the task of maintaining the complex “matrix” of access points to businesses and side streets complicates construction, and consequently adds to the time of the project.

“The one thing that the public takes into account, we hope, is that we have to maintain access to businesses,” he said.

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Published May 16, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The morning of May 6, Chris and Janet John woke up to find that the tires and rims had been stolen off Chris’ company car.

The 2000 Cadillac XTS sat in their driveway on Tall Oaks Drive, propped up on cement blocks from their neighbor’s patio.

“I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go again,’” Janet John said. “There have been rashes of looting of cars in the area. I feel like they stepped up their game.”

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Published May 13, 2013

FRASER — For the fiscal year beginning July 1, the City of Fraser will balance its budget with the help of a 1.5-mill increase for general city operations.

After several budget hearings, the City Council on May 9 voted 7-0 to approve the 2013-14 budget with the general operating millage increase — the first tax increase the city has enacted since 2001, in spite of falling property tax revenue and state revenue sharing dollars. The millage is projected to generate about $670,000 for the city, helping fill a projected revenue shortfall.

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Published May 13, 2013

FRASER — The City of Fraser is inviting locals to come out this weekend for a family-friendly art festival at Steffens Park.

The Art in the Park event will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the park, located near 14 Mile and Garfield roads next to Fraser City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Fraser Parks and Recreation Director Christina Woods hopes that this is the first of many years for the art show.

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Published May 13, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The evening before Tarryl Hill was due to depart for combat operations in Iraq, he was far too nervous to eat dinner at a restaurant with his grandparents, George and Sue Hill.

Later that night, at their Shelby Township home, the couple, who had raised Tarryl as their son since infancy, received a call from the 19-year-old at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

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Published May 8, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On a sunny day at Stony Creek Metropark, April 27, search-and-rescue volunteers in reflective orange jackets combed through trees and thick brush, scanning for signs of “injured runners” as a sheriff’s helicopter buzzed over the treetops.

But this was just a simulation of a crisis. The scenario: a severe wind event that had ripped through a local run event, and many were reportedly missing in the woods.

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Published May 8, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Experienced bidders know that, when it comes to public auctions, it’s good to do your research.

Many times, new bidders come to the block hoping to walk away with a cheap bargain, yet are disappointed when the actual bidding quickly goes beyond their expectations.

“You have to do your DD, I guess you’d call it — your due diligence,” said Jeff Tinknell. “You have to know the value of things.”

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Published May 8, 2013

FRASER — Investigators recently alleged that a Sterling Heights teen was one of three men who committed an April 2 armed robbery at a Fraser convenience store.

Edis Osmanagic, 19, was arrested April 29 and arraigned April 30 in 39th District Court on an armed robbery charge. Fraser detectives alleged that he was one of three males who robbed the 7-Eleven near Garfield and 15 Mile, according to a statement from the Fraser Department of Public Safety.

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Published May 8, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Some see it as a sign of solidarity for people who have cancer or for those survived it. Others attend to remember a loved one lost.

For others, it’s a fun weekend event filled with plenty of live music, food and friends. Or it can be a chance to raise dollars for local cancer support services.

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Published May 7, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — What prompted the May 5 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Clinton Township man was not clear at press time, but what is for sure is that the man was fatally shot in the chest on the basketball court at Clinton Township’s Prince Drewry Park.

According to one longtime family friend of the deceased, the alleged shooter and victim believed to be involved in the incident used to be friends.

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