Sara Kandel

Published February 16, 2011

EASTPOINTE — The city owns 34 residential properties that currently sit empty. Officials say 18 of them are in good condition and ready to be moved into.

Their target market is first-time homebuyers. They want to sell to people who really want to live in the homes and become part of the community.

From 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, the city is hosting a fair for prospective buyers at City Hall. Photos and information of the city’s available properties, both commercial and residential, will be on display.

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Published February 16, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The sound rips through the air, but the men standing near the shooter don’t jump. They don’t even flinch.

They’re used to it.

They hear gunshots all day long. They work at Peters Indoor Range and Gun Shop on Gratiot in Roseville. It’s been there since 1973.

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Published February 15, 2011

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James Giftos, the founder and former president of National Coney Island and National Chili Co., died Monday, Feb. 14, after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow. He was 72.

Giftos was born on April 12, 1938, in Kyparissia, Greece. He moved to the United States with his family in 1946, and attended Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University, according to a release.

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Published February 14, 2011

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Just after 1 a.m. on Feb. 10, a 13-year-old Roseville girl called police and reported she had been robbed at gunpoint in her home.

The girl, who lives in the 19000 block of Eastland, told police that she invited a friend over after her mother had left for work, but shortly after he arrived, he left, then returned with two other young males, one of them wearing a ski mask and brandishing a gun.

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Published February 10, 2011

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After responding to a call about an attempted vehicle theft in progress at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9, police quickly chased down and caught a handful of suspects.

The witness stated in the call that a car containing five men was cruising the parking lot near Outback Steak House, located at 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, and after a few minutes two of the males exited the car and began trying to break into a parked Ford Crown Victoria.

Officers arrived on scene and spotted the two male suspects near the Crown Victoria. Both suspects took off on foot.

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Published February 10, 2011

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At 4 a.m. on Feb. 9, local dispatch notified police that a woman wearing gray sweatpants was smashing windows at a home in the 14000 block of Lydia.

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Published February 9, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Local business leaders dined alongside city, state and school board officials at Eastpointe’s State of the City Address Jan. 31.

Democratic Congressman Sander Levin started the evening off with a short speech before dinner. He spoke about concerns with state revenue sharing and the troubling times faced by local municipalities. His sentiments were mirrored in Democratic state Rep. Harold Haugh’s after-dinner speech.

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Published February 3, 2011

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Published February 3, 2011

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A group with the aim of preserving and sharing the history of Michigan’s contributions to U.S.-fought wars has moved into the former Eastpointe Senior Center.

Acting City Manager Randy Altimus gave the final tour and handed over the keys to the building at 16600 Stephens Road to Chris Causley, president of the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, Feb. 1.

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Published February 2, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Eight months after he became acting/interim fire chief, Bob Niedermaier was sworn in as Eastpointe’s fire chief at a Jan. 27 ceremony attended by colleagues, city officials, family and friends.

Acting City Manager Randy Altimus swore him in. “Before I swear Bob in, I want to publicly thank him for taking on the role of acting chief,” Altimus said.

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Published February 1, 2011

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At approximately 2:45 a.m. Feb. 1, Roseville police were radioed to the scene of a car crash on Groesbeck Highway, between 11 Mile and Martin roads.

Police reported two people were in the lone vehicle involved. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital and was expected to be released later in the day.

Deputy Chief Anthony Cona said it appeared as though the vehicle struck a snow bank before crashing into a Detroit Edison pole.

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Published January 28, 2011

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Residents who witnessed a deadly shootout Monday between police and a neighbor remain shaken up while noting officers “did what they had to.”

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and Roseville police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Roseville that started when police were called to the 17000 block of Eastland Street, near Utica Road, around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 to investigate a menacing 911 call from a resident there.

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Published January 28, 2011

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Like something from “World’s Dumbest Criminals,” the self-portraits of a local parolee on a left-behind cell phone led police straight to him.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, police responded to a breaking and entering alarm at The Collision Shop on Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe. Upon arrival, the police discovered a broken bay door, but investigation revealed the suspect had kicked through a window of a roll-up door to originally gain entry to the building.

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Published January 26, 2011

EASTPOINTE — The warm and bustling atmosphere inside the East Detroit High School commons area brought tasters relief from the bone-chilling cold outside during the Eastpointe Community Chest Forum’s Annual Chili Cook-off Jan. 15.

Entry was $5 at the door and allowed guests to fill up on chili samples and complimentary hot dogs and pop. Most tasters walked the perimeter of the room clockwise, from booth to booth, commenting on the different styles of chili, local happenings and unique booth setups.

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Published January 25, 2011

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The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Roseville on Jan. 25.

Police were called to the 17000 bock of Eastland Street to investigate reports of a man with a shotgun. Upon their arrival, police say the 42-year-old Roseville resident fired multiple shots in the direction of the responding officers.

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