Sara Kandel

Published February 27, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Roseville police are looking for three Valentine’s Day scam artists who sweet-talked their way into victims’ homes to steal money.

Just before 11 a.m. in the 19000 block of Shadowoods, a resident was approached by an unknown female who stated she was from the senior center and came bearing Valentine’s themed flowers and candy.

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Published February 27, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council unanimously agreed to the Elected Officials Compensation Commission’s recommendation for elected officials in Roseville to not receive wage increases for the next two fiscal years at the Feb. 9 regular meeting.

“At their most recent meeting, the commission voted that the city clerk, city treasurer, deputy clerk, deputy treasurer, mayor and council would not receive an increase in compensation for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years,” City Manager Scott Adkins said.

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Published February 27, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed into law a bill aimed at lessening certain regulatory burdens on local governments.

Public Act 461, or House Bill 5047, allows local tax-collecting units to send settlement tax rolls to the county treasurer in computerized format, saving time and money.

“It removes the burden from the Treasurer’s Office and it makes them able to complete their job more efficiently at tax time,” said Roseville Mayor John Chirkun.

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Published February 27, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — In its first year as a public organization, the Recreational Authority of Eastpointe and Roseville received a clean audit.

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Published February 20, 2013

EASTPOINTE — Many of the facts surrounding the death of Christina Lazzana-Webster, an Eastpointe resident and business owner, remain uncertain, but during a preliminary exam in 39th District Court in Eastpointe Feb. 7, details of her killing began to surface.

Her husband and business partner, Anthony Webster, is accused of second-degree murder.

After examining the body at the scene and in her office, Dr. Mary Pietrangelo, the deputy medical examiner in Macomb County, testified that the death was a homicide, caused by a bullet wound to the chest.

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Published February 20, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley will compete against Roseville Mayor John Chirkun to see who can collect more funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“In light of the rivalry that has existed between Eastpointe and Roseville for years, we challenge Mayor Chirkun and Mayor Pixley to a dual,” said Linda Weishaupt, the promotions chair for the Roseville-Eastpointe Relay for Life.

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Published February 20, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A Clinton Township man faces felony assault charges after he allegedly lured an unwitting man into his Roseville bar and attacked him with a gun.

Ernest Kenwood Grissom, owner of Eastgate Pub in Roseville, was arraigned on three felony charges in 39th District Court in Roseville Feb. 11. He is charged with one count of assault with intent to murder, a possible life felony; one count of felony firearm, a two-year felony; and one count of possession of a stolen firearm, a 10-year felony.

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Published February 20, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A charter school for at-risk youths is improving the confidence of female students through special emphasis on dance, etiquette and girl-talk with the principal.

The classes in dance and etiquette aren’t part of the core curriculum, but they are said to make a huge difference in the students’ lives. Much of the student body at Conner Creek Academy East is considered at-risk — most qualify for free or reduced lunch, extra help in math or reading or have come to the Ferris State University-managed charter school a few grade-levels behind.

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Published February 19, 2013

More than a dozen fashion-trendy teen girls gathered at the Sterling Heights Public Library Feb. 9 to show off their design prowess and for the chance to win a little spending money.

The objective of the library-hosted “Project Runway”-style competition for students in grades six-12 was to design an outfit made of newspaper and debut it on the runway.

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Published February 13, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A few months shy of a year into his role as police chief, James Berlin has defined his role as a leader and the department’s emphasis on community.

Berlin takes his role as police chief seriously, he demands hard work and excellence from his employees, but his no-nonsense attitude isn’t a reflection on heart because, when it comes to the city of Roseville and the police officers who serve here, Berlin has a whole lot of heart. And, his vision for the department stems from a mix of his love for the community and his hard-working attitude.

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Published February 13, 2013

EASTPOINTE — They take only seconds to remove and, when sold at auction, they bring in a pretty penny.

Tailgate thefts haven’t hit most metro Detroit communities as hard as catalytic converter thefts, but it is on the rise, and one night last month, Eastpointe saw a spike in a matter of hours.

On the morning of Jan. 23, the Eastpointe Police Department took three similar reports from truck owners who awakened to discover the tailgates on their trucks were missing.

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Published February 8, 2013

Following hours of witness testimony at a Feb. 7 preliminary exam, Judge Carl Gerds of the 38th District Court in Eastpointe granted a 30-day continuance in the second-degree murder case against Anthony Webster.

Webster, who is charged with the January shooting death of his wife and business partner, Christina Lazzana-Webster, stood mute to the charges against him.

The continuance was requested by Bill Cataldo, chief of homicide for the Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney, to allow time to obtain additional evidence.

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Published February 6, 2013

Anthony Webster, who is accused of murdering his wife, Christina Lazzana-Webster, in their Eastpointe home late last month, is scheduled for a preliminary examination Feb. 7 in front of Judge Carl Gerds of the 38th District Court.

The preliminary exam is scheduled just two days after a pre-trial conference, which was held in 38th District Court Feb. 5.

“It’s short notice, but all parties want to get this exam in,” said Gerds during the conference.

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Published February 6, 2013

An Eastpointe teen faces felony charges in Roseville after he allegedly failed to carjack a woman Jan. 30.

Dorian Romello Escoe, 17, was arraigned on three felony charges — carjacking, breaking and entering a vehicle and resisting arrest — in 39th District Court in Roseville Jan. 31. Police said quick-thinking residents, in two separate incidents, helped bring about Escoe’s arrest.

At 4:40 p.m. Jan. 30, a resident approached an unknown man tampering with a neighbor’s car, parked in a bank lot at the northeast corner of Frazho and Gratiot.

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Published February 5, 2013

EASTPOINTE — After a one-year break, the Art and Ice Festival is back in Eastpointe at East Brooke Commons from Feb. 15-17, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Art and Ice has expanded to three days this year, after warm weather last year canceled it, and festival planners say this year, no matter what the weather is like, the festival will happen. It’s a good thing, too, because there are more festivities than ever planned for the three-day winter celebration.

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