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Sarah Wojcik

C&G Staff Reporter – Royal Oak Review


Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers the cities of Royal Oak and Clawson, as well as Royal Oak and Clawson schools, for the Royal Oak Review. She covered Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News from 2013 to 2017. Sarah is a graduate of Oakland University. She has won four Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published November 18, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski sentenced Derick Dabish, 32, of West Bloomfield Township, to 18 months to seven years in prison Oct. 23.

On Sept. 11, Dabish pleaded no contest to three counts related to synthetic marijuana, also commonly known as K2 or Spice, including delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of less than 25 grams of a controlled substance, which are both felonies. He also pleaded no contest to maintaining a drug house, a high court misdemeanor.

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Published November 18, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Board of Trustees has been putting pressure on the Police Department to find savings since a consultant projected that it would be insolvent in 2017 if it did nothing to cut expenditures, due to it incurring a $1.7 million deficit per year, and mandated that it cannot hire new members.

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Published November 18, 2013

UTICA — An amendment to Michigan election law allows the city of Utica, if it chooses, to move its primary and general elections to even years, which would effectively extend the current terms of the mayor and City Council by one year.

In order to think about the idea and also to make the public aware of the potential change, the Utica City Council voted at its monthly meeting Nov. 12 to table a resolution to move the elections to even years. The council will revisit the issue at its Dec. 10 meeting.

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Published November 18, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Sunoco Logistics officials estimate that the nine-mile pipe replacement project that began in mid-May will wrap up before the end of the month. Only the beginning and end sites in Macomb County need to be finished, and those sites may need some landscape work in the spring.

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Published November 15, 2013

Eric Joseph-Edward Eby, 19, of Sterling Heights, received a 36- to 120-month prison sentence with 98 days of credit Nov. 15 after pleading guilty to 14 felony charges — including breaking and entering, larceny, possession of burglary tools and safe breaking — that stem back to April 1, 2012.

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Published November 14, 2013

UTICA — A man convicted in the beating of another man with a hammer on June 14, 2012, behind a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant near Hall and Schoenherr roads received a sentence of 15-40 years in prison Nov. 14.

Damien Banks, 28, of Detroit, reappeared before Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski after she adjourned his initial sentencing date Oct. 22 for the probation department to re-interview him for its sentence report, since he said he did not understand the paperwork the first time.

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Published November 13, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A list of top-10 priorities has helped keep the township on track for the last five years, and as the year winds down, township officials are looking toward the direction of 2014.

The process is executed in three stages: first, the department heads meet to vote on priorities, then the Board of Trustees holds a work session to opt for their choices and, lastly, the floor is opened to the public.

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Published November 13, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With one or two buses breaking down every week and $300,000 in repairs over the last year — a 100 percent increase from two years ago — the approval of a $5.1 million school bus bond for Romeo Community Schools (RCS) was seen by many as a necessity.

The bond proposal passed 58.5 percent (2,792 votes) to 41.5 percent (1,979 votes) in Macomb County’s 16 precincts and by 99 to 98 votes in Oakland County’s three precincts.

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Published November 13, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Recently, a new crop of ordinance violations and misunderstandings has resurfaced in Shelby Township regarding owning chickens for fresh eggs.

“We had one issue on Dequindre, but lately we’ve had more cases for some reason,” said township attorney Rob Huth. “We typically try to work something out with the homeowners. Mostly, things get resolved; we just haven’t gotten to that point yet.”

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Published November 11, 2013

UTICA — Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinski sentenced David Lyons, 46, of Detroit, to 15-40 years in prison on Nov. 7 in the beating of a man June 14, 2012, that involved a hammer behind the TGI Fridays restaurant located at Schoenherr and Hall roads.

A jury convicted Lyons of four charges — assault with intent to commit bodily harm less than murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to do both — on Sept. 18 after a lengthy three-week trial. The jury reduced the original charge of assault with intent to commit murder.

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Published November 6, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While cold and flu season is approaching with cooling temperatures, the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses can be nipped in the bud by adopting good disinfection practices and being aware of self-inoculation.

The best way to stay safe is to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your eyes, nose or mouth, because no matter how many contaminants are on surfaces or in the air, they still have to get inside your body, said Paula Keller, the technical director of epidemiology at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

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Published November 6, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Nursing Center broke ground on its new rehabilitation gym Oct. 28 and also will be adding about 20 beds for a total of 84 private suites while patients recover in a new addition they call “The Reserve.”

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Published November 6, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Danielle Szajna, 16, of Shelby Township, launched the Pink Girls Club Foundation at the age of 12 to benefit those affected by cancer after her cousin passed away from breast cancer in 2008.

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Published November 6, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 16, the Shelby Township Police Department Patrolmen’s Association, which includes about 50 officers, filed a petition for arbitration 312, or to have a third-person party mediate demands between the union and the township, since striking is illegal.

A videoconference is scheduled for Nov. 8 for the two parties to initialize the process, which must be completed within 180 days, as mandated by the state act. The arbitrator’s decision will be binding.

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Published November 6, 2013

The four elected officials running in Utica’s elections Nov. 5 have been able to sleep easy — they were unchallenged incumbents.

Jacqueline Noonan will assume another two-year term as mayor — a position she has held since 1988 — and City Council members William Osladil, Kenneth Sikora and Russell Barthelmeh will continue to serve the city for another four years.

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