Thomas Franz

Published November 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 78-year old Macomb Township man is heading to prison after being found guilty of manslaughter by a jury Nov. 4 at the Macomb County Circuit Court.

Donald Miller was taken into custody after being found guilty for the fatal shooting of Bondaryl McCall, a 31-year old Pontiac man, in the driveway of Miller’s home Feb. 16, 2015.

Miller was originally charged with second-degree murder, but still faces up to 15 years in prison. He was also found guilty of a felony firearms charge. He will be sentenced Dec. 22.

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Published November 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Dakota High School sophomore was killed while walking to school this morning.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Victoria Cartwright, 14, was hit while crossing Heydenreich Road near Vine Drive, in between 21 and 22 Mile Road, around 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

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Published November 2, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — While discussing the role for his final production at Chippewa Valley High School, senior Jay Callahan reflected on what has been a long journey through performances with the school.

Callahan began his career in high school productions as a fifth-grader by playing the role of a River City kid in “The Music Man.” He performed in two more shows in middle school, and will cap off his four-year high school performing career as Gomez Addams in the school’s production of “The Addams Family.”

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Published November 2, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A former candidate for Macomb Township clerk has announced his candidacy as a write-in for a Board of Trustees spot in the general election.

Charles Missig, 56, filed to run for trustee with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office the morning of Oct. 27, just before the filing deadline.

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Published November 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Opening statements occurred Oct. 27 in the trial of a Macomb Township man charged with second degree murder.

Donald Miller, 78, is charged following the Feb. 16, 2015, fatal shooting death of a 31-year old Pontiac man, Bondaryl McCall.

Miller is the great-grandfather to three of McCall’s children, who he had with Miller’s granddaughter, Renee Miller.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Paul Bukowski led off the opening statements by detailing the relationships and family history involved with Donald Miller, Renee Miller and McCall.

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Published November 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents came out in force for an Oct. 26 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Residents packed the township hall meeting chambers to voice their displeasure given the recent arrest of Trustee Clifford Freitas by the FBI for bribery and the filing of a lawsuit against Trustee Dino Bucci for extortion.

A rally, which was planned for several weeks before the meeting, and before the arrest and lawsuit filing, was still held outside prior to the meeting despite rainy and cold weather conditions.

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Published October 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Who are you supporting for president, and why?

That was the question posed to current officials and candidates for local office by the Chronicle during the buildup to the presidential election between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The following are their responses:

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Published October 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — One of the key issues raised locally by opponents of the incumbent Macomb Township Board of Trustees members in this year’s election cycle has been over medical benefits given to board members as part of their compensation package.

The issue was brought up several times in the buildup to the primary election, and it has surfaced occasionally prior to the general election.

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Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect has been arraigned in the alleged  murder of a 38-year-old Macomb Township woman.

Hal Diallo Byrom, 44, of Macomb Township, was arraigned Oct. 20 for the homicide of his wife, Ebony Renne Byrom. Hal Byrom faces a count of first-degree murder, as well as a felony firearms charge.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Ebony Byrom was fatally shot while on the phone with police dispatchers at 1:03 a.m. Oct. 1.

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Published October 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas was arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 based on a criminal complaint that alleges he demanded and accepted bribes for his vote and assistance on a municipal contract.

The official charge against Freitas is “Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds,” which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Published October 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Mount Clemens-based contractor has filed a lawsuit against Macomb Township, as well as Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci.

Gianna Investments, which is owned by Michael Magnoli and Robert Silveri, is seeking damages against both parties for not receiving refunds for construction, water and sewer fees for work that was eventually done by another developer on the Wellington Center project located on Hayes Road, between 22 Mile Road and 23 Mile Road.

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Published October 20, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new financing tool to fund environmentally friendly upgrades to reduce energy costs could soon be available for Oakland County businesses to take advantage of.

Through a resolution which is supposed to be finalized and approved Oct. 26, the county will become a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program district through Lean and Green Michigan.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect was arrested after he allegedly broke into five homes, one of them in Macomb Township, over a three-week period beginning Sept. 20.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Cesidio David Longo, 24, of Richmond, was arrested Oct. 11.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that he allegedly broke into five homes to steal electronics, jewelry and coins during the daytime while homeowners were away.

The Macomb Township incident took place at a home on Omo Road Oct. 7. The other incidents occurred in Lenox Township.

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Published October 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A campaign flier attacking a Macomb Township Board of Trustees member sent out to residents in Macomb Township and shared on social media was widely denounced by trustees during a Sept. 28 meeting.

The flier, which attacks Trustee Dino Bucci, says that it was sent by a group called “A Better Macomb Coalition.”

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