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Not-guilty plea given by Dimambro
9/10/2013

      Ronald Dimambro, Jr. of Washington Township is pleading not-guilty to charges of homicide and first-degree child abuse.
       Randy Rodnick, Dimambro's attorney, entered the plea at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on Sept. 10 during Dimambro's arraignment.
       Dimambro is accused of abuse that led to the death of Damian Sutton, the 2-year-old son of his girlfriend. The Macomb County Prosectuor's Office increased the charges after an autposy report revealed the cause of death to be severe blunt force trauma to the head.
       Sutton was taken off of life support on Aug. 27.
       A preliminary examination has been scheduled for Sept. 26 at the 42-1 District Court. Dimambro is being held without bond at the Macomb County Jail.

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M-53 detour extended for culvert replacement
6/4/2013

      The ongoing M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue) reconstruction project in northern Macomb County enters a new stage this weekend.
       Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, the existing full closure between 34 Mile and Ebeling roads will be extended north to Almont Road to allow crews to replace as quickly as possible the M-53 culvert over the Apel Drain Box. The extended closure is expected to end by 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 11.
       The new detour will take drivers to Almont, Capac, Armada Center and Brown roads to connect with the original detour that uses Ebeling and McKay roads.
       After June 11, both directions of M-53 will remain closed between 34 Mile and Ebeling roads until late August.
       All work on this $15 million investment to reconstruct M-53 between 34 Mile and Bordman roads is expected to be completed in November.

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RCS tech bond narrowly passes
11/7/2012

      A bond that will fund technology improvements for Romeo Community Schools passed with a narrow margin.
       As of 9:21 p.m. on Nov. 7, the Macomb County Elections Department shows the eight-year bond passed with 8,797 "yes" votes, or 50.5 percent. A total of 8,629 voters, or 49.5 percent, said "no" to the proposal.
       The 1.4 mills, which will raise $16.4 million, will be used to purchase devices for each student and teacher as well as equipping classrooms with smartboards. The money will also be used to enhance the district's wireless network as well as making electrical upgrades to facilities.
       An educational technology leadership team will meet to determine the specific types of devices the district will purchase.

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RPD seeks info on jewelry thief
10/9/2012

      The Romeo Police Department is looking for a thief and his alleged accomplice for stealing jewelry from a Romeo store.
       Police Chief Greg Paduch said around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 a man entered Kane's Town Hall Antiques and stole 33 pieces of jewelry totaling $25,000 in value.
       The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall white male with short brown hair wearing a dark hat. The man stole the items from a display case and was seen fleeing on N Main Street in a four-door brown car toward Bruce Township.
       Paduch said officers believe the man has an accomplice, described as being an older 5-foot-5-inch heavy-set woman wearing multiple rings, bracelets and necklaces.
       Paduch said the woman asked questions about the display case that the items were stolen from prior to the robbery and tried on seven to nine pieces of jewelry, but didn't purchase anything.
       Most of the items stolen were 10-karat and 14-karat rings. A reward is being offered by the store for any tips leading to an arrest. Anyone with information can contact the Romeo Police Department at (586) 752-3587.

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Bruce trustees approve rezoning
8/17/2012

      The Bruce Township Board of Trustees has approved of rezoning 17 acres that sets the stage for a medical campus.
       The board voted unanimously in favor on Aug. 15 for Racz Construction to rezone 17 of 98 acres of land on Powell and McKay roads from residential multiple family (RM-1) to light manufacturing (M-1).
       The developers said they will submit site plans for the land that include a 106-bed skilled nursing facility.

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Bruce trustees select Erth-Con
7/19/2012

      Bruce Township trustees have selected a company to prepare the foundations for a new fire hall.
       The Board of Trustees unanimously approved accepting the bid from Erth-Con Excavating, Inc. to work on Fire Station 3, which will be located near Fire Station 1 on East Gates Street.
       The bid came in at $9,616 and was the lowest bid of the four received. Work was scheduled to begin on July 20.
       In addition, Erth-Con will provide labor at no cost to improve the base of the parking lot for an asphalt approach so long as the township purchases the materials.
       Erth-Con is located in Bruce Township.

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Village OKs three downtown events
7/18/2012

      The Village Board of Trustees granted approval of three special events permits during its July 16 meeting.
       Thee Office Pub and Cookery and Younger's Irish Tavern received approval for a stunt bike performance night on July 26. Josh Borne, a stunt bike professional, will perform tricks in the southwest parking lot of downtown Romeo.
       The next approved event was for the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce, known as "Night Under the Stars." The evening event will take place on Aug. 17 in the lot behind the Douglas House on N Main Street. Activities will include music, arts, food, wine tasting and Romeo native Jill Dembowski as the keynote speaker.
       The Parks and Recreation Department received the go-ahead for the Peach Jam, a skateboarding clinic that will be held on Benjamin Street on Aug. 31.
       The Board of Trustees asked for a more detailed list regarding the Peach Jam events as part of the approval.

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Court dates moved for 2 accused of embezzlement
7/3/2012

      Cases of alleged embezzlement against the former groundskeeper and treasurer of the Romeo Lions Club have been bumped back once again.
       Todd Walker chose to plea not-guilty to charges of embezzling from the Lions Club and will have a juried trial set for 8 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the Macomb County Circuit Court.
       Meanwhile, the pre-trial conference for Bobbi Jo Craft was adjourned until 8:30 a.m. on July 19 at the Circuit Court.
       Both are accused of embezzling at least $1,000 but less than $20,000 from the Romeo Lions Club.
       The new dates and circumstances were the result of Craft and Walker's cases going before two separate judges on July 2. Both defendants had waived their rights to a preliminary exam at the 42-1 District Court on June 21.
       Michael Servitto, assistant prosecutor with the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, said he believes Craft and her attorney wish to meet with him to discuss where the case is heading.
       Craft served as treasurer of the Lions Club. Police reports indicate she embezzled by falsifying signatures on checks and took the funds for herself over a five-month period in 2011. She resigned from her position with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office during the proceedings.
       Walker is accused of utilizing the club's Home Depot credit card for personal use. Police reports state he falsified invoices for heating/furnace work as well as for beverage services for the 2011 Peach Festival.
       The cases were first submitted to the prosecutor's office on Feb. 21. Both suspects were arraigned in April at the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore, and asked for adjournment in May for further discovery. Their cases were adjourned yet again on June 14 at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo.

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DDA board loses one, gains two
6/19/2012

      The Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will lose a long-time volunteer, but gain two new members.
       At the Village Board of Trustees meeting on June 18, Village President Mike Lee decided against re-appointing DDA Chairperson Christine Malzahn to the DDA board.
       Instead, Lee appointed Merrick Maris and Lisa Hall to fill the new and current vacancies. Lee also re-appointed Vice-chairperson Randy Seidel and Board Member Jason Arnott.
       The Village Board of Trustees agreed with the appointments 5-1, with Trustee Mike Cregar dissenting. Trustee Margaret Feldhus was not present.

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Whitney hired as full time RCS staff
6/19/2012

      The part-time assistant superintendent for Romeo Community Schools will now become full time.
       At the June 18 Board of Education meeting, a 6-0 vote approved of hiring Eric Whitney as the full-time assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Trustee Terry Davis was not present.
       The position is a 52-week agreement with a $119,500 salary that includes benefits and retirement. Superintendent Nancy Campbell said the new agreement will begin July 1 after his current contract expires.
       Whitney split his time between Imlay City Schools and Romeo as assistant superintendent of both. Campbell cited items such as Whitney's knowledge of technology and common core standards and successfully bringing full-day kindergarten to the district as reasons behind the decision.

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MRP to close half of street for sales
6/19/2012

      The Romeo Merchants, Restaurants and Professionals Association (MRP) will only receive half of its request to close off Main Street.
       The Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously on June 18 to closing off the northern section of Main Street for the Sidewalk Sales and Street Festival on July 21.
       However, the board decided against a request to close the southern portion of Main Street.
       Event coordinators said the purpose of closing off the street was to make it more of a festival for all ages with events like dancing.
       Village officials were concerned about safety issues in addition to a loss of traffic coming into the village with Main Street closed off.
       A number of businesses located on S Main Street declared they would not participate after the vote was taken.

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Romeo businesses seek improvements
6/19/2012

      Businesses in downtown Romeo are seeking assistance from village government on improving downtown for patrons.
       At the June 18 meeting, building owners and business owners alike expressed disappointment in the village's sign ordinance as well as the poor condition of a parking lot located in the southeast quadrant of downtown.
       They also asked whether the village could have crosswalks on Main Street aside from the current sets on 32 Mile Road as well as fixing up downtown benches.
       Village officials said they have contacted Macomb County about setting up crosswalks, but have yet to hear of any further developments. They said the parking lot is a tougher issue to fix since it is privately owned.
       Village Clerk Marian McLaughlin said the benches are being repaired as soon as possible, but will take some time due to a lack of manpower.

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RCS board approves budget
6/19/2012

      Romeo Community Schools will spend $2.6 million to balance its budget for the 2012-13 school year.
       The Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve of its 2012-13 budget with expenditures at $49 million and revenue at $46 million. The district's fund balance will drop to roughly $1.5 million to cover the gap.
       David Massoglia, executive director of business affairs, said the amount spent out of the fund balance could go down depending on whether the state lowers the retirement rate. As of now, the rate increase will cost the district $750,000.
       He said the budget also depends on any concessions that can be made during negotiations with employee groups.
       The district also approved of switching to 80/20 health care coverage, meaning all employees will contribute to 20 percent of health premium costs. This will save the district roughly $1 million.

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Bank robbed in Washington Township
5/29/2012

      The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is investigating the robbery of a bank in Washington Township.
       According to the sheriff's office, at 11:40 a.m. on May 29 a man entered the "Best Bank" inside the Kroger grocery store on Van Dyke and 30 Mile Road.
       The man gave the teller a note requesting cash and implying he had a weapon. No weapon was seen, but an undisclosed amount of cash was given to him. He was seen fleeing in a teal-colored Pontiac Sunfire.
       The sheriff's office describes the suspect as a white male standing at 5-foot 7-inches wearing tan pants and a baseball hat. Video surveillance is being reviewed by deputies.
       Anyone with information can call (586) 307-9358.

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Craft charged with Lions Club embezzlement
4/24/2012

      A 16-year veteran deputy of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office has been charged with embezzling funds from the Romeo Lions Club.
       Bobbi Jo Craft, who served as the Lions Club treasurer, was charged with one count of embezzling between $1,000 to $20,000.
       The felony is punishable by five years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines or three times the embezzled amount, whichever is greater.
       The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office and the Romeo Police Department allege that Craft falsified the authorizing signature on 26 checks belonging to the Lions Club and took the money for herself over a five-month period in 2011.
       "Deputy Craft occupied a position of public trust, both with the sheriff's department and with the Lions charity," County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a written statement. "She has violated that sacred trust, and will be held accountable."
       Craft has resigned from the sheriff's office as well as from her position in the Lions Club.

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Relay for Life fundraiser
4/11/2012

      The Washington/Romeo Relay for Life will hold a fundraiser Wednesday, April 11, at the Romeo Wendys restaurant.
       Fifteen percent of the sales from 5-8 p.m. will go directly to the Kroger Team of Relay for Life.

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Report of gun locks down RHS and RETC
3/23/2012

      Romeo High School and the Romeo Engineering and Technology Center (RETC) were locked down today after a student falsely reported seeing another student with a gun.
       Around 1 p.m., an automated message from Romeo Community Schools reported a student spotted another student carrying a gun.
       As a result, both schools were locked down, with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Romeo Police Department and Michigan State Police responding. Local emergency medical responders were on hand as well.
       The lockdown was lifted once police officials concluded the student's story was recanted. Students were released first from the RETC and then from the high school at their regular times.

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Martial artist star visits D-Lux
3/21/2012

      D-Lux Karate will welcome martial artist and film star Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa to its Washington Township location on March 22.
       A meet and greet will be held 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. he will hold a training session in the art of Chuu Shin Do. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. he will conduct a special lesson for black belts only.
       The meet and greet is $6 in advance and $10 at the door, while the training seminar is $25 in advance and $35 at the door.
       Tagawa has starred in films such as "Mortal Kombat," "The Last Emperor" and "Bulletproof" as well as in TV shows.
       For more information, call (586) 563-5425 or visit www.adamlux.com.

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Snowstorm watch issued for Feb. 23
2/23/2012

      A winter storm watch has been reported for southeast Michigan, with five to eight inches expected to hit the Macomb County area tonight, Feb. 23.
       The National Weather Service reports that low pressure systems moving northeast along the Ohio River will bring snow to southeast Michigan.
       Around six inches has been predicted to accumulate on Thursday night when the rain/snow mix becomes snow, with an additional inch or two on top of that Friday morning.
       The watch will begin on Thursday evening and end around 7 p.m. Friday evening.
       The heaviest snowfall is expected to hit I-69 S to the M-59 corridor.

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RPD investigates Lions Club
2/14/2012

      The Romeo Police Department is investigating accusations of embezzlement and misappropriation of over $20,000 in funds with the Romeo Lions Club.
       Police Chief Greg Paduch said the department is currently seeking a warrant to investigate the non-profit organization. He said multiple suspects have been named, with one of them confirmed as a member of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.
       Paduch said the department was approached two weeks ago with the information, and is expecting to obtain a warrant from the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office within the next two weeks.

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Economic forecast luncheon, Jan. 19
1/17/2012

      The Macomb County Chamber Alliance will hold the 2012 Economic Forecast and Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 19.
       The alliance is comprised of the Macomb County, Anchor Bay, Eastpointe/Roseville, Richmond, Romeo/Washington and Sterling Heights chambers of commerce.
       Dr. Jim Jacobs will deliver the 2010 Economic Forecast covering his analysis on state and county trends, economic issues in Macomb County, and what lies ahead for 2012.
       The luncheon will be held at 11:30 p.m. at Zuccaro Banquets and Catering located at 46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield Township. For tickets or information, e-mail nicole@macombcountychamber.com or call (586) 493-7600.

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Drug awareness night, Jan. 19
1/17/2012

      The Northwest Macomb Prevention Coalition invites residents to learn about underground substance abuse trends and activities during a Parent Drug Awareness Forum.
       The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Krause Elementary School, located at 23900 Armada Center Road in Armada.
       Alcohol/Drug Recognition Expert Ken Krygel will display a plethora of items that people are using to get high or conceal drugs.
       Given the nature of the evening, students and children are not permitted.
       Questions regarding the event can be directed to Armada High School Assistant Principal Mark Gosciewski at (586) 784-2411.

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Romeo in need of three coaches
1/17/2012

      The Romeo High School Athletic Department is looking to hire three coaches — junior varsity softball, junior varsity baseball and varsity track (preferably with a sprinting background).
       All interested individuals should have experience as a player or coaching with a background and knowledge in the rules, strategies, skills and techniques of the sport along with being able to verbally and physically demonstrate and communicate them. They must enjoy working with high school age students and have a positive, motivating coaching style.
       Interested individuals need to submit a letter of interest detailing their experiences in coaching and in the sport. Letters are due at the Romeo High School Athletic Office by 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26.
       For information call (586) 281-1145.

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February ZBA, PC meetings cancelled
1/17/2012

      Washington Township's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Feb. 6 and its Planning Commission meeting for Feb. 9 have been cancelled, according to the WT supervisor's office.
       The next scheduled meeting for the ZBA is March 5 and for the Planning Commission is March 8.

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Police want info on bus vandals
1/10/2012

      The Romeo Police Department is looking for information regarding the theft of vehicle batteries from the Romeo Community Schools bus yard.
       Police Chief Greg Paduch said around 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 7 an unknown number of vandals cut a hole into the bus yard's fence along Durham Street and removed 52 batteries from 32 buses.
       Paduch said surveillance footage showed a white utility-type van and a male suspect walking through the lot. Details such as the value of the batteries and any possible motives were unknown as of Observer press deadline.
       Paduch said the department is working with the Warren Police Department since a similar incident occurred at Van Dyke Public Schools on Dec. 16.
       Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Romeo Police Department at (586) 752-3587.

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Bruce Twp serves up liquor licenses
1/10/2012

      Bruce Township made it a double when it came to handing out liquor licenses.
       Upon revealing the number of remaining liquor licenses had increased, the Bruce Township Board of Trustees approved of granting its final Class C licenses to two applicants at a special meeting held Jan. 4.
       The first, Dimitri's Steakhouse, was unanimously approved, while Times Square Restaurant was approved 4-1, with Clerk Susan Brockmann casting the dissenting vote.
       Each approval allows the process to go to the state, which then determines whether to grant a license or not. The process takes three to six months to complete.
       The township previously had one remaining license, which caused a number of debates on whether to distribute it.
       However, Supervisor Jim Tignanelli said while researching what other types of licenses are available for distribution, it was discovered that the State Liquor Control Commission had granted a second license to the township this year.

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Village District plan on Jan. 12
1/10/2012

      Those curious about Washington Township's Village District can attend a presentation this week.
       The township's planner and engineer will hold a presentation about the village district 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Township Municipal Building on Van Dyke, located north of 26 Mile Road.
       The presentation, to be held during the normal Planning Commission meeting, will be an overview of the current plan and will incorporate the widening of Van Dyke.

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No energy audit going on in WT
1/10/2012

      Residents should take precautions if approached by an individual claiming to be with DTE Energy.
       Washington Township officials report that residents have recently been approached by people claiming to be with DTE going door-to-door to conduct in-home energy audits.
       DTE Energy Spokesperson Scott Simons said DTE does have programs like this, but are currently not conducting them in the Romeo-Washington area.
       Simons said DTE Energy's employees and contractors should provide identification upon request. Residents can call 800 477-4747 to verify employees or projects in their area.
       Residents are advised to contact the Macomb County Sheriff's Office to report any suspicious activity.
      

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