Utica cross country star Trent McFarlane is voted Metro Detroit Athlete of the Week
So far this season, Utica cross country runner Trent McFarlane has had no issues running away from his competition, winning five of the six races he’s competed in this season. Much like his efforts on the cross country course, McFarlane had no issue running away from his competition in MLive’s Metro Detroit Athlete of the Week poll. He accumulated 1,860 of the 1,928 total votes, meaning he earned 96.47 percent of the vote. McFarland has been on a roll in the first half of the cross country season. He found his way onto the poll by winning the first MAC Red Jamboree with a time of 15:43.mlive.com
Metro Detroit high school boys and girls basketball scores from Wednesday, Dec. 22
Most scores are reported through the Associated Press and the MHSAA. To add your missing score, email email@example.com with the results. BOYS BASKETBALL SCORESBloomfield Hills Brother Rice 78, Detroit Renaissance 73Ferndale 65, Rochester Adams 44Oak Park 66, West Bloomfield 53Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 52, Utica Ford 27Saginaw 61, Romulus 53Salem 57, Walled Lake Central 51POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONSBloomfield Hills vs. Utica, ccd. Gabriel Richard Catholic vs. Detroit Osborn, ccd. GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORESNo reported scores.mlive.com
New York Donut Shop Operators Convicted of Tax Evasion
A federal jury in Utica, New York, convicted a New York couple and their son today for conspiring to defraud the United States and for tax evasion. John, Helen and Dimitrios Zourdos were each convicted of one count conspiracy to defraud the United States, seven counts of tax evasion, and seven counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false corporate tax returns. All face a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count of conspiracy and tax evasion, and three years in prison on each count of assisting the filing of false tax returns. Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman of the Northern District of New York made the announcement. Assistant Chief John N. Kane of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry for the Northern District of New York are prosecuting the case.justice.gov
Check out Metro Detroit high school football scores from Week 8
The following scores are collected from either the Michigan High School Athletic Association or the Associated Press. These are score from Friday, Oct. 15, or Week 8 of the football season. Adrian Madison 60, Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 0Allen Park 38, Trenton 0Allen Park Cabrini 34, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 13Brownstown Woodhaven 43, Southgate Anderson 7Clarkston 33, Birmingham Groves 8Clarkston Everest Collegiate 27, Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 13Clinton 43, Onsted 6Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 49, Utica 21Clinton Township Clintondale 34, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 0Dearborn 13, Dearborn Fordson 10Dearborn Heights Crestwood 27, Garden City 14Detroit U-D Jesuit 29, Pinckney 13Detroit Voyageur College Prep 1, Harper Woods Chandler Park 0Ferndale 14, Pontiac 6Fraser 29, Grosse Pointe North 12Gibraltar Carlson 35, White Lake Lakeland 28Grosse Pointe South 42, Warren Mott 0Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 27, Warren Woods Tower 6Haslett 16, Dearborn Divine Child 3Lake Orion 35, Birmingham Seaholm 6Lutheran Westland 29, Burton Bendle 6Macomb Lutheran North 42, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard 0Marine City 63, Warren Lincoln 0Milford 31, South Lyon East 7New Baltimore Anchor Bay 21, Utica Eisenhower 17Novi 31, Northville 9Oxford 33, Rochester 14Plymouth 7, Salem 0Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 54, Flint Beecher 0Redford Union 34, Melvindale 14Riverview 52, Grosse Ile 14Rochester Adams 40, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 20Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 12, Burton Bentley 0Romeo 54, Port Huron Northern 7South Lyon 28, Waterford Mott 6St Clair Shores Lake Shore 36, Eastpointe 0St Clair Shores South Lake 14, Hazel Park 6Sterling Heights 1, Warren Cousino 0Sterling Heights Stevenson 42, Utica Ford 7Taylor 18, Lincoln Park 0Traverse City Central 56, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice 13Troy 10, Berkley 7Troy Athens 41, Detroit Renaissance 6Walled Lake Western 42, Waterford Kettering 13Warren De La Salle Collegiate 47, Harper Woods 26Warren Michigan Collegiate 22, Romulus Summit Academy North 0West Bloomfield 30, North Farmington 16Wyandotte Roosevelt 19, Dearborn Edsel Ford 7mlive.com
Mother Nature gets last laugh with April Fools’ snow for Michigan
And this year in Michigan, that meant being tricked into believing spring had arrived because several cities in southeast Michigan saw a decent amount of snow overnight. According to the National Weather Service, some communities saw snowfall including in Lapeer where 2.5 inches of snow accumulated. Other notable snowfall totals include Troy (1.5 inches), Utica (1.4 inches), Cass City (1 inch) and Grosse Pointe Farms (1 inch). West Michigan should expect isolated snow flurries throughout the day. “These brief bursts of snow will end by this afternoon, and most areas will not see any accumulation on ground.”mlive.com
Nightside Report March 19, 2021: Utica man charged with animal torture after video shows him throwing dog, New mandate calls for increased COVID testing of Michigan student athletes
Utica man charged with animal torture after video shows him throwing French bulldogDETROIT – A Utica man has been charged with animal torture after he was shown on video throwing an 11-month-old French bulldog through the air twice. 4 Fast FactsBe InformedNew mandate calls for increased COVID testing of Michigan student athletesThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is mandating COVID-19 testing for student athletes. The health department believes the latest spike in coronavirus cases might be related to the reopening of high school sports. AdMDHHS raises stadium capacity to 20% ahead of MLB Opening DayThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services raised stadium capacity Friday. There was already a lot of anticipation for the April 1 Opening Day game.
Utica man charged with animal torture after video shows him throwing French bulldog
UTICA, Mich. – A Utica man has been charged with animal torture after he was shown on video throwing an 11-month-old French bulldog through the air twice. Police said once they found the dog they realized that she had been abused for much longer than they originally thought. The dog, Nugget, is expected to be OK.“Obviously it’s shocking once you see it. It’s shocking emotionally,” Sean Coady with the Utica Police Department said. Then it shows her owner storm after her, he comes into view and then he throws her again.
Attack with pickup truck was result of men bumping into each other at restaurant
UTICA, MI – Two men bumped into each other inside a Dave & Buster’s on Wednesday, leading to a fistfight and an attack with a pickup truck, WXYZ Detroit reports. The men were asked to leave the restaurant after punches were thrown, the TV station reports. The dispute continued outside when one of the men drove a white pickup truck at a group of men walking next to the building. The vehicle pinned two men against the wall. There may be rust over the wheel well on the front passenger side of the suspect white pickup truck, which may be a GMC, police said.mlive.com
‘This guy is dangerous’ -- Police seek driver in Utica vehicular assault,
UTICA, Mich. – Police are searching for a driver who nearly killed a person after a fight at a Dave & Buster’s in Utica Wednesday night. Witnesses in the parking lot of the Dave & Buster’s captured a man behind the wheel of a white pickup slam into another man along the side of the building. Police said the hit-and-run started inside when the driver and the victim got into an argument after bumping into one another. AdOne of the images Utica police released of the driver has him with a woman, two children and an infant in a stroller. And hopefully I can solve this case and bring this guy justice.”Police said Dave & Buster’s is cooperating with them and that the event center’s management originally asked to two men to leave after the argument.
VIDEO: Utica police searching for man in connection with vehicular assault
UTICA, Mich. – Investigators in Utica are searching for a driver who nearly killed a person after a fight at Dave & Buster’s. One of the men told the other he would be waiting for him in the parking lot. Once outside, the suspect got into a pickup truck and drove straight at the other man, crashing and pinning him up against the restaurant’s brick wall. You can clearly see the driver accelerate and make a hard left turn, intentionally hitting and pinning the person against the wall. The woman who recorded the video can be heard screaming, “He hit them, he hit them!
Utica police release video of man suspected of burning garage down after stealing items
UTICA, Mich. – A garage in Utica burned to the ground shortly after a man broke into the garage and stole bags filled with items. The incident was caught on surveillance video. The surveillance video isn’t completely clear, but it does show that the fire likely wasn’t an accident. Investigators said a man parked his car, walked down the road and broke into the garage on Feb. 18. Later the garage caught fire and burned down.
Utica Community Schools district says it is working to increase vaccine availability for staff
UTICA, Mich. – The Utica Community Schools (UCS) district said it is “leveraging partnerships” to increase the availability of vaccines to its staff while it moves toward more in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Partnerships with the Sterling Heights Fire Department and Henry Ford Medical Center allow district staff additional opportunities to register to receive the vaccine, the district said in a news release Thursday. The district is also working with local pharmacies including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Meijer and Kroger to increase availability of vaccines for staff. The remaining K-12 students are scheduled for an increase of in-person learning the week of March 15. Eligibility for district staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations was opened on Jan. 11.
High schoolers in Utica Community Schools return to class amid pandemic
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – High school students within the Utica Community Schools district returned to in-person classes this week amid the COVID pandemic. We spoke to some of them in Sterling Heights to learn how the return is going -- watch the report above. Michigan high schools were allowed to resume in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 4 as a part of Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order issued before the holiday break in December. On Dec. 18, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until Jan. 15. More: Return To School newsGetting vaccine in MacombFor Macomb County residents make a vaccination appointment, call 586-463-8777, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Online appointments can also be made at Macombgov.org/covidvaccine.
High school students return to in-person learning at Utica Community Schools
UTICA, Mich. – Here’s a look at what students and teachers should expect when returning to in-person learning at high schools within the Utica Community Schools district. Watch the video above. Michigan high schools were allowed to resume in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 4 as a part of Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order issued before the holiday break in December. On Dec. 18, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a revised version of the order, which will be in effect until Jan. 15. More: Return To School newsGetting vaccine in MacombFor Macomb County residents make a vaccination appointment, call 586-463-8777, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Online appointments can also be made at Macombgov.org/covidvaccine.
Eisenhower High School choir students perform Christmas classic virtually
UTICA, Mich. – A Macomb County high school isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from spreading Christmas cheer. Choir students from Eisenhower High School in Utica managed to perform a Christmas classic together virtually. “I kind of expected it because, you know, we weren’t going into second semester already,” senior Carson Dietz said. “I was pretty bummed because I wanted to sing a specific song this year.”It’s bittersweet for some of the senior choir students who are missing out on their annual Christmas concert. “I wanted to create something that at least kind of makes a memory for these kids,” Holt said.
Struggling Utica toy store finds success by thinking outside the box
With far fewer shoppers heading to malls this year, a toy store at Lakeside Mall decided to move their business elsewhere. The Toy Box opened a new store across the street from the mall -- but for the first few weeks it was open, they did not do so well. By adapting with the times and offering more personalized services amid the pandemic, however, the store owners were able to find success. Watch the full story in the video player above.
Utica Community Schools to continue with remote learning through mid-January
UTICA, Mich. – Utica Community Schools will continue to have students learn remotely through Jan. 15, 2021. School leaders hope to transition students back to classrooms beginning Jan. 19, 2021. “There are no easy answers, and we respect that the pandemic can be the source of strong opposing views. It is important we continue to work in partnership with respect and a commitment to our students,” Interim Superintendent Robert S. Monroe said. Michigan officials announced Sunday that in-person learning will be shut down for college and high school classes for three weeks due to COVID-19.
Michigan General Election Results for Utica on Nov. 3, 2020
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Utica High football is first team in Michigan to forfeit playoffs and end season because of coronavirus
Utica High School football is the first team in Michigan to forfeit the rest of its season because of coronavirus within the program, according to various sources. A tweet appeared Wednesday night on The Tribe’s twitter page, alluding to the Utica football season being over, thanking the players for their efforts this season. On Thursday, the scheduled game between Utica and Sterling Heights this week was removed from the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s website. Sterling Heights athletic director Steven Schiesel told MLive that it is not taking a forfeit win over Utica, instead accepting a no-contest. Sterling Heights (0-5) has already reached eligibility for the playoffs.mlive.com
Romeo boys and girls claim Macomb County cross country titles
It was a banner weekend for the Romeo cross country program as its boys and girls teams each earned Macomb County team championships on Friday and Saturday, respectively. On Friday, the Romeo boys scored an impressive 27 points, well ahead of the 83 points Utica scored as runner-up. In the girls race, Romeo collected 42 points for the victory, less than half of the 89 points collected by Utica in second place. Sophomore Madison Clor led the way for Romeo with a second-place finish and a 5-kilometer time of 19:23.7. L’Anse...334 9 Steven Breger 32:46.0 Roseville335 10 Ryan Rudd 32:46.4 Warren Cousino336 9 Christian Caldwell 33:08.9 Harrison Twp.mlive.com
L’Anse Cresue North cancels Week 3 football game because of positive coronavirus test
The rollercoaster football season continues for the Macomb L’Anse Creuse North football team as it has confirmed it will be canceling its Week 3 game because one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus. “We’re shut down,” said L’Anse Creuse North coach Pat Dailey. The night before L’Anse Creuse North was scheduled to play Week 1, it scheduled Oxford and played them a day later. Because Mott was able to reschedule an opponent, L’Anse Creuse North will not be charged with a forfeit this week. L’Anse Creuse North has requested a number of football players to stay in quarantine until at Oct. 8, the day before L’Anse Creuse North’s Week 4 game against Anchor Bay.mlive.com
Miracle finish wins game
The Grosse Pointe South boys soccer team pulled off a miracle last week, beating visiting Utica 2-1 when senior Ryan Caldwell scored with only three seconds left in the game. With the focus on the one player and the clock ticking down to 0:00, Caldwell was all alone when the ball came his way. He tapped the ball into the back of the goal to win the game. It was 1-0 South for most of the game. It remained a 1-0 game until the Chieftains tied it with only 4:22 left in the second half.grossepointenews.com
Utica Community Schools begins transition to in-person learning
UTICA – The remote start to school has been tough for most parents, even more so for Kristin Rosales who has twin girls in first grade and a son in fifth grade. Rosales learned her district -- Utica Community Schools -- is bringing students back, starting with kindergarten, first grade and special education students. “I was very excited when we got the email today (Friday) that we are going to start with K-1 going back. Tim McAvoy from the school district said the district has a plan and is sticking to it. This phase also includes middle school athletics and starts next week.
Utica football opener canceled, team isolated after player exposed to COVID-19 outside of school
UTICA, Mich. – After months of waiting and preparing for the season opener, the Utica High School football team’s first game was canceled after a player was exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of school, officials said. Friday was supposed to be the season opener for the Utica Chieftains on their home turf. “We had high hopes this season was a go, and then a player got COVID-19,” quarterback Brett Berg said. It could happen to any player, person.”Since the team couldn’t practice, district officials had to cancel the season opener against L’anse Creuse North. That’s better than canceling the entire season.”Officials with the Michigan High School Athletic Association mandate 12 practices before the first game.
New York Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to Terrorists
Nihad Rosic, 31, of Utica, New York, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count of providing material support to terrorists. Also charged in the indictment are: Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and Armin Harcevic, all of St. Louis County, Missouri, and Mediha Medy Salkicevic, of Schiller Park, Illinois. All defendants were charged and convicted of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. This case was investigated by the St. Louis FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments.justice.gov