Vartkes “Vic” Baratian, 89, of Addison Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills. He was born July 24, 1928 in Massena, N.Y., the son of Aram and Arak (Tarpinian) Baratian.  On June 22, 1968, he married Kathleen Keating in Birmingham. He retired from the Ford (more…)

Bednar appointed

BY STACY SOBOTKA The Armada Township Board of Trustees appointed Anita Bednar as a trustee at a special meeting Jan. 5. Several candidates who applied for the position were asked to speak at the podium and give their reasons why they wanted to serve on the board. The vacancy was (more…)

Family recovering with help

The Romeo Lions Club made a presentation at the club house and awarded both families with $1500.00 each. Pictured from left to right are Scott Luther, JoJo Rodriguez, who was one of the fire victims, Rudy Murphy, Leo Schaefer and Matt Dreyer. Not shown in the picture is Victoria Flores, (more…)

Board waits for floodplain response

BY STACY SOBOTKA Armada Township residents looking for answers about a floodplain on a controversial piece of property on McPhall Road west of North Avenue will have to wait a little longer. The Armada Board of Trustees gave their latest update on the floodplain issue at their meeting Jan. 10. (more…)

Maechtle pleads guilty

Robert Maechtle, a manager at Motor City Electric in Sterling Heights, plead guilty on Jan. 11 to charges of conspiring to give a $2,000 cash bribe to the late Washington Township public works superintendent Steven Hohensee. Maechtle, 47, appeared in U.S. District Court and pleaded in front of Judge Robert (more…)

Bruce Township resident murdered

Thomas Badke, 61, of Bruce Township was fatally shot Jan. 9 at his Clinton Township business, Reliable Fence Company. Clinton Township resident Jerry Daniel Motley was arraigned on five felony counts in Badke’s death before 41B District Court Magistrate Daniel Goulette on Jan. 11. Goulette ordered the defendant be held (more…)

Murder conviction upheld

The murder charges against James VanCallis stand. Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the first-degree murder conviction of VanCallis for the July 2014 beating death of 14-year-old Armada resident April Millsap along the Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada. In their 19 page opinion, the three-judge panel said “Although (more…)

Water line break closes hall

BY STACY SOBOTKA Last week a water line break shut down Oakland Township Hall. Oakland Township Assistant Fire Chief Lou Danek gave an update to the Oakland Township Board of Trustees on the fix and plans to improve the building’s water main lines at their meeting Jan. 9. The water (more…)