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The Voice of Downriver
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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at 1st District Court in Monroe. Michigan State Police MONROE — Nine months say Cerasuolo was driving after the death of Riverview a 1997 Saturn that crashed teenager Amanda James, into a median guardrail on a 20-year-old man has been northbound I-75 just north charged with a felony. of Newport Road at about 11 Brian Cerasuolo of p.m. July 3. Lincoln Park was arraigned James, 15, was one of four on a charge of reckless driv- teen-age friends in the car ing causing death, which returning home after viewcarries a maximum penalty ing the annual fireworks of 15 years in prison and a display at Sterling State fine of up to $10,000. A prePark. trial hearing is scheduled Witnesses told police that for tomorrow afternoon the car was speeding and
By Dave Gorgon
Man charged with reckless driving in connection with death of teen
swerving in and out of lanes between semitrucks when the vehicle went out of control and hit a guardrail. Police said James was ejected out of the back seat onto the freeway, where she Cerasuolo was struck by another James vehicle and killed. Monroe County chief The driver and two other assistant prosecutor Joseph passengers — James’ best Costello said part of the reafriend, Brittnay Chizick, son it took so long to bring and James’ 18-year-old a charge against Cerasuolo boyfriend, Eric Howington was the investigation into —suffered minor injuries. the crash and the examiner’s report. The case could take even longer to be resolved. After the March 8 arraignment, a scheduled March 14 pretrial was continued to March 28. Wyandotte-based defense attorney Michael Loeckner said he planned to ask the judge for time for discovery, which is when the defense attorney learns of the evidence the prosecutor has to make his case. Loeckner said that at the pretrial, a judge will set a date for a preliminary hearing and felony exam of the evidence against Cerasuolo. “I will present a discovery order and ask for an adjournment for four to six weeks, maybe even longer,” the attorney said. “I have the police reports, but not the witness statements. I need to know what the prosecutor has. Otherwise, the case should not go forward. I need to see the prosecu-
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Genealogical group tackles Downriver history — one page at a time
By Craig Farrand
Supreme Court to hear Michigan afﬁrmative action case this week
By Alan Burdziak
“I hate to think what would have happened if …” The concern was palpable in the voice of Peter Glaab Jr. as he spoke. “The history of the Downriver area is near and dear to my heart,” he said. “I’ve lived here all my life and to lose that history …” For Glaab and others, the “if ” he spoke of would have been a worst-case scenario: Six decades of Downriver and Dearborn history — bound up in the printed pages of local newspapers — simply would have been thrown away. But thanks to a handful of people
Photo courtesy of Downriver Genealogical Society
Lesley Harkai (left), Dave Warren, Sherry Huntington and Kay Warren take a break from transporting bound volumes of newspapers to their new storage location. who share Glaab’s fears, those printed pages someday may become digital archives of the people, places, events and things that shaped the area’s history. Although getting from “here” to
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In this edition
■ How a local volunteer group saved six decades of area newspapers from the landﬁll. ■ What is the Downriver Genealogical Society?
Middle school students, teachers begin road to healing, normalcy
nounced dead shortly afterward at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center SOUTHGATE — As in Trenton. classes resumed at Davidson Security has been Middle School this week, heightened, with every the road back to normalcy bag and backpack being began after a student killed searched all week as stuhimself in a second-floor dents enter the front door. bathroom at about 8:15 a.m. Police officers have been Thursday. stationed in the parking lot Eighth-grader Tyler and several plainclothes Nichols, 13, shot himself officers patrolled inside the once in the head Thursday school Monday. School Supt. morning and was proWilliam Grusecki and other
In addition to two cases on gay marriage this week, the U.S. Supreme Court also will hear a case on affirmaon Allen Rd. at West Rd. tive action, first brought by Woodhaven a Southgate resident more than a decade ago, accord1-734-676-9600 www.rodgerschevrolet.com ing to published reports. Chevy Runs The nine justices are Deep expected to decide whether colleges can offer preferential treatment to applicants based on race and whether voters can ban the practice. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in late 1997 by two students who claimed they were passed over for admission at the University of Michganin in favor of minority students. Jennifer Gratz of Southgate and Patrick Hamacher of Flint sued U of M, then-President Lee Bollinger and former President James Duderstadt. This is the second time in a year that the country’s highest court will hear a case on affirmative action and the second time it will hear this case. The first time was in the summer of 2003, when it ruled that public institutions deserve the right to promote diversity, but a point system it used before amounted to a diversity quota. U of M then changed its applications, which opponents criticized. The decision, 5-4, was in favor of affirmative action. In 2006, voters in Michigan passed Proposal 2, which
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BEATS ALL DEALS
By Alan Burdziak
administrators searched the bags by hand and used handheld metal detectors on students. Despite the discomfort and some initial parental objections to the searches, so far, everything has been going well, Grusecki said. “It was good yesterday and it was better today,” he said Tuesday. “It will get better every day. ... “We want to get back to as normal as we can get it
as soon as we can. We’re not going to rush it by any means.” The staff at Davidson and districtwide has done an incredible job since Thursday, Principal Dennis Kemp said, from keeping order to helping students and parents deal with the situation. The support from other communities in the area has been outstanding,
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