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A 47-year veteran of law enforcement, including nearly 30 years with the Ann Arbor Police Department, Bunten said he has enjoyed his time. There are parts to the job he wont miss, however. I am tired of tragedies, he said. I worked a lot of homicides. I worked a lot of major cases. Bunten said he doesnt find thrillers entertaining. You want to entertain me, he said, make me laugh. Bunten is most proud of the work he has done with the Saline Police Department. He said when he took the job in April 1994, he found the department housed in a ramshackle building next to the senior center on Maple Road. It was a terrible facility; there were leaky roofs, he said. While the environment was substandard, the staff was sound with many senior officers among the 11-sworn force. What they had in experience they lacked in tools. Bunten said he made it his goal to bring the department up to date with technology and


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Bunten reects on years as police chief

By Jim Pruitt
Special Writer

He may not be riding off into the sunset, but after 18 years as the police chief for the city of Saline, Paul Bunten is just a day away from leaving the office for good. Bunten makes every day casual day now that he has packed away his uniforms for good. But hes clearly still on the job, as he recently oversaw his officers in an arrest of a local man who broke into a pharmacy. Buntens retirement comes a few months early, after the City Council rejected his reorganization plan for the department. He proposed hiring a new second-in-command and training that person as the next chief. He was going to retire, anyway, but was willing to stay on until June to train the new No. 2. With the councils decision to wait for a new chief to hire the second in command, Bunten felt it was time to go. I made peace with myself, he said. I did not change my retirement date out of spite. They didnt like the idea, Bunten said of the City Council. They did what they felt was right. You have to realize they are in charge.

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Police investigating burglaries at four downtown Saline businesses

Thefts believed to have taken place between Jan. 4 and 5
By Ben Baird
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Saline Police Chief Paul Bunten has put away his uniforms as he spends his moments behind the desk. His last day is Friday.

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Macs Acadian Seafood Shack, Spotted Dog Winery, Cobblestone Rose and Maureen Designs were all broken into the night of Jan. 4 within the same area downtown. The burglaries are believed to have occurred between 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 7 a.m. Jan. 5, according to police reports. All were located within the same block along East Michigan Avenue and South Ann Arbor Street. The glass of the main door to Macs Acadian

Seafood Shack, 104 E. Michigan Ave., was found broken Thursday morning and a mediumsized rock was found on the floor by broken pieces of glass. The cash register in the bar area was disturbed and papers scattered nearby. The downstairs liquor cabinet was also found open and inside it a cash drawer and metal box had been rifled through. An undisclosed amount of cash was discovered missing from the restaurant. Fingerprints were

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Four burglaries occurred between Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 within one block downtown along East Michigan Avenue and South Ann Arbor Road.

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Get ready for a local newscast that combines hyper-local news stories with televisions immediacy when WADL TV 38 and Journal Register Company, parent company to Heritage Media, partner to present the News @ 9 weekdays beginning Jan. 16. For me having been a news director, bringing together newspaper journalism and streaming video into a real partnership with TV is unique, said Steve Antoniotti, WADL TV 38 general manager. Antoniotti said he had seen others try to do this, but this will be much more integrated. The 9 p.m. newscast WADLs first will feature reporting and video coverage from reporters and videographers working at Heritage Media, The Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, Royal Oaks Daily Tribune and Mount Pleasants Morning Sun, as well as national and international news. Antoniotti said another major change for the locally owned station will be the addition of America Now, a 30-minute news magazine hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic. America Now will be broadcast 7:30 p.m. with a fresh show at 9:30 p.m. Gibbons worked as an anchor on Entertainment Tonight and hosted her own TV talk show. Rancic winner of Donald Trumps first Apprentice competition is an author
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and financial expert, and is married to Giuliana Rancic. The newscast, which also will feature Bloomberg financial news and sports reporting, will be anchored by Makenzi Henderson, and Macomb County native and meteorologist Eric Garlick. Viewers in the region need a 9 p.m. newscast, Antoniotti said. Thats because many dont arrive home in time to catch an early evening newscasts and others head to bed before the late shows. The News @ 9 is perfect for them, he said. Kevin Haezebroeck, senior vice president of Journal Register Company in Michigan, said, We are excited about the partnership with WADL TV 38.

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Steve Antoniotti, WADL TV 38 general manager, has entered a partnership with Journal Register Co., which includes Heritage Media and The Saline Reporter. Our footprint in southeast Michigan matches up very well with WADL TV 38 in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. We cover the top news of the day with extensive video reports in each of these markets, and it will be great to be able to expand the reach of our superb journalism.

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