Saturday, March 2, 2013
A community meeting will be held March 4 at the King of Kings Church in Shelby Township to raise awareness of synthetic drugs and plan a protest outside businesses selling these substances in the area.
The sale and use of Spice, or K2, has been banned in Michigan since July 2012, but for many in Shelby Township and surrounding communities, the fight against synthetic drugs is far from over. This is especially true for Shelby Township resident Bill Miskokomon, founder of the community organization People Against Illegal Drugs (PAID) and advocate of substance abuse prevention. A key player in the June 2012 rally that urged township businesses to stop selling synthetic marijuana, Miskokomon is once again working to organize a communitywide response to eradicate synthetic drug use and sales in Shelby Township and beyond. “We’re trying to stay one step ahead of the manufacturers,” Miskokomon said. “The state banned synthetic marijuana in 2010…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Five members of the Dabish family are facing felony charges stemming from allegations that they sold synthetic marijuana and other drugs from their gas station and smoke shop in Shelby Township.
An organized effort to rally the community against the family accused of selling K2 and other drugs out of a Shelby Township gas station and smoke shop began to manifest itself last weekend in the comments section of a Patch article concerning the case. From a boycott of the family's Shelby Township businesses, to a rally outside the 41A District Court in opposition of possible plea deals, readers offered a number of suggestions to publicize the case and call for justice. "As a community we need to rally against these hooligans and demand our local prosecutor to not accept any reduced pleas," wrote Sarah Franklin. "Nothing less than maximum incarceration is acceptable. Lets make sure as many of us as possible contact the Court and the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The presidential candidate is in town for a private event hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday night.
A crowd of about 200 people gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the Troy Marriott hotel on Big Beaver Road to rally in protest of visiting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney is in Troy for a private fundraiser hosted by Gov. Rick Snyder at the hotel. Protesters carried signs and waved at motorists along Big Beaver, many of whom were honking as they passed by. "We're here to support Barack Obama," said Jeff Klayo of Mt. Clemens, who attended the rally with two fellow UAW members. "He stands for the little guys... The working class." Liz Ratzloff of Ann Arbor attended the rally and wore the official "Pillamina" mascot costume for Planned Parenthood. "I'm here sporting Pillamina because Romney doesn't support low-cost …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Brighton Center for Recovery tells Patch K2 abuse has become an epidemic among teens in Michigan.
Brighton Center for Recovery Behavioral Health Referral Specialist Scott Masi talks to Patch about the dangers of K2. Patch caught up with Masi during a K2 protest at the Citgo Gas Station in Shelby Township Saturday. For more information, visit www.brightonrecovery.org.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Teachers, union members and others chanted, marched and yelled at people arriving for a Republican dinner Tuesday at the San Marino Club, where Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was to be a speaker.
More than 1,000 protesters chanted, marched and yelled as attendees arrived Tuesday evening for a Republican dinner at the San Marino Club in Troy. The 9th Congressional District Republican committee's Southeast Michigan Ronald Reagan Memorial Dinner 2012 was the event, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's appearance there was the draw for protesters. The crowd, estimated by Troy police to have reached about 1,300 people at one point, chanted "What do we want?" and an answering "Justice!" and "When do we want it?" "Now!" The protests, which started about 5 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. dinner program, stretched a whole block of Big Beaver Road. The Michigan chapter of the National Action Network headed by the Rev. Charles Willams II planned …