Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Serenity Recovery Services LLC opens on North Leroy Street.
Serenity is what many with drug or alcohol addictions seek, said Peter Healey, a licensed masters social worker and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. At his newly opened Serenity Recovery Services LLC in Fenton, he teaches better ways of achieving it. "Finding that place of serenity more often, in reality, is what many are looking for when they find themselves in addictions," he said. "That is the place we would like to get, a healthy place." Serenity Recovery Services recently opened its doors at 1122 N. Leroy St. in Fenton. Healey can provide substance abuse counseling, support and life coaching to individuals, groups and families. Healey has been following Community Parent's Chasing the Dragon program in the news and plans …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Chasing the Dragon will be filmed live at The Freedom Center on Sept. 22; tickets for the performance and a hip-hop concert are available online.
The Fenton area's anti-drug presentation, Chasing the Dragon, will be roaring into town on Sept. 22 for a filmed, live performance to bring it to a national audience. Area high school students and local residents have watched it, and organizers want to spread the message further by providing DVDs to schools around the country, said Tony Brown, of Community Parent, Fenton Township's drug prevention and awareness group. The performance is to help students overcome negative influences of drugs in their communities, a Sept. 6 press release states. Chasing the Dragon focuses on opening lines of communication between students, parents and teachers. "We need to break down the barriers," Brown said. The performance and DVD are being spearheaded by…
Friday, June 22, 2012
Fenton residents allegedly stole 30 containers of K2 from shop on Silver Lake Road.
Two Fenton teens have been charged with stealing K2 from Smoker's Hub in Fenton. Zackery Thomas Lloyd, 17 and Thomas Dean Williamson, 19, were arraigned on breaking and entering charges and have a preliminary exam scheduled for June 26. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said two Fenton teens crawled through a vent at Smoker's Hub on the 2800 block of Silver Lake Road and took 30 containers of K2, three pipes and some cash. Police responded to the scene after an entry alarm around 4 a.m. June 16 at the business and saw two males behind the store in the field. The suspects ran when they saw the lights and police said they could not locate them. Police found two abandoned bikes at the scene, however, and Aro said an officer recognized the bikes …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It's also been on the shelves of Fenton stores and played a role in a physical confrontation for a Fenton family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Officials are waiting for Michigan Supreme Court decision on dispensaries, expected in August.
From council members' comments at Monday's work session, it looks like Fenton will extend its moratorium on certain land uses for medical marijuana for a fourth time. The five council members at the work session all said they support extending the temporary ban, which doesn't deny licensed patients the ability to use the drug at home. Fenton has had a moratorium on some land uses related to medical marijuana for the better part of 18 months, said city attorney Stephen Schultz. The city has been waiting for court cases to be settled and to find out what the state law on medical marijuana really means, City Manager Lynn Markland said. Issues include whether federal law, which prohibits the use of marijuana, outweighs Michigan's law, Schultz …
Incident with 14-year-old boy prompt Fenton Police to ask business not to sell synthetic marijuana.
Problems with synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, have been popping up seemingly everywhere and after one scary incident on Memorial Day, Fenton Police are hoping the substance won’t end up in Fenton. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro sent out a letter to area businesses recently asking for cooperation in preventing the sale of synthetic marijuana. The notice came after an incident on Memorial Day where Aro said a 14-year-old Fenton boy met some strangers at Bush Park who offered him a sample of what they said was Spice. Aro said the boy called his mother and told her he was disorientated and when he came home he became agitated and had stomach cramps. Aro said his parents told police he woke up the next day and was still agitated …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Department participating in national Rx Drug take back day.
The Fenton Police Department will be participating in a national Rx Drug take back from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday. At that time they will be accepting unused or expired prescription drugs in the lobby. The drugs will be turned over to the DEA. Any questions please call 810-629-5311. State Rep. Joseph Grave, R-Argentine Township, recently testified before the House Health Policy Committee with Ken Smith and Lori Piotraczk of Fenton Township’s Community Parent organization in support of legislation to reduce prescription drug abuse by turning in unused prescriptions.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The legal synthetic marijuana Spice is sold at several local gas stations and party stores in the area. While you must be 18 to buy, police and school officials say it's becoming an issue amongst high school students of all ages.
Last summer Fenton Police seized a new illegal drug from two Fenton businesses. The ingredients in the drug, a synthetic marijuana, have changed and it is now available legally. Many parents, school officials and police officers are asking what can be done about Spice? The answer? Not much, except educate parents and students about the dangers of this legal, synthetic marijuana. Spice was the topic of a recent Ask the Chief on White Lake Patch. Resident Kathy Vitullo wrote in, asking White Lake Police Chief Edward Harris what Spice was, what the effects are of this product that is smoked in a similar manner to marijuana. According to Harris, Spice is is a form of synthetic marijuana that is sold as incense. It was originally sold …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Event to take place Saturday at Bendle High School.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Community Parent, sponsor of Chasing the Dragon, a drug awareness program, will be sponsoring Chasing Bullying And Depression, an anti-bullying and depression awareness program. The program will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2012 beginning at 7 p.m. at Bendle High School, 2288 E. Scottwood in Burton. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature: For more information contact Bob Krug at 810-629-8614, or go to the website of Community Parent at www.communityparent.org. *Information obtained from Community Parent.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Community Parent hosts Remembrance Ceremony in Fenton Township for Briona Jawhari and Erika Schlosser.
Instead of tears, there were smiles and warm stories Wednesday as Community Parent along with friends and family remembered two teenage girls who died of heroin overdoses one year ago. Friends Briona Jawhari and Erika Schlosser died within days of each other in February of 2011. During a Remembrance Ceremony at Fenton Township Hall Wednesday, residents shared their fondest memories of the two girls instead of talking about the horror that has haunted the families since their deaths. Genesee County Undersheriff Chris Swanson led the ceremony, noting the lives the girls have changed through their death with the start of Community Parent, and Chasing the Dragon. The girls' fathers, Sam Jawhari and Ron Schlosser, both talked about the girls …