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Published October 3, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Following another fun-filled summer season, Clinton Township Parks and Recreation is keeping its foot on the pedal and offering numerous fall and winter programs for people of all ages.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Trick or Treat Trail returns with friendly characters and an opportunity for children to pick pumpkins from a giant patch. Preregistration is required for children older than 12 months, while all adults are free. It costs $6 for residents and $8 for nonresidents.

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Published October 3, 2017

FRASER — On Sept. 14, the Fraser City Council discussed a flurry of Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests that have been recently requested regarding city employees.

Fraser City Manager Wayne O’Neal brought the issue forward to the council, saying that members of the public — as well as some council members — are requesting information.

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Published October 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old suspect from Detroit was scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 10, after press time, in association with numerous recent local home invasions.

According to Macomb County court records, the suspect was booked Oct. 3 and his bond was set at $500,000, with no 10 percent, for first-degree home invasion.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said at least three separate home invasions occurred around 8 p.m. Sept. 29 on Shannon Street and Acton Court, in the area of 15 1/2 Mile and Kelly roads.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 27, 2017

It’s hard not to smile when you see Clinton Township resident Lynn Anderson’s 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

With its red, white and blue racing stripes and “53” decals, the car is instantly recognizable as a replica of Herbie, the comedic car that first debuted in the 1968 Disney film “The Love Bug.”

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Published September 27, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Classes resumed the morning of Sept. 27 for staff and students at the Center Campus of Macomb Community College after the school went on lockdown for about three hours the previous evening.

At 5:42 p.m. Sept. 26, MCC received a report from an individual in the area that a white man with gray hair, wearing camouflage clothing, was spotted carrying a “long gun” near the wooded area on campus. The person who reported the man was not a staff member or a student of the school.

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Published September 26, 2017

Update: The lockdown was lifted at 9:15 p.m. last night. The school is reportedly open today for classes. Check back for more details.


At 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Macomb Community College officials released a statement on its website, macomb.edu, regarding a report of a man carrying an automatic weapon near the wooded area at Center Campus, which is located at Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Almost nine months to the day after the ground opened up, the sewer interceptor running underneath 15 Mile Road is working as it was originally intended.

On Sept. 26, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller flipped a switch to turn off bypass pumps and “let the flow go” through an interceptor that is utilized by 11 different county communities in the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, or MIDD. A crane operator then lifted a bulkhead from underground.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — When it comes to raising money, every penny counts. Nobody knows that more than those who have volunteered countless hours toward Fraser’s McKinley Barrier-Free Park.

On Sept. 21, it was more than just nickels and dimes going toward the park initiative. Numerous pieces of artwork created by resident Ryan Buckman, 28, were part of a silent auction at Fraser Flowers & Gifts.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At press time, a warrant had been issued for a woman who allegedly fired a gun in a plaza parking lot.

On Sept. 19, the Clinton Township Police Department reported that the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office had issued a warrant for the suspect, 38, of Detroit. The warrant was in relation to reckless use of a firearm — a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days.

The original incident occurred Aug. 7 in the parking lot in front of a Tim Hortons, located on the northwest corner of Garfield and 17 Mile roads.

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Published September 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department issued a warrant last week for a suspect who allegedly committed an unarmed robbery around 6:35 a.m. Sept. 3 at 7-Eleven, 41110 Hayes Road in Clinton Township.

The Clinton Township Police Department and the FBI Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force handled the investigation.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — A pair of educators — one a fresh face and one a familiar one — are in the midst of experiencing a new school year through a slightly different lens.

Lynn Sossi is in her first year as Fraser Public Schools’ director of special education. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in English from Wayne State University; a master’s degree in education from Wayne State; and a specialist in education degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

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Published September 25, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 10:10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Gratiot Avenue.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Bruce Wade said officers were notified of a collision that occurred between a vehicle and a bicyclist. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Metro Parkway, while a female bicyclist was traveling northbound. A preliminary investigation led officers to believe the bicyclist was in the middle of a crosswalk.

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Published September 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — “One More Time,” Warren resident JD Marshall is pulling together a cast of stand-up comedians for a show that’s all about helping the families of pediatric cancer patients and the nonprofits that support them.

Marshall said he set up an organization of his own, A Mission of Love, after he lost his 13-year-old daughter, Stephaine, to cancer in April 2015. He did it in her memory, out of her love for comedy and to celebrate life that still grows in the shadow of deep sorrow.

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Published September 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The art doesn’t stop, at least not in Clinton Township.

On Sept. 23 and 24, the 11th rendition of the popular Festival of the Senses will take place on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, with the dog parade. Both days will features artists, entertainment and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to the public.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The most occupied room in a house is arguably the kitchen, so a nice countertop really goes a long way.

As the years have passed, times have changed. Many homes now forgo the old plastic laminate look in exchange for a more chic, yet classic, look.

Jena Anastasio, an interior designer at Transitions Remodeling in Farmington Hills, said she has noticed an influx in popularity in the quartz market.

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Published September 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A warrant has been issued for a woman who allegedly fired a gun in a plaza parking lot.

On Sept. 19, the Clinton Township Police Department reported that the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office had issued a warrant for the suspect, 38, of Detroit. The warrant was in relation to reckless use of a firearm — a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days.

The original incident occurred Aug. 7, in the parking lot in front of a Tim Horton’s, located on the northwest corner at Garfield Road and 17 Mile Road.

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Published September 19, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Addiction is here, and it’s not going away, and many locals want to help.

That’s a big part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s annual Ride 4 Recovery event, which is being presented by Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and St. John Providence Ascension Sept. 23 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township.

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