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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — Holy demolition, Batman, the Great Lakes Comic-Con is coming up.

The comic book and toy convention will delight collectors 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Sports & Expo Center at the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road.

The Great Lakes Comic-Con is an annual comic, toy and collectible event in the metro Detroit area. The goals of the GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together and buy and sell some of their favorite merchandise.

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Published February 18, 2016

WARREN — For newborns and young children, a warm and loving home where they are nurtured and cared for is the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development early in life.

That certainly wasn’t what Gabby and Duncan Smith experienced when they were born, or as they grew as infants and toddlers in Russian orphanages.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 17, 2016

WARREN — This May, residents in the Warren Consolidated Schools district will decide whether or not they want to support a bond initiative that, if passed, would fund a number of updates districtwide.

At the Feb. 3 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted unanimously to place a $134.5 million bond issue on the May 3 election ballot.

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Published February 17, 2016

WARREN — The ice rink next to Warren City Hall is obviously not meant for hockey.

But that hasn’t stopped players from shooting pucks into the plexiglass boards, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage already this winter. 

“People are playing hockey on the ice rink after hours, and they’re hitting the pucks so hard it’s breaking out the plexiglass, causing damage,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said. 

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Published February 17, 2016

DETROIT — The late Dick Wagner was known on the rock ’n’ roll circuit for his songwriting talent and his grinding guitar chops. 

Wagner, who grew up in the Saginaw area and died in 2014 at age 71, also had a soft side for children’s charities.

Which is why several musicians will band together for the second annual Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund concert Feb. 20 at the Fillmore theater in Detroit. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $110.

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Published February 8, 2016

WARREN — A group of Peck Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders recently showed their engineering skills when they participated in the Vex Robotics Competition Jan. 30 at the Nissan headquarters in Farmington Hills.

The competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity for middle school and high school students ages 11-18.

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Published February 4, 2016

WARREN — Another person on foot was struck and killed — this time, on Dequindre north of 11 Mile — crossing the street at night on Feb. 3, the latest in a tragic spate of fatalities involving pedestrians and motorists in Warren over the last few months.

The pedestrian, a 46-year-old Wyandotte man, was reportedly crossing Dequindre at Edward Griggs Boulevard at 8:25 p.m. when he was struck by a Mercury Sable.

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Published February 3, 2016

WARREN — Officials with DTE Energy stood next to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts holding a big check Jan. 28, but they said it’s the big picture that’s looking safer and more efficient after dark, as the city continues its LED street lighting upgrades.

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Published February 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Warren’s Derek Miller, a former assistant prosecutor elected in 2014 to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives, whose family’s roots run deep in local politics, has left Lansing to become the new Macomb County treasurer.

Miller, 32, appointed on Jan. 29 by a three-member panel of county officials, took the oath of office on Feb.1 and was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano in Mount Clemens.

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Published February 1, 2016

WARREN — A 27-year-old Detroit man was killed early Feb. 1 when the Chevy Malibu he was allegedly driving at a high speed on Toepfer, west of Gratiot smashed into another vehicle, hit a tree and was torn in half.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the Malibu was heading east on Toepfer just before 4 a.m. when it rear-ended a 2013 Hyundai occupied by two Warren residents.

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Published February 1, 2016

CENTER LINE — The Center Line Business Association has a brand-new logo to help promote its mission, thanks to some local students.

The association members recently held a contest with students in Donna Giacona’s visual imaging class at Center Line High School.

About 25 students participated in the contest, and junior David Brown was named the first-place winner. The logo he created will be used for the CLBA’s website, brochures and stationery. For the accomplishment, Brown received Detroit Pistons tickets, which the business Elite Ink donated.

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Published January 31, 2016

WARREN  — The J.L. Hudson Co. and its iconic Detroit department store will be the focus of a special presentation hosted by the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society on March 2.

The program, to be held in the cafeteria at the Warren Community Center on Arden, will feature memorabilia from the legendary retailer and a presentation by author Michael Hauser, marketing manager for the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.

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Published January 29, 2016

WARREN — When it comes to helping the people affected by the Flint water crisis, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the burden should be shared by public administrators across the state.

Fouts issued a statement on Jan. 27 announcing a collection effort, organized through his office, seeking donations of $15 pitcher-type drinking water filters.

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Published January 27, 2016

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — “January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank a school board member today” was written on the Warren Consolidated Schools Facebook page Jan. 12 to recognize what local school boards do every day.

Every January, students and staff in the Center Line, Van Dyke, Warren Woods, Warren Consolidated and Fitzgerald school districts find ways to show their appreciation to their respective school boards with gifts, personal notes, artwork and kind words.

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Published January 27, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Some people were meant to be on stage performing before an audience.

Jacquelyn Wrubel, a seventh-grader in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Visual and Performing Arts (MSVPA) program, is one of them.

When it comes to live theater, “You are there,” Wrubel said. “You are in the experience.”

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Published January 27, 2016

WARREN — This program from Nov. 7, 1981, was available to spectators who attended a football game between Warren Woods High School and Tower High School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district at Warren Woods High.

The program brochure, titled “Go For It Warriors Parents Day,” included photos of the Warren Woods High School football team in action, including games against Madison High School and previous Woods-Tower matchups. Team shots of Warren Woods High School’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman football teams also highlight the pages.

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Published January 26, 2016

WARREN — Warren police and Van Dyke Public Schools officials started off the school week of Jan. 25 investigating a social media threat against Lincoln High School.

Because of the alleged threat, district Superintendent Joseph Pius canceled classes for students Jan. 25.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the threat was posted on Instagram and through the Kik messenger app. The person responsible for the posts reportedly referenced a shooting to take place at the school at noon last Monday.

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Published January 25, 2016

UPDATE: School repoens after threat deemed not credible: 

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing at press time Jan. 25 after a threat posted on social media led to the closure of Warren’s Lincoln High School.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the threat was posted on Instagram and through the Kik messenger app. The person responsible for the posts reportedly referenced a shooting to take place at the school at noon on Monday.

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