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Published March 2, 2015

WARREN — Family members of Loyd and Kim Dejohn said separately and candidly what seemed obvious to everyone when she disappeared and was later found dead, and he was charged with murder.

By all accounts, the couple had a troubled marriage of a dozen years. Time and again they’d fought and made up, only to fight some more.

Kim Dejohn’s sisters said she was a scrappy tomboy who could take care of herself most of the time. They said usually, if someone crossed Kim, they’d pick her to come out on top.

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Published March 2, 2015

WARREN — They’re like gems hidden in garages across the city, waiting to shimmer and shine.

Beating the first blossoms of spring by a few weeks, the show cars of Autorama emerge each year in beautiful splashes of color, adored by those drawn to their fine details like the bees that flit to flowers pushed through thawed earth to be kissed by the sun.

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Published February 25, 2015

WARREN — Visitors at Warren’s City Hall could soon get to choose between listening to “reason” or pausing for prayer.

A settlement reached in federal court Feb. 23 now requires the city to approve a Warren resident’s request to host a “reason station” in the City Hall atrium, in the same way the city has allowed a “prayer station” to exist for years.

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Published February 25, 2015

WARREN — The flood that ravaged Warren and other parts of metro Detroit in August was unlike anything ever seen in the city. So was the property insurance payout, which hit the city’s coverage limit at $5 million.

Earlier this month, members of the Warren City Council unanimously signed off on a budget amendment to account for the claim settlement, the maximum allowed under the city’s property insurance policy.

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Published January 14, 2015

The 1981-82 school year for the Holly Junior High School football team was the final one. That season, the Holly Stingers played against Page, Busch, Wilkinson, Wolfe, Clawson and Hickory junior high schools. Holly finished the season with 4 wins; 1 loss and 1 tie.

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Published November 19, 2014

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Published March 27, 2014

WARREN — Developer Tom Petzold has big plans for Tech Plaza at Van Dyke and 12 Mile Road.

His company, Tech Plaza, LLC, an affiliate of Petzold Enterprises, bought the space not used by Wal-Mart in January. By this time next year, Petzold said new stores could be ready to open at a transformed shopping center that will keep its familiar name.

“Wal-Mart bought the whole complex and they sold the vacant building to me,” Petzold said March 26, after Mayor Jim Fouts announced the project during his 2014 State of the City speech.

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published February 12, 2014

GROSSE POINTES/WARREN — Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance, and what’s more romantic than two people pledging their lifelong devotion to each other?

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Published January 13, 2014

UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP/WARREN — The historic marker belonging to Gurden C. Leech, the man who in 1833 suggested that the Village of Harlow be renamed Utica, has been missing from the Utica Cemetery in Shelby Township for about 30 years.

Jim Bryant, 49, of Warren, discovered the gravestone when he was 18 or 19 years old — on his way to his favorite fishing pond — in a pile of rubble on the side of the road near 21 Mile and Ryan in Shelby Township. He said it looked like it had fallen off a truck.

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Published August 28, 2013

WARREN — A Warren pet shop owner accused of animal abandonment and cruelty in two separate cases has been banned from keeping animals and sentenced to two years of probation after pleading no contest in Macomb County Circuit Court.

According to court records, Dennis Jones, 57, of Pontiac, was also ordered to pay a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution at his sentencing Aug. 20.

The sentence covers two separate cases stemming from allegations of abandonment and cruelty at his store, Greenwood Pets & Plants on Nine Mile east of Schoenherr, in 2012 and 2013.

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Published March 22, 2013

WARREN — “The attitude was blacks would not fly for the U.S.,” Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Washington Ross said. “Senator (Harry) Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, the black press The Amsterdam News put pressure on Congress to let blacks take aviation training.”

On March 14, the World War II fighter pilot shared his story with about 40 audience members during a presentation at the Macomb Community College South Campus library.

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Published June 8, 2012

WARREN — When it rains at Halmich Park, water will pour over an array of native perennial plants in a “rain garden” planned by an aspiring Eagle Scout.

The new garden, on the north side of the park near Chicago Road west of Ryan, was planted June 2 by scouts from Troop 1478, based at St. Anne.

Troop member Jonathan Chmura coordinated the effort as a service project required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Published June 1, 2012

WARREN — The bus ride from Warren’s Westwood Elementary to the Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum was just over a mile, about as far as some kids would have walked to class — in all sorts of weather — 100 years ago.

But inside the historic school-turned-museum, student life once was about as far as you can imagine from what you’ll find in today’s classrooms.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — Math and science can be fun. Just ask the students at Warren’s St. Anne Catholic Grade School, who finished the six-session A World in Motion program with presentations, a car show and treats May 22.

The program, started by the Society of Automotive Engineers, brought a team of volunteers, including several General Motors Co. employees, to the school, where they shared their love and knowledge of engineering concepts with fourth- and fifth-grade students.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — Residents can still support efforts to add a little green space in south Warren, but they have to act quickly to do it.

Voting ends June 1 for the Let’s Save Michigan’s It’s About Place contest, featuring a plan to construct a “pocket park” on a small strip of land at Van Dyke and Essex, owned by Warren’s Tax Increment Finance Authority.

The project is competing against a list of other regional projects.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — There’s an old saying: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That was the case at two Warren properties earlier this month, when Cpl. Matt Nichols of the Warren Police Department said a nefarious band of paving scammers recently “resurfaced,” and nearly took would-be beneficiaries of bargain prices for thousands in cash.

Linda Stepho said she’s operated Unique 1 Auto Sales on Van Dyke, north of 13 Mile, for the past seven months with her husband, Joe Yousif.

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Published May 7, 2012

DETROIT — Walking down a backstage hallway inside Orchestra Hall May 3, the melodic sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians practicing led the way.

It was guaranteed to be a busy weekend for Paul Yee, the DSO’s retail sales manager and buyer.

“One of the great benefits of working here is hearing the orchestra,” the 1973 Center Line High School graduate said.

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Published May 1, 2012

WARREN — When Kennedy Elementary special education teacher Linda Dunn steps inside her classroom each morning, she doesn’t feel like she is going to work. She feels like she attending school.

“I’ve always loved school,” Dunn said. “I went into teaching because I love school and learning. I enjoy being a part of that learning community and working with others for a positive common outcome.”

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Published April 13, 2012

WARREN — Students preparing to enter college for horticulture, forestry, medicine or family and consumer sciences are eligible to apply for a little financial help from their friends at the Warren Garden Club.

The club, a branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association, is again offering two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Warren high school students.

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