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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — When she was in the ninth grade, Julie DuBois dropped out of school.

Last May, the 37-year-old Sterling Heights resident found herself in class again. At the encouragement of her boyfriend, DuBois enrolled in the GED program available at Leaps and Bounds Family Services in Warren.

Working one-on-one with a teacher, DuBois is on her way to earning her GED.

“It’s been going good so far,” DuBois said. “I thought I would never be able to do this, but I’m doing pretty good, actually.”

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — New Warren City Treasurer Lorie Barnwell knows she has work to do and an agenda to meet. 

Two weeks after 58 percent of the city’s voters picked her to oversee payments received and shepherd investments for the next four years, Barnwell said she was already preparing to address goals established by the residents themselves during the campaign.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — Plans to put a new Meijer store on the property where Bi-County Hospital has stood since the mid-1960s have cleared Warren’s City Council and Planning Commission. 

Council members voted 6-1 Nov. 10 to rezone the hospital property, located on the northwest corner of 10 Mile and Schoenherr. On Nov. 16, members of the Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the development with a list of changes and conditions.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

WARREN — No one worked harder than Hubert Leech to spotlight Warren’s rich history. 

It was only fitting on Nov. 15 that the city officially dedicated the Hubert Leech Historical Research Center in his honor.

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Published November 20, 2015

WARREN — Richard Sulaka served Warren for 16 years as its elected clerk and a member of the City Council.

Perhaps what he’ll be best remembered for was his no-nonsense, hands-on approach to leadership, his affable personality and his ardent support for his family, his legions of friends and the community he loved.

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Published November 19, 2015

WARREN — An 11-year-old boy died after he was struck by a car while crossing Nine Mile Road at Weller, east of Schoenherr, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Warren Police Detective Lt. Bob Ahrens said the child was reportedly on his way to a nearby store for his mother when he was struck on Nine Mile by a 1994 Chevy Camaro heading west.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

WARREN — Warren police are looking for a man who made a clean getaway after he allegedly used a gun to rob a car wash employee on Nov. 14.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt of the Warren Police Department said officers were dispatched to the $2 Car Wash on Mound Road north of 13 Mile Road at 7:02 p.m. to investigate a reported armed robbery.

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Published November 13, 2015

CENTER LINE — An American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom will now be displayed inside a Center Line High School hallway.

During the school’s second annual Veterans Day ceremony held the evening of Nov. 10, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated the flag to the staff and students.

The school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Panther Battalion, along with instructor Sgt. 1st Class Janet Verlinde, organized last week’s ceremony.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — Tears formed in Robert Ostrowski’s eyes when remembering his military stint during the Vietnam War.

“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said the U.S. Marine Corps cook, who served from 1968 to 1970. “I still think about them.”

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — A 58-year-old Hazel Park woman was struck and killed while crossing Nine Mile Road at Campbell, west of Hoover, at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 12, according to Warren police.

The victim, Eudena Villegas, was reportedly hit as she attempted to retrieve her hat that apparently blew off as she crossed the roadway with another woman. 

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Published November 12, 2015

HAZEL PARK / WARREN — A man is recovering after he was allegedly shot in the legs by two masked gunmen who robbed a bar in Hazel Park. The suspects reportedly shot the man when he resisted. Authorities believe the same suspects also robbed two locations in Warren that same night.

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Published November 11, 2015

FERNDALE — Over the past few years, the Ferndale High School theater program has leaned more toward musicals for its biannual productions, with performances of “The Sound of Music,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” highlighting the schedule as of late.

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Published November 11, 2015

CENTER LINE — The students in the Center Line High School firefighting program have found a way to help others outside the classroom.

The students recently performed a community service project in which they provided smoke detectors to residents free of charge.

In groups of three, the students planned to distribute them Nov. 7, after the Warren Weekly went to press. They also had plans to replace non-working batteries for homeowners, and a Center Line public safety officer was to accompany each group.

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Published November 11, 2015

WARREN — Warren detectives said they have identified the suspect in a string of larceny and fraud complaints near 12 Mile and Van Dyke in recent weeks, involving credit cards that were stolen from vehicles and later used to make fraudulent purchases.

“He’s in custody. We had several tipsters who reported on it,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said Nov. 5.

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Published November 10, 2015

An 89-year-old man is in critical condition after being attacked by a suspect who also allegedly stole an 85-year-old woman’s purse in Sterling Heights Nov. 5, police said.

Police said the couple was targeted after 7 p.m. Thursday upon returning to a home after dinner in the 42000 block of Jason Court, near 19 Mile and Schoenherr roads. A suspect allegedly approached the couple, attacked the man and grabbed the woman’s purse, police said.

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Published November 10, 2015

WARREN — Sitting at tables inside the Siersma Elementary School cafeteria on the afternoon of Nov. 3, the intersessions students got busy on their experiments.

Wearing lab coats and working in teams, they lined up their rulers and magnifying glasses to measure the length and width of several gummy bears.

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