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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Much of what makes Michigan unique will be featured Mother’s Day weekend when the Made in Michigan Show hits downtown Mount Clemens.

The annual event, organized by the Downtown Development Authority, is slated to attract more than 60 vendors from across the state May 6-7.

Michelle Weiss, events coordinator for the DDA, said this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.

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Published April 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education is currently seeking applicants to fill the trustee position recently vacated by longtime board member Kenneth Hoover.

The position expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Hoover submitted his letter of resignation effective April 18.

In addition to his years on the board, Hoover served the L’Anse Creuse district for 52 years.

He was elected to the school board in 2003, and in that time served as president, vice president, secretary and trustee.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The American soldiers who served overseas during World War II loved receiving anything that reminded them of home.

Such items included the knitted scarves, sweaters, socks and caps that were stitched with care and shipped to foreign lands to U.S. military members.

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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Published April 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and pedestrians that killed one person and injured another.

Around 6 a.m. on April 13, a red Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound on Gratiot Avenue. The vehicle was driving in the left through lane when the two victims were walking from the east side of Gratiot to the west side, near Capitol Boulevard — about 1 1/2 miles south of Hall Road.

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Published April 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced April 13 that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Dave Flynn, D-Sterling Heights, is serving his fifth term after becoming the youngest commissioner ever elected to the board at age 20 and becoming the youngest board chair at age 26.

“I am truly privileged to have had the responsibility to hold the positions entrusted to me by my constituents and colleagues,” Flynn said in a press release.

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Published April 12, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Warren man has been charged for his role in a local February freeway crash that killed a 28-year-old Westland woman.

Stephen Anthony Tate, 23, was formally charged on April 8 after turning himself in, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports. He was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident — when at fault — resulting in death, a 15-year felony; and tampering with evidence, a 10-year felony.

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Published April 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies have stepped up patrols as part of a six-day enforcement campaign targeting distracted drivers.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his office will be adding patrols around the county April 8-13 as they look to keep distracted drivers off the roads; specifically those texting while driving.

Wickersham said the additional patrols are being made possible through a grant by the Office of Highway Safety Planning. 

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Published April 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Two elected officials in Macomb County have joined forces to keep residents safe from fraud.

Macomb County Treasurer Derek Miller and Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh teamed up to launch a joint anti-fraud campaign meant to make Macomb County real estate transactions among the safest in the nation by reducing the risk of real estate fraud. 

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Published April 7, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old Chesterfield Township woman remained in the Macomb County Jail at press time after being denied a reduced bond on April 6.

Ceara Amme Abbott stood before 41-B District Court Judge Sebastian Lucido charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while intoxicated causing death.

Abbott is accused of being intoxicated while behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford F-150 on March 24.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — For Albert Jagenow, volunteering with Macomb County’s Meals on Wheels program once a week, every other week, just wasn’t enough.

Jagenow, 59, of Fraser, wanted more routes and deliveries to keep busy in his early stages of retirement, and he got them.

“I just don’t like to sit on the couch watching television. I don’t do that, so I found some available openings, and I volunteered for those when someone couldn’t make it, and I’ve been trying to pick up as many as I can to keep busy,” Jagenow said.

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Published April 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens bank’s security cameras mixed with tips and some high-tech facial-recognition software helped Macomb County Sheriff’s detectives identify and apprehend an alleged bank robber.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke reports that Kenneth Foster Ardis, 50, of Detroit, was arrested April 1, two days after he robbed the Talmer Bank on Main Street in Mount Clemens.

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Published April 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There was no protesting, no shouting, no finger-pointing and no visible signs of ire when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder attended the Macomb County Chamber Alliance's April 4 luncheon at MacRay Harbor.

In fact, Snyder was given a standing ovation both before and at the conclusion of the 20-minute speech he gave to some 400 audience members in attendance.

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Published March 31, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A 38-year-old Dearborn Heights woman was arrested by investigators from the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement (MACE) team after she allegedly attempted to meet with whom she thought was a man and his underage daughter.

Macomb County sheriff’s officials said the investigation into child sexually abusive activity began on March 21 when a MACE detective engaged in a chat with the woman using a popular instant-messaging computer application. 

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Published March 31, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Animal Control officials are getting ready for what they call “kitten season.”

To prepare, they’re throwing a “kitten shower” of sorts.

Akin to a baby shower or a bridal shower, Chief Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo said they have compiled a registry on Amazon — a list of items needed to care for the many kittens they traditionally become inundated with each spring.

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Published March 31, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A combined effort between Crime Stoppers and the Michigan Humane Society has increased the reward for the arrest of the individual involved in a Mount Clemens animal abuse case to $3,500.

During a March 30 press conference at the Macomb County Animal Control Office in Clinton Township, representatives from Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced the reward and introduced the victim of the abuse.

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Published March 31, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that a 60-year-old Warren man drowned in a boating accident on Lake St. Clair the evening of March 30.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reports that rescue crews were dispatched to the Department of Natural Resources Access Site in Harrison Township at approximately 7:47 p.m. after a boater found another man clinging to a capsized boat about 300 yards off shore.

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Published March 30, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Local law enforcement officials are looking for the suspect who robbed the Talmer Bank and Trust in Mount Clemens Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, the suspect entered the bank at 100 N. Main Street at 12:50 p.m.

The suspect reportedly passed a hand-written note to one of the bank tellers demanding money. The note allegedly implied he had a gun, although no weapon was reportedly seen.

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Published March 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco was recently honored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for his 10-year commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Marrocco sponsors and volunteers with the cleanup of 2 miles of Hall Road through the program.

“We have to start somewhere,” Marrocco said. “Why not start in our own county, get the trash cleaned up, then we can focus on prevention and make an even bigger impact in keeping Macomb beautiful.”

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