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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 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

DETROIT — Bruce Kimmen doesn’t fool around when it comes to building a car for the dragway.

Known around the country for his supercharged Chevys, Kimmen, owner of Heads Up Racing in Mount Clemens, set a record in Memphis in 1999 by driving the quarter-mile in 6.83 seconds at 211 mph with his 1969 Camaro, earning him a Flowmaster listing and jacket for having one of the quickest “street legal” cars in the country.

The Harrison Township resident is also known to impress at Detroit Autorama.

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Published February 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For more than 20 years, low-risk inmates at the Macomb County Jail have helped staff the county’s Animal Control Division by cleaning kennels.

The inmates were part of the county’s trustee program, which allowed for two inmates to be transferred to the shelter for about eight hours a day, seven days a week.

In the first week of January this year, the trustee program was suspended after a sweep of the prison found contraband that was concerning to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
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Published February 18, 2016

A strange substance that had apparently fallen from the skies around Harrison Township has locals perplexed.

Harrison Township Fire Chief Michael Lopez said his department was alerted to the strange droppings Feb. 15 by both Selfridge Air National Guard officials and a concerned resident in the area of Ballard and Jefferson, on the township’s southeast side.

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Published February 17, 2016

Do you remember Litwak’s Diner in Mount Clemens? This is the man who opened that restaurant. Morris Litwak was a man who came from a harsh beginning and found success here in Macomb County.  

He was born in Odessa, Russia, and was not sure of the exact date of his birth due to the fact that many Jewish children were not documented in the Ukraine for fear of the authorities. He was believed to have been born in either 1885 or 1886. 

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Published February 17, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base officials say the U.S. secretary of defense’s decision Feb. 4 to keep the base’s fleet of 21 A-10s in use until at least 2022 has saved close to 500 jobs.

The A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, an air-to-ground attack platform best known as the Warthog, will remain in the U.S. Air Force inventory for the next seven years, according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. 

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Published February 9, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The number of applications for concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) has soared in the last two months in Macomb County.

The number of new applicants is roughly triple from the same time a year ago, and has caused the Macomb County Clerk’s Office to appeal for extra funding to hire a pair of temporary workers to keep pace with the added workload.

During a county Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 4, the Clerk’s Office was granted approval to expand its budget by $56,517 in order to hire the extra help.

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Published February 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The alleged shooter in a Clinton Township attack was arraigned Monday, Feb. 8.

Alfie Parker, 33, of Clinton Township, was arrested on a multi-count warrant issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Clinton Township Police Department worked with the FBI-Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force — of which Clinton Township is a member — to make the arrest at around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Detroit.

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Published February 8, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The upgrades at the Harrison Township Public Library continue with the recent purchase of seven new state-of-the-art computers.

Library Director Dan Hutchins said the computers were purchased with funds budgeted following the August 2014 primary election.

Installed and up and running are five 24-inch screen computers reserved for public use, and two catalog computers for library employee use.

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Published February 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Air National Guard last week announced that it had named Selfridge Air National Guard Base its  Airfield Operations Complex of the Year for 2015.

The award was the latest in a series of awards given to airfield managers and air traffic controllers at Selfridge over the past five years.

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Published February 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Approximately 575 student works of art will be displayed until Feb. 16 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

The artwork is from the Michigan Thumb Art region of the Scholastic Art Awards competition, which Macomb and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in Detroit, sponsored.

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Published February 1, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspect is reportedly on the loose after shooting a Clinton Township man multiple times.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, outside the apartments on Village Road. The apartments are located off 15 Mile Road, between Gratiot and Harper avenues.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the victim, a 35-year-old Clinton Township man, saw a person close by who was somewhat recognizable.

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Published February 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — As Macomb County undersheriff, Elizabeth Darga has become the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history.

Darga was chosen by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to succeed Kent Lagerquist, who recently retired after 41 years in the department.

“Obviously we have a lot of qualified people here, and I truly believe in hiring from within,” Wickersham said. “Elizabeth Darga has the qualifications, the ability and the mindset to keep the Sheriff’s Office operating when I’m not around.”

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Published February 1, 2016

LANSING — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Township Association during a ceremony held in Lansing on Jan. 21.

Miller is a former Harrison Township supervisor, Macomb County treasurer and Michigan secretary of state. This was only the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award given in the association’s 63-year history.

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Published January 30, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Five years ago, Adam Wit began experiencing symptoms that he chalked up to stress.

He was to be married soon, so there were many big life changes in store.

“I was having night sweats, shortness of breath, and I had started losing a lot of weight,” said Wit, 33. “Like a guy, I just blew it off and didn’t do anything about it.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, and four months later, during a regular eye exam, the ophthalmologist found something peculiar with the blood vessels in Wit’s eyes.

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Published January 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Longtime Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on Jan. 19 accepted an appointment as a federal administrative law judge.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Chrzanowski. “It has been a privilege serving on the Macomb bench for over 23 years, and I cannot think of a better way to continue my career in public service. I am honored to have been chosen for this post.”

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Published January 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — There are at least a few people out there right now hoping the first weekend in February will bring with it freezing temperatures.

Not only will the low temperatures keep those ice sculptures that will be featured in the 11th annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show intact, they will also make the chili dishes entered in the Fire & Ice Cook-Off, which kicks off the three-day event, that much more appealing.

The Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

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Published January 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A temporary employee of the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mount Clemens has been charged with stealing morphine belonging to patients, law enforcement officials reported.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said that when confronted with questions surrounding missing narcotic medications, Karen Lynn Spearman, 53, of Rockford, agreed to a drug test.

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