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Published July 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff’s investigators say the Mount Clemens girl who claimed she was thrown into the Clinton River by a stranger fabricated the entire story.

According to the original report taken on June 22, the girl said she and her 14-year-old stepbrother were walking on the boardwalk alongside the Clinton River at around 11 p.m. when they encountered an intoxicated man.

The girl said the man picked her up and threw her into the Clinton River. She also claimed  that she hit her head on the way down.

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published July 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Mount Clemens and Macomb County, a few individuals have come together to create an ongoing series of informative videos covering the long history of the area.

Deborah Larsen, assistant director of the Mount Clemens Public Library, is the force behind the one-minute video series called “A Minute of Your Time” that currently can be viewed on YouTube.

The county and Mount Clemens, the county seat, turn 200 in 2018.

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Published July 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A new Macomb County Family Resource Center has opened its doors in Mount Clemens.

Located inside the old George Washington School that shuttered nearly four years ago, the resource center, 196 N. Rose St., will offer a variety of programs and services all under one roof.

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — While America prepares to once again celebrate the country’s independence, it’s prudent, say fire experts, to take note of a few safety precautions when it’s time to light those fireworks.

According to Michigan Fire Marshal Julie Secontine, it’s especially important to keep safety in mind when it comes to the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky lanterns and Roman candles.

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Published June 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County’s annual Celebrate the Lake weekend kicked off on June 9 with a State of the Lake press conference at MacRay Harbor held by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, as well as officials from the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative.

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Published June 29, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb, the 288-bed, Mount Clemens-based hospital, has established a Pulmonary Embolism Response Team to utilize the latest technology to quickly treat pulmonary embolisms, or P.E.

Composed of cardiologists, pulmonologists, emergency medicine physicians and vascular surgeons, the goal of McLaren Macomb PERT is to reduce long-term symptoms of patients with pulmonary embolisms — a blood clot blocking flow in one of the pulmonary arteries.

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Published June 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The weather for the 2016 season has thus far been more than cooperative for the Michigan Transit Museum and its riders.

Since June 5, customers have enjoyed taking rides on some of the county’s oldest rail cars while learning a bit of history behind these tough antiques.

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Published June 24, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens man has been charged with felonious assault after police say he tossed a 13-year-old girl into the Clinton River June 22.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke, it was around 11 p.m. and the victim, a resident of Mount Clemens, and her brother were walking on the boardwalk along the Clinton River in Mount Clemens. 

A report states that as the two neared the Dickinson Bridge, the suspect, who was also walking on the boardwalk, picked up the girl and threw her into the Clinton River.

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Published June 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens will soon be looking to hire a new city manager following the June 20 termination of Steven Brown.

Following an executive session meeting to discuss Brown’s performance evaluation review, the City Commission voted to fire its city manager of two years, citing a lack of progress.

“The commission decided we were not going in the direction we had hoped to be,” said Mayor Barb Dempsey. “There are things we want to accomplish in the city, and we’re going at a slower pace than we had hoped.”

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Published June 22, 2016

This wonderful tea-time photograph is of members from the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association. Mrs. Harold Stubbs is pouring tea for, from left, Mrs. Bert Vandevusse, Mrs. Leroy Clark, Mrs. Clayton Stubbs and Mrs. John Lungerhausen.

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Published June 22, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “They really lived every day like it was their last.”

When Ella Lafata was 11 years old, she saw both of her parents die nine months apart from each other.

The attitudes that each of her parents had toward their illnesses left a lasting mark on Lafata, and that helped make her one of Chippewa Valley High School’s top graduates this spring.

“Both of my parents were the most full-of-life people ever,” Lafata said. “I have nothing but great memories for both of them.”

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Published June 18, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Joined by state and local officials, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on June 10 unveiled the first step of a 30-year Michigan’s Water Strategy plan aimed at protecting and enhancing the state’s lakes, rivers and streams.

That priority step involves inspiring stewardship through improvement, conversation, community involvement and education.

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Published June 16, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that it has identified and arrested the person who allegedly broke into the Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens earlier this month.

Jordan Issac Anderson, 17, of Mount Clemens, was video-arraigned on June 9 in 41-B District Court of Clinton Township. He is being charged with one count of breaking and entering, a 10-year felony; and three counts of larceny in a building. Bond was set at $10,000 (10 percent).

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Published June 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — It was a first of firsts June 10 on the 11th floor of the Old County Building, 10 N. Main Street.

One female peregrine falcon chick was given her first checkup and tagged for migratory purposes during a now annual event hosted by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Along with representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoo, Hackel welcomed the federally-protected falcon chick who hatched on May 15, and, like he does each year, named it.

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Published June 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Linda Busch has been pleasantly surprised with the success of her new noncompetitive run/walk program.

“We had 125 people show up on that first day and 100 people the second time,” Busch said of her City Sneakers club. “That first night, we had 100 walkers, and that really surprised the runners.”

City Sneakers puts participants on a peaceful trip around Mount Clemens, from its eclectic business district to the historical neighborhoods that give the city its charm.

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Published June 9, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Two Mount Clemens teens were recently sentenced to prison for the fatal stabbing of a Clinton Township man during a small-time drug deal last year.

Jayvon Cates, 19, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a Macomb County Circuit Court jury in March, while DeAndre Arnold, also 19, was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2015 death of Alexander Burkart, who was 22 at the time.

The two were tried in separate trials.

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Published June 8, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old Warren woman was uninjured after her vehicle veered off the expressway and into a drainage ditch adjacent to the Clinton River Spillway in Harrison Township the morning of June 8.

Macomb County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of westbound Interstate 94 between Metropolitan Parkway and Shook Road at just after 8:42 a.m. after a semitrailer driver contacted 911 upon witnessing the car suddenly drive off the road and land in the drainage ditch.

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Published June 8, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens resident Sara Byks was recently honored with the Girl Scouts’ highest honor.

Byks, a Mount Clemens High School senior, is one of 18 recipients of the Gold Awards through the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan  (GSSEM).

Awards were presented at GSSEM’s annual Honor Reception on May 1 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The Gold Award is presented to Senior- and Ambassador-level Girl Scouts who display exemplary service to their communities and beyond.

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Published June 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight break-in and theft that took place at the Macomb County Administration Building in the early morning hours of June 3.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, employees from the Treasurer’s Office arrived for work and noticed several office items and personal items missing. These items include two empty cash register drawers, an Apple iPod, and a tablet.

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