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Published July 25, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Lac Ste. Claire Kiwanis are stepping up again to ensure that children in military families start the school year off right.

To support the long-running nonprofit program Operation Homefront, the Kiwanis are once again collecting donated school supplies for families in the 127th Wing Air Guard at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade encourages donations and help providing school supplies to military children.

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Published July 22, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a motorist who on July 21 struck a 15-year-old girl riding her bike in Harrison Township.

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Published July 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — An investigation is ongoing into the death of a Mount Clemens mother.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said deputies responded to a home on Dickinson Street in Mount Clemens following a 911 call at approximately 4:30 a.m. on July 10. There, they discovered a gravely injured woman, 27-year-old Julie Williamson.

“By the marks on her body, it appeared she had been run over,” Wickersham said. He said Williamson was found in the front yard of her own home.

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Published July 20, 2016

Elsa Julia Moderson won the title of Miss Mount Clemens for the Macomb County Festival in 1928. Twenty of the city’s fairest were chosen from the city at large by the balloting of the Mt. Clemens Business and Professional Women’s Club and were judged by a committee composed of dramatists and artists. The list of entrants included both employed girls and home girls, students and others. They competed only in pictures that were judged by the committee at the Board of Commerce office. Women in the pictures were in full dress, not in bathing suits or scanty evening gowns.

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Published July 17, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been recognized by the National Guard Association of the United States for its combat operations in 2015.

The unit received the Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is presented annually to the overall outstanding flying unit in the ANG, for its unprecedented success on a major operational inspection and the 127th Wing’s ongoing partnership with international, national, state and local partners.

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Published July 16, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The area’s most fun fundraiser for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is returning to Harrison Township for its 23rd year.

Benefit on the Bay will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at MacRay Harbor.

The family-owned Shelving Inc., of Auburn Hills, is once again putting on the event, and Vice President of Sales Mike Schodowski said this year’s benefit, by looking at the trends, should be the most successful to date.

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Published July 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens man is facing charges after he allegedly fired a gun at another man during a July 11 road rage incident.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, deputies were called to a shots fired incident in the area of S. Christine and N. Rose in Mount Clemens at around 7:20 p.m.

Upon arrival, it was learned that Samuell Smith, 23, had allegedly fired several rounds at an unidentified man who was driving away from the scene at the time in a blue 2009 Dodge Challenger.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 9, 2016

YPSILANTI — Jermaine Dickerson is a natural-born artist. Now, the entire city of Ypsilanti is aware.

Also aware are his family and friends from around Mount Clemens and Fraser.

“I’ve always loved art,” said Dickerson, 24. “My mom still has some of my work from when I was 8 and 9. I just enjoy the fine arts.”

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A Romeo man is in the Macomb County Jail after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from an undercover Macomb County Sheriff’s Office detective posing as a minor online.

According to Lt. John Michalke, detectives assigned to the sheriff’s Macomb Area Computer Enforcement team responded to an advertisement June 29 that was posted on a popular website. Over a two-day period, the individual who posted the ad sent graphic messages, including photographs, to the detective in an effort to arrange a sexual liaison.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 5, 2016

Every year on his birthday, July 4, longtime Harrison Township firefighter Lt. Andrew “Moose” Russell would host an epic barbecue at his home.

The annual party wasn’t a celebration for him — it was a fun gathering of family, friends and even just acquaintances, and it was a day to enjoy the summer, the holiday and life.

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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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