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Published January 23, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A new state law recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder is aimed at bringing further transparency and public accountability to the Macomb County Drainage Board by updating its structural arrangement.

Sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, Public Act 521 of 2016 will allow elected county executives in Wayne and Macomb counties to exercise a degree of oversight regarding the composition of the county Drainage Board.

The bill was proposed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Jones.

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Published January 19, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — It was something Makeytric Coleman and her Shih Tzu, Teddy, did several times a day, every day, for the past three years.

It was close to 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. Coleman took Teddy outside to relieve himself for the final time that day. She said that when they exited their Third Street apartment in Mount Clemens, Teddy would go directly to the same spot near the side of Dickinson Street, adjacent to an alleyway.

Suddenly, their routine went tragically askew.

Coleman said a large dog, a bullmastiff, appeared and charged directly toward Teddy.

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Published January 18, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A candidate for the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education this past election is now an official member.

Hilary Dubay was unanimously chosen by the board on Jan. 4 to fill the vacancy left by board Treasurer Pamela Hornberger. Hornberger, whose resignation from the board became effective Dec. 7, won the 32nd District state House seat during the Nov. 8 general election.

Dubay said she was honored to be appointed.

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Published January 18, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Parents in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools last week received notice that, due to challenges with bus driver staffing, some routes will be delayed from time to time.

In light of that, district officials have developed a messaging plan that will allow them to notify those parents whose children’s stops are directly affected on any specific morning or afternoon.

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Published January 17, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners has a new chair for the 2017-18 term.

Bob Smith, D-Clinton Township, was unanimously selected by the 13-person board to be the chair.

“It feels great. It’s an honor and it’s humbling to have a 13-0 vote on a board that’s Republican and Democrat,” Smith said. “Everyone came together and voted for me, and I can’t explain how good it feels.”

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Published January 16, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — It will be the first universally accessible kayak and canoe launch on the Clinton River, and it’s coming to Mount Clemens this spring.

Last week, members of Advancing Macomb received a $2,500 donation from AT&T to bring their ambitious crowdfunding campaign to just over $22,000 for the downtown WaterTowns riverfront project.

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Published January 13, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A man who reportedly left his vehicle running unattended in his girlfriend’s Roseville driveway is looking at a $128 fine after he was ticketed by Roseville police on Jan. 6.

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Published January 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — As 2016 came to a close, a new Macomb Community College president was chosen to lead the school.

On Dec. 21, MCC Board of Trustees member James Kelly — chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and chair of the college’s board — announced the selection of school provost James O. Sawyer IV as Macomb’s president designate. The appointment is pending negotiation and approval of an employment contract by the Board of Trustees.

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Published January 11, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A wetlands project proposed by the U.S. Department of Natural Resources has some Harrison Township canal residents concerned about the future of Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be commencing a habitat restoration project at the mouth of the Clinton River, on the south side of the Michigan DNR’s Harley Ensign Memorial Boating Access Site, at the end of South River Road in Harrison Township.

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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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Published January 4, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The big news item of 2016 was undoubtedly the presidential election, the buildup to it, and local elections that are improving police, fire and school services.

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Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — This past year, the region, especially Macomb County, and specifically the city of Warren, proved to be a pivotal campaign stop for U.S. presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, as all four candidates held rallies there in hopes of becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The candidates spoke about the economy, the automotive industry, education, health care, foreign policy, immigration and more to local residents, including supporters and protesters.

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Published January 3, 2017

Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre crime briefs from across C & G’s coverage area:


Dandelion distraction
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 7:31 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, a caller in the 46400 block of Hayes Road, near 21 Mile Road, reported seeing a man in a work coat and a knit hat crawling around in the grass. Police located the man and learned that he was just getting some young dandelion whites for his salad.


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Published December 31, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County has introduced its first 24/7 urgent behavioral health care center that provides support 365 days a year.

The Urgent Behavioral Health Care Center, or UBHC, has been providing this constant support to adults and children experiencing psychiatric or emotional crisis since opening its doors in Clinton Township on Oct. 25.

The goal of the UBHC is to help people return home safely, in most cases without the need for psychiatric hospitalization.

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Published December 29, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Three people are facing potential prison time for their role in what law enforcement officials say was an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Christopher Rashawn Jones, 27, of Mount Clemens; Randy James Mahaffey, 27, of Clinton Township; and Ashley Lachell Redmond, 25, of Mount Clemens, were arrested in the days following the Dec. 26 robbery and shooting of James Capizzo, 44, of Clinton Township.

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Published December 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said last week that a 44-year-old Clinton Township man was in critical condition after being shot Dec. 26 in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said deputies responded to the 100 block of South Main Street at approximately 1:28 a.m. in response to a man being shot. Deputies reported that the victim was lying unconscious on the ground when they and paramedics arrived.

The victim was transported to the McLaren Macomb Medical Center. His name had not been released at press time.

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Published December 26, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Sterling Heights resident Donald DeVolder is the first to admit he wasn’t always an academic.

Test taking and completing homework assignments weren’t exactly his forte.

But the 35-year-old definitely had it in him, and he proved his collegiate abilities by being named the Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall semester at Macomb Community College.

“I was quite shocked and excited,” DeVolder said. “I just kind of stood there for a moment.”

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Published December 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County woman was behind bars after she allegedly set fire to a Mount Clemens rental home she once lived in.

Madalyn Marie Soulliere, 43, is charged with first-degree arson, a life felony. She was arraigned in 41-B District Court in Mount Clemens on Dec. 22.

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Published December 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard announced this week that approximately 100 members of the Michigan Air National Guard are now on duty in southwest Asia.

The deployed airmen are members of the 127th Wing and departed from Selfridge Dec. 12 and are serving in the U.S. Central Command region in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and other contingencies, officials said.

The Selfridge airmen will be deployed overseas into early 2017.

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Published December 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — More than 2,000 years later, the story of Hanukkah continues to inspire local Jews to celebrate and reflect as archaeologists and scholars expound on clues about a major subject of the festival, the Second Jewish Temple.

The eight-day Hanukkah festival, which begins on different dates of the Western calendar each year, starts this year at sundown Dec. 24. Jewish families often celebrate the festival by lighting menorahs, eating latkes and jelly doughnuts, playing a dreidel game, opening gifts and more.

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