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Published August 8, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Organizers of this year’s Benefit on the Bay in Harrison Township are expecting another sold-out, record-breaking event.

This means nothing but great things for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

In its 23 years, Benefit on the Bay — to be held Friday, Aug. 25, at MacRay Harbor — has raised more than $1.38 million for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which receives 100 percent of the proceeds.

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Published August 6, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham confirmed that the man found dead inside a parked vehicle in Mount Clemens Aug. 6 was reportedly stabbed to death.

The victim, identified at Christopher Hamilton, 50, of Mount Clemens, was discovered by sheriff’s deputies a little after 4 a.m. in the 70 block of Avery Street. Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called to the area in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Health official confirmed today that the West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this summer in two separate samplings of mosquitoes gathered in the county.

Health Department Director William Ridella said there have been no confirmed cases of a human contracting the virus in Michigan this year.

Ridella issued a list of precautions for the public to follow to protect themselves and their family from West Nile:

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published August 1, 2017

UPDATE — Police have issued an update regarding the suspect description. He is a black man, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds and wearing dark clothing, possibly including a hat. The suspect is reportedly armed with a dark automatic handgun.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police are currently investigating an alleged home invasion and armed robbery in Clinton Township.

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Published July 29, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — On June 30, Macomb County experienced a substantial rainfall when a fast-moving storm blasted through the area, leaving many homes and yards drenched.

But some local residents say none were quite as drenched as they were, and the rains that had preceded and followed are continuing to cause headaches for them.

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 28, 2017

WARREN/MACOMB COUNTY — A complaint filed July 17 by a Warren resident is the basis of an ongoing investigation into whether Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger committed perjury when she listed her address on campaign-related documents last year.

That much was confirmed July 25 by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, who said a formal complaint had been filed alleging possible perjury stemming from Spranger’s identification of a home at 7520 Hudson Ave. in Warren, south of Nine Mile and west of Van Dyke, as her residence when she filed to seek office last year.

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Published July 28, 2017

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s “Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.”

That’s how George Calvet describes the newest Cabela’s sporting goods store, slated to open in Chesterfield Township Aug. 3.

Calvet, retail marketing specialist for the Macomb County Cabela’s, said the 90,000-square-foot store has all the makings of home — and the outdoors.

“I’m so excited about this,” said Calvet. “This store is all things Michigan. You walk in and you feel like you’re home.”

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Published July 27, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said he expects a change in internal operations will bring an end to a recent rash of inmate suicides inside the Macomb County Jail.

In a report released by sheriff’s Sgt. Renee Yax, there were three inmate suicides at the Mount Clemens jail in the past three months.

She stated that all of these incidents were unforeseen and are being investigated.

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Published July 26, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Interventional neurologists at McLaren Macomb Hospital have successfully performed Macomb County’s first Pipeline Flex embolization, a minimally invasive neurological procedure for the treatment of brain aneurysms.

A McLaren doctor explained in a recent press release how the Pipeline is a specialized stent that is implanted in the brain to divert bloodflow, preventing the aneurysm from growing and allowing it to heal.

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Published July 25, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS —  Less than 24 hours after a popular downtown Mount Clemens restaurant was broken into and burglarized, the lone alleged suspect involved had been arrested.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Sgt. Renee Yax, the male suspect entered Thai Orchid Cuisine, located at 60 Cherry St., after breaking the glass on the entry door. The incident took place at approximately 6 a.m. July 23.

Once inside, the suspect took a laptop computer and $300 cash, according to the report.

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Published July 24, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP —  A 16-year-old L’Anse Creuse High School student has been charged in a June 12 multivehicle crash in Macomb Township.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports that the teen is being charged with two felony counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.

The accident happened on 21 Mile Road at Creekside Boulevard at approximately 10:39 a.m. after students had been released from school early after final exams.

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Published July 24, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The people behind the annual Mount Clemens Cruise are putting on a second car cruise and show for the summer, and this one is expected to draw a larger, more eclectic crowd.

Cars & Stripes, organized by the Friends of Mount Clemens, will be held 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 29 in the city’s downtown area, and it will honor Selfridge Air National Guard Base as it celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.

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Published July 22, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Come nightfall on Aug. 5, the Clinton River in Harrison Township will be lit up as more than 20 decked-out boats take to the water for the annual Harrison Township Parade of Lights.

This year’s parade will take off from host site Markley Marine at around 9:05 p.m. and will travel down the river between North and South River roads, past Bridgeview, toward the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch, and back again to Markley.

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Published July 21, 2017

School is out for the summer, and it is hard to tell who is the most excited — the students or the teachers.

At the Lakeside School on Jefferson Avenue in Harrison Township, in 1924 the student most unhappy to see school end may have been Virginia, in the center of the middle row. She had had to convince the teacher, Miss Williams, that she should be allowed to attend the school, despite the fact that she was only 4 years old, indicating that school was a special place for her. She managed to keep up with the older students in her lessons and so was allowed to stay.

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