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Published December 19, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old man from Chesterfield Township died after his car collided head-on with another vehicle on N. River Road in Harrison Township Dec. 19.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the crash occurred at approximately 2:46 a.m. The victim, later identified as Michael Mollahan, was driving a 2007 BMW east on N. River Road when he attempted to pass a 2004 Saab.

When Mollahan crossed the center line, he collided head-on with a westbound 2010 Chevy Malibu.

Wickersham reports Mollahan was killed as a result of the impact.

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Published December 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Joseph Zago knows what it’s like to be down and out.

It was well into the Great Recession when Zago lost his job, got his driver’s license suspended, and then lost his home in Michigan as well as a rental home in Arizona to bankruptcy. He said he depended on his friends, and a few strangers, to help him get back on his feet.

Today, Zago is president and founder of The Carpet Guys, a successful floor-covering company based in Troy.

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Published December 16, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has asked Michigan’s attorney general to investigate what he has called “illegal dumping” at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights and how a construction project he said damaged an existing landfill at the site was approved.

In a letter dated Dec. 14, the mayor also asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to look into the relationship between the contractor, Dan’s Excavating, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

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Published December 15, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A longtime Macomb County educator and former L’Anse Creuse Public Schools superintendent is returning to the district as interim superintendent.

Dr. John Armstrong, whose namesake is the John Armstrong Performing Arts Center, was appointed by the district’s Board of Education last week to temporarily take the reins following the departure of Dr. Jackie Johnston, who announced her retirement late last school year.

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Published December 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The first snowstorm of the winter season brought nearly 12 inches of snow to Macomb County, closing schools and causing treacherous traveling headaches for drivers.

According to David Kook with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, local snowfall totals continued to be reported throughout the morning Dec. 12, with the highest reported snowfall in the area so far being reported in Mount Clemens with 11.6 inches.

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Published December 12, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — After standing vacant for more than 2 1/2 years, the Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens will come back to life on Dec. 15 with a live show benefiting local children’s hospitals.

The highly awaited event, titled Blaine’s Not So Silent Nite, will feature performances by Blue October, Wrabel and Blaine Fowler in #TheBlaineFowlerExperience. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Owner and developer John Hanna, from Hanna Development and Management in Royal Oak, said he’s teamed up with 96.3 WDVD for this inaugural show.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
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Published December 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — During his Dec. 7 State of the County address, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel touted the ongoing momentum that’s continually bringing new life into the area.

He noted how the Make Macomb Your Home initiative has birthed a vitality in the county that was once considered lagging.

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Published December 8, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is being considered as the permanent home base for the country’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II.

In a press release from Selfridge officials on Dec. 7, if selected, the F-35 would arrive at the base in 2022 and ultimately replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II, an attack aircraft flown by the 127th Wing since 2009.

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Published December 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — On Christmas Eve 2015, John’s Family Grill, 304 Cass Ave., was full to the gills the entire day as new and regular customers stopped by to help owner Mark Lleshi help the homeless.

Lleshi, a resident of Clinton Township, was hosting a free breakfast buffet while accepting donations to aid two area churches and their homeless programs.

“I had a lot of people come by last year,” said Lleshi. “From open to close, it was full. Some just came to donate; some came to eat and donate. It helped us raise $3,000.”

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Published December 5, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — A grant recently awarded to Macomb Community Action will bring fresh, healthy food to Macomb County’s low-income seniors and children.

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Published December 3, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Those who love Christmas decorations as much as they do touring historic homes and learning about family traditions will want to get a ticket for the upcoming Christmas Walk in Mount Clemens.

Hosted by the Bath City Association, the 13th annual Christmas Walk will be held Dec. 8 on a secret street in the city of Mount Clemens.

Each year, members of the association choose a street that boasts a vast array of unique old homes whose owners enjoy decking more than just the halls.

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Published November 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Put on that 10-gallon hat and get ready to dance the two-step: The Orbitsuns are coming to a club near you.

On Dec. 2, the alternative honky-tonk country band will celebrate its new CD, “X’s Over Our Eyes,” with a release party at Sabby’s Lounge, 25010 Harper Ave., in St. Clair Shores. There is no cover charge, just a will to kick up your heels on the dance floor. Doors open at 8 p.m., and everyone 21 and older is welcome.

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Published November 23, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 40-year-old man is recovering at McLaren Macomb hospital after sustaining serious injuries after he became trapped in the rear of a garbage truck in Harrison Township Nov. 23.

Lt. John Michalke said Macomb County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the incident at approximately 6:30 a.m., and deputies responded to the Harrison Township Fire Department on Crocker Boulevard, where efforts were being made to extricate the man from the back of the Waste Management truck.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The expansion that was recently completed at McLaren Macomb Medical Center means more individuals battling cancer will get more of the vital services they need.

Following two years of construction to renovate and expand both the interior and exterior, the construction project to expand the capacity and capabilities of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren’s Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center was completed two weeks ago.

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Published November 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb Medical Center has a new chief medical officer in Dennis J. Cunningham, a former infectious disease physician.

Cunningham assumed his duties on Oct. 31. The position of CMO was made vacant after David Pinelli announced he was returning to practice.

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Published November 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In the wake of the tumultuous 2016 presidential election, both local and state education officials are reaching out to parents in regard to concerns of discontent among students.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston confirmed in a letter that since the Nov. 8 election, “there have been a number of reported incidents in Michigan schools of students harassing, bullying, intimidating and using hateful speech toward other students.”

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mino Watanabe’s artwork is inspired by many different aspects of her personality.

Her “Vegetable Spirit” series is taken from her love of food, particularly vegetables, and their association with earth and soil.

“I like mushrooms and how they degrade into the soil,” Watanabe said.

With the help of close friend Gary Watts, she was able to express her love for the environment and nature.

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Published November 17, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Still facing a civil lawsuit over the death of an inmate in 2014, Macomb County has been dealt another lawsuit, this one claiming negligence in the death of a 37-year-old woman while in custody in 2013.

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed in late September states that Jennifer Meyers died following a prolonged illness after serving 12 days of a 30-day sentence on June 26, 2013, for failure to make child support payments, resulting in a $500 fine.

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