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Published July 19, 2017

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham has issued a warning to residents about a phone scam involving his office’s Civil Division.

Wickersham said that numerous people have reported receiving telephone calls from a solicitor claiming to be affiliated with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division. The caller is allegedly soliciting money from his targeted victims.

The individual is calling from the following reported number: (586) 484-4598.

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Published July 19, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Roseville resident Stacey Glass will be back before Judge James Biernat Jr. at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the 16th Circuit Court in Mount Clemens after the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry assesses her competency and culpability. 

Glass is charged with one count of manslaughter, a 15-year felony, for allegedly stabbing to death Shane Bigger, 31, at Glass’ home on Birmingham Street Jan. 28. Glass and Bigger had been in a relationship for approximately a year, according to statements made in Roseville’s 39th District Court.

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 18, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division stands ready and equipped, day and night, for any water-related emergency.

Trained and armed with a fleet of 13 patrol boats, the Marine Division’s deputies, as well as the 77 volunteer marine safety reserve officers, are skilled in using the myriad high-tech, lifesaving equipment on board.

Lt. Jeffery Brossard said the patrol boats are able to handle everything from firefighting to border safety.

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Published July 17, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The financial burden of battling childhood cancer can put a family on the ropes, but the pros at Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling are jumping into the ring to lend a hand.

XICW Bodyslams Childhood Cancer will roll out a slate of matches at The Imperial House in Clinton Township July 30, the proceeds from which will benefit the family of 10-year-old Noah Gochanour, of Sterling Heights, who continues to undergo treatment for metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma.

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Published July 12, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The search for a permanent home for the F-35 Lightning II gained some momentum with a recent visit to Selfridge Air National Guard Base by members of the U.S. Air Force and National Guard.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge, said 37 members of the military toured the base July 11-13, collecting pertinent data that will help officials come to their final decision.

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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Published July 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On June 22, approximately 1,600 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the nondenominational Kensington Church’s new Clinton Township campus. The 33.1-acre property, located on Hall Road between Gratiot Avenue and Interstate 94, is expected to open in spring 2018.

The new campus will replace the temporary facility that is currently located a quarter mile south at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center on Frederick Pankow Boulevard. The property was bid on in May 2014, and bidding was finalized in December of that year.

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Published July 8, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — For the first time, peregrine falcons Hathor and Nick were unsuccessful at producing young atop the old Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens.

And there are many possible reasons as to why.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said several factors have been considered by wildlife officials, from the continued construction work being done to the 13-story building to the cold and wet spring.

“They’re saying it could have been complicated by the construction,” Hackel said.

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Published July 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — A group of Macomb Community College students who feel their freedom of speech was violated earlier this year are seeking justice through the legal system.

On July 5, attorneys from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the students to challenge a college policy that they say bans all public expression from anyone, minus labor unions, without a permit from administrators.

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Published July 7, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The first portions of approximately 4,000 feet of Hobas piping have arrived at the site of the damaged 15 Mile Road interceptor, which borders Fraser and Clinton Township.

The pipe, which is composed of fiberglass and polymer and is 9 feet 2 inches in diameter, cost $2.5 million and will replace about 280 feet of the collapsed portion of the site, as well as the adjacent 3,700 feet east of the collapse that on-scene engineers noted as being a possible threat for future damage.

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Published July 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Maureen Papsdorf said her talents in the garden were inspired by her father-in-law.

She said Henry Papsdorf once had an immaculate garden at his Clinton Township home, the focal point being a large outdoor fountain.

“I inherited the fountain from him,” Maureen Papsdorf said from her Harrison Township home last week. “I definitely think he was my inspiration (for gardening).”

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Published July 5, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Gibraltar Trade Center, the weekend public market that opened in Mount Clemens in 1990, is closing its doors next month.

CEO Robert Koester announced on the company’s website last week that the entire property has been sold. The market and shows will continue through Aug. 27.

“Gibraltar Trade Center, our vendors and employees alike wish to thank everyone for their support throughout the years,” the announcement reads.

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Published July 5, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 2-month-old boy who was reported missing after his mother snuck away with him during a supervised visitation on June 26 was turned over unharmed by a family friend to authorities.

The mother, Carol Maxwell, 30, of Eastpointe, remains at large.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Maxwell and her son, Terrance Maxwell, were last seen together at the Harrison Township residence where the infant resides with family. Carol Maxwell does not have custody of her young son, but does have supervised visitation.

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Published July 5, 2017

How can you wish upon a star if the stars are hard to see?

Light pollution in large metropolitan areas such as Detroit can limit what’s visible in the night sky, but luckily for stargazers, better viewing options aren’t far away.

Several Michigan parks now have state-designated dark sky preserves that aim to restrict artificial light, preserve natural darkness and provide spectacular views for visitors.

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Published July 5, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Members of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division were busy last weekend, responding to multiple boating-related incidents on Lake St. Clair.

According to Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Renee Yax, the first call came in on June 22 near the Nine Mile Tower in St. Clair Shores.

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Published July 5, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger received an answer to one of the complaints listed in a recently filed lawsuit.

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Published July 5, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Effective July 1, residents and business owners in Mount Clemens will begin paying approximately $3.24 per month, or almost $39 a year, more for their water and sewer service.

But even with the increase, these rates are still lower than what residents in surrounding communities pay.

That’s due to the fact that the city of Mount Clemens has its own water filtration plant and wastewater treatment facility, which enables it to keep rates lower than municipalities that utilize services from Detroit.

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