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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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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?
Click here to submit your own recipe, and we'll add it to the list.

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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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