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Published December 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College’s Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall 2015 semester, Alexander Witan, had a message for his peers.

“You guys have the tools to go out there and put your personal mark on the world,” Witan said. “There are so many opportunities.”

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Published December 26, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Just in time for the ice fishing season, a popular Harrison Township angling company has opened its doors at a new, and much larger, home.

Sportsmen’s Direct, previously located near Velger Boat Harbor on the township’s southeast side, is now operating out of the former Boater’s World building on Jefferson Avenue, adjacent to Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Local medical experts say the flu wreaked havoc in Macomb County last season, affecting thousands and sending many to the hospital, flooding local emergency rooms.

The key to staying healthy this flu season is being keen to the symptoms and avoiding spreading the infection.

Registered nurse Kellee Necaise, infection prevention coordinator at McLaren Macomb Hospital, is an expert in the practice of preventing the infection and spread of communicable diseases, which especially includes the flu.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be no shortage of things to see and do in downtown Mount Clemens on New Year’s Eve.

The 22nd annual Macomb County New Year’s Eve Gala will kick off at 4 p.m. with a Children’s New Year’s Eve in Never Never Land event hosted by Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and the Fairy Godmother.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies took a 13-year-old boy into custody Dec. 19 after he led them on a high-speed chase on Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile) with his 8-year-old sister in the passenger’s seat.

According to the sheriff’s report, deputies received a notification at 11:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a black Nissan Altima that was reportedly driving erratically.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens restaurant owner will be offering a free breakfast buffet on Christmas Eve in an effort to raise money to feed the hungry.

Mark Lleshi, owner of John’s Family Grill, said everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 24. He said no donations are required, though any donations that are given that day will benefit local churches and their year-round efforts to aid the homeless.

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Published December 17, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Three men were arrested recently during a series of undercover stings by the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement (MACE) team.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, detectives assigned to MACE monitoring an undisclosed website on Dec. 7 narrowed in on an advertisement and began a conversation with a man who allegedly stated that he wanted to have sex with an underage girl.

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Published December 17, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Sue Coats, CEO of Turning Point in Mount Clemens, said the outpouring of support that the nonprofit organization receives on a regular basis never ceases to impress her.

After an accidental fire displaced more than a dozen women and children at the domestic violence shelter this past June, financial support from people and businesses across Macomb County and metro Detroit came swiftly, and they were all able to return within a week.

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Published December 11, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Law enforcement officials are looking for three armed men robbed who the MI Care Pharmacy in Mount Clemens early Friday.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, at 9:38 a.m., three men, each armed with a handgun, entered the front door of the business located at 33 Church Street and ordered the two store employees to the rear of the store. One of the suspects forced one of the employees to open a safe.

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Published December 10, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A little over two weeks following a threat reported at a high school, the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools community was once again faced with a threat — this one forcing six district buildings into lockdown.

Though the alleged threat made by a student at L’Anse Creuse High School-North on Nov. 18 was ultimately deemed not credible by law enforcement officials, the one allegedly made Dec. 8 led to a student being taken into police custody.

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Published December 9, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The city of Mount Clemens is heading in the right direction financially, according to its 2015 fiscal year audit report.

Presented last month by representatives from Plante Moran, the result of the audit is a favorable future thanks to last year’s successful charter amendment.

“Finances are heading in the right direction,” said Ken Mero, Plante Moran CPA. “You should be very proud.”

Plante Moran representative Dave Harrington said the passage of the charter amendment saved the city from a bleak future.

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Published December 7, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said an alleged threat made during a conversation between two L’Anse Creuse High School-North students in November has been deemed as “no credible threat.”

“We investigated the comments made by a couple students,” Wickersham said. “We investigated and found no credible threats or actions that rises to a criminal action.”

Consequently, many unsubstantiated claims that students were advised to stay home from school began to appear on social media.

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Published December 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kurt Strevel was going about his business while on his normal route of delivering food to residents as part of the Meals on Wheels program when suddenly he had to change plans.

His truck that he was driving that day this past January broke down, but that didn’t stop Strevel from finishing his route.

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Published December 5, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — A trio of longtime Harrison Township firefighters have taken their passion for saving lives outside the fire station.

After a bit of research, Bob Mlynarek, Jason Groth and Mike Barnhard teamed up much like they do on any emergency call and opened Preferred Care at Home, an in-home care company based in Mount Clemens.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The county has lost what it deems as one of its most vital pieces of defense weaponry.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union 1737 will he holding their annual Donuts with Santa event while simultaneously kicking off their Giving Tree program Dec. 5.

Firefighter Erik Evans said the event is always an enjoyable experience for the entire family.

“There will be free coffee, juice and doughnuts, and the children can meet with Santa and tell him what they want this year and get their picture taken,” said Evans. “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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