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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

ROSEVILLE — New shops like Ulta Beauty and Rue 21 have recently opened their doors at Macomb Mall, with more stores and restaurants on the way later this year.


Christopher Brochert, a partner at Lormax Stern — the development company that owns Macomb Mall — said Ulta Beauty opened the last week of May, and Rue 21 was scheduled, at the time of this writing, to open a 6,000-square-foot store June 11.


Brochert said there are a number of additional businesses planning on opening in the coming months.

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Published June 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has trivia contests, art discussions, courtyard teatime and face-reading events set up for adult visitors as part of the library’s summer programs.


The library also has solidified its youth summer reading program events, which are scheduled to take place throughout late June and the month of July.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s historical photo is from around 1950 and features the Eastgate Shopping Center in Roseville under construction. The shopping center’s architect is listed as Charles M. Agree, and it still stands in use today at Frazho Road and Gratiot Avenue.


Prior to the shopping center, the location held the Hartung Airport, also known before that time as Packard Field; the airport opened in 1919 and closed in the 1950s so that the shopping center could be built.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Dearborn Heights man is in police custody after allegedly getting into a fight in the early hours of June 2 that ended when he allegedly fired a handgun into the air.


Karar Mohamed, 24, was arraigned in 39th District Court on June 2 on one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of possession of a controlled substance. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he requested a court-appointed attorney. One had not been named at press time.

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Published June 10, 2015

EASTPOINTE — In a 4-0 vote during a special meeting June 3, the Eastpointe City Council selected Michael Klinefelt to fill the vacant council seat.


Klinefelt will fill the vacancy created when former Councilwoman Wendy Richardson resigned in April. Klinefelt will serve until the November municipal election; he has said he plans to run for a full term at that time.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — From Midas north of 10 Mile Road to Hooters at 14 Mile Road, the Roseville Gratiot Cruise is planning a number of car shows, cruise-ins and other activities along Gratiot Avenue on June 20.


Judy Warren-Wright, cruise event coordinator, said that the opening ceremonies for the cruise will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Erin Presbyterian Church, 30000 Gratiot Ave., and will consist of recognizing local dignitaries — such as City Council members and state Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville — and the blessing of the cruise.

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Published June 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The four-day RoseFest festival is set to kick off at Veterans Memorial Park on June 18, and organizers are planning for a full plate of activities, games and special events.


“Everything right now is fast and furious,” said City Manager Scott Adkins, who is one of the organizers of the event. “All the major events are locked in, but the little bits (have seen) changes, and they’ve all been positive.”

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Published June 8, 2015

Roseville Police are investigating a shooting involving a man and a teen who were in front of Athena Hall on Gratiot Avenue the evening of June 7.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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