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Published April 14, 2015

A man is in police custody after officers found him at home April 13 with the bodies of his 37-year-old wife, 8-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

He has not been charged with anything at this time, as the department is still investigating the incident, Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs said.

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Published April 13, 2015

A 12-year-old girl has died from her injuries after being struck by a car while crossing Gratiot Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. April 10.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 10, 2015

EASTPOINTE — City Councilwoman Wendy Richardson has decided to leave the council.


Now that the city has stabilized and she has accomplished a number of things, she feels she can leave the city government behind.


“I’m announcing I’m leaving council after the budget sessions (later this week),” Richardson said at the council meeting April 7. “I’m choosing this time to say goodbye due to recent stability in the finances in the city.”

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — As they enter the final stretch of the school year, students at East Detroit High School and Roseville High School are practicing and rehearsing for their respective spring plays.


Roseville students will be performing the drama-comedy “42nd Street” April 16-18, while East Detroit students will be performing “Cyrano de Burgershack” May 1-2.

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Published April 7, 2015

ROSEVILLE — When Reach Academy fifth-grader Edward “TJ” Walker fell ill and was admitted to the hospital, his family members found themselves facing hefty medical bills. They set up an online fundraiser, but the effort was lethargic at best.

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Published April 7, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s Looking Back photo is of the municipal building of Erin Township and the village of Roseville circa 1929. The building was constructed that year and served as the hub of government for years. It hosted the fire and police departments, the library and, eventually, the city government. At the time of its construction, Gratiot was still a single-lane road.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROSEVILLE — New stores are open at Macomb Mall — or will be soon  — as work renovating the 50-year-old shopping center continues.


Karl Zarbo, director of operations at Lormax Stern, the company that owns the mall, noted that Potbelly Sandwich Works opened at the end of March in the outbuilding constructed off Gratiot Avenue in front of the mall.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published March 31, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Potholes appearing in Eastpointe and Roseville are not as bad as they were last year, but rather more in line with the usual amount, according to public services directors in both cities.


Eastpointe Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren said that, as is typical for the spring, work crews are out almost daily to go through the city and deal with potholes.

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Published March 31, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — After deliberating for hours March 20 at the Macomb County Circuit Court following three days of murder trial proceedings, a jury found Noland Brown, of Eastpointe, guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felony firearm.


Brown was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor, Deryl Bohannon, on June 4, 2014, but Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor John Hunt suggested that if the jury felt there was not enough cause to find Brown guilty of that crime, it could convict him of a lesser one.

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Published March 31, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe has gone through numerous changes, starting as a village, growing to an urbanized city built on the strength of the auto industry, then weakening — but surviving — as the boom times ended.


That history is the subject of Mayor Suzanne Pixley’s newest book, titled “Eastpointe.” The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Modern America line and focuses on the last 50 years, Pixley said.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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