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Published October 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge granted a motion to delay the start of a jury trial involving a Macomb Township man facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Judge Jennifer Faunce ruled on the day the trial was scheduled to begin, Sept. 27, that the trial for Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr., 27, will instead begin on Jan. 31, 2017.

Boozer-Brown said at court Sept. 27 that he wasn’t prepared for trial and needed more time to meet with his defense attorney, Richard Glanda.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published October 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 38-year old Macomb Township woman was fatally shot while on the phone with police dispatchers at 1:03 a.m. Oct. 1.

Deputies were dispatched to the 16000 block of Country Ridge Lane in Macomb Township and found the woman, Ebony Renee Byrom, to be deceased at the scene, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The woman reportedly called 911 to report a domestic dispute, and dispatchers overheard several gunshots during the call.

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Published September 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The 2016 Homearama event in the Christenbury Creek development in Macomb Township got underway Sept. 21 to show off the latest in home trends and designs.

The 21st edition of the event, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan, aims to portray the event’s theme of “Bringing the Dream Home.”

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Published September 28, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The fourth edition of the Macomb Township Fall Fun and Fitness Fest is returning Oct. 1 to Macomb Corners Park.

The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature numerous activities for participants of all ages.

A vintage baseball game featuring several local government leaders will follow.

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Published September 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools administrators came away pleased with the results of the district’s scores on the M-STEP and SAT exams administered late last spring.

Overall, test data shows the district outperformed county and state averages in every grade and every content area.

“I think overall we’re doing really well comparatively to other districts, but we always want to do better,” said Pam Jones, the director of curriculum and assessment. 

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Published September 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thanks to the help of more than 20 phone calls by citizens responding to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a 19-year-old Ray Township man will face charges after he reportedly damaged an ATM at the Comerica Bank located at 16700 26 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

Deputies were dispatched to the bank Sept. 5 after a caller reported that glass on the front of the ATM was shattered along with a glass panel in the vestibule of the bank.

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Published September 14, 2016

LANSING — State legislation has been introduced in an effort to further reduce distracted driving caused by the use of cellphones and portable electronic devices. 

Jim Santilli, CEO of the Traffic Improvement Association, and state Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, announced Sept. 6 that they had introduced a bill that would greatly expand upon the current state law, which only applies to texting while driving.

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Published September 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Seniors from Bloomfield Hills Marian and Warren Regina high schools will take over Phillip E. Runkel Field at Stevenson High School  in Sterling Heights for the annual powderpuff football game at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

Since 1981, the all-girls Catholic schools have competed in an annual powderpuff football game that brings together students, staff, alumni and families. At last year’s game, Regina defeated Marian 21-12. In powderpuff, the players don’t wear pads, and instead of tackling, the athletes pull flags from their opponents.

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Published September 14, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — With the Macomb County budget for the next fiscal year now introduced, discussions are set to begin to see what items require a closer look.

The balanced budget of $242.1 million represents an increase in expenditures of $8,551,270, or 3.7 percent, from the previous fiscal year, and a 2.1 percent increase in revenues. It is the county’s sixth consecutive balanced budget.

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Published September 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The latest and greatest in home design and technology are set to be showcased in Macomb Township.

This year’s Homearama event, put on by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, will take place starting Sept. 21 at Christenbury Creek, a new condominium development located near Card Road and 23 Mile Road.

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Published September 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An Eagle Scout hopeful has given Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township a much-needed facelift just prior to the start of the school year.

Justin Chorazyczewski, a senior at Chippewa Valley High School, frequently rides his bike past his old elementary school, and thought that fixing up the front entrance to Fox, 17500 Millstone in Macomb Township, would make a great opportunity for his Eagle Scout project.

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Published September 7, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Once the recipient of a Spider-Man pillowcase from Ryan’s Case for Smiles, Macomb Township resident Lorenzo Bermudez, 5, is working hard to make sure other children get the same gesture of kindness he received.

In March of 2015, Lorenzo spent four days at Children’s Hospital in Detroit to fight off a sudden illness. During his time there, he received a special pillowcase featuring Spider-Man to brighten up his stay.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported recently that deputies arrested a man after he allegedly committed larceny from the Smoker’s House on 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.

On Aug. 17, Nathaniel Hargett, 29, of Macomb Township, reportedly grabbed money from an open cash register while the clerk on duty had his back turned. The clerk attempted to chase Hargett as he got away.

Sheriff’s deputies used a K-9 unit to try to find the suspect, and the K-9’s track led to the Camelot Mobile Home Park.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After failing to advance to the general election as the Republican candidate for township supervisor, Mark Grabow has announced that he will run a write-in campaign in an attempt to secure the supervisor post this November.

In the Republican primary election Aug. 2, incumbent Supervisor Janet Dunn defeated Grabow with 60.5 percent of the vote.

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Published August 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The owners of upscale J. Baldwin’s Restaurant in Clinton Township are expanding their business ventures into Macomb Township.

Jeff and Rose Baldwin will be opening Testa Barra, an establishment rooted in Italian cuisine, this February. The co-owners appeared before the Macomb Township Board of Trustees Aug. 24 to obtain pre-approval for a liquor license, which they successfully received.

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Published August 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The preliminary plan for an 89-unit addition to the Legacy Estates development located at North Avenue and 22 Mile Road was approved during August Planning Commission and Board of Trustees meetings.

The addition, Enclave at Legacy Estates, will feature 89 single-family site condominium lots with floor plans and pricing similar to that of the Preserves portion of Legacy.

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Published August 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township man who is a licensed foster parent has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.

Jackie Lee Pittman, 61, has been charged by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which are 15-year felonies.

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Published August 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Veteran Affairs Commission is seeking to possibly add more volunteers to its workforce through the addition of a task force.

Pat Daniels, the chairman of the commission, said he hopes to involve several individuals who recently applied for a pair of commission appointments, which were filled by Michael Salyers and Therese Wrobel, both of whom were up for reappointment.

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Published August 24, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a fatal motorcycle crash occurred at 6:28 a.m. Aug. 24 at the intersection of 24 Mile and Hayes roads.

Officials reported that a 62-year old Shelby Township man, later identified as John Theodore Stoll, was driving a motorcycle eastbound on 24 Mile and was travelling through the intersection at Hayes when a yellow Dodge Caliber struck the motorcycle.

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