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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The stories of what pets are up to when their human friends are out of the house are coming to life thanks to a pair of authors who are also teachers at Shawnee Elementary School in Macomb Township.

Authors William Bower and Julie Rouse recently released a pair of books to continue their children’s book series, “Pet Tales.”

Bower and Rouse released their first book, “Pet Tales: Back to School,” in 2014, and have released a pair of holiday-themed books for the series over the past month.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A $3.8 million sewer project is underway along 23 Mile Road in Macomb Township, between Romeo Plank and Hayes roads.

The project means that the far right westbound lane of 23 Mile Road will be closed in that stretch for the duration of the project, which is expected to be approximately three months.

Project Manager Steve Siklich said there will also be a one-week intermittent lane closure at the intersection of 23 Mile and Hayes sometime in April.

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Published April 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 16-year-old girl has been reported as missing by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Marissa Boyce, of Macomb Township, was reportedly last seen around 8 p.m. Feb. 28. She was still missing at press time April 4.

At the time she was last seen, Boyce was wearing gray pajama pants and a black hoodie.

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Published March 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Candidates for local elections have begun to announce their intentions to run in the Aug. 2 primary election.

With current U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Harrison Township, departing from her post this upcoming fall, candidates will be vying for the vacant 10th Congressional District seat. The 10th Congressional District encompasses northeast Macomb County, most of Tuscola County, and all of Huron, Sanilac, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

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Published March 29, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/GROSSE POINTE — A pair of local filmmakers have collaborated over the last seven years to produce a film that is set to premiere in early April.

Kim Stricker, 36, of Grosse Pointe Park, and Mike Pfaendtner, 59, of Macomb Township, have created a nearly 70-minute film called “The Goat Yard,” which tells the tales of a sailing club on the east side of Detroit, and the sailors who used to or still inhabit it.

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A five-year master plan for Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department was adopted by the Board of Trustees during a Feb. 29 meeting.

The plan acts as a wish list for what the parks department would like to accomplish, but it does not guarantee that all of the projects listed will come to fruition.

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — They met in late 1945.

Simon Ruder, 39, a survivor of several German concentration camps as a Polish Jew, met Marile Hasul, then 17, a German Catholic and former member of the Hitler Youth.

Marile was caring for Simon in a hospital as a volunteer nurse at the time in 1945. The two fell into a romantic relationship that would last for the next six decades.

Rudolf Ruder, a Macomb Township resident and son of Simon and Marile, continues to tell the story of his parents through his book, “The Long Journey to Cleveland.”

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Macomb Township man is still being reported as missing after he was last seen leaving his residence March 10.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that Stephen Christopher McAfee left his residence around 2:30 a.m. that day. Attempts to locate him through his cellphone have been unsuccessful.

McAfee is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on McAfee is encouraged to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412.

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Published March 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Numerous Macomb Township Fire Department personnel were recognized during a March 9 township Board of Trustees meeting for their efforts in either saving a life or bringing a new life into the world.

Five individuals were given lifesaving awards for performing CPR on and reviving a man who had a heart attack Aug. 7. Those involved were Deputy Chief Adam Munro, Capt. Gary Ross, Sgt. Ken Bartz, Sgt. Ryan Gierman and firefighter Vince Pozzuoli.

On Aug. 14, firefighters Joe Warne, Carly Mocny and Jason Krozek were involved in helping deliver a baby.

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Published March 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Voters across Michigan hit the polls March 8 to vote in the U.S. presidential primary.

While Donald Trump claimed another victory among Republicans, Bernie Sanders won narrowly over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.

Statewide, Sanders, a senator from Vermont, claimed 49.8 percent of the vote, just ahead of Clinton, who finished at 48.3 percent.

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Published March 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP— The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a 19-year old from Macomb Township is missing.

Stephen Christopher McAfee was reportedly last seen leaving his residence around 2:30 a.m. March 10 on Walden Drive in Macomb Township.

Attempts to locate him through his cell phone have been unsuccessful.

McAfee is 6-foot-1-inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on McAfee is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (586)-307-9412.

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Published March 11, 2016

UPDATE: The missing teen has been found.

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 15-year-old male from Macomb Township has been reported as missing by the Macomb County Sheriff’s office.

Cammeron Scott Setters was last seen at 6:45 p.m. March 9 leaving his home through a bedroom window.

The sheriff’s office reported that he is known to frequent Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights and Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township. He reportedly does not have a cell phone.

Setters is white, 6-foot-1-inches tall and 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With the Macomb County Department of Roads seeking input from county communities on future projects, Macomb Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved the recommendations of the township’s Road Paving Committee to suggest to the county.

During a township meeting Feb. 29, the board approved three widening projects, which the county would use federal funding to complete.

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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Robert Gracin spent plenty of time during his childhood going to camps at the Marvin Blank Senior Center in Macomb Township.

When the time came for Gracin, a member of Troop 349, to pick a beneficiary for his Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2014, he had an easy answer.

After talking with the director of the senior center, Gracin learned that the building was in need of a few different things, and that is how he came up with the ideas for his project.

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Published March 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 46-year-old Madison Heights man was arrested by deputies Feb. 27 in Macomb Township.

The man, David Allen Mapley, is now facing six charges related to his arrest.

Mapley allegedly placed an advertisement on a popular website, and detectives posing as an underage girl responded to the post.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Twelve years of writing and revising culminated on Jan. 27 for Macomb Township resident and author Veronica “Vernie” Dale.

Dale began writing fiction in 2003, and she released her first novel in a four-part series, “Blood Seed: Coin of Rulve Book One” in late January.

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Published February 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY/GROSSE POINTES - Michigan State Police troopers and Macomb County Sheriff deputies were involved in a chase of a reportedly stolen U-Haul truck at approximately 1 a.m. Feb. 24.

Lieutenant John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s department said the chase began on westbound I-94 at 23 Mile Road, and ended on Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe. Michalke said sheriff’s deputies joined the State Police in the chase on I-94 at Hall Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Eugene Williams had plenty to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.

Williams, a 10th-grader at Chippewa Valley High School, had just been told earlier in the month that he was going to the Super Bowl.

Better yet, an MRI later in November showed that he was cancer free after a nearly two-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that typically attacks the nose and throat area.

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