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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 21, 2016

WARREN — A 37-year-old Warren man died early Jan. 21 after he was reportedly struck by three vehicles on Schoenherr at Leonard, three blocks north of Toepfer.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the man was initially struck by a 2009 Kia Sportage driven north on Schoenherr by a 41-year-old Clinton Township woman at 6:57 a.m.

“He was outside of the crosswalk, and it was dark,” Mills said. “She cooperated with the investigation. It doesn’t look like she will even be the at-fault driver.”

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Published January 19, 2016

WARREN — Solid police work and a quick 911 call from a robbery victim combined to take an armed suspect off the street Jan. 9. 

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the suspect — 24-year-old Lavell McKnight, of Warren — was arrested by a patrol officer alerted to the robbery of a patron at Huntington Bank on 10 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr, at about 12:35 p.m.

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Published January 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Two literary favorites will make the jump from the book page to the main stage next month as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts brings back its “Page to Stage” series.

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Published January 13, 2016

WARREN — New Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education member Amber Brace is settling into her new role on the board.

Brace was recently appointed to fill a vacancy when previous board member Jim Brinkey resigned his position effective Oct. 19. She is married to Chris Brace and is the mother of four children.

Brace’s term expires Dec. 31, 2016. Brace was “excited” when she learned that she had been  appointed to the board.

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Published January 12, 2016

WARREN — A Warren man was in custody Jan. 12 after a domestic dispute resulted in gunfire and a “shootout” involving responding police.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department, no one was injured after Terrance Joseph, 21, allegedly fired multiple shots during an argument with a 26-year-old woman — the mother of Joseph’s child — over custody issues. Joseph was reportedly on the front porch of the home at the time, on Chalmers just west of Van Dyke and north of Toepfer. 

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 11, 2016

WARREN — Proponents of further restrictions governing where medical marijuana can be grown and transferred in the city of Warren say they simply want to keep “de facto commercial” operations out of the city’s residential neighborhoods.

How best to do that — including a proposed ordinance now before the Warren City Council, and a trio of bills in the Michigan Legislature — were the topic of discussion among officials at various levels during a special City Council Committee of the Whole session on Jan. 5.

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Published January 9, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — When it came time to honor a fallen officer or to collectively remember those who fell in the line of duty, Kevin Sommers was there.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 6, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College is one of three educational institutions nationwide that will receive grant money from the Kresge Foundation’s new education program.

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, is an organization that works to expand opportunities to low-income individuals in America’s cities. The foundation promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.

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Published January 5, 2016

Public safety officials from Warren and Sterling Heights spent the afternoon of Jan. 4 investigating how and why a semi-truck drove off the road and smashed into Frank’s Deli and Liquor in Sterling Heights, injuring several people, according to police.

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Published January 4, 2016

WARREN — A 74-year-old employee reportedly suffered minor injuries when an industrial furnace exploded at a business near Nine Mile and Hoover early on Jan. 4.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department, the explosion occurred at Warner Electric/Formsprag Clutch at 6:23 a.m., as employees were attempting to light a furnace used in the industrial heat treating process.

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Published December 31, 2015

WARREN — It wasn’t easy, but Lauren Lilley made it to her high school graduation.

She’d been bedridden at times, in near constant pain since her health really started to deteriorate at age 15. There’d been various treatments and therapies. Opinions from doctors? There were a lot of those. There were many consultations, which resulted in a battery of prescriptions.

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — The year 2015 again had local school officials closely watching their district’s financial budgets. The fiscal year for local districts runs July 1 through June 30, and school boards had to approve budgets by June 30, 2015, for the 2015-16 school year.

Educators also took pride in student and staff accomplishments, focused on student achievement, continued to use various teaching methods to help at-risk students, remained up-to-date with mandates coming from state lawmakers and kept student safety on the forefront.

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN — Members of the Center Line Beautification Commission tasked with surveying the city’s most well-lit holiday homes and businesses weren’t disappointed on Dec. 20.

“We were out there for like three hours last night,” said Janice Ornsten, the commission’s treasurer, who sits on the subcommittee for the annual “Light Up the Sky” holiday lights contest. “The houses were so beautiful. It was really hard deciding.”

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN — Legislatively, it was a year to forget for Warren’s contingent of elected Democrats serving in the state Capitol.

“I think I have to say I was very disappointed in the state Legislature this year,” said state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-District 9. “Largely it’s been a record of failure.”

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Published December 30, 2015

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Like most years, 2015 was a reflection of life itself across the Warren Weekly’s coverage area, its days remembered as a mix of joy, sorrow, hard work and celebration.

That was nowhere more evident than it was in Center Line, where the life of the late Mayor David Hanselman was celebrated upon his passing in August, as the community remembered a man regarded as the city’s tireless advocate and one of its favorite sons.

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Published December 29, 2015

WARREN — A Warren teen with cash to spend on a new pair of shoes went shopping on Facebook Dec. 26. He later told police he was robbed of $160 by a man who showed up with a gun.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the teen posted a photo of fanned-out cash on Facebook and stated he wanted to buy some shoes.

“The victim was contacted by a person. The guy’s nickname was ‘Southwest Zeke,’” Mills said. “He contacted him saying, ‘I got shoes for you.’”

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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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