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Published December 23, 2015

WARREN — It wasn’t what they expected to be doing after second hour on Oct. 20.

On their way from Cousino High School to the Warren Consolidated Schools Career Preparation Center at Dodge Park and 15 Mile Road at about 9:30 a.m., four senior students, all 17 and residents of Warren, saw their day take a serious turn when they were left dealing with the aftermath of a two-car crash.

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Published December 23, 2015

WARREN — Sitting at a table Dec. 3 with pencils, markers and Vellum paper in front of them, Tyler Ciechanowski and Eduardo Walendowsky continued to brainstorm ideas for the Chevy Tahoe SUV design they were sketching.

Ciechanowski, a senior at Grosse Pointe North High School, is one of 33 students chosen to participate in a 22-week automotive sketching and sculpting course at the General Motors Technical Center. GM creative designer Walendowsky is his mentor.

“He’s doing great,” Walendowsky said. “I think he’s very talented.”

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 18, 2015

WARREN — A walk-up customer looking for a little fast food told police he was beaten by three men who decided to steal some quick cash outside Burger King at Nine Mile and Van Dyke early on Dec. 15.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said the victim, a 53-year-old Warren resident, told police he asked the three men if they would order food for him from the drive-thru window just after midnight because the inside counter was closed.

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Published December 18, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE —  Every year, as holiday decorations go up and Christmas shopping begins, students, teachers and support staff at local schools always reach out to those in need.

The Center Line High School Community Outreach Adopt-A-Family program will again help Center Line Public Schools families that otherwise would go without. CLHS students, staff and parents have “adopted” 13 families in need this holiday season.

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Published December 18, 2015

WARREN — It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retailers and online shoppers. Packages are streaming out of warehouses around the world on boats, planes, trains and trucks, bound for porches right here in metro Detroit.

Thieves clearly know that. It explains why police have reported an uptick in the theft of packages left on porches in the days leading up to Christmas.

It happens all the time, and it’s happening right here in Warren.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — An after school encounter between a student and a man who reportedly tried to grab her backpack was being taken “very seriously” by police and was the subject of an automated call to parents, sources confirmed Dec. 16.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — A unified Warren City Council affirmed its earlier decision to approve plans for a used car lot on Eight Mile Road just west of Mound Dec. 8, when it voted to override a rare veto from Mayor Jim Fouts.

“I expected they’d override this,” Fouts said Dec. 10. “I understand the council’s point of view. The bigger picture is, I don’t want the city of Warren to become a used car lot.”

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said he was surprised when he got a call from Life Application Ministries Christian Church, letting him know he was being recognized for his service in the community.

But McAdams said he’s never been surprised about the work of the Warren Fire Department’s firefighters, paramedics and administrative staff, who took Mayor Jim Fouts’ mandate to bring back the city’s emergency medical transport program and turned it into a first-class, self-sustaining model of operational efficiency.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — Carlson Elementary School Principal Tricia Huey-Rocheleau became a bit teary-eyed as the annual “Christmas with a Firefighter” tradition got underway the evening of Dec. 3 at the Meijer store located at 12 Mile and Mound roads.

“The Warren firefighters do this every year,” said Huey-Rocheleau, touched by their generosity. “To see the kids’ faces here tonight and just the parental support — they are just ecstatic to be here.”

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — If you’re looking to curl up with a good book, a group of Warren Woods Tower High School students can show you the way.

The school’s Green Club, along with students from the Make It Work program, got together to create a freestanding library located on the school grounds at 27900 Bunert Road, across from the historic schoolhouse. WWTHS is part of Warren Woods Public Schools.

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Published December 14, 2015

WARREN — Detective work, security camera images and a tip from the Warren Fire Department helped police identify a man found injured and unresponsive in a church parking lot near Ryan and Toepfer earlier this month.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said a passerby found the man — now identified as 58-year-old Chung Tran, of Warren — unconscious in the parking lot of the King of God Tabernacle at 2 a.m. on Dec. 6.

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Published December 14, 2015

WARREN — Anyone looking for clarity about the future of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts’ proposed ordinance dealing with the growth and transfer of medical marijuana will have to wait until the new year.

“We will be having a Committee of the Whole (meeting). I am scheduling a Committee of the Whole (meeting) for the first Tuesday in January,” Warren City Council Secretary Kelly Colegio said Dec. 7. “I want to make sure that everyone has ample time to really research it.”

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Published December 9, 2015

CENTER LINE — Homes and businesses that shimmer with seasonal splendor, convey Christmas cheer and “Light Up the Sky” for the New Year are being sought in Center Line.

Nominations can be submitted by phone to City Hall at (586) 757-2800 before Dec. 20, when members of the city’s Beautification Commission will take to the streets in search of the best and brightest residential and commercial properties.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — It was in the planning stages for three years, and this year the new Warren Mott High School St. John Providence School-Based Health Center finally opened.

The clinic is housed right inside the high school and offers the following services to Mott students at no cost: general health assessments, sports physicals, standard sick care, immunizations, vision and hearing testing, laboratory screenings, health education, nutritional services, behavioral health counseling and more.

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Published December 7, 2015

WARREN — The Warren City Council and Mayor Jim Fouts are at odds over plans for a used car lot near Eight Mile and Mound.

Council members, who unanimously approved plans for two used car lots late last month based on recommendations from Warren’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, essentially praised the proposals as good deals that would eliminate blight, improve public safety and bring added investments. 

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Published December 4, 2015

WARREN — Start spreading the news: The city of Warren will host a “Salute to Sinatra” on Dec. 12.

“The show will start at 8 p.m. It’s at the Warren Community Center,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “Tickets are only $10 and are still available. It will be a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year from his birth.”

The tribute will include a performance by Mark Randisi and his quartet. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets are available by calling (586) 268-8400.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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