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Published July 29, 2016

CENTER LINE — A utility contractor wasn’t responsible for a water line breach that closed a section of 10 Mile Road for several hours on July 20. That’s because the line wasn’t marked with above-ground flags, and it wasn’t on the most recent blueprints of underground utilities.

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Published July 27, 2016

WARREN — Should Warren mayors be able to serve five four-year terms instead of three? That’s one of the questions set to go before Warren voters on Aug. 2.

If approved, Mayor Jim Fouts would instantly become eligible for re-election two more times, beginning in 2019 when his third term expires.

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Published July 27, 2016

WARREN — Warren’s police and fire leaders say the city’s public safety millage has been an investment well worth making.

Voters will get a chance to renew the tax for five more years when they head to the ballot box on Aug. 2.

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Published July 26, 2016

WARREN — A block of rooms at a local inn were evacuated on July 25 after firefighters responding to a medical emergency detected a high level of carbon monoxide.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said staff at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Detroit Warren on Civic Center Drive, north of Common Road and east of Van Dyke, called 911 at 3:18 p.m. after a member of the cleaning staff found two somewhat unresponsive guests in bed in one of the rooms.

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Published July 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Sitting inside the cockpit of an A-7 Corsair II airplane at the Selfridge Military Air Museum gave 12-year-old Donovan Harry a good feeling.

“It felt like I was actually riding the airplane,” he said.

But if he had to fly the military aircraft for real, Harry would pass.

“Too scary,” he said.

Harry and his Warren Woods Public Schools School Age Child Care Summer Program classmates visited the Selfridge museum, located on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, during the afternoon of July 14.

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Published July 25, 2016

CENTER LINE — Criminal charges appear unlikely for a 57-year-old Warren man who police said appeared mentally unstable after he allegedly threatened to “shoot cops” during a bizarre encounter with another motorist.

The man, whose name was not released, was stopped by police July 22 in Warren near 10 Mile and Mound, shortly after a strange and random incident in Center Line led another driver to call 911 near Stephens and Van Dyke at about 12:30 p.m.

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Published July 24, 2016

WARREN — Warren police are now patrolling in teams of two officers per car, and security enhancements have been made at police headquarters as a precaution after a spate of recent violent attacks targeting police in other parts of the country.

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Published July 22, 2016

WARREN — With school out for the summer, representatives from the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan realize that means many children will go without the breakfast and lunch meals they typically receive for free during the school year.

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Published July 22, 2016

WARREN — A brazen and clumsy attempt to rip cash machines from two Warren stores using chains and a stolen purple minivan ended in ruin for a group of would-be burglars early on July 19.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, said three of four men allegedly involved in the attempted thefts at the Value Fresh Market, near 10 Mile and Hoover, and Mike’s Market, near Nine Mile and Van Dyke, were taken into custody at about 4:30 a.m.

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Published July 20, 2016

CENTER LINE — A “major” water main break has left 10 Mile Road in Center Line closed for at least several hours on Wednesday, July 20.

Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine said in a statement that all lanes of 10 Mile Road between Lawrence and Sherwood were closed shortly after 1:30 p.m.

“We received word at approximately 1:30 p.m. that a 16-inch water main was breached during utility construction being performed in the utility easement,” Champine said in an official release.

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Published July 20, 2016

WARREN — School may be out for the summer in Van Dyke Public Schools, but that hasn’t stopped a group of 140 elementary students from learning during the hiatus.

The students — entering kindergarten through sixth grade this fall — are brushing up on their math, reading and science skills by attending summer school this June and July at Lincoln Elementary School. There also has been time for outdoor recess.

Summer school is offered annually, free of charge, with staff changing up the lessons each year to keep the students engaged and on their toes.

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Published July 19, 2016

CENTER LINE — The Center Line Beautification Commission is once again looking to recognize owners of homes and businesses that are awash in color, texture, whimsical design or backyard beauty.

Nominations in those four categories are being sought for the second annual David W. Hanselman Beautiful Homes Contest.

The contest, named after the city’s former mayor who died  last summer, will run through Aug. 19.

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Published July 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —When President Ronald Reagan was wounded during an assassination attempt March 30, 1981, chief White House photographer Michael Evans captured the frightening scene through several clicks of his camera.

The picture is one of many official White House photographs that will be on display until Oct. 15 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the Macomb Community College Center Campus.

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Published July 15, 2016

WARREN — Herman Johnson and Fred Rivera bled together and bonded as brothers in the jungles of Vietnam in the summer of 1969.

On July 10, 47 years after a battle split them up, they were back in each other’s company in Washington, D.C., where Rivera had more than a reunion planned.

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Published July 15, 2016

WARREN — Robert Phillips was in the process of finishing the basement of his home on Gilbert when the torrential rains of Aug. 11, 2014, erased his investment.

After the water from what some called a “200-year rain” receded, he went back to work and finished the job, only to learn it was all for naught early on July 8 when he came home from work and again found that water had invaded his home south of 12 Mile and west of Hoover.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 11, 2016

CENTER LINE — An investigation into an afternoon collision that killed a middle-aged bicyclist at 10 Mile and Federal July 7 remains open and ongoing, while a final confirmation of the deceased man’s identity is still pending.

Lt. Thomas Costello of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the bicyclist, thought to be 61, apparently left a party store at the intersection just after 3 p.m. when he was struck on Federal by a Chrysler 300.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — This year’s dry, early summer is having an unwanted side effect for gardeners: an influx of thirsty mammals. 

“Squirrels are a big problem this year. They’re looking for moisture,” said Cindy Roback, whose family owns and operates Young’s Garden Mart & Christmas Fantasy on Ryan Road, north of 11 Mile Road, in Warren. “People are watering their gardens, so the plants have moisture.”

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