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Published April 11, 2016

WARREN — Siersma Elementary School students may have found Bigfoot. The elusive creature was at their school April 1 when husband-and-wife book team Darrin Brege and Karen Bell-Brege visited.

It wasn’t really Bigfoot, but a life-size standout of the popular beast, one of many characters in the six “Mick Morris Myth Solver” books and three “Ghost Board Posse” books the pair have created. Bell-Brege is the author and Brege is the illustrator behind the scary stories.

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Published April 10, 2016

WARREN — An Xbox sale arranged on Craigslist turned into a larcenous, one-way affair April 3 in a south Warren mobile home community.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department, said the victim, a 33-year-old Warren man, told police he was looking to sell an Xbox One video game console and some games.

“He put an ad on Craigslist. He was trying to sell it for $375,” Eidt said.

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Published April 9, 2016

WARREN — Six short films by and about women, most reflecting a message of empowerment, will be at the center of Turning Point Macomb’s inaugural presentation of the award-winning LunaFest traveling film festival this month.

Turning Point, based in Mount Clemens and dedicated to providing emergency support, shelter and prevention services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will host the event at Warren’s Renaissance Unity Church on April 16, with showings of the six films beginning at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Published April 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum is on the move.

Two years after the nonprofit established its collection of historic vehicles, military artifacts, and recorded veteran histories in a space on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores, Museum Director John Lind and the leaser confirmed that they had reached a mutual financial agreement to forego the remaining four months of the museum’s lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy must vacate the property by May 8.

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Published April 8, 2016

WARREN — From a list of his administration’s accomplishments to the Zika virus, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts covered a lot of ground in the first State of the City speech of his third four-year term.

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Published April 7, 2016

WARREN — Members of the Warren City Council will be asked again whether voters will get to decide if Warren Mayor Jim Fouts should be eligible to serve up to 20 years, or just the 12 currently permitted under term limits.

On April 7, sources confirmed that the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had rejected the council’s previous vote on a resolution that would, if ultimately approved by the state and Warren voters, make Fouts or any future Warren mayor eligible to serve a total of five four-year terms, as opposed to three.

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Published April 7, 2016

CENTER LINE — Investigators in Center Line are looking for a thief who has methodically taken tires, just one at a time, from higher end trucks and SUVs parked on a dealership lot over the past 11 months.

Lt. Thomas Costello of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the suspect, captured on surveillance video, was described as a 55-year-old white man with gray hair, wearing a Carhartt-style work jacket and light blue jeans with rips in the knees. The man was reportedly driving a brown or tan four-door 2015 Ford Fusion.

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Published April 6, 2016

WARREN — Ever since he can remember, Detroit Lions running back George Winn wanted to play professional football.

“It was always a dream of mine. I was blessed to be able to accomplish that dream,” said Winn, who knew he needed perseverance to make it happen.

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Published April 5, 2016

WARREN — Increased costs resulting from a protracted timetable to demolish and reconstruct the Busch Branch Library brought Warren’s top library official back before the City Council last month.

After a lengthy discussion on March 8, council members voted to put more money behind the project, now set to begin in April with the demolition of the existing library on Ryan, two blocks north of Nine Mile Road, and to conclude with the construction of a new building now slated for completion later this year.

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Published April 4, 2016

WARREN — A pair of alleged thieves wanted for taking a customer’s wallet at Meijer and a purse at Wal-Mart remained at large April 4 amid an ongoing investigation by the Warren Police Department.

Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said the thieves, a man and a woman, were wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet that was allegedly lifted from a customer’s purse at Meijer on Mound north of 12 Mile Road at 8:09 p.m. on April 1.

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Published April 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT —Since 1968, the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan has provided furniture for local needy families in Macomb and Oakland counties.

The nonprofit organization, headquartered at 333 N. Perry St. in Pontiac, is now expanding its service to families in Wayne County.

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Published April 3, 2016

WARREN — The legal war over freedom of religious expression in the city of Warren’s public spaces looks set to go yet another round this spring.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization advocating for the absolute separation of church and state, filed a Freedom of Information Act request in February, seeking records related to the city’s annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

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Published April 1, 2016

UPDATE: According to MCC officials, Almasmari was found safe, out of state. 

WARREN — Macomb Community College Police and Hamtramck Police are asking the public for help in locating a missing 20-year-old student who resides in Hamtramck.

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Published April 1, 2016

WARREN — Deer are a common sight on the banks of the Red Run Drain. At night, coyotes sometimes croon to the wail of emergency sirens on nearby Dequindre or Ryan roads. A fox will occasionally make an appearance; in one case, one dropped in for a photobomb as resident Dennis Proctor took a picture of a perfectly posed big buck.

But what Proctor saw a few feet from his own yard two weeks ago was something different. When he realized it was a bald eagle, he high-tailed it back to the house to grab his camera.

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Published March 30, 2016

WARREN — The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments gathered March 24 for its general assembly meeting at the South Campus of Macomb Community College. 

SEMCOG consists of representatives from seven Michigan counties: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Its purpose is to help local governments improve and maintain southeast Michigan’s transportation systems, environmental quality, economic interests and infrastructure. 

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Published March 30, 2016

WARREN — Depending on where you live and the lifestyle you want, Warren’s remaining 12 miles of dirt roads can be seen as either unfinished business or a throwback to simpler times.

Before the 1940s and Warren’s industrialization during World War II, the area was dotted with quaint farms, creaky barns and peaceful pastures, criss-crossed by a network of dusty lanes and bumpy roads that connected farming families to amenities in the growing towns around them.

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Published March 30, 2016

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will be live on the airwaves beginning in late April.

Never short of opinions on topics ranging from insurance reform to fireworks to personal property taxes, Fouts said he will take part in a weekly call-in radio show on WFDF 910 AM in the 4-5 p.m. times lot, beginning on Saturday, April 23.

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Published March 30, 2016

CENTER LINE — The Center Line High School Moms and Dads Club is continuing its mission of raising money to benefit the students and staff of the school.

On March 6, the club welcomed nearly 300 people to its annual spaghetti dinner and bake sale fundraiser at Center Line High School. Money raised from the event will be used to purchase items not available in the general budget. The dinner and bake sale has become tradition for the club and is held the first Sunday in March each year.

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Published March 29, 2016

WARREN — Where’s the beef?

Warren police are looking for the hamburglars who took 33 cases of Whopper patties from a semi-truck trailer parked at a warehouse on Ryan south of 10 Mile Road sometime overnight between March 25 and March 26, while the driver waited to make a delivery.

“It was cargo stolen from a trailer. Somebody broke into it,” said Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department. “Several parties had access to the lock.”

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Published March 28, 2016

WARREN — It took more than five months, but the Warren City Council has passed a new set of rules dealing with the growth and transfer of medical marijuana.

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