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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — When the Beaumont One: Air Medical Transportation Helicopter crew receives an emergency call, the staff is up in the air within 6-10 minutes and heading to the scene.

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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Grissom Middle School student was taken to a local hospital for observation after a Warren Consolidated Schools bus was involved in a traffic incident at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 27.

The crash happened on 15 Mile Road between Ryan and Dequindre roads, according to district officials. According to information obtained by WCS officials, an SUV hit the bus head-on and the bus driver was not at fault.

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Published May 27, 2016

WARREN — Motorists heading in any direction through Warren can expect to find roads lined with orange barrels in the weeks to come.

Delays are sure to follow for drivers, but officials said the projects will give much-needed attention to roadways in obvious need.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — The Cromie Cougars are revved and ready.

The elementary school students, staff and parents will again participate in Warren’s annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

This year’s 24-hour event will be held from 10 a.m. June 11 through 10 a.m. June 12 in front of Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, off Van Dyke Avenue. Relay for Life is held in communities worldwide to raise money for cancer research and support those living with the disease.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Roaming bands of “professional actors” bent on bilking seniors out of their nest eggs are the subject of a new law enforcement crackdown in Warren and neighboring communities.

Mayor Jim Fouts said earlier this month that he had directed the Police Department to spearhead a new task force dedicated to thwarting senior scams and the traveling bands of thieves known to prey on the elderly.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School band director Brian Roelandt has hit the right notes again.

For the third consecutive year, the music teacher has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Education Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. More than 3,300 nominations were submitted nationwide, and Roelandt is one of 290 educators in the country to qualify. Fourteen educators from Michigan were selected.

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Published May 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Food Program recently received more than 300,000 pounds of food thanks to the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

The May 14 countywide drive netted a total of 500,000 pounds of food. The food helps feed families, seniors, veterans, children and the homeless throughout the county.

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Published May 24, 2016

CENTER LINE — Center Line officials will consider a proposed “status quo” budget on June 6 that City Manager Dennis Champine said reflects only “very minimal” tax increases to offset anticipated increased costs related to public safety pensions and debt elimination.

The four members of the Center Line City Council and Mayor Bob Binson met with Champine and other members of the city’s administrative team in mid-April for a series of workshops on the proposed $8,588,189 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN — City officials have approved a request to at least temporarily put the brakes on new pawn shops in Warren until a revised ordinance governing their zoning and regulation is a done deal.

Members of the Warren City Council voted 6-1 earlier this month to place a moratorium on processing and approval of pawn broker licensing and site plans for new pawn shops. The moratorium, requested by City Councilman Robert Boccomino, specifically excludes any planned or ongoing expansions at existing pawn businesses.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN  — The smallest things can tell a big story.

Members of the Warren Historical Commission and the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society are looking for items  — whether simply submitted on loan from Warren residents or their families, or through a donation to the society —  to be showcased in the hallway display windows on the west side of the Warren Community Center complex, near the auditorium and next to the city’s historical gallery.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — Warren’s weekly Farmers Market will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, with a flurry of events to follow that day and throughout the summer. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — Seventh-grade students in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center (MS)2TC program at the Butcher Educational Center are working on a project to turn an unused field on school property into a “Field of Dreams.”

This school year, the students have joined together to create a habitat behind Butcher for endangered species native to Michigan. Each class has its own plot of land and has been busy preparing them in an effort to attract a variety of animals.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — When John Avoledo’s second-grade students at Westview Elementary School returned from lunch the afternoon of May 11, they sat down at their desks, logged on to their laptops and put on their headphones.

It was time to hit the books, or in this case, the Chromebooks.

Fitzgerald Public Schools officials recently purchased Google Chromebook computers for every student in the district. A total of 15 Chromebook cart labs were acquired using state and federal grants for a total of $101,565. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — The front lawn of Peck Elementary School turned into a mini-concert during the late afternoon of May 6.

The stars of the show were the school’s students, who sang and danced for their audience of family members and staff. The show came with an Olympic theme in which each grade at the Center Line Public Schools building highlighted a different country, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Japan.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — A fire likely resulting from combustible material left near a space heater left two homes damaged on Prospect west of Van Dyke early on May 17.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the scene following a 911 call at 6:40 a.m.

“A neighbor reported it while walking the dog,” McAdams said. “The fire went through the window, the picture window, and flames impinged on the second house. The houses are really close together.”

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN  —  If they build it, will they come? 

That remains to be seen, but they won’t be coming to a new “first-class hotel,” sought by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and built in the city’s Civic Center by the Lansing-based Boji Group, because the two sides have parted ways.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing and charges were believed to be forthcoming at press time after an alleged robbery and shooting on May 10 wounded a 45-year-old Warren man at the Red Roof Inn on Dequindre, just north of the I-696 service drive.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department said the victim arrived at the hotel where he met with a 23-year-old suspect. The pair reportedly went into a room where another suspect was waiting with a handgun. The victim reportedly told police the second suspect demanded money.

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Published May 11, 2016

CENTER LINE — Eleven weeks.

Center Line officials said that’s the incredibly short amount of time it took for the community to respond with overwhelming support for a proposed plan to restore the K-9 unit at the Department of Public Safety.

In that time, officials said, the city’s businesses and individual residents stepped up with cash donations totaling more than $33,000, plus generous in-kind contributions that included veterinary services and a new vehicle from Crest Ford.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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