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$9,000 in fishing equipment, other items taken in eight Macomb County home invasions

During the day, the Mount Clemens man worked at a job. 



a person standing in a room: Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham discusses an arrest in eight home invasions in Macomb Township at the sheriff's office in Mount Clemens on Oct. 2, 2020.


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Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham discusses an arrest in eight home invasions in Macomb Township at the sheriff’s office in Mount Clemens on Oct. 2, 2020.

After he got off work, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said, he “went shopping in the community looking for things to steal.” 

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Now, the 33-year-old is facing 10 charges in connection with a home invasion spree in Macomb Township. 

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More than $9,000 worth of fishing equipment was among the property stolen in the after-midnight crimes at occupied homes after residents left their garage doors or a side door open between Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, Wickersham said.

The earlier incidents occurred in the areas of 22 Mile and Fairchild and 24 Mile and

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Chuck’s Restaurant in Des Moines’ Highland Park to get historic remodel

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The hardware store that’s been a mainstay of Des Moines’ north side for nearly 90 years is closing its doors.

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One of Des Moines’ oldest restaurants will undergo a historic renovation as the neighborhood around it experiences a renaissance of sorts. 

About $1.4 million will be invested in the 125-year-old building that’s home to Chuck’s Restaurant, 3610 Sixth Ave., to fix a falling roof and exterior wall, upgrade mechanical systems, improve the façade and renovate five upstairs apartments that have been vacant for several years. 

The project is a partnership between the restaurant’s owner, Emily Jones; Neighborhood Development Corp.; and Invest DSM, a nonprofit designed to make investments in four target neighborhoods to improve housing stock, increase amenities and attract new businesses.

The renovation is one of several high-profile changes in the historic Highland Park and Oak Park neighborhoods, where Invest DSM has spent nearly $750,000

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5 reasons this home repair service is music to your ears

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Your maestro team will help you get those pesky home repairs fixed. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In today’s world, your house isn’t just a place to relax in front of the TV. It’s an office, a virtual classroom and a restaurant. So, when major and minor home maintenance repairs arise, there’s little time to take care of it. Or is there? Here are five reasons why Maestro Maintenance Management is your dream come true.

1. They will save you tons of time

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Don’t lift a finger! Maestro takes care of all the heavy lifting. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding someone you can trust to provide your home with the repairs and maintenance is a never-ending hassle.

If you’re like me, time is rarely on your side. With work, running a home and acting as

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Library renovation paused until Imagine Clearwater final costs are known

Last month, the City Council agreed to close the Main Library effective Sept. 25 so contractors could begin a $4 million renovation of the structure. It was to become the symbolic groundbreaking of Imagine Clearwater, the roughly $64 million plan to redevelop the downtown waterfront into a park with a concert venue, garden and a Bluff walk surrounded by a plaza with housing and retail.

But Thursday, when it came time for the council to give contractors the green light to begin work, the estimate for the library had climbed to $6.4 million with all costs factored in.

“We’ve been hearing for many, many months now that (the contractor) will be able to bring this in under time and under budget and seeing the numbers go up for the library as the first component of this is not a good omen,” said city council member Mark Bunker. “But I

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‘Just untenable’: Calls mount for improvements at South Lake Elementary

Parents, teachers and local religious leaders turned out at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland, to call for construction of a new school, which they say is desperately needed.

Parents, teachers and local religious leaders turned out at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland, to call for construction of a new school, which they say is desperately needed.

Members of Action in Montgomery, a community advocacy group, stood outside the building that was riddled with problems, from overcrowding to infrastructure and even rodents, as WTOP reported over the summer.

South Lake has almost 900 students, which is well over the original building capacity, and is home to the most Black and Latino students of any county elementary school. It also has the highest number of children who are participating in free meal programs.

“It’s just untenable to think that a school that’s filled with Black and brown children

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Federal survey allows employees to voice their concerns, enable improvements | Article

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. – With three weeks left, the push is on for federal civilians to take an online survey to gauge the workforce’s views on various topics to help leadership develop better policy changes.It’s called the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.As of Sept. 25, two weeks into the open window to take the survey, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command had 7% of its employees participate. The minimum Army goal is 50%. For 2019, ASC had a participation rate of 48.8%.The 38-question survey, which is offered through Oct. 27 and takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, gives employees a high-visibility venue to voice their opinions about their workplace environment.“I genuinely ask for your participation so we gain a complete representation of how you feel ASC is doing,” stated Matt Sannito, deputy to the commanding general, ASC, in a recent organization-wide email.Although the annual survey

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Posted in kitchen remodel

The Best Celebrity Chef Kitchens Behind the New York City Wine & Food Festival

Andrew Zimmern

These days the James Beard Award–winning chef, TV host, and author is mostly cooking in the Kitchen Studio and Test Kitchen at the office of his production company and restaurant group, Intuitive Content and Passport Hospitality, which has massive firepower. “My favorite features are the flattop griddle on the cooktop in the rear, and the storage island that was designed with capacity to house all our tabletop appliances—and, most important, it contains our wine fridge, plate warmers, and utility cabinets.” Zimmern is in the midst of a home redesign that includes a drool-worthy new kitchen with “Puustelli custom cabinetry and a full Gaggenau suite that includes some incredible features like a wok burner, steam oven, and large baking oven. My favorite feature there is also my island, where I cut out cutting board–sized sections so that my work space is flat all the way across.” The chef has

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Dallas EMS crew sent home after not wearing masks while treating patient with COVID-19

Members of a Dallas Fire-Rescue crew were sent home this week after they did not wear masks while treating a patient who has COVID-19, a spokesman for the department said Friday.



a fire truck parked in front of a bus: Members of a Dallas EMS crew were sent home this week after treating a COVID-19 positive patient while not wearing masks.


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Members of a Dallas EMS crew were sent home this week after treating a COVID-19 positive patient while not wearing masks.

The incident, which was first reported by KDFW-TV (Channel 4), occurred Sunday at Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite.

The department did not say whether anyone sent home had since tested positive for the virus.

It is unclear how many members of the crew were sent home, whether they are quarantined or if they have worked since Sunday. Spokesman Jason Evans said the matter is under investigation, and that appropriate disciplinary actions would be determined.

“Due to HIPAA restrictions, we are unable to confirm or discuss specifics when

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How to check ‘refinance your mortgage’ off your list this weekend

How to check 'refinance your mortgage' off your list this weekend
How to check ‘refinance your mortgage’ off your list this weekend

Instead of spending another weekend quarantining in front of Netflix or reuniting on Zoom with classmates or former co-workers you barely remember, why not do something really valuable?

Mortgage rates in 2020 have never been lower: The average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped below 3% for the first time, and some lenders are offering loans at 2.50% and even lower.

So this weekend, why not start the ball rolling on a mortgage refinance that will cut your housing costs?

Chances are, it’s time for you to refi. The data firm Black Knight recently said 19.3 million mortgage holders are ripe for a refinance and could save an average $299 per month. Close to 2.5 million could save $500 a month or more.

Sure, with a refinance there are forms to fill out, tax returns and other documents

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‘Find joy where you can’

When Ann Osborn was looking to update her kitchen this summer in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, she made a last-minute decision to opt for a bold turquoise backsplash instead of a white one.

“Shiplap or white subway tiles were my original choices for our kitchen remodel but then I went totally off-road and decided I wanted some fun color,” she explained in a post on Instagram.

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Osborn told TODAY Home that the bright color made her happy. “As much as I’m a fan of a white kitchen, this go-around I didn’t want to play it safe and do something we had already done.”

Considering the coronavirus pandemic was going on during her remodel, Osborn said perhaps it subconsciously played a role in her taking this bold risk. “It’s not for everyone, but if

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