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Jeanie Daar, 'Christmas Carol' from Detroit Thanksgiving parades, dies at 93

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Teen fatally struck ‘had way of touching people’

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Michigan man dies after being pinned by SUV he was repairing

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Mother arrested after child found stabbed to death in SW Detroit

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Mother arrested after child found stabbed to death in SW Detroit


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Fatal crash closes eastbound I-94 at Chene in Detroit

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Teen sought in grandmother’s fatal stabbing

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Detroit: Man killed, woman wounded in drive-by on west side

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Fight sparks fatal shooting on Detroit's west side
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Jeanie Daar, 'Christmas Carol' from Detroit Thanksgiving parades, dies at 93
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Teen fatally struck ‘had way of touching people’
A 14-year-old girl died Wednesday after she was struck while trying to cross Telegraph Road in Southfield, police and school officials said. Shammah Hebron, a freshman at Bradford Academy, was trying to reach a bus stop after visiting a Burger King near Nine Mile with several friends following the 3 p.m. dismissal of school, said Cheryl Paull, a principal at the charter school   Read More ...
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Michigan man dies after being pinned by SUV he was repairing
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Police: Woman fatally stabbed, suspect arrested
A 41-year-old Detroit woman was found slain in her home Monday morning, the victim, police believe, of a fatal stabbing. The man suspected of taking her life has been arrested. The woman's body was discovered about 5:15 a.m. in her home on the 19700 block of Sorrento, which is north of West Outer Drive and west of Meyers on Detroit's west side   Read More ...
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Police: Man, woman fatally shot in vehicle on west side
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Woman, 41, found shot, stabbed to death on Detroit's west side
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Mother, adult son dead after car hits school bus in Isabella Township
ISABELLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say a 56-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son died after their car crashed into the rear of a school bus in mid-Michigan. The Isabella County sheriff's office says the bus stopped Friday morning in Isabella Township, near Mount Pleasant, to pick up the first child on its route when it was hit. Sheriff Michael Main tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant that the car "went up under the bus causing both the driver of the car and the front seat passenger to sustain fatal injuries   Read More ...
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Mother, adult son dead after car hits school bus in Michigan
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2 motorists dead after car hits school bus in Michigan
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2 motorists dead after car hits school bus in mid-Mich.
Isabella Township — Authorities say two people died after the car they were riding in crashed into the back of a stopped school bus in mid-Michigan. The Isabella County sheriff’s department says the bus stopped Friday morning in Isabella Township, near Mount Pleasant, to pick up the first child on its route when it was hit. The car’s driver and a front-seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene   Read More ...
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Toddler struck, killed by vehicle in Mich. driveway
Mason Township — A toddler has died after being run over by a vehicle in a driveway during a birthday party at a southern Michigan home. MLive.com reports that a family member struck the 2-year-old about 7 p.m. Sunday in Cass County’s Mason Township. Relatives started cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived, but the child was later pronounced dead. Cass County sheriff’s officials say the driver of the vehicle that struck the child is cooperating with officers   Read More ...
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Toddler struck, killed by vehicle in Michigan driveway
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Michigan man provides flag for veteran killed in crash
CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan man whose house is next to the site of a fatal motorcycle crash has honored the Army veteran killed in that crash by giving an American flag to the victim's family. James McCarter said the flag honor was just the right thing to do for fellow veteran Joshua VanBelzen. The 26-year-old VanBelzen was leaving a motorcycle veterans' gathering in Cambridge Township on Aug   Read More ...
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Teen charged in fatal shooting at Madison Heights motel
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Dr. Robert Perkins, champion of Detroit culture, dies
Detroit cultural leaders paid tribute at week’s end to Dr. Robert E. L. Perkins, a vigorous champion of African-American arts who died Aug. 25. The Palmer Woods resident was 92. Perkins, who grew up in Texas and graduated from Howard University’s dental school in Washington, was an oral surgeon until his retirement in 1994, is said to have been the first black oral surgeon in Michigan   Read More ...
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Mother, 31, charged in stabbing death of 1-year-old son
A 31-year-old woman has been charged in the stabbing death of her 1-year-old son in a southwest Detroit apartment. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Shaquittea Denice Reese-Bethea could be arraigned today from a hospital bed on first-degree murder, felony murder, torture, and child abuse charges. Police were sent to the apartment late Tuesday night after authorities received a 911 call from the woman   Read More ...
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