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          ENTERPRISE 4 men face charges in gun shop thefts
               THE BELLEVILLE

               Vol. 137, No. 38           Four men are now facing                                                                home of an acquaintance in
            Sumpter      Township      charges in smash and grab rob-                           ”                                Westland and showed him a
          Manager Anthony Burdick      beries at two separate gun                   Surveillance video showed                    backpack loaded with guns,
          will now have the ability to  shops Sept. 11 and 12. Two of the           several men wearing masks                    according to statements given to
          place items on the agenda of  men were identified by an                  and gloves while in the store.                police. The man he visited told
          the board of trustees meet-  acquaintance seeking the                                                                  Westland investigators that he
          ing.                         $20,000 reward offered by the                                                             wanted to cooperate in
                          See page 6.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,   Road in Westland. Thieves     Warren in Dearborn Heights. In  response to the $20,000 reward
                                       Firearms and Explosives (ATF)  drove a stolen Kia SUV through  this incident, surveillance cam-  offered by the ATF. He said he
                                       in the incidents. Two others  the metal security shutters cov-  eras caught three individuals  also recognized the clothing
                  THE CANTON           were reportedly arrested follow-  ering the front entrance to the  wearing hooded sweatshirts  Rayford was wearing from the
             EAGLE                     ing a social media post display-  building, rushed inside and  and masks while taking 22 guns  surveillance video shown on TV.
                                                                                                   from the store. The same shop
                                                                     grabbed about 50 long guns and
                                                                                                                                    The witness told police that
                                       ing an array of the stolen
               Vol. 75, No. 38         weapons, according to authori-  handguns before fleeing.    was broken into a second time  Rayford had texted him con-
                                       ties.                         Surveillance video showed sev-  at about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 12  firming the robberies and sug-
            Registrations are now         Charges are being sought   eral men wearing masks and    when thieves crashed a stolen  gested a possible sale of the
          being accepted for a special  against the men in connection  gloves while in the store for less  Chevrolet Equinox into the  weapons, according to court fil-
          tour of the Detroit Institute  to the theft of 76 guns from gun  than one minute.        entrance and left with multiple  ings. The owner of CC Coins
          of Arts Inside/Out exhibition  shops in Westland and          That incident was followed at  firearms, according to police  Jewelry and Loan confirmed
          in Canton Township.          Dearborn Heights. The first rob-  5:04 a.m. the same day when  reports.                   that a photo of a handgun that
                          See page 3.
                                       bery occurred at about 4:31 a.m.  thieves crashed a stolen Dodge  Keondrick Rayford, one of  Rayford sent to the witness
                                       Sept. 11 at the Freedom Holster  Journey into the front of CC  the men now facing multiple
                                       Gun Shop on South Wayne       Coins Jewelry and Loan on West  federal charges, went to the       See Robberies, page 6
                THE INKSTER
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               Vol. 75, No. 38            A ‘Mazing’
             New City of Inkster
          Animal Control Officer          Annual Corn Maze now
          Angie Potter has more than
          20 years of rescue experi-      open at Maybury Farm
          ence and animal education.
                          See page 5.
                                            Autumn has officially arrived and with
                                          it the opening of popular Maybury Farm
                                          Corn Maze.
                  THE NORTHVILLE            The 10-acre maze opened to the public
             EAGLE                        earlier this month and will continue to
               Vol. 22, No. 38            entertain and bewilder visitors until Oct.
            Northville Township           30. This year, advance tickets will be avail-
                                          able for the maze although, as usual,
          Police Sgt. David Roberts       reservations are not required.
          retired Sept. 16, after a 27-     Maybury officials said the maze this
          year law enforcement career,    year promises to be one of the best with 10
          22 of them with Northville      acres of thick, lush corn that features a  last wagon leaves for the maze about one  where visitors can enjoy the peace of the
          Township.                       brand-new design created by the Ford IT  hour before closing.               farm. Children younger than 2 are admit-
                          See page 4.
                                          Design Group.  The design will present a  The maze is sponsored this year by  ted at no cost. Maybury Farm is operated
                                          challenge to adults and children both, a  Community Financial Credit Union,  by the Northville Community Foundation.
                                          Maybury spokesman said, and will again  Blackwell Ford, and GEM Asset       This  fundraiser helps raise funds to feed
                  THE PLYMOUTH            this year include a scavenger hunt.   Management.                           the animals and support the work of the
             EAGLE                          A 1-acre mini-maze, part of the 10-acre  When visitors have found their way  farm. The mission of Maybury Farm is to

               Vol. 22, No. 38            field, will take an estimated to 20 minutes  through the maze, they can visit the  connect the community to animals and
                                          to complete for those who are not brave  Maybury Farm General Store to enjoy  agriculture.
            Former newspaper pub-         enough for the larger challenge.      fresh Parmenter's cider and donuts, along  Maybury Farm is located at 50165
          lisher W. Edward Wendover       Organizers said it will take about an hour  with other treats and gifts available for  Eight Mile Road in Northville. It is 1-1/4
          will be signing copies of his   to an hour and a half to complete the larg-  purchase.                      mile west of Beck Road on Eight Mile,
          latest mystery from 7 until 9   er maze this year. For those looking for  The Maybury Farm Corn Maze is open  one-half mile west of Maybury State Park.
          p.m. Oct. 4 at E.G. Nick's      something even more challenging, the  from 5 until 8 p.m. Fridays; from 10 a.m.  Visitors should enter at the Maybury
          restaurant in Plymouth.         maze can be even more difficult under  until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m.  Farm sign, not the state park entrance.
                          See page 5.     moonlight. For those brave enough, the  until 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the  Parking is free at Maybury Farm. For
                                          maze will be open after dark on Fridays  corn maze is $13 per person and includes  more information, visit www.maybury-
                                          and Saturdays and Sunday evenings. The  a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the maze,
                   THE ROMULUS
               Vol. 137, No. 38        Romulus wins $1.548 million in federal fire funding
            Romulus residents, busi-      The City of Romulus Fire   awarded to the community,     performance and enhance       These accomplishments are
          nesses and club members      Department has been awarded   according to Romulus Director  services by re-opening a sec-  part of the departmental goal
          have only until Oct. 3 to com-  funding to hire six new fire-  of Community Safety and   ond station in Romulus' Hotel  to become and Accredited
          plete their entries into the  fighters from the Department  Development Kevin Krause.    District to reduce response   Agency with the Center for
          downtown Romulus Scare-      of Homeland Security Staffing    “The    Romulus     Fire   times to an area of the city  Public Safety Excellence; to be
          crow Contest.                for Adequate Fire and         Department is honored to      where most of the travel indus-  recognized as a community-
                          See page 2.  Emergency Response (SAFER)    again be selected to receive a  try support businesses are  focused, strategic-minded
                                       grant program.                FEMA SAFER Grant in 2022,”    located.                      department that is properly
                                          Romulus will receive       Krause said in a prepared        “In 2021, our firefighters  equipped, trained and staffed,”
                  THE WAYNE            $1,548,799 to fund the six new  statement. “Previously, the  began offering Advanced Life  he added.
             EAGLE                     firefighters on the department.  department leveraged its   Support services also as a       The grant award was

               Vol. 75, No. 38         This is the second such grant  SAFER grant to increase safety  result of the SAFER Grant.  announced last week by U.S.
                                                                                                                                 Senators Debbie Stabenow
            Wayne police officers,                                                                                               and Gary Peters.
          including therapy dog Zeke,                                                                                               “Thank you to our legisla-
          helped a special young resi-                                                                                           tors who believe in our mission
          dent celebrate her 11th birth-                                                                                         and fight for us to get these
          day last week.                                                                                                         much needed funds for the
                          See page 3.                                                                                            safety of our residents and oth-
                                                                                                                                 ers who work and play in
                                                                                                                                 Romulus,” Krause said.
                  THE WESTLAND                                                                                                      Romulus Mayor Robert
             EAGLE                                                                                                               McCraight was also pleased

               Vol. 75, No. 38                                                                                                   with the grant announcement,
                                                                                                                                 particularly in light of the
            It will be Handcuffs                                                                                                 rapid development growth in
          against Hoses at the Mike                                                                                              the city.
          Modano Ice Arena in                                                                                                       “The City of Romulus is
          Westland on Oct. 15 when                                                                                               thankful to be chosen as a 2022
          police officers battle fire-                                                                                           SAFER Recipient.  The rate of
          fighters in a charity hockey                                                                                           residential and commercial
                          See page 6.                                                                                                       See Grant, page 2

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