Here is a recap of the five posts that generated the most interest on Macomb Patch in July. Did you catch all five?
- Topping the list was the report of the three house fires caused by cloud-to-ground lightning strikes during the storms on July 3. Within a half-hour, the Macomb Township Fire Department was alerted to house fires on Bluejay Drive, Shenandoah and Cheltenham. Fire crews from seven neighboring cities responded to help fight the blazes. There were no injuries from the fires, but a 69-year-old Macomb Township man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and possible cardiac issues after he kicked in the door of the home on Shenandoah to wake his neighbor who had been sleeping inside.
- Readers were stunned to hear of a Kroger employee being robbed at gunpoint July 18 as he was walking through the parking lot of the store at 21 Mile Road and Card. The employee was robbed by an unknown black male in his early 20s. The suspect approached the employee in the parking lot and pointed a gun at the employee, ordering him to “Give me everything,” according to the sheriff's office. The employee handed over a blue bank bag filled with receipts and the suspect fled the scene. The sheriff's office was unable to locate the suspect.
- Another crime story that caught the eye of readers had this headline, FBI Identifies Macomb Man as Leader of 'Violent Criminal' Motorcycle Gang. When a federal incitment was unsealed July 13, it was revealed that Paul Anthony “Pauli” Darrah, 47, of Macomb Township, was among 41 members of the Clinton Township-based Devils Diciples Motorcycle Gang. The indictment alleges Darrah, the organization's vice president, was involved in acts of attempted murder, robbery, extortion, assault, and other violent acts.
- With the August primary less than a week away, a lawsuit alleging election fraud on the part of the township clerk has divided township residents. Readers devoured the reactions of township officials and residents to this allegation and weighed in with their own opinions on the accusation.
- Although it didn't have anything to do with Macomb Township, Patch readers couldn't resist a look inside the recently sold home of Red Wings' star Nick Lidstrom. This photo gallery was the fifth most-viewed story during July.
They didn't make the top five, but these three crime stories were also among the most-read articles in July: