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Cooley Lake Inn restarts alcohol sales

Alcoholic beverage sales at a popular Commerce Township bar and restaurant have resumed following a brouhaha between the past and current owners of the Cooley Lake Inn that resulted in the temporary loss of the active liquor license at the business....more>

Stolen guns, police equipment recovered

Deputies responding on Sunday, February 22, to the report of a domestic disturbance in Commerce Township arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with numerous home invasions where several guns, police equipment and other weapons were stolen....more>

Stolen vehicles recovered

A flat tire on a stolen vehicle abandoned on the morning of February 22 led to a second vehicle being stolen out of a driveway in the 4600 block of Kara Court in Commerce Township, authorities said....more>

Identities stolen for fraudulent filings

Two Commerce Township residents attempting to file tax returns this February discovered their identity was stolen in order to file fraudulent tax returns....more>
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The Innocence Project

Donya Davis knew he was innocent of rape, carjacking, armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Yet, he was still convicted in 2007 of those charges, serving almost seven years in prison before being exonerated of all charges after DNA testing of biological evidence showed that he couldn't possibly have been the one to have raped the victim, who had lied and originally identified him as her rapist....more>
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Let freedom ring for Davis

Donya Davis believes he was wrongfully convicted in 2007 of rape, carjacking and gun possession as a felon "because of neighborhood rumors. I didn't know the guy who did it. It was more of an affiliation. Anybody they could get in the neighborhood at the time."...more>
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The dangers of sexting

Anthony Weiner was once a relatively unknown Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York City. Then, in 2011, he used the social media site Twitter to send a link of photos of his genitalia to several women. After initially denying media reports, he admitted having sent a link to the photo, as well as other sexually explicit photos and messages to women he had never met, both before and during his marriage. He was forced to resign, and both Anthony Weiner and the term "sexting" entered the popular lexicon....more>
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Restaurant inspections

Nowadays, everybody is a food critic. From the local drive thru to metro Detroit's finest five-star establishments, websites such as yelp.com and urbanspoon.com allow anyone with an Internet connection to critique one of the more than 10,000 restaurants in the tri-county area, regardless of their palate or knowledge of food and food preparation. Ultimately, the most important reviews for a restaurant are often the ones conducted by the local health department....more>
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