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Joint meeting set for library discussion

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, September 30, will hold a special joint meeting with members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Planning Commission, Library Advisory Board, and Parks and Recreation Committee to discuss the future location of the township's library....more>

Judges to help cover 52-1 court docket

Former 52nd District Court Judge Michael Batchik has temporarily returned to the bench at the 52-1 District Court in Novi in order to take over for Judge Dennis Powers', who resigned his position effective September 1. ...more>

Pedestrian killed in accident

A Farmington Hills man sustained fatal injuries on the evening of Friday, September 19 when he was struck by a passing motorist while walking along the shoulder of Haggerty Road in Commerce Township, sheriff's deputies said....more>

Ku Klux Klan re-emerging

Scott Shephard, who calls himself a reformed racist after over 20 years of membership in four different Ku Klux Klan groups, including the White Citizen's Council of the rural Mississippi Delta, recounts his own tale, "Over the years I was in the Klan, I participated in lots of rallies and intimidation. There were cross burnings on peoples' yards, or on public property, and lots of beatings. I witnessed many, and kinda encouraged some. But I didn't get involved with any violent activities. There's no other way to put it." ...more>

Police in local schools

Since there have been kids, there have been kids having fights and disagreements. Their remedy usually was to fight it out with their fists on the playground after school. But no longer. Today, there are weapons, verbal abuse, bullying, school massacres, criminal behavior, all occurring in the hallways of our local high schools....more>


On a Sunday evening in September 2012, West Bloomfield police officer Patrick O'Rourke was killed while responding with fellow officers to a possible suicide in the 4000 block of Forest Edge Lane, near Pontiac Trail....more>
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