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Developer receives extension from DDA

A Farmington Hills developer who in 2013 agreed to purchase about 60 acres of land inside Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) project area was granted its fifth extension to finalize their $5.15 million purchase at the DDA's monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 20....more>

Search for planner to begin

At least two to three months is the estimated amount of time that Commerce Township Supervisor Tom Zoner said it will be before the township hires a planning director to replace former planning consultant Kathleen Jackson, who resigned effective Friday, May 22....more>

New director for rails-to-trail sought

The final acquisition of an abandoned stretch of railway between West Bloomfield and Wixom by the Commerce, Walled Lake, Wixom Trailway Management Council is expected in mid-June, but the search for a new director will likely take months, since director Kathleen Jackson resigned, said Commerce Township Supervisor Tom Zoner, who serves as chair of the council....more>

Wolverine Lake police join OAK-TAC

The Wolverine Lake Village Council unanimously approved a request by the Wolverine Lake Village Police Department to join the Oakland County Law Enforcement Tactical Response Coordinating Group in order to better respond to emergency situations in the village and throughout the county at their meeting on Wednesday, May 13....more>

Hit and run leaves woman in critical condition

A Walled Lake woman was listed in critical condition on Thursday, May 21, days after she was struck by an unknown driver while crossing the road at Pontiac Trail and Spring Park Drive, police said....more>

Wheel, tire thefts on the rise

Thieves targeting the wheels of two vehicles on Thursday, May 14, in Wolverine Lake and Wixom are part of a statewide trend of rim and tire thefts reaching Oakland County's lakes area....more>

Woman cited for shoplifting

A Walled Lake woman on Thursday, May 14, was cited for shoplifting after allegedly concealing more than $150 in cosmetics in her purse and trying to leave a Commerce Township Meijer store without paying....more>

Man accused of stealing beauty products

A Walled Lake man was cited by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 11, after being accused of trying to steal more than $100 in beauty supplies from a Commerce Township Target store....more>
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New drinking water threat

lans by a Canadian power utility to bury nuclear waste along the eastern shore of Lake Huron has raised concerns about the possibility that radioactive materials could enter the Great Lakes and contaminate the world's largest source of freshwater and the drinking supply for about 40 million people, including those in southeast Michigan and the majority of the residents in Oakland County....more>
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Boomers' drug challenge

Arlene claims she wasn't a typical teen of the '60s and '70s – mostly because in those days she was against doing drugs during the era of "Turn on, tune in, drop out," the counterculture phrase about doing LSD popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. ...more>
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Oakland County Jail

The cell, designed to house four to five men, at times is filled with several more. They're lying on cot mattresses that are placed against the steel cell bars at varying angles on the cement floor, huddled in their new uniforms, wrapped in generic blankets to ward off both the cold and the shock of finding themselves in this new home. A holding tank, these new prisoners will discover this cell is their home for the next couple of days, or up to two weeks, depending on how crowded the jail is. ...more>
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