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Library location not yet resolved

While discussions about the future location of the Commerce Township Library have yet to determine a final location for the building, members of the township's board of trustees appear to have narrowed down the possibilities to two locations....more>

Commerce board accepts Gross' resignation

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, September 9, agreed to accept the resignation of current township treasurer Susan Gross, and to move forward with the process of finding a replacement....more>

Board rejects formation of DDA committee

A pitch to the Commerce Township Board of Trustees to form an advisory committee under the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was rejected during a Tuesday, September 9, board meeting....more>

Commerce library revises Internet policy

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, September 9, approved a change to the Commerce Township Community Library's Internet use policy in order to restrict explicit sexual content; file sharing programs, such as Bit Torrent; and massively popular multi, or MMOs....more>

Commerce receives $1 million water grant

Commerce Township will receive nearly $1 million in grant money this October from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for stormwater, wastewater and asset management work to be done....more>

Deputies dig up marijuana

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday, August 31, dug up several marijuana plants growing behind a home in the 3100 block of Woodlawn in Commerce Township, according to a sheriff's report....more>

Computer stolen from vehicle

A Commerce Township resident had a laptop computer and a passport stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2800 block of Ravinewood Drive, authorities said....more>

School supplies stolen from car

A Commerce Township man had a computer and several text books stolen from his vehicle while it was parked overnight in the 1500 block of Oakley Park Road, authorities said....more>

Woman swindled out of cash

A Commerce Township woman who was trying to sell a furniture set on Craigslist was tricked out of $900 by a person in Brooklyn, New York, authorities said....more>

Fishing boat stolen from drive

A 17-foot fishing boat was stolen sometime overnight on Wednesday, September 3, from a driveway in the 2900 block of Woodlawn in Commerce Township, authorities 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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