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Master pathways plan awaits board okay

A master pathways plan that would cost the Commerce Downtown Development Authority (DDA) more than a half million dollars will be presented on Tuesday, July 22, to the township board of trustees....more>

Rails-to-trails program gaining steam

Efforts to complete a rails-to-trails program linking a stretch of abandoned Michigan Air-Line Railway between West Bloomfield and Wixom won't be thwarted by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has potentially derailed hundreds of similar projects across the country....more>

Grand Princess returns to Wolverine Lake

The Grand Princess Riverboat will be making waves in Wolverine Lake this August as a series of cruises are scheduled to raise money for the village's annual fireworks display around July 4, known as Tiki Night....more>

Digital sign coming to Walled Lake

Passersby on W. Maple Road may soon notice a bit of flash outside Walled Lake City Hall, as city council on Tuesday, July 15 approved the purchase of an electronic sign for public messaging....more>

Walled Lake tables liquor applications

Three Walled Lake businesses seeking one available liquor license in the city will have to wait until August for consideration, as city council members on Tuesday, July 15, tabled two applications and denied one other....more>

Woman reports phone threats

A Commerce Township woman who received a number of threatening phone calls on Friday, July 4, told police the caller demanded money from her....more>

School bathroom vandalized

Graffiti was discovered on the morning of Monday, July 14, in a bathroom at Walled lake Western High School in Commerce Township, authorities said....more>

Wixom man injured in M-5 crash

A Wixom man sustained serious injuries late Wednesday, July 16, after his car collided with a semi-truck along M-5 in Commerce Township, authorities said....more>

Vandals trash home under construction

Vandals who trashed a house on Monday, July 14, that was under construction caused thousands of dollars of damage in the the 5700 block of Strawberry Circle in Commerce, according to deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's Commerce Township Substation. ...more>

Woman, car, hit by boyfriend

An Oak Park man suspected of ramming the back of his girlfriend's vehicle early Sunday, July 13, along M-5 in Commerce Township was arrested for suspicion of felonious assault, authorities said....more>

Hundreds in vodka and tequila stolen

Nearly two dozen bottles of liquor were stolen on Saturday, July 12, from the Commerce Township Meijer store at 1703 Haggerty Road....more>

The air we breathe

Regardless of who we are, where we live, what we do, or what our beliefs are, it's the one true substance we can't live without. We like to say it's important to take a breath of fresh air, to clear our heads in the fresh air, yet could the air we breathe be making us sick?...more>

Scams in Oakland

An Ohio woman named Susan in January began harassing a Commerce Township man, sending him love letters, leaving phone messages and, finally, showing up at his door step, unannounced. Sound too good to be true? It might be for some lonelyhearts, but it wasn't for the 67-year-old man, who had no idea who the woman from Hartville, Ohio was, and why she was stalking him. He wasn't interested in her. His idea of a date with her was to call the cops....more>

Wolverine Boot Camp

Ralph Kinney has a dream of helping those who've gotten themselves into trouble with the law to redeem themselves, placing short-term offenders into an academic boot camp where they could attain academic and career services, wellness and substance abuse prevention courses, and behavior modification. ...more>
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