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13 More Awesome Ways Residents Help Build Communities

13 More Awesome Ways Residents Help Build Communities

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
Bloomfield Township Police Blotter: Home Invasion, Retail Fraud, Suspicious Person

Bloomfield Township Police Blotter: Home Invasion, Retail Fraud, Suspicious Person

Also, a Porsche key was found near Kensington and Charring Cross. If you've lost your key, it's at the Bloomfield Township police station.
‘Slide Under this Fence,' Said the Tortoise to the Gator

‘Slide Under this Fence,' Said the Tortoise to the Gator

A foot-long alligator is on the loose on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the tropics-loving reptile’s days may be numbered if he isn’t found soon.
11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

The movie, in stores July 22, is about a real-life boy who says he went to Heaven and met Jesus during surgery. We spoke with the family behind the film about how it can help start a discuss
Michael Moore, Longtime Wife Split in Acrimonious Divorce

Michael Moore, Longtime Wife Split in Acrimonious Divorce

The celebrity Michigan couple reportedly bickered over renovations costs to a luxurious mansion, dubbed "the house that Roger built" after Moore made millions on "Roger & Me" and other movie
Bloomfield Township Police Seek Help in Identifying Fraud Suspect

Bloomfield Township Police Seek Help in Identifying Fraud Suspect

Police release surveillance photo of woman who is believed to have used stolen credit cards at several stores in the Bloomfield and Birmingham areas.
Former Prosecutor Tried to Hire Hit Man: Report

Former Prosecutor Tried to Hire Hit Man: Report

The man Clarence Gomery allegedly tried to hire to kill another attorney who successfully sued him for fraud and malpractice blew the whistle and told police of the plan.
Food Fight: Man Threatens to Shoot Uncle Over Food in Microwave

Food Fight: Man Threatens to Shoot Uncle Over Food in Microwave

After a man and his nephew argued over food left in a microwave, the nephew allegedly held a gun on his uncle and threatened to shoot him, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a repor
Your Takeaways: Did Steven Utash Get Justice?

Your Takeaways: Did Steven Utash Get Justice?

The four adult defendants and one juvenile charged in the vicious beating of Steve Utash have been through the court system. Do you think justice has been served?
24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
Mummified Body Positively ID'd as that of Pia Farrenkopf

Mummified Body Positively ID'd as that of Pia Farrenkopf

The medical examiner’s office says how Pia Farrenkopf died may be a mystery forever, but her family members say they’ll continue their quest for answers.
Judge to Utash Defendant: You Need 'Someone to Beat the Hell Out of You'

Judge to Utash Defendant: You Need 'Someone to Beat the Hell Out of You'

The prosecutor said Latrez Cummings, the last of four adult defendants sentenced in the mob beating of Steven Utash, has gang ties, lied about his education and didn't deserve leniency.
As Gubernatorial Race Tightens, Democrats Accuse GOP of ‘Nixonian’ Skulduggery: Poll

As Gubernatorial Race Tightens, Democrats Accuse GOP of ‘Nixonian’ Skulduggery: Poll

Republicans are defending an operative who showed up at a private fundraiser for Democrat Mark Schauer with a tiny camera hidden in her eyeglass frames.
Hate the State Fireworks Law? Lawmaker Hears Your Pain

Hate the State Fireworks Law? Lawmaker Hears Your Pain

Not everyone agrees powerful pyrotechnics are a problem. “Repealing [the law] will not get rid of the summertime fireworks displays by the neighborhood idiots,” one Patch reader commente
'For PTSD Survivors, It’s a Nightmare’: Thousands Burning to Repeal Fireworks Law

'For PTSD Survivors, It’s a Nightmare’: Thousands Burning to Repeal Fireworks Law

Residents signing MoveOn.org petition say the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, designed to increase tax revenue and create jobs, is making their neighborhoods sound like war zones and putting
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Trailer + Review

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Trailer + Review

Cinema Siren says: Spectacular Simians should make Dawn the brightest of summer blockbusters.
Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
Teen Apologizes, Gets a Year in Jail and Probation in Utash Beating

Teen Apologizes, Gets a Year in Jail and Probation in Utash Beating

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Callahan said he believes James Davis was sincere in his remorse and sentenced the teenager to five years' probation, including one year to be spent in
‘Not One of Them Cared’: Utash Brother at Sentencing in Mob Attack

‘Not One of Them Cared’: Utash Brother at Sentencing in Mob Attack

Family members lashed out at two of the defendants in the vicious attack on Steven Utash, and the sentencing judge said the “far-reaching implications” of the violence make people afraid
Michigan Merit Curriculum Helps Juniors Improve Test Scores This Year

Michigan Merit Curriculum Helps Juniors Improve Test Scores This Year

Students in several Oakland County schools scored the highest among their peers on the ACT and Michigan Merit Exam.