Small town, big problem: Lawsuits, police cost Oakley its insurance
News from The Saginaw News:

The village of Oakley’s contract with the Michigan Municipal League will expire July 1, 2014, and will not be renewed, according to a notice sent to Oakley Jan. 22. The village and its officials has been sued multiple times since 2010, and five of the lawsuits were filed on behalf of Dennis and Shannon Bitterman, owners of the Oakley Family Tavern. 

OAKLEY, MI — Just 300 people live within the square-mile border of the village of Oakley. 

Today, the small community in southern Saginaw County has a big problem.

The village, its officials and its police chief are the target of a number of lawsuits, primarily filed by owners of the Family Tavern of Oakley.

The tavern owners are questioning, among other things, the village police department’s need to have a reserve officer force of nearly 100 volunteers, who are allowed to carry weapons.

The controversy and mounting legal costs have gotten the attention of the village’s insurance provider, the Michigan Municipal League. It plans to drop Oakley’s policy when it expires July 1.

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Police recover three abandoned motorcycles
News from The Borneo Post:

KOTA KINABALU: Traffic police recovered three abandoned motorcycles during ‘Ops Samseng Jalanan dan Mabuk’ here on Saturday night.

The Honda Ex5 bikes recovered are believed to have been reported stolen from the city area last year, the traffic police spokesman said.

According to him, police personnel found the motorcycles abandoned at the side of the road between Jalan Kemajuan and Jalan Tangki during the operation which started at 11.30pm on Saturday until 5am the following day.

He said that police believed the riders had abandoned the motorcycles out of fear of being caught in the operation.

The motorcycles, he added, had been modified for illegal racing.

He also said that five individuals were detained during the operation for driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Eight riders were also caught for committing various offences under the Road Transport Act 1987, including having no valid road tax, insurance cover and motorcycle licence,” he said.

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