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Judge agrees to prevent removal of charity bins

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A judge has agreed for now to prevent a Michigan township from forcing the removal of a Maryland-based nonprofit's outdoor clothing donation bins from the area.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Page Hood this week granted a request by Planet Aid for a temporary restraining order. The charity has 16 clothing and shoe collection bins on commercial properties in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township and said it was being unfairly targeted.

Elkridge-based Planet Aid got the OK from property owners to put in bins. Officials in Ypsilanti Township, near Ann Arbor, were enforcing a decades-old zoning decision requiring accessory structures to be approved by the Planning Commission.

Ypsilanti Township's attorney Doug Winters tells The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1ntMhMv ) the township received complaints about the cleanliness, orderliness and placement of the bins.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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