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"Mr. Hockey" wins restraining order against spying neighbour

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Gordie Howe has won a temporary restraining order barring a neighbour from conducting surveillance on the hockey legend's home.

Howe, 79, who has been the subject of a residential association dispute for more than a year, says he's tired of being spied on.

The former Detroit Red Wings star and his wife, Colleen, on Tuesday filed an eight-count stalking lawsuit in Oakland County. The Howes claim Lionel and Karen Dorfman, a retired couple in their 70s, have engaged in unlawful eavesdropping and invasion of privacy for more than a year.

The Howes allege the Dorfmans have had a camera snapping photos of their house every five seconds - more than 17,000 photos a day.

The Dorfmans say they believe the Howes have used their home for business purposes since 2006 in violation of homeowner association rules and township law.

Roger A. Smith, Howe's lawyer, said Howe has been involved in fundraising and charitable organizations, but he's not operating a business out of his home.

Smith described Howe as "a celebrity and a business himself, wherever he is."

Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick issued the temporary order on Tuesday that bans further photographing, videotaping or audio recording of the Howes or their home and also orders the Dorfmans to preserve any video, audio or written records already made of the Howes.

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