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Residents can now renew CPLs online

Michigan State Police has announced that Michigan residents with an existing concealed-pistol license can now renew their license online at www.michigan.gov/CPLrenewal. Online renewal requires a personal identification number. In addition, if a CPL holder’s renewal notification letter does not contain a PIN, they may request a new renewal notification letter directly from the county clerk who issued the CPL. St. …

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Petition process bill advance to Senate

State Rep. Aaron Miller said a plan approved this week by the Michigan House will provide more transparency for voters and enhance the integrity of the state’s citizen petition initiative process. The bills – sponsored by members of both parties – make much-needed improvements to Michigan’s grassroots lawmaking process while boosting accountability and giving voters in rural areas and small …

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Hospital employees attend city commission meeting

Employees from Sturgis Hospital attended Wednesday’s Sturgis City Commissioners meeting to seek support in calling for transparency and accountability from the hospital’s top executives. The group of employees included nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association, and members of the Sturgis Hospital General Employees Association and Technical Employees Association. Recent cuts have eliminated the OB unit and approximately 60 hospital employees …

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Branch County crash injures two

Alcohol is potentially a factor in a single-vehicle accident that occurred earlier this week near Colon in Branch County. State police troopers responded shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of Olivarda and Arney roads in Sherwood Township. Investigators said the driver was traveling south on Oliverda Road when she lost control of the vehicle, which overturned and came …

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Man arrested after police chase

A Jones man is in Cass County jail on several charges after his arrest in St. Joseph County. Sheriff ’s deputies attempted to stop a vehicle and led police on a chase into Indiana, then back into Michigan, where the driver was able to elude authorities. Later in the day, however, authorities located the suspect hiding in a barn near …

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Service planned for Venus Stewart

Family members of Venus Stewart will finally have closure this weekend (December 15, 2018). According to Schipper Funeral Home in Colon, a graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Leonidas Cemetery. Stewart’s remains were found in October after her estranged husband, Doug Stewart, led authorities to the location in a wooded area south of Fulton. Venus was …

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Centreville approves security bid

Members of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education have approved a bid of nearly $30,000 for access control and physical security at the school district. Unified Security Solutions’ bid came in $20,000 less than other bids; Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer said that technology personnel from the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District reviewed the bid and were very comfortable with it. …

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Sturgis accepting Citizen Police Academy applications

The Sturgis Police Department has announced it is accepting applications for its annual “Citizen Police Academy,” a 10-week class that is free to attend. Organizers said the program, which starts Feb. 6 and meets Wednesdays through April 10, is an effort to educate the public about the Sturgis Police Department, and the daily duties and trainings of its officers. Prospective …

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Northern Indiana couple sentenced in hit-and-run that killed 3

A northern Indiana couple has been sentenced in a hit-and-run crash that killed two children and a man. An Elkhart County judge sentenced 43-year-old Leonard Grosswiler on Wednesday to 15 years, with 10 years to be served in prison and the rest in community corrections and probation. The Elkhart man had pleaded guilty in October to leaving the scene of …

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CMH lawsuit sttled in mediation

Following the intervention of a mediator, a lawsuit filed against a county agency by its former director was settled before going to trial. The issue stems from a November 2017 lawsuit filed by Liz O’Dell, former executive director of Community Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County. CMH board members in August last year terminated O’Dell based on …

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