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School bus chief has fatal heart attack while shoveling snow

A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district has died while shoveling snow. Portage district officials say Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack. Superintendent Mark Bielang told families that Westbrook’s “work impacted every student who rides a bus.” He says Westbrook was “masterful” at bus logistics in the Kalamazoo-area district. More than 5,000 Portage …

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Police release name of deceased truck driver

State police have released the name of a Mendon truck driver who died last week on I-94 in Calhoun County. Peter Monroe, 48, died after the semi he was driving rear-ended another truck around 1 a.m. Thursday near mile marker 104 on westbound I-94. The other semi, driven by 40-year-old Rashad Dobbins of Belleville, was merging onto the highway from …

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County commission recognizes area veteran

A resolution honoring a St. Joseph County veteran was approved by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week. In recognition of his impending 100th birthday, Richard Freeman was honored during Tuesday’s meeting. Freeman was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from May 1941 to October 1945. He is …

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Trailer stolen from Sturgis business

A flatbed trailer was stolen earlier this month from a business in Sturgis. State police said the incident occurred between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Jan. 12 from the parking lot at Sturgis Overhead Door. The business is located at the corner of U.S. 12 and Broadus Street. The trailer is about 12 feet long and has a tailgate. It is …

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Fugitive arrested in Three Rivers

Three Rivers officers arrested a wanted fugitive last week outside a residence near the intersection of 9th and River streets. According to a department media release, the department received a tip about the location of Nathaniel Poole. He was wanted in connection to charges of first-degree home invasion and felonious assault. The St. Joseph County Special Response Team obtained a …

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Agreement with grant writer approved

An agreement between St. Joseph County and grant writer James Hissong was approved Tuesday. Hissong, who works in a part-time capacity for the county and a few of its communities, recently obtained a Limited Liability Company. According to county administrator Teresa Doehring, it is in the best interest of the county and Hissong to change his employment relationship from employee …

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Family reimbursed for loss of rabbits

St. Joseph County commissioners agreed to reimburse a Colon Township family for its loss of 15 4-H rabbits. The matter was approved Tuesday at the request of Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite. According to a staff memo, Lillywhite said the incident occurred last month and likely involved either stray dogs or a coyote. Restitution of $300 was made in accordance with statute; …

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County commission approves federal grant

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a federal grant to support Adult Drug Treatment Court. During Tuesday’s commission meeting, the board OK’d $145,000 to Community Corrections/Circuit Court. The Justice Assistance Grant is awarded through the State Court Administrative Office and is reimbursement for money the county had already allocated from its coffers.

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K-Wings top Komets in wild game

The Kalamazoo Wings (17-18-0-2) and Fort Wayne Komets (21-16-0-1) combined for 18 goals and 87 shots in a wild game on Wednesday night. In the end, it was the K-Wings who came away with the 10-8 victory.  Tanner Sorenson led the K-Wings with a 6-point night, scoring two goals and adding four assists.   Chris Collins and Reid Gardiner each scored …

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Mendon man killed in I-94 crash

A Mendon man died in a two-semi crash which happened at 1am Thursday on westbound I-94, west of 11 Mile Road, in Calhoun County’s Emmett Township. State police say the lead semi, driven by a 40-year-old male from Bellville, MI was merging onto I-94 westbound from the 11 Mile entrance ramp when it was struck from behind by another west …

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