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Vehicle larcenies in three townships

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is keeping an eye on three townships where an inordinate number of larceny-from-vehicle incidents has been reported. Sheriff Brad Balk said several incidents in the past few weeks have been reported by victims in Fabius, Lockport and Park townships. Balk issued a suggestion, urging residents to ensure their vehicles parked outside are locked day ...

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Trial scheduled for Michigan man accused in Amtrak stabbing

A man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwestern Michigan is scheduled for trial in November. Dates were set Tuesday during a hearing for Michael D. Williams. A judge ruled in March that he was mentally incompetent for trial, but he was found competent this month after receiving medications and treatment. Family members have said that ...

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Boy, 12, charged in accidental shooting death of woman

A 12-year-old Western Michigan boy has been charged with careless discharge of a firearm causing death in the accidental shooting of a 28-year-old family friend. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports  that the misdemeanor charge was authorized by a court referee. The boy is charged in juvenile court and currently lives with his grandfather. An Oct. 9 pretrial hearing is scheduled. Kalamazoo ...

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Sturgis woman injured in accident

A Sturgis woman suffered minor injuries after she was involved in a one-vehicle accident in Mottville Township earlier this week. Sheriff’s officials said Ciarra Meese, 19, was driving east on U.S. 12 around 1:30 p.m. Monday when she quickly came upon a vehicle stopped to turn left onto Vistula Road. Meese told investigators she attempted to pass the car on ...

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Commissioners approve travel expenses

Three members of the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department were granted permission to travel out of state for training. The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow TJ Baker, Mark Lillywhite and Kitty Buchner to attend for five days a conference in New Orleans. The trio will be gone in early November to participate in a conference ...

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Man arrested after displaying gun in dispute

Three Rivers police over the weekend arrested a man who displayed a firearm during a dispute. Officers were called at 8 p.m. Saturday to 120 Enterprise Drive in response to a verbal altercation. According to a department media release, the man displayed in a threatening manner a handgun to people involved in the incident. He was taken into custody after ...

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