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Debris cleaned up from river

June 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A team of 15 people, including six first-time volunteers, gathered over the weekend to pull about 500 pounds of debris from the Fawn River.

The first of five river cleanup events sponsored by the St. Joseph County Conservation District this summer took place Saturday. A four-mile stretch from Fawn River Road to Dickinson Road in White Pigeon Township yielded a collection that included three tires, 250 pounds of railroad ties, a floor safe and four battery-operated toys.

The work was done over a three-hour period and featured the help of four people under the age of 18. A total of three canoes were filled with debris, according to Jen Miller, administrator of the conservation district.

The next cleanup event is June 21 on the Prairie River, from Burr Oak Road to Middle Colon Road in Burr Oak Township.

Four treated for injuries

May 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Four people were treated for minor injuries following a two-motorcycle crash earlier this week in Mottville Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Pauletta Wagner, 50, of  Three Rivers, was driving west on U.S. 12 when she failed to stop in time from striking a motorcycle driven by her husband, Jeffrey Wagner, 58. He was stopped to turn left in the 11400 block of U.S. 12 when the incident occured.

The Wagners and their passengers, two boys ages 11 and 9, were taken to Three Rivers Health.

Pauletta Wagner was cited for speeding, according to authorities.

River cleanup begins Saturday

May 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Conservation District wishes to remind county residents that the first of five river cleanup efforts this summer takes place this weekend.

Saturday’s event will start at 9 am and cover a four-mile stretch of the Fawn River, from Fawn River Road to Dickinson Road in White Pigeon Township.

Volunteers are needed and may participate by showing up at the end point by 9 am, and transportation will be provided to the start.

Additional cleanup dates are June 21, July 19, August 9 and September 6.

The 2014 season marks the fourth consecutive year of what is expected to be a six-year effort to clean all 150 miles of rivers in the county.

Veterans and families receive compensation

May 29, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Office of Veterans Affairs has issued a media release, noting that St. Joseph County veterans and their families received more than $20 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013.

Benefits in the form of disability compensation, pension, education, insurance and indemnities were paid directly to the county’s veterans or their dependents during the 12-month period.

The local office of veterans affairs would like to issue a reminder that any veteran whose service-connected condition has gotten worse, or if there are any questions about VA benefits, the office can be reached at 467-5557.

Boy struck by car

May 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 9-year-old Sturgis boy was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a car last weekend in Constantine Township.

A helicopter trying to fly the youth to a Kalamazoo hospital, however, resulted in damage to the AirCare ambulance.

Constantine fire officials said the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday in the 25000 block of Riverside Drive. Investigators said the victim’s 11-year-old brother was attempting to move a vehicle at the request of a family member. The 11-year-old accelerated too quickly and lost control of the car, which struck his brother.

West Michigan AirCare was summoned to transport the victim, but a hard landing in Constantine High School’s parking lot caused the landing gear to collapse.

The boy was taken by ambulance instead to Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Faulty cord responsible for fire

May 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A faulty extension cord is believed to have been responsible for starting a fire last weekend in Sturgis.

Sturgis fire officials said the blaze was reported at 9:50 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of South Monroe Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters noticed smoke emitting from two second-floor bedrooms. The victims told firefighters they attempted to extinguish the fire on their own, but it quickly grew out of control and they were forced to evacuate.

The fire was limited to an upper-level bedroom, but heat, smoke and water caused extensive damage to the residence. Three people were displaced.

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