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Sturgis Fire Department respond to vehicle fire

The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched to 107 W. St. Joseph St. Friday after a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, fire personnel noticed light smoke coming from a sky-lift being used by a masonry crew repairing brick at Sturgis Central Commons. Moments later, something within the sky-lift compartment exploded and the fire intensified. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. Flames ... Read More »

Cassopolis manufacturer awarded grant

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a grant to help a Cassopolis manufacturer expand its operations, which will create jobs and boost the local economy. State Rep. Matt Lori said the village of Cassopolis was awarded a $127,000 Community Development Block Grant to be used toward infrastructure improvements for the Schwintek Inc. expansion project. Schwintek, a manufacturer of automatic Bimini ... Read More »

Two Sturgis men arrested on multiple charges

Sturgis police arrested two men last week following a series of vehicle break-ins. Officers were dispatched to Market Street for a report of two men, both wearing hoodies and breaking into cars. Police arrested Sevon Gowen, 18, of Sturgis, and Max Shroyer, 19, of LaGrange, Ind. They allegedly had in their possession items that suggested vehicle theft, police said. One ... Read More »

Fugitive arrested in White Pigeon Township

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit arrested a wanted fugitive and served a search warrant last week. SCAN officials had received information about an absconder from a federal drug case that originated this summer in St. Joseph County involving methamphetamine trafficking. Officers on Thursday set up surveillance at U.S. 12 and Oak Drive in White Pigeon Township ... Read More »

Four St. Joseph County schools show increase in student enrollment

Four of the nine school districts in St. Joseph County saw an increase in student enrollment this fall compared to a year ago. The unofficial headcount conducted two weeks ago showed Centreville, Sturgis, Three Rivers and White Pigeon all had gains in their enrollment. White Pigeon Community Schools led the way with 35 additional students for an enrollment of 792. ... Read More »

Board of Commissioners approves personnel changes

Two vacant positions with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department will be filled, as the county’s board of commissioners earlier this month approved staffing the posts. One road-patrol position and a full-time job in corrections will be filled once viable candidates are found. Resignations in both cases created the openings. In other personnel matters last week, the commission hired Catherine ... Read More »