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Crash in fog

Foggy conditions contributed to a single-vehicle accident last week in Colon Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Shree Goble, 22, of Colon, was driving on West Palmer Lake Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Due to heavy fog, Goble did not stop at the Burr Oak Road intersection. The vehicle went through the three-way intersection, up an embankment and ...

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Open house for Maple Syrup Weekend

A tough season for maple-syrup production didn’t seem to faze an estimated 300 people who attended an open house Saturday and Sunday at Butternut Creek Sugar Shack in Mendon Township. The event was organized by maple-syrup producer Terry Moyer, and his family and friends. The third annual event was part of a statewide observance of Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend, to ...

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Excavator boom damages US-12 overpass

M-51 near Niles in southwest lower Michigan had to be closed on Thursday morning after a crash involving a truck that was hauling an excavator machine. Michigan State Police say that the boom of the excavator was up too high to be able to clear the US-12 overpass on M-51, causing the boom to strike the bridge. It spilled diesel fuel ...

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Oswald named county clerk

St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman announced Thursday the appointment of Lindsay Oswald to the position of county clerk/register of deeds. The choice was made two days after Stutesman and a panel of county officials convened Tuesday to discuss the appointment. Second interviews were conducted last week with finalists Oswald and Tabitha Wedge, a 28-year county employee and ...

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Breaking-and-entering in Leonidas

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering incident in Leonidas Township. According to a department media release, force was used at some point in the past three weeks to gain entrance into the residence in the 32000 block M-60. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident. A department media release does not indicate if ...

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New tool for collecting delinquent child-support

St. Joseph County Friend of the Court would like to remind the public that it has started using the so-called Denver Boot as a manner of collecting delinquent child-support obligations. The vehicle-immobilization device has been available to the agency for two years but was introduced for the first time over the winter on two separate occasions, according to Friend of ...

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