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Funding requests for Central Dispatch approved

A pair of funding requests from the St. Joseph County E-911 Central Dispatch was approved by county commissioners last week. The agency was allotted $4,128 for security cameras to replace black-and-white cameras that are 15 years old, and $74,200 was granted to repair and make improvements to the Centreville communications tower. County administrator Pat Yoder said the upgrade for security ...

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Charge for electronics recycling

Organizers behind the twice-a-year collection of electronics and household hazardous waste would like the public to be aware of an important change coming next month. Due to circumstances impacting recyclers of electronics, there will be a $10-per item charge for all televisions and computer monitors when the annual spring collection takes place April 18 at the county fairgrounds. There will ...

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Mobile Alerts for power outages

Indiana Michigan Power has announced that customers have the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage. Customers enrolled in I&M ON THE GO – Mobile Alerts, will receive a notification when an outage has been reported in their area. Customers will continue to get immediate updates as ...

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Perjury sentence

A former Constantine reserve police officer is headed to prison for lying to investigators probing the November 2007 slaying of an 11-year-old southwest Michigan girl. 47-year old Raymond McCann of Constantine was sentenced in a St. Joseph County court to 20 months 20 years in prison after pleading no contest last month to one count of perjury. McCann was arrested in April 2014, ...

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Injured while trying to board a school bus

Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been critically injured after being hit by a pickup truck while trying to board a school bus in Calhoun County. The Battle Creek Enquirer and the Kalamazoo Gazette report David Newman was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Kalamazoo after being hit Friday morning in Eckford Township, near Marshall. The sheriff’s department says ...

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Formal introduction to county commissioners

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week was introduced to someone they’ll be seeing more frequently later this year. Lindsay Oswald, who last week was appointed to serve the remaining 18 months of Pattie Bender’s term as county clerk and register of deeds, was presented by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. Oswald will start her appointed term July ...

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