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Traffic deaths down during Memorial Day holiday weekend

Michigan State Police officials say preliminary numbers show a drop in traffic deaths statewide during the Memorial Day holiday weekend compared with last year. Officials say eight people died in six separate crashes between 6 p.m. last Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday. That compares with 20 deaths in 19 crashes during the same period last year. The numbers reflect deaths ...

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Several items stolen in White Pigeon burglary

Cash and jewelry were among the items taken from a residence during a breaking-and-entering incident that occurred last week in White Pigeon Township. Troopers from Michigan State Police were called to the 14000 block of U.S. 12, where a residence was burglarized between 5 a.m. May 21 and 9:30 p.m. May 22. Access was gained through a front door that ...

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State police find bicycle

State troopers found a bicycle not far from the Three Rivers Walmart in Fabius Township. The bicycle is a 20-inch BMX-style in decent condition. It was found around 6:30 p.m. May 20 in a field southwest of U.S. 131 and Coon Hollow Road.

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Senior center costs questioned

Several Sturgis representatives and county commissioner Allen Balog said they won’t commit to a proposed new senior center until they see anticipated rent and operating costs for the $2.6 million site. During last week’s commission on aging meeting, Lynn Coursey, COA executive director, called it premature to discuss the rent St. Joseph County will charge the COA for the space ...

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Sheriff’s Department offering boater safety program

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has announced its class schedule for the 2015 boater-safety program. Anyone 12 and older wishing to participate has the opportunity to choose from one of the following dates: June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Classes run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The June 6 course takes place at Colon Fire Department, all others will ...

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Community Health Agency offering information about home-water testing

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is offering assistance with learning more about the facts related to arsenic and a home-water test. Arsenic is a natural-occurring element found in rocks and soil, and is used for a variety of purposes within industry and agriculture. It has no smell or taste in drinking water. According to Rebecca Burns, environmental health director ...

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