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Centreville agrees to pay damages from sewer backup

Members of the Centreville Village Council agreed Monday to pay a portion of the cost of damage from a recent sewer backup at a residential property. The sewer issue led to further discussion regarding future solutions and prevention. Charlene Beals showed the council photos, videos and estimates of damage caused by a backup that occurred May 9 at her mother’s ...

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Bodies of 2 students found; presumed drowned while fishing

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two friends who apparently drowned while fishing in a lake in southwestern Michigan. The bodies were found Thursday, a day after the pair disappeared while in a boat at Bankson Lake in Van Buren County, southwest of Kalamazoo. The sheriff’s office identified them as 20-year-old Calvin Chao, a student at Western Michigan University, and ...

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A 22-year-old Indiana man was charged with drug-related offenses following a traffic stop this week in Park Township. According to a state police media release, the man was driving a car that was stopped around 11 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 131 near Heimbach Road. A search of the vehicle yielded approximately one pound of marijuana. Charges are being sought for ...

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One injured in Park Township crash

One motorist was injured in a two-vehicle accident earlier this week in Park Township. Sheriff’s officials said a 54-year-old Three Rivers man was in the median crossing dividing U.S. 131 at Moorepark Road and was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of traffic. The man pulled his vehicle into the path of a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Sturgis woman. ...

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Bender gives final clerk report

St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie Bender issued to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners her 24th and final annual clerk’s report Tuesday. As she wrapped up her four-minute report, an emotional Bender called her 45 years as a county employee a great ride that has included 385 elections, thousands and thousands of meetings, and everlasting friendships. A lifelong Centreville ...

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County courts better than state average in public satisfaction

Overall public satisfaction with St. Joseph County Trial Courts was greater than the average of county courts statewide, according to Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. The results are based on a six-question, public-satisfaction survey administered at the behest of the State Court Administrative Office. Stutesman included links to the survey results as part of his annual Circuit Court report presented ...

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