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Grant received through EPA

St. Joseph County’s grant writer, Lindsay Oswald, has announced details of a $200,000 Brownfield Assessment grant received through the Environmental Protection Agency. The funds will be used for countywide, petroleum assessment of brownfield properties. Oswald explained that a brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of ... Read More »

Burglaries appear to be connected

Officers from the Sturgis Police Department are investigating a pair of weekend burglaries that appear to be connected. According to a department media release, a residence in the 400 block of East South Street was forcibly entered and multiple firearms were stolen. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. The family was home at the time. About five hours later, ... Read More »

Man killed in towing accident

Authorities in southern Michigan say a 39-year-old man was killed while trying to use a pickup truck to pull a bulldozer out of a field where it was stuck. The Hillsdale County sheriff’s department says the accident happened Friday afternoon in Hillsdale Township, about 5 miles west of Hillsdale. The department says in a statement that Adam Ladd of Hillsdale ... Read More »

Two killed in Hillsdale County

Southern Michigan authorities say a vehicle struck trees along a road and caught fire, killing two people inside. The Hillsdale County sheriff’s department says the crash happened about 3 a.m. Saturday in Reading Township. The site is about 10 miles north of the Ohio line. The department said in a statement Sunday that the vehicle was westbound when it left ... Read More »

Arrests following Kazoo shooting death

Police in Kalamazoo now have three people in custody in connection with a shooting that left a 13-year old boy dead. Michael Day was found with a gunshot wound to his upper body Monday evening in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood. He died later at a local hospital. Investigators believe the fatal shot came from a shotgun wielded by 15-year-old Victor Garay ... Read More »

Finding money for roads

Action by the state’s elected leaders and money are key solutions to improving the condition of roads in St. Joseph County and the rest of the state. The solution was detailed Thursday by Christopher Bolt, engineer-manager of the St. Joseph County Road Commission. The Centreville-based agency staged a first-of-its-kind “road summit” that drew more than 60 people to Centreville. Bolt ... Read More »