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Murder conviction in teen death

A second teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler during a gang fight.  A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted 18-year-old Rashad Perez of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the May 26 shotgun death of 13-year-old Michael Day.  Perez faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. ...

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Grants for animal shelters

Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering grants of $10,000 or less to shelters and other organizations that work to prevent cruelty to animals.  The agency will allocate $175,000 for the purpose next year and is accepting proposals through Nov. 10.  Registered animal control and animal protection shelters can apply for funds to help increase the adoption rate ...

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Fugitive arrested in White Pigeon Township

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit arrested a wanted fugitive and served a search warrant last week. SCAN officials had received information about an absconder from a federal drug case that originated this summer in St. Joseph County involving methamphetamine trafficking. Officers on Thursday set up surveillance at U.S. 12 and Oak Drive in White Pigeon Township ...

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Board of Commissioners approves personnel changes

Two vacant positions with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department will be filled, as the county’s board of commissioners earlier this month approved staffing the posts. One road-patrol position and a full-time job in corrections will be filled once viable candidates are found. Resignations in both cases created the openings. In other personnel matters last week, the commission hired Catherine ...

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Traffic stop results in drug charges

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Coldwater Post stopped a passenger vehicle on Hodunk Road near Barnhart Road in Branch County. The 30-year-old driver and a 48-year-old passenger, both of Quincy, were found to be in possession of several ounces of marijuana and components used to manufacture methamphetamine. The suspects were arrested on several felony charges. A further investigation led ...

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Possible charges for two Three River police officers

Two Three Rivers police officers may face criminal charges after an alleged domestic dispute that occurred last month in Lockport Township. The alleged incident is being investigated by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said his office turned reports over to the Michigan Attorney General’s office, which will appoint a prosecutor to determine if ...

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