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Security upgrade at courthouse

A plan to limit access into the St. Joseph County Courthouse to a single location is moving forward. The county’s board of commissioners Tuesday agreed to work with Grand Rapids-based Landmark Design for schematic drawings and cost estimates to create the single point of entry. If the full plan is authorized, access to either the original courthouse portion or the ... Read More »

Justice was served

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said justice was served Monday, as jurors in the Andy Brown murder trial issued a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder. The 37-year-old Brown was also found guilty on a charge of felony use of a firearm. Monday’s decision capped the nine-day trial in which the nine-woman, three-man jury heard testimony related to the ... Read More »

Brush pickup in TR

Here’s a reminder that crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services are conducting a brush pickup. DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street,. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for the July 1 storm damage only. The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at ... Read More »

White Pigeon Days concluded

White Pigeon Days concluded its three-day run Sunday, with a community church service and picnic at Wade Park. Event organizers said Saturday night’s fireworks show was viewed by thousands of people who parked as far away as Dickinson Road to watch the display. Earlier in the evening, Constantine High School’s alumni football squad topped a White Pigeon alumni team, 14-6. ... Read More »

Jurors continue deliberations

After nearly five hours of deliberations Thursday, jurors in the Andy Brown trial will continue the process beginning at 8 a.m. today. Jurors began deliberations at 12:15 p.m., after closing arguments were heard from prosecutor John McDonough and defense attorney Michael Hills. McDonough wrapped things up with a 30-minute rebuttal to Hills’ 92 minutes of closing arguments. Circuit court judge ... Read More »

Marijuana plants seized

Citizen tips regarding marijuana-related activity resulted in the confiscation of nearly 22 marijuana plants Wednesday in Lockport Township. A sheriff’s department media release stated members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 20000 block of M-86 regarding the manufacture of marijuana. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 22 marijuana ... Read More »