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Four Sturgis Residents Arraigned

The names of four Sturgis residents arrested on drug-related charges have been released, as the suspects were arraigned in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Sturgis Police said they executed a search warrant around 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at a residence in the 400 block of Walker Street. Arrested were Douglas Keefer, 58, charged with maintaining a drug house; Jared Payton, ... Read More »

Commissioners Looking At Combing Offices

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week decided to look at combining the offices of community health services and mental health/substance abuse. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to ask members of the Community Mental Health board and representatives from the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Health Agency to review the proposal. Commissioner Rick Shaffer said the proposal was initially discussed ... Read More »

Meth Dump Site Discovered

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded Monday morning to a methamphetamine dump site by Big Swan Creek in the 62500 block of Needham Road, in Burr Oak Township. A backpack containing meth waste and a burn site that resembled remains of a campfire were discovered at the site. Officials concluded three one-pot meth labs was produced at the location. ... Read More »

Free Flu Vaccinations

Steve Todd, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Health Agency, said Tuesday that a supply of free flu shots remains available at St. Joseph County’s Three Rivers-based site. Todd told members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners that the three-county agency received about 400 doses of flu vaccine. The supply it has on hand in Three Rivers remains ... Read More »

Out and About – Week of February 6th

Rocky Evans will sign copies of his book “TRUTH” at Lowry’s Books & More on Saturday, February 11, from 11 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Rocky was born and raised here in Three Rivers and is a renowned skydiver. He experienced his first parachute jump in May 1970, and excelled to the level of achieving World Championship Skydiving awards three times. ... Read More »

Two Recognized From NOAA

A pair of employees from the Three Rivers Clean Water Plant were recently recognized for their dedication and longevity for reporting weather observations. Twenty-year veteran James Shears and Joseph Madaras, a 15-year employee, were acknowledged with plaques issued by Brentley Lothamer, representing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, plant director James Baker accepted recognition from Lothamer for Three ... Read More »

K-Wings add NHL talent to roster

KALAMAZOO –The old saying that everything is relative took on a whole new meaning for the Kalamazoo Wings yesterday afternoon when they announced the latest changes to their line-up. Defenseman John Kivisto was released from the team on Monday afternoon as the K-Wings announced the signing of his cousin and National Hockey League player Dwight Helminen. Helminen, who began this ... Read More »

New County Treasurer

The position of St. Joseph County treasurer was made official Friday during a brief ceremony, when County Clerk Pattie Bender officiated a swearing-in ceremony for Judie Ratering. A 52-year-old Park Township resident, Ratering succeeds Phyllis Bainbridge, who retired last week due to health reasons. Her remaining term, which runs through the end of the year, will be filled by Ratering. ... Read More »

Four Arrested For Unarmed Robbery

Four people who allegedly assaulted and stole four pizzas from a delivery driver last week were arraigned in St. Joseph County District Court Thursday. According to Three Rivers Police and St. Joseph County court officials, charged with one count of unarmed robbery are Three Rivers residents David Compean, 19; Tyler J. White, 17; and 18-year-olds Jerrica Homan and Darrin Tullos. ... Read More »

Award To State Police Officer

A Michigan State Police investigator formerly assigned to the agency’s post in White Pigeon was recognized for his work in a high-profile murder case. Aaron Steensma was given MSP’s Meritorious Service Award during a ceremony last week in Lansing. The award was issued for Steensma’s work in the case of Colon-area resident Venus Stewart, whose estranged husband, Doug, was sentenced ... Read More »