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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 »


Riley Gill made 33 saves to pave the way for the Kalamazoo Wings to earn their first shutout of the 2011-12 season, as the K-Wings started a four-game road swing with a 4-0 victory over the Toledo Walleye Saturday night at the Huntington Center. After a scoreless opening period, the K-Wings took control of the contest in the second period ... Read More »


The Toledo Walleye took the first half of a home-and-home series over the Kalamazoo Wings defeating the K-Wings 4-3 Friday Night on PNC Night at Wings Stadium. Trying to kill a penalty, the Walleye jumped ahead when Todd Griffith (7th) registered a shorthanded tally on a breakaway 2:20 into the contest. Storming back five minutes later, Darryl Bootland pulled the ... Read More »

Four Arrested For Meth

The Sturgis Department of Public Safety took four Sturgis residents into custody after raiding a house where production of methamphetamine was allegedly taking place. The four people arrested range in age from 18 to 57. Police said they executed a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 400 block of Walker Street. Arrested were: a 57-year-old ... Read More »

Johnson New Police Officer

The Burr Oak Village Council this week hired a part-time police officer. The employment of Sturgis resident Steve Johnson, 44, became effective Wednesday. Pay for his anticipated 20 to 25 hours of work per week is still being negotiated by the village council. Johnson also works as a public safety officer in Benton Harbor and as a member of Tri-Township ... Read More »

New Drug Prevention Program

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 o’clock Monday morning by St. Joseph County Probate Court Judge Tom Shumaker regarding a new, proactive drug prevention and educational program centering on St. Joseph County’s teen population. The program is a collaboration between St. Joseph County police agencies, in partnership with the Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile Court, Community Mental Health Substance Abuse ... Read More »

Constantine’s Third Chili Throw-Down

The date for the third annual Constantine Chili Throw-Down was announced Thursday by organizers of the cook-off. A roster of four Constantine-based eateries will compete for a traveling trophy, which will be presented following the Feb. 18 event concludes. As it has in the past, the public will decide this year’s winner. A $5 entry fee entitles the public to ... Read More »