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Man sentenced in shooting death

A 22-year-old man has apologized before being sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for his involvement in the 2013 fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student. Shaquille Jones told a court in Ann Arbor on Wednesday that “I wish I could take it back.” Jones in January pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Twenty-five-year-old Paul DeWolf was ... Read More »

Students defend school district

Several Kalamazoo students turned out at a school board meeting to dispute allegations by a man who held a hunger strike to highlight what he believes is a problem with the district’s textbook policies. Six students from Loy Norrix High School went to the podium Thursday to say they weren’t getting an inferior education from the public school district, the ... Read More »

Miller announces contact information

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced contact information for residents of the 59th House District who wish to reach him. Miller will continue to use former Rep. Matt Lori’s office phone number at 517-373-0832. Residents may also contact him at Box 30014, Lansing 48909, or by e-mail at AaronMiller@house.mi.gov. Miller said he wants to make it simple for people to ... Read More »

Sturgis Board of Education reports successful bonds sale

Sturgis Public Schools’ Board of Education has detailed the successful sale of its 2015 refunding bonds, Series A, in the amount of about $25.3 million and 2015 refunding bonds, Series B, for about $10.6 million. The Series A bonds are being issued for the purpose of refunding that portion of the school district’s outstanding 2005 refunding bonds. Series A bonds ... Read More »

Changes among Mendon Board of Education members

The dean of Mendon Community Schools’ Board of Education has relinquished his role as president. During Monday’s organizational meeting for the seven-member board, Roger Cupp made a motion to elect Jim Fassett his replacement as board president. Fassett just joined the board but has previously served more than seven years before running again in November. Cupp, a board member for ... Read More »

Board of Commissioners approves parks improvement funding

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved funding allocations for improvements at a pair of county-operated parks. Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting agreed to grant parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald financial support to purchase and install two handicap-accessible docks at Cade Lake Campground. In a separate matter, funding was made available for adding personnel to collect daily ... Read More »

Accidental shooting under investigation

A 60-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg Tuesday in Constantine Township. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 10000 block of New England Road shortly before 5 a.m. to find the man in stable condition He was transferred by LifeCare Ambulance to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo for further treatment. Additional details were not available, as the ... Read More »

TR Fire Department responds to residential fire

Three Rivers Firefighters responded to a blaze Wednesday morning on East Michigan Avenue. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at a residence in the 400 block of the city street. Additional details about the extent of damage and whether anyone was hurt were not available by Wednesday afternoon. Read More »

St Joseph County snow-removal agreement

St. Joseph County has continued its snow-removal agreement with Adams Excavating. During action Tuesday, commissioners approved the independent-contractor agreement with Scott Adams for the job. Adams will respond when snow accumulation reaches two inches or more. His work will cover the courthouse and courts building lots, an annex lot, the parks building and animal control lots, and the sheriff’s department ... Read More »

Holiday retail sales report

Michigan retailers report that sales during the just-completed holiday season were “positive” and better than last year, even though they did not meet pre-season expectations. A new survey from the Michigan Retailers Association found that a strong December made up for a slow start in November, as retailers posted an average year-to-year sales improvement of 1.1 percent. That was slightly ... Read More »