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Chairman defends commission’s land purchase

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Chairman Allen Balog said he owes no apology to anyone claiming the county overpaid for a piece of land developed this year into a park. Furthermore, Balog said the allegation that the county was too generous in its purchase price because it was bought from a former county employee is wrong. Balog’s statements stem …

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Police arrest intoxicated driver

Three Rivers police arrested an Indiana man last week after several witnesses reported an erratic driver on U.S. 131. According to a department media release, officers were alerted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to a driver whose vehicle had hit a guardrail and was being operated in a reckless manner. Officers stopped the car near Millard Street. The driver failed sobriety …

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Traffic stop leads to three arrests

A bag of methamphetamine, other narcotics and drug paraphernalia were discovered in a car stopped by Sturgis police last week. According to a department media release, officers stopped a vehicle with an expired registration at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at West West and North Jefferson streets. The driver was detained after his identity was unable to be established. Meanwhile, officers located …

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One injured in Cass County crash

Cass County deputies responded over the weekend to a two-vehicle crash in Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday to U.S. 12, near Trout Road. Investigators said 24-year-old Kelsey Larsh of Three Rivers was westbound on U.S. 12 when an eastbound vehicle driven by 45-year-old Drew Baker of South Bend crossed the centerline …

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Driver arrested on drug charges

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect earlier this week on drug-related charges. A vehicle was stopped Monday near the intersection of Arthur L. Jones and Corey Lake roads in Fabius Township. The driver, whose gender, age and community of residence was not stated in a department media release, was found to be driving on a suspended license. Upon a consent search …

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United Way holds raffle

The St. Joseph County United Way is offering a 50/50 Christmas Cash Raffle. The drawing takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sturgis City Commission meeting. Tickets, which are one for $5 or three for $10, can be purchased at the United Way’s Centreville office. All proceeds benefit the local United Way agency.

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop this week that led to a drug-related charge. According to a department media release, a traffic stop was conducted Tuesday near the intersection of Hoffman and Ruggles roads in Fabius Township. Upon a search of the vehicle, deputies found a plastic pen tube. The residue on its inside tested positive for methamphetamine. The suspect, …

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Sturgis Hospital expands outpatient services

Sturgis Hospital has announced the expansion of its Outpatient Infusion Services. Outpatient infusion therapy can save patients out-of-pocket expenses in comparison to inpatient hospitalization, emergency room services and home-health services. Patients who need regular injections or IV therapy already experience the inconvenience of having healthcare visits monthly, weekly or even daily, said Rob LaBarge, President and CEO of Sturgis Hospital. …

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County commission approves parks and rec millage

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners have approved a dedicated millage to fund the parks and recreation department. Tuesday’s action means an additional one-quarter of a mill will be imposed countywide in 2018. Over its four-year life, the millage is expected to generate about $485,000 annually. Commissioners said the move will ease constraints on the general fund while helping parks and …

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Marijuana found at crime scene

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit found evidence of a marijuana-growing operation at the scene of a Nov. 28 homicide. During the course of their investigation into the homicide in the 27000 block of Maystead Road in Sherman Township, SCAN members confiscated a large volume of marijuana that police say is far beyond medical-marijuana limits. Investigators also seized equipment used …

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