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Police investigate two break ins

Investigators from Michigan State Police are looking into a breaking-and-entering incident in Lockport Township. Troopers were called at 6 a.m. Tuesday to the 57000 block of Haines Road, where unauthorized entrance into a residence took place sometime between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23. The suspects broke into the residence and took keys to a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria, tan in …

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Man injured in Sherman Township crash

A Constantine man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Sherman Township. State police said a car driven by Daniel Lalonde, 46, swerved to avoid striking an animal on North Centerville Road near Mintdale Road around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Lalonde’s pickup struck a utility pole, investigators said. He was transported to Sturgis Hospital. Investigators said neither alcohol nor …

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August unemployment down

August’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was seven-tenths of a percent lower than the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 4.4 percent August unemployment rate marked a decrease from July’s 5.1 percent. St. Joseph County was below the state unemployment average, which was 4.6 percent in August. …

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County Commission cancels executive meeting

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners have announced Wednesday morning’s executive committee meeting has been cancelled. Meanwhile, the five-member board was expected to meet at 8 o’clock this morning for a budget work session. Commissioners are in the midst of preparing the county’s 2018 fiscal-year budget. The new fiscal year starts Jan. 1. The board’s next meeting …

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Fundraiser benefits local woman

More than 200 people over the course of five hours Saturday took part in a fundraiser to benefit Colon resident Megan Colpetsir, a mother of six. Currently on leave from her job as an inspector at Maxitrol, the 33-year-old Colpetsir will begin 20 weeks of chemotherapy sessions in mid-November. She was diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer after discovering a …

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Recount bill passes committee, moves to full House

State Rep. Aaron Miller, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, voted last week to advance two measures to protect taxpayers from paying for recounts in elections that are not closely contested. The 2016 recount charade for which Michigan taxpayers were forced to foot the bill shows just how important it is to update statutes before it happens again, …

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