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Constantine man wins in Powerball

A Constantine man is $100,000 richer after having good fortune on a Powerball lottery ticket. State lottery officials said Stephen Strickland won the prize after matching four of the five white balls and the Powerball number for a $50,000 reward. Strickland, however, paid an extra dollar for the Powerplay option, which doubled his winnings. The 34-year-old Strickland claimed his winnings …

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K-9 assists with catching suspect

Three Rivers Police K-9 officer Jake was instrumental in the weekend apprehension of a man wanted on warrants. Officers were called shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Pleasant Street in response to a report of a man allegedly holding a woman against her will. According to a department media release, the 45-year-old man started removing items …

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Fair hottest on record

The 167th St. Joseph County Grange Fair could very well go in the annals as the hottest ever, with the seven-day average high at 87 degrees. In a media release issued by fair manager Bill Johnson, records that date to the 1960s show there hasn’t been a week at the fair as hot as it was this year, he said. …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Two Indiana residents were arrested on drug-related charges last week following a traffic stop in Constantine Township. State police said troopers stopped a vehicle at 2:35 p.m. Saturday on North River Road after it was seen speeding near Winding River Road. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded what investigators called …

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Realtor of the Year named

The St. Joseph County Association of Realtors has named Johnnie Decker as its 2017 Realtor of the Year. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and service for the association, the community and the real estate industry. Award winners were chosen and recognized both locally and at the annual Michigan Realtors Convention and Expo, to be held this week …

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Man arrested after fleeing deputies

An Elkhart man was arrested Wednesday after he attempted to flee from Cass County Sheriff’s Department officials. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies conducted a traffic stop on the driver of a vehicle clocked traveling 96 miles per hour on Decatur Road near Kelsey Lake Street in Penn Township shortly before 6 p.m. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot during the …

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Adopt-A-Highway underway

The Michigan Department of Transportation wishes to advise motorists that the third and final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup event is underway and slated to conclude Saturday. The latest cleanup period started this past weekend. Volunteers in Michigan have been participating in the program since 1990. Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect more than 60,000 bags of trash annually. The program has grown to involve more …

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Man injured in moped accident

A Union City man was injured after the moped he was driving went off the road after the driver attempted to avoid striking a deer in Colon Township. State police said 26-year-old Shawn Davenport was driving east on M-86 shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday when he swerved the moped off the road and into a ditch near Farrand Road. Davenport, …

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Pie eating contest raises money

A representative from Three Rivers Community Schools was the winner of the fourth-annual pie-eating contest Saturday at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. Athletic director Andy Mains was the first of eight contestants to finish their pie in the competition, which requires participants to not use their hands. Mains, who opted for a chocolate pie, participated in an effort to …

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Keifer wins talent contest

Autumne Keifer of Three Rivers, who won the inaugural “River Country Has Talent” competition in 2016, repeated as top prize-winner Thursday in the final round at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. Keifer sang “Girl Crush” and “Gunpowder and Lead.” A probation officer/magistrate for St. Joseph County District Court, Keifer said she plans to take a vacation with her winnings …

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