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Police investigate breaking-and-entering

State police are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place at a Sturgis residence. According to a department media release, the break-in occurred between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in the 300 block of East South Street. Investigators said jewelry and weapons were reported stolen.

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Labor agreement approved

A labor agreement with the St. Joseph County Fraternal Order of Police corrections sergeants divisions was approved Tuesday by the county’s board of commissioners. The three-year agreement includes no pay raise in 2016, but a 2 percent increase in 2017 and again in 2018. Shift assignments will be made at the discretion of Sheriff Brad Balk and wage parity will …

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Asleep driver causes accident

A driver who police said fell asleep at the wheel caused a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Constantine Township. Sheriff’s deputies said a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Constantine man was northbound on U.S. 131 when the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck a SUV driven by a 31-year-old Three Rivers man. The Constantine man, whose …

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EDC shares success stories

A representative from the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation shared with members of the county commission a number of success stories from 2015. Ken Jones, chairman of the EDC board, addressed commissioners Tuesday and labeled 2015 “a very good year” as he prefaced his annual report before the panel. He started by noting the agency conducted 230 consultations with …

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Stuff a Blue Goose event successful

St. Joseph County residents showed generosity last weekend toward a Christmas-related event spearheaded by the Michigan State Police. Several state police vehicles were filled to capacity with toys and non-perishable food items for the annual “Stuff a Blue Goose” campaign. Troopers from the White Pigeon detachment manned a vehicle at the Walmart locations in Sturgis and Three Rivers, marking the …

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Community Foundation awarded several grants

The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation awarded more than $16,000 to area non-profit organizations during the recently completed 2015 annual competitive grant cycle. Recipients are required to provide a 25 percent fund match to show commitment, vested interest and encourage community partnerships. The Three Rivers Food Site was awarded $8,000 to assist with providing area residents with basic and emergency …

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