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Man arrested after police pursuit

A Burr Oak man was arrested after leading authorities on a pursuit last week. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were aware of two cars racing through Sturgis around 6 p.m. Friday. Central dispatch received a call around 7:30 p.m. concerning a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of Burr Oak and Deer Park roads. The vehicle fit …

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Sheriff releases name of boy who died in accident

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said the name of the 6-year-old boy who died last week after being partially run over by a skid loader was Holden High of Dowagiac. High died Wednesday afternoon in Volinia Township, where he was helping with a landscape project. Investigators said High and two teenagers were riding in the bucket of the skid loader …

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White Pigeon seeks grants for sidewalk project

Members of the White Pigeon Collaboration Team are pursuing a number of grant opportunities to help cover the cost of a sidewalk from downtown to U.S. 131. During last week’s monthly meeting, the group of community activists learned the project’s cost would be $29,000. A core of volunteers from cement businesses has offered to spend Saturdays on the project. Meanwhile, …

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Traffic stop leads to arrests

Two people were arrested on drug-related offenses following a traffic stop last week in Burr Oak Township. Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a car around 11:30 p.m. Friday on Spaid Road, near Lafaytte Road. A passenger attempted to discard out the window a bag that ended up containing more than 57 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Deputies found inside the car meth …

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County unemployment up

May’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was half a percent higher than one month previous. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.9 percent May unemployment rate marked an increase from April’s 3.4 percent. St. Joseph County was above the state unemployment average, which was 3.7 percent in May. The …

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Three arrested following theft

Three people were arrested over the weekend after attempting to remove an appliance from an apartment unit in Constantine. State police were called around 4:30 p.m. Saturday after a witness noticed three people – including a former tenant who had recently been evicted from Peachtree Apartments – taking a refrigerator from the former tenant’s unit. The witness followed the suspect …

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