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Fun run planned to collect toys

The Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers is hosting an inaugural “Santa’s Helpers Fun Run” next week. Event organizers said the benefit will serve as an opportunity to collect toys and items for area kids in need. The Fun Run will not be timed and is being promoted as a social gathering of like-minded people wishing to make a positive …

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Sturgis man arrested on drug charges

A 36-year-old Sturgis man was charged with drug-related offenses after he was found passed out in a vehicle last week in Mendon Township. State police were called shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday to the area of M-60 and Silver Street in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a cornfield. Upon arrival, troopers observed the man unresponsive …

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Former Centreville teacher trial postponed

A jury trial on criminal-sexual-conduct charges against a former Centreville Public Schools teacher has been postponed again, this time due to the death of a family member of a case investigator. Jury selection had been scheduled to begin earlier this month in the case of Terry Miller, 47, a former Centreville junior high and high school teacher initially charged in …

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Investigation continues into cemetery vandalism

More than a month after the Sturgis community was jarred by vandalism at Franks mausoleum at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis police are continuing their investigation into the case. Meanwhile, former Sturgis City Commission member Rob Sisson, who has expressed outrage about the incident, said someone “tried to send a message” to him with a lawn sign, but it was placed …

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Sturgis organizations receive grants

The Sturgis Area Community Foundation recently completed its 2016 competitive grant program. The following organizations received grants: Sturgis Helping Hands, $2,500, to assist with the Helping Hands Backpack program; Mixed Martial Arts/ Doyle Community Center, $3,740, for program support; Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services, $1,500, to assist with a Sexual Assault Awareness Community Forum; city of Sturgis, $35,000, for Spence …

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Road commission suggest checking mailboxes

The St. Joseph County Road Commission is encouraging residents to shake their mailboxes this month. Agency manager Chris Minger said a mailbox post over the years can rot or become wobbly. The annual shaking test is a solid way of determining whether a mailbox is secure and its post strong. The test is suggested to ensure mailboxes and posts are …

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