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Commissioners hear child care fund plan update

Children of St. Joseph County parents who are undereducated, live in poverty and might be involved with methamphetamine are at risk of becoming a dubious statistic in the county’s juvenile court system. The conclusion was offered Tuesday to St. Joseph County Commissioners by Tom Robertson, director and referee of the county’s family court juvenile division. Robertson’s appearance was a scheduled …

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Silver Street near Mendon is closed

Here’s a reminder that a major north-south route in St. Joseph County is closed for at least two weeks starting today (Thursday). A mile-and-a-half stretch of Silver Street from M-60 south to Wakeman Road in Mendon Township is due for an overhaul through a process called “crush and shape.” Chris Minger, manager of the St. Joseph County Road Commission, said the …

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Senior Day at fair

The 166th St. Joseph County Grange Fair hits its midpoint today, which is designated Seniors Day. A full slate of events is on tap, including draft horse pulls and draft horse halter show, day four of the 4-H horse show, open-class beef and dairy cattle shows, River Country Has Talent semi-finals continue at 6 p.m., and the grandstand event is …

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New law for register of deeds office

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald said a new law goes into effect Oct. 1 regarding the fee for documents from the county’s register of deeds office. The law states that a fee of $30, regardless of the number of pages, will be charged. The only exception will be if the document assigns or discharges more than one instrument. In …

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Fraudulent check leads to arrests

Two out-of-state residents were arrested last weekend after attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Three Rivers business. Police were called Saturday to Triple Creek convenience store on South Main Street regarding a person from Ohio attempting to cash a suspicious-looking check. Officers eventually searched the suspect’s vehicle and found two handguns, money, multiple counterfeit checks and a large …

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Man arrested after threatening deputies

A Niles man was arrested last week on several charges following an incident during which he allegedly used a machete to threaten deputies. Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood said Marty Ray Gipson, 44, was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of resisting police. Deputies were called at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 14 to a …

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