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Police investigate church financial irregularities

State police are conducting an investigation into allegations of financial irregularities at sister churches in Colon and Bronson. According to the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, an audit of finances at St. Barbara in Colon and St. Mary Assumption in Bronson was conducted at the request of the diocese. Diocese officials said the audit yielded questionable financial practices and transactions over …

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Man arrested after exposing himself

A 32-year-old registered sex offender was arrested last week in White Pigeon on a charge of indecent exposure. According to police, the incident occurred at Wash King, where Deshawn Terrell Allen, 32, was loitering and exposed himself to a woman at the laundromat. Police obtained video surveillance and identified Allen, who confessed to the incident before being arrested, authorities said. …

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County commission agrees to Veterans’ Hunt

A program that allowed veterans to hunt on county-owned property a year ago will return next week. Members of the St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to once again support an event simply called Veterans’ Hunt 2016. Believed to be the first of its kind locally, Veterans’ Hunt will allow disabled veterans the opportunity to participate in a …

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Boil water notice for White Pigeon

The village of White Pigeon has issued a boil-water notice due to coliform bacteria detected in the municipality’s water system. Village officials said the advisory went into effect around 4 p.m. Wednesday after four of eight samples being tested as a routine procedure yielded the positive result. Coliform is typically an indication that there could be a problem with the …

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Tree trimmer dies on job

A Fabius Township resident died this week following an accident involving a tree he was trimming. WWMT reported Ron Phillips, a 49-year-old Corey Lake resident, died Monday while on the job in Schoolcraft Township. Phillips, owner of Phillips Tree Service, reportedly was working in the 1600 block of Waters Edge Drive, where a limb broke from a tree and hit …

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River cleanup program a success

Organizers behind an effort benefitting St. Joseph County waterways have called the sixth year of the cleanup program a success. The St. Joseph County Conservation District and a team of volunteers completed the final event of the year Monday, when a stretch of the Portage River from North Fisher Lake Road to Carpenter Road was cleared. Carolyn Grace, director of …

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