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County treasurer presents report

Ninety-five percent of the income St. Joseph County Treasurer’s Office took in last fiscal year was from two sources. During her annual report to county commissioners earlier this month, treasurer Judie Ratering said the department had revenue of nearly $943,000. Two-thirds of that – more than $660,000 – was from delinquent-tax fees, while investment earnings generated the balance, about $235,000. …

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Update – New disc-golf course

Sturgis and St. Joseph County parks and recreation departments are collaborating to construct a disc-golf course at Cade Lake County Park. The course, named Deadwood at Cade Lake, will be an 18-hole course through the wooded area at Cade Lake County Park in Fawn River Township. Fundraising efforts for the project are underway. To sponsor a tee or make a …

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Two resignations in Colon

A shakeup at Tuesday’s Colon Village Council meeting saw the resignation of its president and a council member, and the contract of its village manager not renewed. After 14 months as village president, Diane Downs announced her resignation from the seven-member panel. Nancy Percival, a longtime council member, also announced her resignation, also effective immediately. Later, the board voted to …

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Stolen vehicle recovered in Schoolcraft

A vehicle stolen last month from Kalamazoo was recovered this week in Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft police chief Bryan Campbell said his department was advised at 3 a.m. Wednesday to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a retail-theft incident in Three Rivers. The vehicle was spotted parked in a driveway in the 300 block of Duncan Street. Campbell said …

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Man runs vehicle into fire station

Two vehicles at the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority were damaged while parked in the agency’s garage this week. Chief Bryan Campbell said police were called shortly after 11 p.m. to the corner of Grand and Eliza streets, where a 59-year-old Grand Rapids man had repeatedly run his vehicle into the bay doors of the fire station, damaging the doors …

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St. Joseph County declared disaster area

St. Joseph County is one of 17 counties in the state to be declared a disaster area as the result of flooding from heavy rain and melting snow. Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said Monday’s declarations make state resources available to those areas, including grants of up to $100,000 for reimbursement of local response costs to the flooding, which peaked over …

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Driver faces multiple charges following traffic stop

A Sturgis man was arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop earlier this week in Sturgis. According to officers, the suspect’s vehicle was pulled over shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday on South Nottawa Street at Bogen Road following a traffic violation. According to a department media release, the officer in charge of the stop became suspicious of drug activity …

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Two car crash in Burr Oak

Sheriff’s deputies were called last week to a two-vehicle accident in Burr Oak Township. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of M-66 and Findley Road. Investigators said a vehicle driven by Sturgis-area resident Shirley Schrock was heading north on M-66 and turned left onto Findley Road, into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by …

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CTA bus crash injures two

Two people were injured Monday morning after a St. Joseph County Transportation Authority bus collided with a semi tractor-trailer in Constantine Township. State police said the bus driven by a 33-year-old Fulton woman was eastbound on Riverside Drive at 7:30 a.m. when it failed to stop at the intersection of U.S. 131. The bus struck the trailer of a northbound …

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Investigation continues into school violence threat

Three Rivers Police officers are continuing their investigation into a threat of violence at Three Rivers High School last week. A high school student was taken into custody Friday afternoon after threats were reported Thursday to OK2SAY. The suspect was identified and removed from the school by authorities. A search was conducted Friday afternoon, at the student’s home in the …

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