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Commissioners approve millage request for road commission

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved ballot language for a millage request being sought this spring by the county road commission. At stake May 3 will be a request of up to 2.5 mills, which would yield more than $5.4 million annually over a 10-year period. Road commission members last month approved a plan that would call …

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United Way surpasses campaign goal

The St. Joseph County United Way made history with its Campaign 2016. Agency officials during Tuesday’s annual Victory Celebration announced $861,785 was raised over the 12-month period. The figure surpassed its goal of $825,000 and is the most ever collected for the Centreville-based agency’s annual campaign United Way executive director Kelly Hostetler said the county’s No. 1 contributor was Morgan …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

State police arrested an Inkster man last weekend after he fled from authorities just north of Park Township. The incident occurred after a motorist was reported speeding and passing vehicles on the shoulder of U.S. 131 around 11:30 a.m. Sunday north of Three Rivers. A trooper who was conducting a separate traffic stop near the Kalamazoo County line witnessed the …

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Drug charges expected after search

Charges are expected to be filed after Three Rivers Police noticed drug activity Sunday in the 100 block of North Andrews Street. According to a department media release, officers were notified of the illegal activity and noticed the aroma of marijuana as they arrived at the residence. A search warrant was secured and officers found marijuana and evidence of drug …

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Exotic animals removed from home

Caretakers from Binder Park Zoo and Black Pine Animal Sanctuary worked several hours Friday to remove exotic animals from a Mottville Township residence. Meanwhile, Jessica Achberger, 40, and Troy Leiby, 40, were arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges, and keeping exotic animals without a license. They were released from jail Friday after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 cash/surety bond. …

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Commissioner Baker will not seek additional term

St. Joseph County Commissioner Robin Baker of said last week he will not seek re-election to an eighth term this fall. Baker, 64, indicated his intention after he turned down the vice chairman position for Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency during its monthly meeting Thursday. Baker spent more than 25 years with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department before retiring …

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