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Court employee announces retirement

A longtime employee with the St. Joseph County courts system is retiring at the end of the month. Linda Baker, victim advocate for the for St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, will be honored during a ceremony 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Fraternal Order of Police in M-86 east of Centreville. Baker, a Park Township resident, has also …

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DNR announces Free Fishing Weekend

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced details regarding its annual “Winter Free Fishing Weekend.” The opportunity takes place Feb. 18 and 19, a two-day period during which Michigan residents and non-residents can fish without a license. All other fishing regulations, however, still apply. The DNR over the weekend will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants …

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Police pursuit ends in arrest

Sturgis police arrested an 18-year-old man Wednesday on two felony offenses and a misdemeanor following a pursuit. According to a department media release, officers attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation shortly before 2:30 a.m. on North Lakeview Street at East Lafayette Street. The driver refused to stop and the vehicle was pursued until it came to a …

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Colon agrees to payment in lieu of insurance policy

Members of the Colon Village Council agreed Tuesday to adopt a “payment-in-lieu-of-insurance” policy for its full-time employees. Village president Diane Downs said the offer is available to employees who receive insurance through their spouse instead of the village. Council members agreed two payments a year would be made to those who decline village-offered insurance. Married employees who qualify will receive …

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Home destroyed by fire

Firefighters from four departments battled a residential blaze Monday afternoon in Sherman Township. Crews were dispatched around 3 p.m. to the 66000 block of Klinger Lake Road. First responders saw flames emanating from the rear of the home. Flames quickly spread to the front of the home, according to authorities. The residence was a complete loss. An initial investigation suggests …

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Meth lab found in vehicle

A 37-year-old Sturgis man is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail after police found methamphetamine labs in his vehicle earlier this week in Sturgis Township. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for an expired license plate around 10:30 a.m. Monday on U.S. 12 near Stubey Road. The deputy soon discovered a meth lab was in the back of …

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