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Lockport fire under investigation

Fire investigators from Michigan State Police are looking into a blaze that occurred Thursday morning at a home in the 20000 block of South River Road in Lockport Township. Officials believe the cause of the fire is suspicious. Heavy smoke was coming from the home when Centreville firefighters arrived at the scene around 11 a.m. The homeowners were not present …

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Vapor intrusion evaluation at Sturgis site

An EPA Superfund site in Sturgis is being re-evaluated for a new concern called vapor intrusion. The Sturgis Municipal Wells Superfund Site was placed in the Superfund Program in 1984 for chemical contamination from the Kirsch Company impacting local drinking water wells. Vapor intrusion occurs when contaminated vapor gets into the indoor air of a building. The current owner of …

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Identity of girl attacked by dog announced

The identity of a 4-year-old victim of a dog attack Sunday in Sherman Township has been confirmed. Kiyana McNeal was killed by the family pet, a recently acquired Doberman. The dog apparently lunged at the girl’s neck as she was offering it a treat. McNeal’s mother attempted to pull the 4-year-old dog off the girl and was bitten by the …

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Girl dies in dog attack

Authorities say a dog attacked and killed a 4 1/2-year-old girl and injured the child’s mother at a home on West Fish Lake Road. The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department says the family had recently gotten the Doberman or Doberman mix before Sunday afternoon’s attack in Sherman Township. The girl’s mother tried to protect her and was hospitalized with injuries …

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County Commission grants ballfield extension

The city of Sturgis last week was given an extension related to its work on a ballfield complex. Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to the extension after city manager Mike Hughes explained an unforeseen delay: the city received just two bids on its original plan and both were in excess of the city’s budgeted …

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Man arrested on drug charges

A Benton Harbor man was arrested last week on drug-related offenses in the city of Three Rivers. Police were called Thursday to the Walmart parking lot in response to a complaint about a suspicious vehicle. Officers located the car and noticed the driver was inhaling air dusters. Officers attempted to interview but he was too impaired to talk rationally, according …

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