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Constantine Rotary recognizes community member

Kathy Messner recently received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from Constantine Rotary Club as a means of showing appreciation for her contributions to the community. The local organization will contribute $1,000 in Messner’s name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Rotary President Mark Honeysett presented the award, saying he can’t think of anyone more deserving than Messner. Messner for …

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Three injured in Mottville crash

Three people were injured last week in an accident in Mottville Township. State police said troopers were called at 1:35 p.m. Thursday to Riverside Drive, near Mann Road. According to investigators, Brian Waldron of Constantine was driving east on Riverside Drive. His vehicle approached a car that had slowed to turn left into a private drive when it passed the …

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Case against former teacher continues

Both sides in the criminal sexual conduct case against a former Centreville teacher said it’s possible they could reach resolution before a trial begins later this month. Neither Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford, who is acting as special prosecutor, nor Julia Kelly, defense counsel for Terry Miller, would comment regarding the status of discussions to settle the case prior …

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State police expand Angel Program

Michigan State Police has joined almost 200 law-enforcement agencies nationwide in the Angel Program, a pre-arrest diversion program to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand. The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post to seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation. As of this …

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Woman injured in Sturgis crash

A woman was injured as the result of a traffic crash early Wednesday at Wait and North Centerville roads in Sturgis. According to police, a 35-year-old Kalamazoo man was driving eastbound at a high speed on Wait Road and was unable to stop at North Centerville Road, crashing into a field. A passenger, a 30-year-old Sturgis woman, suffered a leg …

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Man arrested after causing crash

A 60-year-old Three Rivers man with previous drunken-driving violations was arrested this week after causing an accident in Lockport Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 5 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of U.S. 131 and North Main Street. According to a department media release, the man turned left and into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by a 55-year-old …

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County 211 service resumes

St. Joseph County residents can once again dial 211 for various forms of assistance. The service was not in operation for a while but resumed Saturday, according to Kelly Hostetler, executive director of the St. Joseph County United Way. Hostetler said 211 is a free call for help, information and referral service. It is a central access point that people …

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State bills would protect fantasy sports players

State Reps. Aaron Miller and Jim Tedder detailed their legislation to protect Michigan residents who play fantasy sports. The bills update state law to keep pace with evolving technology and maintain the legality of fantasy sports services such as FanDuel, DraftKings, Yahoo and others. Miller said Michigan residents already are playing these games, and he would like legislators to make …

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SMBT lobby closed for renovations

Southern Michigan Bank and Trust officials wish to advise the public that the lobby of its office on U.S. 131 in Three Rivers is closed for renovations. Drive-thru lanes, however, will remain open during the anticipated three-month project. SMBT will be installing a deal drawer during this transition, giving business customers the ability to go through the inside lane and …

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Priest will stand trial

A priest who oversaw parishes in Colon and Bronson has been ordered to stand trial on charges of embezzling more than $100,000 in church funds. Court officials said Richard Fritz’ case has been bound over to St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Fritz, a priest in the Diocese of Kalamazoo for 35 years, was arraigned in April. He resigned last year …

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