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ARF’s 11th Annual Dinner

Members of the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County are planning for the agency’s 11th annual dinner auction. ARF’s annual largest fundraiser takes place April 13 at Belle Époque in Three Rivers. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and a live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children, and are available at Beam …

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Sheriff investigating unlawful entry

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s department are looking into an incident of unlawful entry to a residence in Burr Oak Township. According to a department media release, a resident in the 67000 block of Burr Oak Road reported hearing strange noises in their residence and, upon investigation, located open doors to the residence. Investigators said it appears the …

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Property to go for sale

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have agreed to place a resolution for the sale of city-owned property on file for 30 days. The property in question is a western portion of the former Essex Wire property on Fourth Street. Union City-based Dove Ag Services is hoping to gain approval for a truck-loading facility and …

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County Board meeting

A number of St. Joseph County residents expressed concerns over a variety of subjects during Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. The focus of most comments revolved around potential plans to build a senior center in Sturgis and a proposal to market St. Joseph County as a retirement destination to retirees in the Chicago market. Points were made …

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New officers introduced

Four new auxiliary officers were introduced to the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday. Chief Tom Bringman said over the past 11 months, the five completed 120 hours of training, which included classroom, defensive tactics and firearms. The quartet is comprised of Three Rivers High School graduates Brian Kline and Travis Cain, Caledonia native Gary VanderMei and Kalamazoo resident Shawn Taylor. …

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Lowry to run again

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said he plans to seek a second two-year term to the city’s highest elected post. Following Tuesday’s city commission meeting, Lowry said he took out a petition earlier in the day to begin the process of appearing on the November ballot. He will need to secure a minimum number of signatures from registered voters before …

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Concern over parking violations

Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman will instruct officers to beef up enforcement of parking violations around Hoppin Elementary School when classes resume next week. Concern about the issue was raised Tuesday by Three Rivers City Commissioner Daryl Griffith, who said illegally parked cars pose a risk to children who walk home from school or to waiting cars parked legally …

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First County Board meeting

Pat Yoder’s first St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday was a quick but uneventful experience. Yoder, who took over as county administrator Monday, sat in on his first county commission meeting in 20 years, as he previously held the position from 1990 to 1994. The 63-year-old Yoder was hired for the job after Judy West-Wing retired in January. …

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Arrest for criminal sexual conduct

A 47-year-old Sturgis man was arrested earlier this week on warrants related to criminal sexual conduct. Sturgis Police said Mario Delgado, who lives in the 600 block of South Orange Street, was arrested at noon Monday at his residence, where police executed a five-count warrant. All five counts stem from incidents of criminal sexual conduct involving victims between 6 and …

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Sewage contained from overflow

About 400 gallons of sanitary sewage was contained following an overflow incident shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday in Three Rivers. Officials from the Department of Public Services said the overflow occurred at U.S. 131 and Broadway Road. A blockage of the sewer line was cleared about 30 minutes after the incident was detected. Sewage pumped from the site was taken …

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