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Three arraigned in district court

A trio of men who fled from police in Three Rivers earlier this week were arraigned in district court Wednesday. William Powell, 23, Antonio Hearn, 20, and Charles Hearn, 21, face a variety of charges following the Monday night incident in which one of the men held his 6-month-old son while fleeing from police. All three men, originally from Ohio, …

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Home Depot gives grant

St. Joseph County Grange Fair manager Bill Johnson announced that the Home Depot Foundation has given the county fair a grant to improve a building project on the grounds. Volunteers from the Three Rivers Home Depot showed up Thursday to do a majority of the construction. The project calls for replacing wood siding with metal on a building and also …

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Purchase agreement for DOVE Ag Services

DOVE Ag Services, Inc., a Union City-based agricultural company, agreed earlier this year to purchase the former Essex Wire property off Broadway Street, in Three Rivers. In light of the recent accident in the city of West, Texas, DOVE Ag Services officials said in a press release it is important to assure Three Rivers residents that its state-of-the-art facility design …

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No-wake order

A high water level at Colon Township’s Sturgeon Lake has prompted the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department to close its public access. In addition, the sheriff’s department is enforcing a no-wake policy throughout the lake. The no-wake order will remain in place until further notice.

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Weis resigns position

The Centreville Village Council is short a member after council president Eric Weis resigned Monday. Weis was vague about his reasons for stepping down, noting only that family considerations, time commitment to the job and public criticism of the council’s actions were factors contributing to his departure. With Weis’ resignation, Jeff Johnson will serve the role of president, as he …

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Studying surveillance in robbery

Investigators from the Three Rivers Police Department are studying surveillance images of an armed robbery Tuesday in hopes of identifying the lone suspect. The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at the BP gas station on West Michigan Avenue. A photo of the suspect shows him to be a 6-foot-tall black male with a heavy build. He was armed with …

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No change after election

An election of officers resulted in no change on the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County board. During the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, it was agreed that Barb Parker will remain chairperson, Robin Baker as vice-chair, Ronnie Atkins as secretary and Gaylene Adams serving in the capacity of citizen-at-large. In a separate matter, the board …

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State Rep. Lori favors budget plan

State Rep. Matt Lori voted in favor of a budget plan supported by both Republicans and an Independent lawmaker that cuts government waste and prioritizes funding for public safety, roads and schools. Lori, R-Constantine, joined a majority of his colleagues in voting Wednesday in favor of House Bills 4228 and 4328, the Fiscal Year 2014 House budget recommendation. Lori, who …

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Agency receives check

Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County executive director Liz O’Dell said the agency last week received a check for more than $200,000 from her counterpart in Oakland County. O’Dell told board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday that the $211,000 will help cover spin-down costs, which are incurred when the agency fronts deductible or co-pay …

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Food-services receive good scores

Thirty-two food-service establishments in St. Joseph County were recognized for earning exemplary inspection scores by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. Certificates of excellence were awarded to the eateries for meeting criteria set by the state and earning top scores after being inspected at least once annually by the Coldwater-based department. Among the fast-food and sit-down establishments in Sturgis, Mancino’s …

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