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Murder charges dropped in stabbing case

Murder charges against 37-year-old Jonathon Fleming of Sturgis have been dismissed by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. Fleming was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He had been charged in the Sept. 25 stabbing death of Christopher Calhoun, 39, of Sturgis. The two were involved in a fight near a home on Jacob Street in Sturgis when the stabbing …

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Commissioners hand out employee service awards

Sixteen county employees, led by District Court Judge Jeff Middleton, were recognized for their milestone employment anniversaries Tuesday. The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners staged its annual Employee Service Awards program at the onset of its meeting. Rather than the board chairman read the names of recipients, a new twist saw department heads handle that duty. Ten-year employees recognized …

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County commission hears park cost estimates

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners will have to include a major budget allocation for the parks and recreation department in 2017. Cost estimates for a sanitary sewer and water project for Cade Lake Park and Campground were revealed during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Daniel Byam, project engineer from Jones Petrie Rafinski, told commissioners the bids range …

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Vehicle stolen in Nottawa Township

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a vehicle early Wednesday in Nottawa Township. According to a department media release, the 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport was taken sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday from a location at Klinger Lake and Timm roads. The vehicle was parked in a field and listed for sale. It has a two-inch …

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Shooting suspect captured in Alaska

Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, have captured the suspect in a shooting incident involving a Sturgis native last weekend. According to the Fairbanks News-Miner newspaper’s website, a 29-year-old Anchorage man was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicle theft, second-degree theft and tampering with evidence. The arrest stems from a Sunday morning incident during which Sgt. Allan Brandt was shot …

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City commissioners choose replacement

A lifelong Three Rivers resident has been selected from a field of seven candidates to complete an unexpired term on the Three Rivers City Commission. Pat Dane was the majority’s decision during Tuesday’s meeting to complete the remaining 13 months left on Jared Hoffmaster’s term. Hoffmaster resigned last month in advance of his family’s impending move to Fabius Township. Dane, …

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