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County adopts customer service standards

St. Joseph County employees are expected to adhere to a series of customer-service standards following action last week by county commissioners. Introduced by human resources director Teresa Doehring, the resolution to adopt customer-service standards provides four ideals to follow when dealing with the public: *Smile and greet people warmly. *Take ownership of any customer concern. *Assist without being asked. *Respect …

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Homes For Our Troops fundraiser successful

The largest Homes For Our Troops fundraiser in the eight-year history hosted by Jim and Peggy Fassett bodes well for a Grand Rapids-area man and his family. Though it’s not unusual for more money to trickle in a week or two afterward, Saturday’s event at the Fassett’s Park Township farmstead generated nearly $12,000. The figure marks about $2,000 less than …

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Two arrested after thefts

Two 18-year-old women were arrested over the weekend after police discovered they were in possession of stolen property. According to a media release from the Sturgis Police Department, officers pulled over a car at 4 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Marian Street after the department received a report of someone going through parked, unlocked vehicles. Officers noticed what …

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Reports of sexual abuse on school bus

WWMT television is reporting that a 6-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a Colon Community Schools bus in April. The incidents allegedly involved a 15-year-old boy who is no longer a student at the district but still faces up to seven charges of sexual assault, the station reported. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said charges of failure to report …

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Centreville High School damaged by vandal

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an act of vandalism at Centreville High School last week. Sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, someone engaged a front-end loader and drove it into a wall at the northwest corner of the junior high/high school building. The collision caused a wall to collapse inward, resulting in damage that …

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Cow stolen in Flowerfield

A pregnant Angus/Herford cow was stolen last month from a pasture in Flowerfield Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department issued a media release over the weekend, indicating the cow was taken July 10 from a location in the 11000 block of Floating Bridge Road. Because of the size and weight of the 1,300-pound cow, special equipment and a large …

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