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Two arrests after stabbing

Two men were arrested last week after police were called to the 300 block of South Clay Street in Sturgis to investigate a stabbing incident. Joshua Michael Wood, 28, was arrested early Friday on outstanding warrants and Jared Michael Payton, 26, was charged with assault with intent to murder. Payton remains in jail with a $250,000 cash/surety bond. A 35-year-old …

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Health Officer announces his retirement

A long-time fixture with a local agency has announced he will be retiring. After 40 years with Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, including the past nine as health officer, Steve Todd said he will retire in January. The agency recently announced it received its sixth letter of accreditation, the only local health department to earn that number. The past two …

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Former teacher’s criminal sexual conduct case will go to trial

The case of a former Centreville High School teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct has been bound over to circuit court for trial. St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton last week took the action after hearing testimony from two former students of Terry Miller. Prosecutor John McDonough is charging Miller with 107 counts of misconduct for allegedly touching …

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Silver Street reopened

A major north-south route in St. Joseph County closed since July for bridge construction reopened this week. Crews from Hudsonville-based Grand River Construction on Thursday lifted the Silver Street detour in Mendon Township after completing construction of a new bridge at the Portage River. The job was a full rebuild to replace a bridge that crew foreman Dean Stewart said …

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White Pigeon girls struck by vehicle

Two members of the White Pigeon High School girls’ cross country team were injured Monday when they were struck by a vehicle near Bonneyville Mill Park in Elkhart County, Ind. Sheriff’s deputies said Audrey Baker, 16, and Kaitlyn Caraway, 15, were running on the team’s course around 4 p.m. and were struck by an SUV as they tried to cross …

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Mendon plans overlook deck

The village of Mendon took a significant step this week to better showcase its picturesque location along the St. Joseph River. The Mendon Downtown Development Authority voted Monday to support plans for development of an overlook deck. The elevated platform will feature a 32-by-48-foot deck to offer a panoramic view of the river. Village manager John Hyden said the development …

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