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City commission rejects medical marijuana ordinances

Three Rivers City Commission members have rejected a pair of ordinances related to medical marijuana facilities. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioner Janell Hart were outvoted by Carolyn McNary, Daryl Griffith, Alison Haigh, Norm Stutesman and Pat Dane on the two ordinances. The proposed ordinances centered on zoning and the operation of medical marijuana facilities within the city …

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Woman, children injured in Cass County crash

A White Pigeon woman and her children were injured in a two-vehicle accident this week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday to U.S. 12, east of South River Road, regarding an accident. It was determined that a vehicle driven by Brandi Bambrick, 35, of White Pigeon, was westbound on U.S. 12 …

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Man who fled police charged after crash kills 2

A southwestern Michigan man whom authorities say fled police and crashed into a car, killing two people, faces five charges including two counts each of operating while intoxicated causing death and fleeing an officer. A judge set bond at $500,000 for Thomas William Vyverman of Kalamazoo during his arraignment Thursday. Vyverman also is charged with resisting and obstructing. Kalamazoo police …

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COA sponsors egg hunts

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is sponsoring two Easter Egg Hunts for area school children. The agency’s seniors donated candy and helped stuff more than 1,500 eggs between the senior centers in Three Rivers and Sturgis. In Sturgis, the hunt will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday next week at the Sturgis Enrichment Center. More than 100 students from …

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Two injured in Cass County crash

Two people were injured following a collision this week in Cass County’s Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of M-62 and Hospital Street. Investigators found 18-year-old Brittany Backus of Edwardsburg was driving west on Brownsville Road, when she stopped at the intersection of M-62 then proceeded east onto Hospital Road. …

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Michigan House approves 3-foot distance to pass bikes

Michigan motorists would have to allow 3 feet of clearance while passing a bike on the road unless it is “impracticable” under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House, which also voted to require teen drivers to learn about laws pertaining to cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users. Michigan is among 11 states with no “safe passing” law, and bicyclists …

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Police apprehend fleeing man

Three Rivers Police K-9 Jake was instrumental in apprehending a man who left Menard’s after displaying a handgun to a store employee. According to a department media release, the incident occurred around 11 a.m. Monday, when a man who was being confronted about a retail theft incident displayed a handgun to store security before fleeing the scene on foot. He …

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Electronics stolen in Constantine break-in

State police are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that occurred this week in Constantine Township. Troopers were called Tuesday to the 63000 block of Constantine Road after the homeowner reported the break-in, which occurred between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Home electronics were stolen, investigators said. Details regarding how access to the residence was gained was not indicated in a department …

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County commission takes next step toward new COA headquarters

A small step toward the new Commission On Aging headquarters and its on-site residences was taken Tuesday by St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners. At the request of COA Director Tim Stoll, commissioners authorized the use of $10,000 from COA’s fund balance to hire a Chicago-based consultant. The firm RealtyMetrix will assist with pursuing New Market Tax Credits. Stoll said …

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Death certificate shows teen died of asphyxia, strangulation

Officials have ruled a 16-year-old girl found dead in Kalamazoo was strangled. MLive.com reported Tuesday that Mujey Dumbuya’s cause of death was listed as “asphyxia, including strangulation” on the death certificate. Dumbuya’s partially clothed body was found Jan. 28 in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles from her Grand Rapids home. Her family last saw her alive on Jan. 24 as she headed …

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