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No-wake request for boaters

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is requesting boaters to abide by a no-wake request until at least midweek. The agency issued a media release and made the request in light of an abundance of rain during the past week, which has elevated lake levels in the region. No-wake boating practices will ensure docks, boats and shoreline objects remain in …

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Drug charges for two Colon residents

Two Colon Township residents are being charged with drug-related offenses following an incident last week in the 30000 block of Coohon Road in Colon Township. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to the residence regarding a tip about narcotics. Once inside, deputies located several marijuana plants, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms. Charges are being reviewed …

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Deputies respond to two vehicle crash

A vehicle being driven possibly without its headlights illuminated is the potential cause of a collision last week in Fabius Township. Deputies from St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department were called shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday to the intersection of U.S. 131 and West Michigan Avenue in response to a two-vehicle accident. A Chrysler minivan driven by 22-year-old Joseph Branch of …

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Commissioners approve accepting grant

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved accepting a grant on behalf of the sheriff’s department to fund secondary road patrol. County administrator Pat Yoder said the grant, in excess of $185,000, is awarded through the state police agency’s office of Highway Safety Planning. It covers the cost of two deputies dedicated to patrolling the county’s secondary roads …

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Reappointments made to Solid Waste Management Planning Committee

Four people were reappointed to the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee this week. Commissioners on Tuesday renewed the terms of Eric Shafer and Aaron Cuillifer, representing industry; Lee Zimmerman, representing environmental; Robert Robinson, representing the general public; and John Dobberteen, representing municipalities. Their terms are for two years, expiring Sept. 1, 2018.

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Deputies investigate property damage

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to Colon Township last weekend to a criminal-damage-to-property incident. According to a department media release, deputies were called shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday to the 56000 block of Sewanee Trail. The victim said several windows were damaged at their residence. The victim told authorities it appears the suspect fled the scene …

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