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Mower stolen in Branch County

A riding lawnmower was stolen last week from a residence in Branch County’s Matteson Township. State police said the John Deere mower had a 48-inch cutting deck and appears to have been pushed onto a trailer in the 200 block of North Matteson Lake Road. The theft occurred between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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US safety agency issues report in bike crash that killed 5

A federal safety agency investigating a Michigan road crash that killed five bicyclists says it’s still determining the likely cause and other aspects of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a preliminary report on the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township, in which a man struck nine cyclists on the road’s shoulder. Fifty-year-old Charles Pickett …

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Commissioners review expenses/budget

St. Joseph County commissioners plan to review all non-operational expenses and potentially make some adjustments in the county’s 2017 budget. The plan was discussed during a commissioners’ work session Wednesday. Commissioner John Dobberteen broached the subject by asking county administrator Pat Yoder for a list of the non-mandated services, adding it is time to re-prioritize. He said the scrutiny is …

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Hay bales stolen from camp

State police troopers are investigating the theft of hay bales from a Fabius Township retreat. Troopers were called at 11 a.m. July 30 to Camp Eberhart after it was discovered between 50 and 60 bales of hay were stolen from the property, located off County Line Road. Camp officials said the hay bales were likely stolen overnight between July 26 …

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Man arraigned in slaying of missing Sherwood woman

A 55-year-old man has been arraigned in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area in northeastern Michigan. The Alpena News reports that Brenton Lee Walker of Millersburg appeared Thursday in 89th District Court. Walker is charged with first-degree murder. The body of 42-year-old Heather Young was found Tuesday near Millersburg in Presque Isle County, …

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Tool theft in Constantine Township

Michigan State Police are investigating a report of a Breaking and Entering in the 12000 Block of N. River Road in Constantine Township.  Troopers believe that the break in occurred between 08/06/16 and 08/10/16. The victim reported numerous items missing including Stihl brand and Echo brand power yard tools.

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