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Driver arrested on drug charges

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect earlier this week on drug-related charges. A vehicle was stopped Monday near the intersection of Arthur L. Jones and Corey Lake roads in Fabius Township. The driver, whose gender, age and community of residence was not stated in a department media release, was found to be driving on a suspended license. Upon a consent search …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop this week that led to a drug-related charge. According to a department media release, a traffic stop was conducted Tuesday near the intersection of Hoffman and Ruggles roads in Fabius Township. Upon a search of the vehicle, deputies found a plastic pen tube. The residue on its inside tested positive for methamphetamine. The suspect, …

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County commission approves parks and rec millage

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners have approved a dedicated millage to fund the parks and recreation department. Tuesday’s action means an additional one-quarter of a mill will be imposed countywide in 2018. Over its four-year life, the millage is expected to generate about $485,000 annually. Commissioners said the move will ease constraints on the general fund while helping parks and …

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Marijuana found at crime scene

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit found evidence of a marijuana-growing operation at the scene of a Nov. 28 homicide. During the course of their investigation into the homicide in the 27000 block of Maystead Road in Sherman Township, SCAN members confiscated a large volume of marijuana that police say is far beyond medical-marijuana limits. Investigators also seized equipment used …

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Man injured golf cart crash

A Cass County man was injured after the golf cart he was driving was struck by a car earlier this week. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called around 8:30 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Grange and Five Points roads in Mason Township. Investigators said 69-year-old James Bercraft of Cassopolis was on Five Points Road waiting for traffic to …

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Suspect arrested on multiple charges after police pursuit

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man over the weekend following what authorities called a police pursuit. The incident started shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday on Heimbach Road near Angevine Road in Mendon Township, where deputies attempted to stop a pickup with a registration violation. The driver failed to stop and continued driving for about 10 minutes before fleeing …

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Two on motorcycle dead after crash

Authorities say two people have died after a motorcycle they were riding collided with a car. The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says the crash happened Sunday in Comstock Township. The department on Monday identified the dead as 28-year-old David Arthur-John Haan and his passenger 27-year-old Stephanie Marie Hirding of Portage. The roadway near the crash scene was closed as deputies …

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Sturgis death ruled homicide

The death of a Sturgis man has been ruled homicide, according to St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. Larry Eugene Frohriep, 69, of Sturgis, was found dead early Wednesday at his home at 27810 Maystead Road in Sherman Township. Frohriep’s body was found by a friend around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and the St. Joseph County Major Crimes Task Force was …

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Vacation time consider for new county administrator contract

Teresa Doehring’s employment as county administrator will become official when the board of commissioners next week is expected to formally present her a contract. But a detail of the agreement hit a sticking point during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting. Committee chairman Allen Balog said Doehring will transition into the county’s highest, non-elected position created by Pat Yoder’s retirement. Doehring will …

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Police investigate Burr Oak death

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies and the county’s Major Crimes Task Force spent much of the day Wednesday investigating a suspicious death in Burr Oak Township. Authorities were called around 11 a.m. to a home at 27810 Maystead Road, where they found a deceased man. Authorities were not releasing additional details until completion of an autopsy, which is scheduled for …

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