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Woman found dead in Three Rivers hotel

A 55 year old female was found dead in bed earlier today at the America’s Best Value Inn. An autopsy has been scheduled to assist in determining the cause of death. As of now, this death is classified as suspicious and anyone with any information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Three Rivers Police Department with any information.

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Reward offered for cemetery damage information

Damage at Oaklawn Cemetery in the city of Sturgis last weekend is estimated to be in excess of $50,000. The Sturgis Police Department said the majority of headstones destroyed or damaged date to the 1800s and are expensive to replace. Investigators said the incident occurred at some point between Friday night and 5 p.m. Sunday. The City of Sturgis is offering …

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White Pigeon president to step down

Dan Czajkowski, longtime president for the village of White Pigeon, has announced he will seek a seat on the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The 60-year-old Bronson native said he will step down after a 30-year tenure on the village council – including the past 14 as its president – in order to concentrate on his bid for the …

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Fallen limb causes crash

Heavy winds last weekend led to a one-vehicle crash that injured a White Pigeon woman. State police officials said the woman was traveling around 4:45 p.m. Saturday eastbound in the 10000 block of Barker Road when a limb fell across the road. The driver, whose name and age were not available, was unable to stop and her vehicle struck the …

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February unemployment rate unchanged

The February unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was unchanged compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.7 percent February unemployment rate was equal to the figure posted for January. February’s unemployment rate, however, was 1.1 percent less than the same month a year earlier, …

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First flu death of the year reported

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the first flu associated death this year, as the number of flu cases caused by Influenza A, H1N1 strain, increase. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Widespread means that outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illnesses are being reported, and …

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