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Shootings suspect said Uber app took him over

A police report says the man charged with killing six people and wounding two others in southwestern Michigan told investigators he was being controlled by an Uber app through his cellphone.  Authorities say he carried out the shootings in between driving for Uber. According to the report released Monday, Jason Dalton said “it feels like it is coming from the …

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Sturgis awarded grant for structure demolition

Sturgis residents will see improvements near the downtown district with help from a $50,000 blight-elimination grant awarded by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. Three deteriorating residential structures that had become a public-safety issue are targeted for demolition using the funds. The buildings were selected from key areas located within walking distance to community assets and the Sturgis Downtown …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured after a car pulled into its path last week in Cass County’s Pokagon Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said the incident occurred at 2:10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of M-51 and Peavine Street. Investigators said 34-year-old Troy Duis was driving his motorcycle south on M-51 when a vehicle driven by Alexis Chorba, 16, of Dowagiac, …

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Constantine accepts FOP labor contract

Members of the Constantine Village Council last week accepted a three-year contract with the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council. The contract, which becomes effective April 1, affects three full-time officers – Lt. Marc Donker, and officers Josh Wiard and Brian Fred – and three part-time officers, Holly Cerny, Jeff Schommer and Dalton Edwards. Village manager Mark Honeysett said …

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Potential plan for new park revealed

A boat launch, riverside boardwalk, scenic grounds suitable for weddings and a premier view of the Langley Covered Bridge are part of a potential plan included for St. Joseph County’s newest park. The final draft for the yet-unnamed park will be created by officials from St. Joseph-based Edgewater Resources, who led a public-input session Thursday at the county’s parks and …

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Pump work causes sewage spill

The Three Rivers Waste Water Treatment Plan reports that a sewage spill occurred around 9 a.m. Wednesday at a Constantine intermediate booster station. Plant director Doug Humbert said the incident stemmed from a contractor attempting to remove and replace a pump. During a pump cycle, Humbert said a valve opened and discharged raw sewage into the building. Most of the …

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