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New Friend of the Court program to benefit lower income users

St. Joseph County Friend of the Court Bill Thistlethwaite last week discussed a new program being funded and encouraged by the federal and state governments to address the low-income population. Thistlethwaite said a new service is being offered to the lower-income group through a pilot program. The program was put into place in 2015 to identify the people who fit …

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Animal Shelter receives grant

The St. Joseph County Animal Shelter has received a $10,000 grant from a state funding source. The amount is the most given to 23 recipients in 2016 through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Industry Division. The agency annually distributes thousands of donated dollars to animal shelters in Michigan through Animal Welfare Fund grants. This year, the …

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Trump, Sanders win Michigan presidential primaries

Michigan voters validated once-unlikely presidential contenders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, with the Vermont senator’s upset of Hillary Clinton a major reminder that he is still viable and the billionaire businessman reinforcing his front-runner status. Sanders’ victory Tuesday by 2 percentage points in a high-turnout election assured him at least 65 delegates, and former Secretary of State Clinton was guaranteed …

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Two arrested on drug charges in Cass County

Two people were arrested on drug-related offenses last week following an investigation by the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team. Detectives last Friday executed a search warrant in the 100 block of North O’Keefe Street in the village of Cassopolis. Once inside the residence, investigators found four, one-pot methamphetamine labs, an undisclosed quantity of meth, meth paraphernalia, multiple components used in …

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Miller testified on age requirement resolution

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week told a House committee that the age requirements to run for state office should be lowered so people already considered legal adults can become involved in state government. Miller testified before the House Committee on Elections regarding a resolution he introduced last fall. The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution, changing the …

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Man arrested following stabbing

A 48-year-old Kendallville, Ind., man is in the St. Joseph County jail after a stabbing incident last week in Sturgis. According to police, the victim, a loss-prevention team member at Walmart on South Centerville Road, was attempting to stop the man for shoplifting. The worker suffered a stab wound to the neck and was treated at Sturgis Hospital. Officers were …

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