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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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Local woman arrested on embezzlement charge

A Three Rivers woman was charged with embezzlement, as authorities suspect she stole up to $15,000 from a trust fund she was managing. Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman said Judy Smith-Lynes, 73, was arrested Monday following an investigation that started in January. Smith-Lynes was a successor trustee for the estate of a long-time friend who passed away two years …

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Parvovirus reported at Animal Control

St. Joseph County Animal Control is reporting an incident of canine parvovirus at the Centreville shelter. Parvo is a highly contagious disease that can turn into a life-threatening illness. Because animals in the shelter are in such close quarters, extreme measures are being taken to quarantine, move and clean to reduce the spread of the disease, said deputy Josh Shook, …

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Family of 5 swans found dead along Washtenaw County road

A family of swans has been found dead along a Washtenaw County road. Scio Township resident Emily Bauerle tells The Ann Arbor News that she saw the five dead water fowl Wednesday in Freedom Township and it appears they were hit by a vehicle. Bauerle says the swans were hit several feet from the roadway near a pond. Bauerle said …

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Former COA director receives severance package

The former executive director of St. Joseph County Commission on Aging received a six-month severance package, shortly after a Kalamazoo consulting firm recommended that she be terminated for creating what it called a “toxic and manipulative” work environment at the agency. Lynn Coursey denied that charge and said it was her decision to leave the job she had held for …

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Deputy Chief resigns

A St. Joseph County employee who took charge of the register of deeds office at a critical time in 2010 left her job last week. Jennifer Wall, 44, said she turned in her two-week notice Aug. 3, a day after Lindsay Oswald was elected to a four-year term as county clerk and register of deeds. She said her decision was …

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