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Commission considers funding options for park improvements

An option to self-fund improvements at three county parks received favorable response by the county commission’s executive committee last week. As a result, a proposed $1.4 million plan incorporating Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground, will not be financed through the sale of bonds as previously considered. The question arose after parks and …

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Man on probation arrested

A Three Rivers man on probation was arrested last week after stealing a car. Three Rivers police were called Tuesday morning to River Trail Apartments in response to a vehicle stolen as it was unattended and left running. It was recovered later in the evening on the shoulder of U.S. 131 in Allegan County. The 18-year-old suspect was found near …

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Several larcenies reported

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department handled three separate larceny incidents in the southwest quadrant of the county last week. Deputies were notified Thursday that a golf cart was stolen from a garage in the 11000 block of Riverside Drive in Mottville Township. Central dispatch fielded a call from a resident in the 69000 block of Kalamazoo Street in White …

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Wrong-way driver near Kalamazoo – Three dead

Three people were killed and two others critically hurt after a motorist driving the wrong way on US-131 slammed head-on into another vehicle. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. on US-131 at the Stadium Drive interchange on the west side of Kalamazoo, and involved a car and a pickup truck. Investigators were not immediately sure which vehicle was driving in …

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Apparent carbon monoxide poisoning leaves 1 dead, 2 critical

An 11-year-old girl has died and her mother and the woman’s boyfriend are in critical condition due to apparent carbon monoxide poisoning inside a southern Michigan building that was serving as a makeshift home. The Calhoun County sheriff’s department says the victims were found Thursday night in Springfield and that a generator powering a heater caused carbon monoxide to accumulate …

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High school basketball players charged in sex assault case

Five high school varsity basketball players in southwestern Michigan have been charged in connection with reported sexual assaults involving an underage female schoolmate. The boys — ages 18 and 17 — attend South Haven High School and are charged as adults. They were arraigned Tuesday on third-degree criminal sexual conduct and released on bond. A probable cause conference is scheduled …

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