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Personnel matters handled by County Commissioners

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week agreed to a contract with Richard Dell, who was hired to serve as campground attendant at Cade Lake County Park for a period to end no later than Oct. 19. In other personnel matters Tuesday, county officials announced the resignations of district court deputy clerk Cynthia Mostrom and part-time courthouse security …

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Woman dies after crash involving riding mower

Authorities say a 59-year-old woman has died after the riding lawnmower she was on was struck by a vehicle in Kalamazoo County. The sheriff’s department says Deborah Kay Smith of Augusta was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday’s crash in Ross Township. Investigators say she was operating the mower and went into the roadway before being struck. The sheriff’s …

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Dead dogs were released by owner who couldn’t keep them

A sheriff says three dogs found dead on a rural road were released by a man who couldn’t keep them at a rental house. Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas says the man was turned away from shelters before releasing four dogs. Three of the Labrador-mix dogs were found dead last week, apparently hit by a vehicle near Sleepy Hollow State …

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Three CMHSAS board members dismissed

Three members of the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County were removed Tuesday by the county commission. Board president Barb Parker, and members Larry Walton and Gaylene Adams were cut from the 12-member panel after a 3-1 vote. Board president John Dobberteen abstained and Robin Baker cast the dissenting vote. There was no discussion …

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Serious injury in TR area crash

The driver of a Jeep involved in a rear-end collision last weekend is in critical condition following an incident in Fabius Township. State police said Jones resident Brandon Cooper, age not listed, was eastbound on M-60 when he slowed in preparation of turning left onto Roberts Road. Cooper’s vehicle was struck from behind by a semi driven by Laurentiu Popa, …

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Distracted driving tied to teen’s death in western Michigan

A teenager has been killed in western Michigan in a multi-vehicle crash that’s being blamed on a driver who was distracted by a sandwich and his GPS device. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says the victim is 13-year-old David Talsma of Hudsonville. He was in a Toyota van driven by a 16-year-old when the vehicle was struck Monday by a …

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