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Commissioners make several appointments

Several board and committee appointments were made by members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week. Reappointed Tuesday to the County Agricultural Preservation Board were commission representative Dan Czajkowski of White Pigeon to a one-year term; agriculture representative Roger Gentz of Mendon Township to a three-year term; and township representative Carroll Parmeter of Flowerfield Township to a …

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New prosecutor to be assigned in case against former teacher

The Michigan attorney general’s office is taking over prosecution of the state’s case against former Centreville Public Schools teacher Terry Miller. Miller, 47, of Centreville, faces charges of criminal sexual conduct. His trial had been scheduled to begin Feb. 15. At a hearing Monday before St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said …

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Utah fugitive taken into custody

A man wanted for attempted homicide was taken into custody by state police Tuesday in Branch County. A department media release said it acted around 10:30 a.m. on a citizen’s tip regarding Reyfus Graves. He was wanted by sheriff’s officials in Emery County, Utah. He was found at an undisclosed car dealership, where he was employed as an auto detailer. …

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Miller introduces mental health funds bill

State Rep. Aaron Miller has introduced legislation to more equally designate funds for county mental health services throughout the state. Miller introduced a similar bill last session that had hearings before the House Appropriations Committee, but never made it to the House floor. The bill changes the way money is distributed to Community Mental Health Service Programs based on criteria …

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Items stolen in Sherwood Township

Antler mounts, furniture and various tools were stolen Jan. 22 from a pole barn in the 800 block of Dunks Road in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. The incident was investigated last week by state police authorities. A department media release did not indicate the manner in which access was gained.

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Ex-Western Michigan player says home invasion not his idea

A former Western Michigan University football player facing armed robbery and home invasion charges has testified the crime was his co-defendant’s idea. Nineteen-year-old Ronald George of Pittsburgh testified Tuesday in Kalamazoo County District Court in a preliminary examination for 18-year-old Bryson White of Mason, Ohio. The two were due to play for the Broncos last fall, but were dismissed from …

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