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Mendon man killed in I-94 crash

A Mendon man died in a two-semi crash which happened at 1am Thursday on westbound I-94, west of 11 Mile Road, in Calhoun County’s Emmett Township. State police say the lead semi, driven by a 40-year-old male from Bellville, MI was merging onto I-94 westbound from the 11 Mile entrance ramp when it was struck from behind by another west …

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Senate GOP’s top priority is cutting auto insurance premiums

Republicans who control the Michigan Senate are making the reduction of auto insurance rates a top priority. The first bill introduced in the new two-year session could let older drivers use Medicare or other health insurance to cover their medical costs in an accident. Younger drivers could opt out of Michigan’s mandatory unlimited medical coverage and choose less coverage. The …

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Dave Allen offers commission seat

St. Joseph County Road Commission Board member Dave Allen said he is willing to give up his seat if the county commission will appoint Rick Anderson in his place. Allen’s proposal comes in the wake of county commissioners Wednesday choosing Vince Mifsud over Anderson, a 12-year incumbent on the road commission board. Allen said Anderson has a less-demanding work schedule …

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St. Joseph County government goals for 2019

Continued effort toward a balanced budget, development of a new Commission On Aging facility and progress toward updating the courts building are a few of the goals the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners faces in 2019. Dennis Allen, chair of the five-member board, said there is no shortage of work ahead for commissioners. Regarding the county’s finances, Allen said …

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Police investigate shooting incident

Three Rivers police are investigating a shooting incident reported Friday night at the Meadows Lane Village trailer park. Officer responded to the area of 13th and Madison streets in response to multiple shots fired. A caller to central dispatch, however, said several people apparently involved in the incident fled the scene before officers arrived. K9 officer Django was brought to …

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One injured in Branch County crash

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a single-vehicle accident last week in Branch County’s Coldwater Township. State police said troopers were called shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday to Garfield Road, near North Behnke Road, in response to a car that had struck a tree. Authorities said the 38-year-old driver was trapped inside the vehicle and required the …

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Break-ins at Fabius Township homes

Tools, electronics and liquor were reported stolen from residences at Long Lake in Fabius Township, according to state troopers. The incidents were reported Sunday morning and occurred in the 10000 block of Walnut Drive. Victims told investigators that the incident occurred between Nov. 9 and Saturday.

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County commission approves e-waste agreement

Approval was given last week by county commissioners to Westside Recycling and Disposal to allow drop-off of e-waste items on Saturdays. The action took place during last week’s county commission meeting. No budget amendment was necessary but the action appeared before commissioners because the matter was a change to the contract between the two parties. According to the amended agreement, …

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County commission approves union agreements

A month after supporting a tentative agreement, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners made official its agreements with nine county unions. Commissioners approved the three-year proposals, which had already been ratified by the respective unions. In all, the nine unions represent more than 100 employees; nearly two-thirds of whom work for the sheriff’s department. County administrator Teresa Doehring noted that …

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New engine for TR Fire Department

The Three Rivers Fire Department last week unveiled the newest addition to its vehicle fleet. The Spartan 180 fire engine cost $435,000 and has the capacity to pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute, according to chief Carl Holcomb. He added that the truck can carry 750 gallons of water through its onboard tank. With the latest vehicle delivered, the …

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