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Fatal crash near Burr Oak

A Burr Oak resident died late Thursday night in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Witt Lake and Robinson Roads. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Joseph Leo-Thomas Hice. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Commission considers park project finance options

Funding to cover major projects at three county parks might be financed through the sale of bonds. Members of the county commission’s Executive Committee agreed Wednesday to consider the option to support nearly $1.4 million in proposed projects at Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground. Parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald said the …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Two people were arrested and a significant quantity of drugs was recovered following an arrest Tuesday morning stemming from an investigation in Three Rivers. According to a Three Rivers Police Department media release, officers were engaged in a drug investigation centering on a Broadway Street motel. At 4:45 a.m., the target vehicle pulled into the motel parking lot, followed by …

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Fawn River house fire kills 2 dogs

Two dogs perished in a residential fire Monday afternoon in Fawn River Township. A passerby alerted central dispatch at 1:30 p.m. that a house in the 30000 block of U.S. 12 was ablaze. Investigators said it appears the fire originated in a breezeway between the home and a garage/workshop. A preliminary assessment shows the fire was likely electrical in nature.

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Constantine may remove home destroyed by fire

Constantine Village Council members on Monday discussed a Jan. 11 fire that destroyed a historical residence at 320 S. Washington St., between the post office and Eley Funeral Home. Village Manager Mark Honeysett expressed mild surprise that, considering the intense heat from the blaze, there wasn’t more damage to the post office, although the plastic on one of its meters …

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Man acquitted in 1988 fatal shooting over drug debt

A man who was a witness for prosecutors and had immunity for his testimony about a 1988 southwestern Michigan slaying has been acquitted of murder in the case. A jury this week returned the verdict in the case of Guy Carl Simpson in Van Buren County Circuit Court. He was charged last year in the slaying of 22-year-old Charles Paul …

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Sturgis home destroyed by fire

A single-family residence in Sturgis appears to be a total loss after it sustained fire, smoke and water damage early Monday. The Sturgis Fire Department said it was called at 4:10 a.m. to the 400 block of West West Street. Crews were advised by Sturgis Police that all occupants of the residence had escaped. Fire officials arrived to the scene …

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Miller announces office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced the dates, times and locations of office hours at six area locations during February. Miller said he had planned on scheduling meetings with area residents during January, but amended those plans following the birth of his second daughter in mid-January. Miller said he is sorry for the inconveniences the January cancellations may have caused. …

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Car stolen in Park Township

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of a vehicle stolen last week in Park Township. According to a department media release, a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant was reported taken between 4 p.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday from the 20000 block of Moorepark Road. No additional information was availale.

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Miller chairs House Elections and Ethics Committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller, following his first meeting as chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said he’s looking forward to working on policy over the next two years that brings even more integrity and efficiency to Michigan’s election system. Miller said elections play a critically important role in ensuring government is chosen by the people, and we should …

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