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Fiscal year budget approved

St. Joseph County’s 2014 fiscal-year budget was approved by the five-member St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. More than $16.7 million was set aside for county operations in 2014, an increase of more than $1.6 million from the amended 2013 fiscal year budget of $15.1 million. Joni Smith, St. Joseph County’s director of finance, said in addition, the county …

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Items stolen from storage

A riding lawnmower and several other items were reported stolen Tuesday from a container storage in Sturgis Township. State police said the lock on a container located in the 68000 block of White School Road was cut sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 29. In addition to the XMARK brand mower, four tires and a vehicle engine were stolen from …

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Police looking for man

Investigators with the Three Rivers Police Department are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman in the downtown area Sunday. According to a department media release, the man was on Joshua Drive near the city’s East Parking Lot around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, when he asked a woman for directions. As the woman approached the man, he pulled …

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Man arrested

A 36-year-old Sturgis man with four outstanding warrants was arrested Monday following a brief vehicle pursuit in Sturgis. State police said an attempt was made to stop the man at Fawn River and South Nottawa roads in Sturgis Township for an equipment violation. The man failed to stop and drove into the Sturgis city limits, where he exited his vehicle …

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Three arrested for meth

Three people, including a Three Rivers resident, were arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop last week in Park Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Three Rivers was stopped around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Klines Resort Road and Silver Street. A subsequent search of …

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Meth lab explosion

An unidentified man was seriously injured Monday evening in an apparent meth lab explosion in Sturgis. Police were called to the 200 block of North Centreville Road where they found a 53-year-old man with second and third degree burns. He was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital for treatment.

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