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New murder trial request denied

St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman has denied a request for a new murder trial for Andy J. Brown. Brown, 38, was convicted in July 2014 for the October 2013 murder of Sturgis resident David Locey. Brown was eventually sentenced to between 37 1/2 and 75 years in prison. Brown’s defense counsel of Anastase Markou and John Minock …

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Two arrested on multiple drug charges in Fabius

Two people were charged with drug-related offenses and an unspecified number of children were taken from a Fabius Township residence raided by police earlier this week. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant after they were provided information by parole agents from the Michigan Department of Corrections …

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170 marijuana plants pulled from field

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit last week pulled 170 marijuana plants from a field in three different townships. Sheriff Brad Balk said SCAN officers participated in a Domestic Cannabis Eradication Operation in Park, Fabius and Mottville townships Friday. During the execution, officers seized the marijuana plants. Had the plants been cultivated, they would have yielded a street value …

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Ceremony marked 14th anniversary of attack

State Rep. Aaron Miller was joined last week on the Capitol rotunda by Sturgis Chief of Public Safety Geoff Smith and Assistant Chief of Public Safety Ryan Banaszak prior to the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 memorial service on the House floor. House members invited first responders and members of the military as their guests during the ceremony, which marked …

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Man arrested, charged in 2007 cold case slaying of Constantine girl

A White Pigeon man has been charged with the 2007 homicide of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough made the announcement during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the county courthouse. He said the August arrest of 65-year-old Daniel Furlong resulted in the collection of DNA that matched DNA found at the Parrack crime scene. Furlong following …

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Sturgis man arrested after starting fire

A man was arrested last weekend in Sturgis after he had started a trash fire. Sturgis police were called at 9:45 p.m. Saturday to the 500 block of Center Street in response to a man being assaultive and disorderly. Once at the residence, officers discovered a small trash fire had been set next to the home. Officers were able to …

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