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Former teacher pays restitution

A former Three Rivers High School teacher who has pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor embezzlement, has repaid $17,000 in restitution, according to St. Joseph County court officials. Thirty-three-year-old Sara Freeman, a Burr Oak resident, made the restitution payment before a Friday deadline last week. County Prosecutor John McDonough had set the restitution amount and May 22 deadline …

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Police: Woman fatally shot as child, 12, plays with shotgun

Police say a 12-year-old child was playing with a shotgun at a Kalamazoo home when the weapon accidentally discharged, killing a 28-year-old family friend. Kalamazoo officers responded about 5:50 a.m. Friday following a report of the shooting, which happened while the child’s family slept. In a statement, police described the child as “mentally impaired.” The boy’s grandfather, Daniel Hummel, told …

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Sheriff’s department continues Fabius Township police coverage

St. Joseph County and Fabius Township are entering a long-term relationship regarding road and water law-enforcement coverage. Members of the county commission this week agreed to a plan in which the sheriff’s department will continue to provide police coverage. Instead of renewing the agreement annually, however, the pact will work on a five-year cycle. The 40-hour-a-week coverage costs Fabius Township …

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Commissioners approve filling of sheriff’s department positions

Approval to fill two positions at the sheriff’s department and authorization to a change in employment status for three Juvenile Day Treatment Program monitors was issued by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. The action means the sheriff’s department can proceed with filling a full-time corrections officer spot and a full-time road patrol position. Also, the employment status …

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Legal process continues following alleged daycare incidents

A Three Rivers man faces seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was bound over to circuit court last week. Cary Jones, 46, was charged following his alleged infractions at the Abracadabra Daycare facility in Three Rivers, where his girlfriend was the owner. Last week’s proceedings took place in St. Joseph County District Court, where five children between …

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Three Rivers resident gets prison sentence

A former educator was sentenced Friday to 5- to 20 years in prison for the 2014 sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy who was also victimized five years earlier when the perpetrator was the boy’s fifth-grade teacher. Friday’s sentencing of David Wing, 60, of Three Rivers, caps allegations of inappropriate behavior with underage boys dating to 1997, when Wing was …

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