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Brush cleanup from storm

In response to last week’s storm, crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin a brush pickup next week. DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for storm damage only. The DPS …

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Public input for decision

Sturgis municipal officials are expected to ask the public for input on whether to sell a piece of park land. Commissioners this week plan to consider ballot language authorizing the sale of Arthur Carls Park to Burr Oak Tool, Inc. The matter will be discussed at Wednesday’s city commission meeting. City manager Mike Hughes said Burr Oak Tool has indicated …

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Fourth day of testimony

The fourth day of testimony in the Andy Brown murder trial wrapped up Thursday, when the focus was on Brown’s approximate location the morning David Locey was murdered last October. Jurors in Judge Paul Stutesman’s circuit court heard testimony from state police Det. Paul Gonyeau regarding information gathered from Locey’s cell phone. Various cell towers were identified that could indicate …

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Man critical after crash

A 71-year-old South Haven man was in critical condition after he was involved in a motorcycle accident last week in Marcellus Township. Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood said Jerry Hartsfield was driving his motorcycle north on M-40, where he lost control and the two-wheeler flipped over and into a ditch. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday near Dutch Settlement …

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Road improvements are coming

Three major road projects in St. Joseph and Cass counties will soon be taking place, as State Rep. Matt Lori has announced details of a transportation grant he helped secure. The $3.5 million in grants will be used to improve a 4.6-mile section of M-60 in Cass County at the divided section east of Barron Lake Road. In addition, the …

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Serious injury in crash

Alcohol appears to have been a factor in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Constantine Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle driven by Dustin Cole, 26, of Constantine, was westbound on Dickinson Road when it left the roadway and rolled over near Blue School Road. The vehicle flipped over several times and came to rest in …

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Police investigating an unarmed robbery

Sturgis police are investigating an unarmed robbery that took place over the weekend at a business on East Chicago Road. According to a department media release, a white male in his early 20s instigated a transaction around 10 p.m. Sunday at the Admiral gas station. When the clerk opened the register, the man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. Store …

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Man taken into custody

A 22-year-old Three Rivers man was taken into custody after he tried to evade police by escaping a residence from a second-floor landing. According to a department media release, officers last Saturday afternoon went to a residence in the 400 block of Thomas Street in order to locate the subject regarding several warrants issued for his arrest. Shortly after officers …

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Unemployment rises

Unemployment in St. Joseph County rose two-tenths of a percent in May compared to April. Figures from the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives show the county’s May unemployment figure was 5.7 percent, up from 5.5 percent in April. The 5.7 percent rate was still lower than the county’s 7.5 percent unemployment compared to the same month in …

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Testimony continues

With two days in the books, testimony in the case against Andy Brown continues this week. A number of key witnesses testified Thursday and Friday about the day Sturgis-area CPA David Locey was found dead in his office north of the city, with a single gunshot wound to his head in October 2013. Testimony began Thursday, when Tammy Brunner, an …

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