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County will not pursue opioid lawsuit

St. Joseph County will not be included in a national lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. During Tuesday’s meeting, a motion to approve outside counsel for opioid litigation failed after a 2-2 deadlock. Commissioner John Dobberteen was absent. The issue of a national opioid-addiction crisis has been well documented, and a number of municipalities and government entities have banded …

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Police chase ends in arrests

A Bronson woman and two Marcellus men were arrested after they were involved in a high-speed pursuit starting in St. Joseph County and ending in Indiana last week. Authorities said a car driven by 30-year-old Rachel Hicks was being pursued around 8:30 p.m. Friday by Michigan State Police, Three Rivers, and White Pigeon agencies. Hicks entered Indiana and a LaGrange …

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Mendon principal interviews for Quincy superintendent job

A Mendon Community Schools administrator was interviewed Tuesday as one of three candidates for the job of superintendent of Quincy Community Schools. Marc Kramer, Mendon High School principal, was the first of the three candidates interviewed. The other candidates are James Baker, assistant superintendent for Battle Creek Lakeview Public Schools, and Monte Moffett, assistant superintendent of schools in Chesterton, Ind. …

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Centreville will not move forward on medical marijuana ordinance

Members of the Centreville Village Council agreed this week to not move forward with a medical-marijuana ordinance. The council had worked on the ordinance since May 2017, but over the past few months, multiple residents attended meetings and urged the council to vote against the idea. Village president Keith Shears and trustees Jeff Johnson, Steve Quake, Harlie Sherman and Dick …

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Portage woman charged in mother’s overdose death

A Portage woman has been charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death. Susan Kubicek was arraigned Tuesday for a second-degree murder charge in the May 5 death of her mother, Dorothy Allen. Kubicek had been caring for her ailing mother months before she died, said Steve Salik, Kubicek’s brother. Salik said their mother needed 24-hour care after having her thyroid …

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Some families seeking money after 30 dogs die in kennel fire

Some dog owners are seeking compensation after 30 pets were killed during a spring break fire at a western Michigan kennel. Jennifer Nunez tells WOOD-TV that her family is heartbroken over the death of Harley, a Newfoundland that cost more than $1,200. A daughter goes to bed with Harley’s bandana. A GoFundMe account has raised nearly $900 for victims. Janet Rehfus, owner …

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Adopt-A-Highway program extended due to weather

The schedule for the annual Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program has been changed due to persistent snowbanks and late-season snowstorms. The ongoing pickup in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula will be extended through April 29. The section’s clean-up period started last weekend, though cold and rain prevented any group from taking part in the opening weekend. The …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

A Detroit-area man died in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 10:30 p.m. Friday to Kessington Road, where 32-year-old Gary May, of New Haven, was driving northbound and lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, according to authorities. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. May, who …

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Recycling event to be held at fairgrounds

Here’s a reminder that the annual spring collection of household hazardous waste and electronics recycling event will be April 28 at the county fairgrounds. For the first time, the collection will not take place the same Saturday as the annual Home and Garden Show, which is this weekend. St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee secretary Pat Kulikowski said the electronics …

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Time change for job fair

Participants planning to attend Thursday’s St. Joseph County Job Fair will want to make a note of the new time: 3-6 p.m. More than 50 employers are participating in what is the largest job fair in St. Joseph County, held at Ken Schuler Court on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. Those seeking jobs will have the opportunity to …

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