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Changes coming for county employees seeking tuition reimbursement

Reimbursement for college tuition will become an easier process for county employees, pending action taken by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. A matter discussed during this week’s county commission executive committee centered on making the process of applying for reimbursement an easier procedure, Pat Yoder, county administrator, said a few of the likely changes include a provision that …

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White Pigeon crash sends woman to hospital

A 38-year-old New York woman suffered serious injuries in a crash earlier this week in White Pigeon Township. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. State police said the woman was driving east on U. S. 12 near Oakwood Drive when her vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree. She had to be extricated from the vehicle and …

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Up-Cycled Pets seeks donations

Up-Cycled Pets, a Three Rivers-based organization, is issuing a public appeal in hopes of generating some much-needed donations. The agency has a vision to save the less-than-perfect pets in need of fostering by reaching out to animal control in order to save animals that cannot adjust to kennel life. It has also helped dogs from families losing their homes. It …

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Investigation of 1983 death given to prosecutors; 5 suspects

Authorities say they have five suspects in the 1983 death of a teenager who may have been intentionally struck by a vehicle in southwestern Michigan. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas tells WOOD-TV the case has been forwarded to prosecutors for possible charges. Sheriff’s investigators have said they believe 16-year-old Erik Cross was intentionally struck by a vehicle near Vicksburg. Erik’s …

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Proposed contract would bring in medical examiner from Kalamazoo County

St. Joseph County appears ready to part ways with its longtime medical examiner, John Robertson. The issue was discussed during Wednesday’s county commission executive committee meeting, where prosecutor John McDonough proposed aligning with a Kalamazoo County-based source for M.E. services. McDonough introduced Joyce deJong, medical examiner of Kalamazoo County and three other counties. She is also pathology chair and professor …

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Sherman Township official pleads not guilty to embezzlement charge

A Sherman Township official has pleaded not guilty to a charge of embezzlement of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 from a charitable organization. Bruce Bart, 49, appeared Tuesday before St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton for arraignment after a notice to appear was issued by prosecutor John McDonough. According to court officials, Bart is accused of …

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