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City approves parolee housing ordinance

Three Rivers city officials on Tuesday approved a long-discussed ordinance amendment to allow for parolee group housing at a location near downtown. Sought by Twin County Probation Center, the approval means property at 308 S. Main St. will be used to house parolees. City commission members have discussed the issue at length and struggled to find a balance between compassion …

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Constantine Schools received bid for building demolition

Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Steve Wilson said he received four bids for demolition of the vacated former Canaris Street school and adjacent Constantine Tech High School portable. During a recent board of education meeting, he recommended accepting the low bid of $155,000 from Pitsch Company of Grand Rapids. The majority of the district’s board members voted to accept the bid, …

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South Shore offers discount after suspended service

The South Shore Line is offering a 10 percent discount on monthly passes during the month of March to help make up for four days of suspended service during last week’s bitter cold spell. The commuter rail line says discount pricing will automatically be applied at the time a March pass is purchased. The South Shore Line also is offering …

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Michigan man gets life without parole in 6 shooting deaths

A man who fatally shot six strangers in southwestern Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no chance of parole, and some loved ones of those he killed said they believe he’ll face a greater, more permanent punishment. “Someday when you die and you face God, he will make the ultimate judgment for what you’ve done,” Laurie Smith, …

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Man dies trying to get daughter’s dead cat out of roadway

Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to work and apparently didn’t see him. Investigators say Rosas was wearing dark …

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Police identify driver in high-speed chase

A LaGrange County man was identified as the driver who led police on a high-speed chase on U.S. 131 Sunday. Aaron Schrock, 23, of Shipshewana was booked into the LaGrange County jail on charges of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and reckless driving. During the pursuit, Schrock allegedly drove at several oncoming vehicles on State …

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County commission approves lease for tower-space

Three matters related to tower-space lease were approved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. County officials first agreed to a five-year contract renewal with White Pigeon Township. The township uses tower space on county-owned communication equipment at the township hall/fire station in what is considered a mutually beneficial agreement. Next, the county OK’d an amendment to its …

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Police investigate Branch County break-in

State police investigators are looking into a breaking-and-entering incident at a Branch County residence. The break-in occurred between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2 at a residence on Shawnee Drive in Kinderhook Township. Home surveillance captured the images of a white female and a white male suspect inside the residence. Multiple items were stolen, including two small safes, jewelry, a .31-caliber …

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Anonymous donor pays school lunch accounts

Some families with students at Mendon Elementary School received good news just before the district went on its winter break in December. District officials said someone who was described as a Secret Santa paid off every delinquent lunch account at the school. The gesture by the anonymous person wiped out $798 in collective lunchroom debt. District officials said because of …

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Sheriff’s deputy dragged by car

A sheriff’s deputy was not injured after he was dragged some distance by the driver of a car trying to escape from law-enforcement officers over the weekend in the village of Constantine. Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett said an officer from his department stopped a vehicle for a plate violation shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of …

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