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Three arrested after traffic stop

Three people were arrested Friday on drug-related offenses following a traffic stop in Sturgis. According to a department media release, Sturgis officers stopped a vehicle at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Chicago Road for an unspecified violation. During the subsequent interview with the driver and passenger, officers became suspicions to the potential for narcotics inside the vehicle. …

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Police warn of increase in fraudulent emails

The Cyber Command Center from Michigan State Police is noticing an increase in fraudulent emails containing malicious links or attachments being sent to businesses and individuals across the state. Recent emails have had subject lines that include terms such as “Invoice” or “Receipt.” The email contains an attachment or link to download a PDF, MS Word or Excel document that …

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Stolen property found following traffic stop

A vehicle stopped on Constantine Road in Lockport Township led to the recovery of stolen items and the discovery of narcotics. According to a Three Rivers Police Department media release, the vehicle was stopped Wednesday just outside the city limits, and an occupant fled on foot and threw a firearm into the nearby St. Joseph River. The St. Joseph County …

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Ordinance stipulations rules out parole home

The head of Twin County Community Probation Center said an ordinance approved by the Three Rivers City Commission this week features stipulations that will prohibit the center from pursuing a parolee group home on South Main Street. According to the Three Rivers Commercial News, Tom Miles said the ordinance requires 24-hour-a-day staffing and the expense would cost the probation center …

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Miller will hold in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced he will hold in-district office hours Feb. 18 at the following times and locations: 6 to 7:30 a.m. at Rachael’s in White Pigeon; 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market in Centreville; 10 to 11 a.m. at L.A’s Coffee Café in Three Rivers; and noon to 1:30 p.m. at Marcellus Township Library. Miller …

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Planning commission endorses solar-panel project

A proposed solar-panel development in Mendon Township took another step forward Tuesday, when members of the St. Joseph County Planning Commission recommended in favor of the concept. Though merely an advisory body, the 11-member planning commission fulfilled its role in the process. With the county’s endorsement, the proposal now heads back to the Mendon Township Planning Commission for what could …

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United Way sets fundraising record

St. Joseph County United Way’s Campaign 2019 set a new record in its 20-year history. For the second consecutive year, the Centreville-based agency exceeded the $1 million threshold. Amid plenty of fanfare at the annual “Celebration Event” at Rouch World, United Way announced the campaign raised $1,058,947. The total surpasses last year’s amount by more than $24,000. This year’s top …

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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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