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County commission honors Balog

A veteran member of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners was recognized by his peers this week. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, board chairman Dennis Allen presented Allen Balog with a plaque and accolades recognizing Balog’s two-year stint as board chairman. Allen said Balog, 61, was worthy of the recognition. The plaque issued to Balog read: “Presented to Allen …

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Police investigate meth lab

State police investigators are looking into the discovery of a methamphetamine lab over the weekend in Mendon Township. According to a department media release, troopers were made aware of the lab Saturday afternoon after it was discovered by children playing in the area of Wakeman and River Run roads. The children took home what they thought was suspicious trash and …

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Multiple injuries in Cass County crash

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Volinia Township. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to Marcellus Highway, where a pickup driven by 56-year-old Carl Shelby Jr., 56, was heading east when it was struck by a westbound car that had lost control on an icy patch of …

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TR sports complex – Judge Middleton denies township motion

Some clarity was added Friday to the intricate legal issue surrounding a plan to develop a multi-field sports complex in Three Rivers. Acting in the capacity of circuit court judge, St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton denied Lockport Township’s motion to stay the state boundary commission’s ruling. Friday’s action comes after Middleton in September ordered a stay related …

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Three Rivers Health CEO resigns

The Three Rivers Health Board announced Friday CEO Bill Russell has tendered his resignation. Board chairman Larry Clark said David Shannon will step in as interim CEO effective immediately. Russell has been with the hospital for nine years, succeeding Matt Chambers after Chambers stepped down in July 2009. Shannon, meanwhile, has most recently served as transitional president and CEO of …

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Indiana Michigan Power recognized for hurricane assistance

Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has received the Emergency Assistance Award from The Edison Electric Institute for outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Days after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, 40 I&M energy employees, including line workers, foresters and safety and health representatives, offered their expertise. Weeks later, nearly …

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More plows using green lights

With more widespread use of flashing green lights on state and local winter maintenance vehicles, motorists across Michigan can spot plow trucks more easily, even during whiteout conditions. In this second winter since the Michigan Legislature passed a bill allowing public maintenance vehicles to use flashing green lights in addition to the traditional flashing yellow, city public works departments, county …

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Man breaks into apartment, attacks woman with sword

Police say a man broke into an apartment and attacked the mother of his 13-year-old child with a sword. The Battle Creek Police Department says the 35-year-old woman is in serious condition after being stabbed multiple times early Friday with a 3-foot sword. She was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery. The sword was found at the scene. …

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Two arrested on drug charges in Sturgis

Two St. Joseph County residents were arrested this week on drug-related offenses following the execution of a search warrant at a location in Sturgis. Members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit responded Wednesday to a tip of suspected drug activity in the 200 block of West West Street. Investigators arrested a 46-year-old Sturgis man and a 43-year-old woman …

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State program helps homeowners faced with temporary hardship

St. Joseph County Treasurer Judie Ratering recently staged a news conference with her Calhoun County peer to promote a program called Step Forward Michigan. Ratering and Brian Wensauer were joined by Michigan State Housing Development Authority Director Earl Poleski to tout the benefits of the state program. Ratering said she knows in St. Joseph County, a lot of hard-working homeowners …

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