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Deal reached on lawsuit over Michigan ban on ballot selfies

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a ban on so-called ballot selfies. Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, sued in 2016 to try to stop Michigan’s ban on taking photos of marked ballots or publicly exposing them. Lawyers won’t talk about the deal until details are filed in federal court on May …

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Two arrested following traffic stop

Two people were arrested on drug-related offenses following a traffic stop last week in Three Rivers. According to a Three Rivers Police Department media release, officers stopped a car Wednesday night near the intersection of U.S. 131 and Arnold Street. The driver, a 30-year-old Three Rivers man, denied officers consent to search the vehicle. After securing a search warrant, officers …

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Police investigate break-in

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place last week in Fawn River Township. According to a department media release, troopers responded Tuesday to a residence in the 70000 block of Big Hill Road. The victim told authorities the incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. No one was home at the time of the …

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State police hires newest recruits

A Three Rivers native is one of Michigan State Police’s newly hired troopers. Alex Sussdorf will soon report to work after graduating last week from the 135th Trooper Recruit School. Sussdorf is assigned to the Niles post, which covers Berrien and Cass counties. The Marshall post, which serves St. Joseph, Branch and Calhoun counties, will obtain five of the newest …

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New fishing season, regulations take effect in Michigan

Michigan’s fishing season is underway, which means it’s time to renew your license if you haven’t already done so. The state Department of Natural Resources says all 2019 fishing licenses are good for all species and are valid through March 31, 2020. Anglers can choose from eight options. The resident annual license costs $26. The nonresident annual license sells for …

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Multiple injuries in Florence Township crash

Four people were hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday on Banker Street, just east of Sevison Road, in Florence Township. Troopers from Michigan State Police were called at 4:38 p.m. in response to a head-on collision between a westbound Chevy Monte Carlo and an eastbound Ford Ranger. According to a department media release, the Monte Carlo was driven by a 48-year-old …

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Cannabis law expert speaks to Constantine Village Council

An authority in Michigan’s cannabis laws addressed the Constantine Village Council this week. Sam Pernick, a representative of Green Michigan Partners, outlined Michigan’s current cannabis laws to the council and how the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act builds on prior marijuana law in Michigan. Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over …

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Centreville DDA appoints new manager

Centreville Downtown Development Authority has appointed Pattie Bender as its program manager. During a recent Centreville Village Council meeting, its members accepted Bender’s resignation from the DDA board as well as her appointment as an alternate to the zoning board of appeals. The board also appointed Carol Snow-Penn and Vicki Allen as alternates to the zoning board of appeals. In …

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Officers fatally shoot man who threatened them in Kalamazoo

Officers in western Michigan have fatally shot a man who threatened them during an attempted arrest. Michigan State Police say 37-year-old Thomas Verile Jr. of Scotts was shot Thursday morning at a home outside Kalamazoo after he threatened officers, saying he had a weapon. Police said in a news release that preliminary information indicated several officers fired shots at Verile, …

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Group wants solar project to go to voters

The leader of a group opposed to the location of a solar-panel development in Mendon Township is spearheading a campaign to have the proposal put before township voters. Kayleen Grand’s effort comes after Mendon Township Board members on Tuesday approved an ordinance that gives a green light to a solar-panel development. Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy is behind the White Pine Solar …

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