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Man seeking ‘suicide by cop’ dies in shootout with police

Battle Creek police report that a 19-year-old man who said he wanted police to kill him was fatally shot when both he and officers opened fire. The shooting happened Sunday morning. Police tell WOOD-TV that a family member called about 10:40 a.m. saying the man had taken a relative’s gun and wanted to die. Police say the man then called …

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Michigan man builds haven for rescued alligators

At 9 feet long and around 350 pounds, the alligator known as Godzilla lives up to his name: A body plated with pointed, armor-like scales known as scutes. Massive jaws that hold up to 80 sharp teeth and snap shut on reflex. A powerful tail. He could do some damage if he wanted to. Sunning himself on the edge of …

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Mendon woman raising money for conservation by walking the county

A Mendon Township woman is inviting participants to join her as she concludes a 60-mile walk through St. Joseph County Saturday. Carol Higgins, president of the St. Joseph County Conservation District Board, began the four-day walk Wednesday. Higgins said her twofold goal is to bring awareness to local conservation and to earn financial pledges that she will turn over to …

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Huss Garden cleanup events planned

The Huss Project Garden is staging its second of three community gardening days this weekend. The public is invited to stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for a clean-up and planting event. Tools will be available but anyone more comfortable working with their own implements are welcome to bring them, event organizers said. The third session will …

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Fair announces opening day music act

The St. Joseph County Grange Fair is announcing today its headline music act for the 2015 fair. Fair manager Bill Johnson said the duo Dan + Shay will take the stage on opening day, Sept. 20. In an attempt to interest younger attendees, Johnson said the entertainment committee prioritized newer artists on the path to stardom. In all, the committee …

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State Rep. Miller announces local office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced his May in-district office hours. Miller invites residents to join him May 22, at the following locations: LA’s Coffee Café, 145 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.; and Rachel’s Family Dining, 300 E. Chicago Road, White Pigeon, from 11 a.m. to noon. Miller said he encourages anyone with ideas or …

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