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Law enforcement awards

Bill Lentz was named the Sturgis Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2011. The award was presented during Wednesday’s Sturgis City Commission meeting. Lentz was recognized by Public Safety Director David Northrup for his dedication to the department and his job. Northrup said Lentz has undertaken major cases in 2011 that yielded prosecution, including a criminal sexual conduct incident. …

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Fatal crash west of Sturgis

A 66-year-old White Pigeon man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on U.S. 12 at Klinger Lake Road.  The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department reports that a vehicle driven by Gary Beauchamp was eastbound on U.S. 12 when it crossed the centerline and struck a westbound vehicle driven by a 91-year-old Sturgis woman.  Beauchamp was pronounced dead at …

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Arrest following car theft

Three Rivers Police on Tuesday apprehended a man who allegedly stole a car from the Riverside Townhouses. Police said the vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store. With the aid of investigators from the Michigan State Police post at White Pigeon, the man was found at an undisclosed location several blocks away from where …

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Constantine – Sewer rate increase

Members of the Constantine Village Council are closer to approving new rates for its sewer service. A 20-percent increase for all businesses and residences in the village could be in effect once the seven-member council follows due diligence in approving the measure. On deck is a public hearing on the matter, as required by state statute. Village Manager Mark Honeysett …

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Serious injury in crash

A single-car crash in Lockport Township Tuesday night led to a 24-year-old Marcellus-area woman being airlifted to a Kalamazoo hospital for injuries she suffered.  The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Leslie Leer was driving north on Constantine road when she lost control of her Jeep at 10:30 p.m. near Shorewood Drive.  The Jeep struck a street sign and cable …

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Sturgis teacher placed on leave

An English teacher at Sturgis High School has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Travis Neville was arrested Monday at his LaGrange County residence, according to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. The department executed a search warrant at his residence and found an undisclosed quantity of marijuana. He was additionally charged …

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Improvements continue at Colon

Progress on a $15 million district-wide building upgrade project is being made in Colon Community Schools. Superintendent Lloyd Kirby said a second group of students at Colon Elementary School returned to the building Tuesday after more than six weeks of instruction in portable trailers. The relocation was necessary while the third- and fourth-grade classrooms were being overhauled to include new …

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County commissioners meet

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a longtime employee in the prosecutor’s office. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeanette Jackson plans to retire March 30, capping a 31-year career. Prosecutor John McDonough sought and was given approval to fill Jackson’s position. McDonough indicated he plans to appoint Joshua Robare, who is expected to join the office …

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Body Found In Rubble

A man’s body was found in the rubble of a barn fire early Monday in Fabius Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a bicycle was discovered near the scene of the fire, which took place near the intersection of Millard and Roberts roads. Though the matter remains under investigation, officials indicated they believe the mountain bike likely …

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Alan Jackson To Headline Fair

Officials with the St. Joseph County Grange Fair announced Monday that country/western singer and songwriter Alan Jackson will headline the closing night of the 2012 fair. Jackson, who gained national prominence in 1990 with the hit, “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” will appear Sept. 22. Bill Johnson, fair manager, said tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 29 at …

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