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Michigan man pleads no contest in ex-wife’s shooting death

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, Jimmy Leon Trasher, 75, of Texas Township, appears in court in Kalamazoo, Mich. Thrasher, accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home in May 2015, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

A 75-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife at their western Michigan home has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm use. Jimmy L. Thrasher entered his plea Tuesday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. His attorney told the judge that Thrasher decided to plead no contest since he’s unable to recall the events that led to the …

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Citations expected in series of crashes on I-94

Authorities say drivers found at fault in a series of crashes that left one woman dead and about a dozen-and-a-half people injured along Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan are expected to be issued citations. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Michigan State Police are early in their investigation into the Sunday afternoon pileup near the Van Buren County community of Hartford. …

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Commission approved recreation facility agreement

Four months after verbally committing to a multi-field sports complex in the Three Rivers area, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners followed through on its pledge. During Tuesday’s board meeting, commissioners approved a recreation facility agreement that formalizes the $2.8 million commitment. County administrator Pat Yoder said an inordinate amount of legalities had to be sorted through by the …

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White Pigeon remains under boil-water notice

A boil-water notice remains in effect in the village of White Pigeon nearly two weeks after the recommendation was yielded. Village officials Jan. 7 notified residents that the presence of coliform bacteria had been detected in the water supply. Since then, they have been urging residents to boil water before use or to use bottled water. White Pigeon Department of …

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Two injured in Cass County crash

Two people were injured in an automobile accident this week in Cass County. Sheriff Joe Underwood said deputies were called to Marcellus Hwy, west of Sunset Drive, shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Deputies indicated 20-year-old Brooke Johnson, of Schoolcraft, was driving west on Marcellus Highway when she lost control of her vehicle. Her vehicle swerved into the eastbound lane and …

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Sue-Robbie

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Hello. My name is Sue-Robbie. That’s a long name for a little kitty. I am a gray and white female short-hair cat, about 1-1/2 years old. I’m kind of shy but it doesn’t take long for me to warm up and come to you. I think some of the dogs barking kind of scare me. I like to be patted …

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Out and About – Week of January 18th

Last week’s column focused on those first responders from the Three Rivers Fire Department, Station Number Two. I failed to mention the volunteer firefighters, who are called upon whenever the need arises. An example might be whenever a major accident or fire occurs and the four firefighters on duty are needed to respond, which would leave no one at the …

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Mendon agrees to continue Rathburn’s contract

Mendon Community Schools Board of Education members gave interim superintendent Roger Rathburn a vote of confidence Monday, as the seven-member panel agreed to extend Rathburn’s contract through the 2016-17 academic year. Rathburn joined the district after board members agreed last spring to not continue to participate with Centreville Public Schools in a shared-superintendent agreement. Rathburn said he’ll confirm his decision …

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Woman arrested following traffic stop

State police arrested a 31-year-old Indiana woman for alleged drunken driving following a traffic stop over the weekend in White Pigeon Township. Authorities said a motorist phoned police at 7:15 a.m. Sunday to report a vehicle with two flattened tires traveling east on U.S. 12 in the village of White Pigeon. The caller indicated the vehicle was not staying in …

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Sturgis man faces multiple charges incident with gun

A Sturgis man faces four counts of felonious assault and additional charges after he allegedly pointed a handgun at his girlfriend’s ex-husband during a child-custody exchange. Sturgis police said officers were called at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of North Lakeview Street in response to a man with a gun. Officers were told the 43-year-old man was intoxicated …

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