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Children subject of Amber Alert found dead, mother arrested

Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges. Elkhart, Indiana, police say they believe the two children found dead on Monday afternoon were seven-year-old Liliana Hernandez and six-year-old Rene Pasztor. They had been the subject of an Amber Alert earlier in the day warning …

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Police: Teen panicked after shooting friend, killed himself

Police reports say a southwestern Michigan teen panicked when his gun went off and struck a friend in the chest, then the 17-year-old then fatally shot himself. The Kalamazoo Gazette, which obtained the reports through a records request, reported Monday a witness told police that Marsavious Frazier was showing Daquarion Hunter a gun and playing with it Sept. 5 when …

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Annual county fair concludes

With 6 1/2 days of rain-free weather, a strong offering of entertainment and an appeal to people from surrounding counties, the St. Joseph County Grange Fair concluded Saturday night for its 166th time. Fair manager Bill Johnson said there were a number of issues that kept him and his staff on their toes all week, from an electrical outage in …

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Sturgis man dies in crash

A three-car crash Friday claimed the life of a 63-year-old Sturgis man. Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a semi driven by David Hartman, 52, of Indiana, was eastbound on M-86 near Farrand Road in Colon Township. Hartman’s truck had slowed to turn left into a parking lot of Palomino Trailer around 11:15 a.m. A van driven …

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County unemployment down

The August unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by 1 percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.7 percent August unemployment rate was less than July’s 4.7 percent. August’s unemployment rate was one-tenth of a percent less than the same month one year …

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CMH shares positive impact

The Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County is encouraging the public to attend its annual testimonial meeting Tuesday. Current and past clients are invited to share the positive impact they have realized from the services of the Centreville-based agency. The meeting portion of the event starts at 4:30 p.m., while the public hearing begins …

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TV & computer monitor recycling ends this week

Here’s a reminder that the opportunity for St. Joseph County residents to recycle televisions and computer monitors at no cost expires this week. Pat Kulikowski, secretary of the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee, said Advanced Technology Recycling of Grand Rapids secured a contract that allows for recycling of the items free of charge. The offer, however, expires Friday. The …

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Dunham’s Sports is opening a Sturgis store

Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is pleased to invite Sturgis, and the surrounding communities, to its grand opening weekend. The ribbon cutting will be hosted on Friday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. at the new location at 69060 M-66. Store hours are Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. …

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Out and About

I’m not an expert on dining out, but my wife and I probably dine out more than we dine in. This doesn’t mean that our refrigerator is empty; as a matter of fact, it is filled with everything you could possibly want when it comes to snacking, and I can put together one heck of a Dagwood Sandwich at a …

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WMU seeks record for renewing marriage vows

Western Michigan University is lining up hundreds of couples to renew their marriage vows as part of a homecoming weekend record attempt. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the school on Oct. 8 is seeking to set a new Guinness World Records mark for the largest vow renewal ceremony. Guinness says the current mark of 1,087 couples was set at Miami University …

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