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Out and About – Week of July 25th

This week’s column actually deals with getting Out and About. What a concept! Ten years ago I used the column to inform you readers about things going on in and around St. Joe County, but like so many things, change happens. On July 17, my wife and I left for a week of camping at Yankee Springs, south of Grand …

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TR Chamber plans candidate forum

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is providing residents a final opportunity to hear from local candidates involved in next week’s primary election. A candidates’ forum involving only county positions takes place this evening in the Dresser Business Center at Glen Oaks Community College. At 5:30 p.m., county treasurer candidates Gwen Donmyer and incumbent Judie Ratering are scheduled to …

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Arrests made with help from Sturgis K-9

Sturgis police officers in the past week have benefitted twice from the department’s K-9 officer, Tuckey. According to a department media release, Tuckey was brought to a traffic stop at 7 p.m. July 19 at St. Joseph and Clay streets. Officers were suspicious of two male suspects and Tuckey’s search alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. …

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Paddle For Paws registration deadline approaches

Here’s a reminder that the date to register for the rescheduled Paddle For Paws event is Saturday. Sponsored by Upcycled Pets of St. Joseph County, Paddle For Paws is a benefit to help the Three Rivers-based organization offset food and medical expenses associated with foster pets in the program. The event was to take place July 9 but had to …

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Covered Bridge sign destroyed

A sign proclaiming the identity of St. Joseph County’s most notable icon was destroyed following a pair of incidents the past two weeks. Located north of the Langley Covered Bridge, the sign and a horizontal PVC pipe in place to warn motorists about height restrictions were struck twice in a 10-day span, demolishing the PVC pipe and totaling the sign. …

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Kalamazoo police officers help mom, baby stranded in heat

Two Kalamazoo Public Safety officers have helped a motorist and her 2-month-old baby successfully get back on the road after being stranded in the heat. Carmen Higbee tells MLive that she was driving home from a local farmers market Saturday when she pulled into a gas station to fill up her near-empty tank. But the gas station was out of …

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7-year-old boy dies trying to help friend at Michigan lake

Authorities say a 7-year-old boy has died trying to help an 11-year-old friend who struggled while swimming in a lake in western Michigan. The Ottawa County sheriff’s department says a dive team found the boy, identified as Natanael Escobar, in Crockery Lake in Chester Township on Sunday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say the child was …

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Drug arrests near Marcellus

Two people were arrested last week after the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team found one-pot methamphetamine labs at a residence in Marcellus Township. Cass County deputies said a search warrant was executed Wednesday in the 10000 block of Wolfe Street, where deputies received a tip about the manufacture of methamphetamine on the premises. In addition to discovering five one-pot methamphetamine …

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Items stolen from rural home

A breaking-and-entering incident last week in Flowerfield Township is being investigated by Michigan State Police. According to a department media release, troopers were called Wednesday to the 53000 block of Bent Road, where forced entry was used to gain access to a residence between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The resident, who arrived on the scene around 3:30 p.m., notified …

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Fire – Significant damage to Sturgis home

Members of the Sturgis Fire Department were dispatched last week to a house fire in the 200 block of North Fourth Street. The blaze was reported at 3:19 p.m. Friday. Firefighters arrived on the scene to discover smoke coming from a two-story residence. Neighbors reported no one was in the home. Fire crews deployed two hose lines and entered the …

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