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Mark My Words – Father’s Day facts

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert Mother’s Day, while not declared a holiday until 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, the beginnings of the holiday began several years earlier. However, it would be many years, 58 in fact, before fathers would earn the same recognition. The reason it took so long for Father’s …

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Bicycle crash that killed 5 may renew safer road push

A Kalamazoo lawmaker says the recent crash that killed five bicyclists may renew the push to make roads safer for people not driving cars. Two state senators have introduced legislation after a pickup truck crashed into a group of bikers June 7 in the Kalamazoo area that could mean tougher penalties for those who fatally hit a bicyclist. It would …

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Centreville falls in state semifinal

Centreville High School’s baseball team came up one win short in its bid to reach Saturday’s Division 4 state championship game for the second consecutive year. Friday morning’s contest in East Lansing saw the Bulldogs fall to Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, 5-1. Centreville spotted the Eagles four runs in the opening inning, and the lead held. The Bulldogs, who entered the …

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Police investigate theft from road commission garage

Michigan State Police investigators have been asked to look into the theft of material from the St. Joseph County Road Commission. The incident stems from a situation May 22 at the Colon Township garage on M-66, where asphalt used for road patching was loaded onto a flatbed trailer by a Sherman Township man. The man, an Omena Lake resident, was …

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Sentences given in animal cruelty case

Members of the St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board expressed their disappointment Wednesday over this week’s sentencing of two suspects in an animal-cruelty case. Two Mottville residents arrested in January 2015 pled guilty to torture of an animal based on negligence at their Barker Road residence. On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman sentenced Jessica Achberger, 40, and Troy Michael-James …

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Animal Control gets new air conditioners

A fundraiser last month staged by the Animal Control Advisory Board of St. Joseph County has resulted in the purchase of two, new air-conditioning units. Loralee Knepper, an animal shelter volunteer, said the $5,000 raised during the May 13 event in Sturgis allowed for the purchase of the 14,000-BTU portable air conditioners. The devices also serve as heaters and can …

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Local pastor charged with CSC

A Three Rivers pastor faces charges of criminal sexual conduct following his arrest Wednesday. Three Rivers police said James Bailey Jr., 66, was charged with three counts each of criminal sexual conduct third degree and CSC fourth degree. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred at Three Rivers Bible Church on two separate dates in April and May, according …

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Bicyclist doesn’t recall crash that killed 5 fellow riders

A bicyclist who survived being hit by a pickup truck that killed five of her fellow riders in southwestern Michigan says she has no recollection of the crash scene. Sheila Jeske tells WOOD-TV she visited the crash site in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township after being discharged from the hospital. She says: “All I can say it was a beautiful place …

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Indiana man charged in 1977 Michigan cold case to face trial

An Indiana man charged with murder in a 1977 southwestern Michigan killing that police initially classified as a suicide has been ordered to stand trial. Police in May arrested 57-year-old Raymond Robert Richmond in South Bend, Indiana. A judge on Wednesday in Michigan ordered him to stand trial in the death of 25-year-old Robert Stasiak. Richmond, who was 18 at …

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Michigan confirms Rocky Mountain spotted fever case in Cass County

Michigan health officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever contracted in the state since 2009. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the case involved a child in southwestern Michigan’s Cass County. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by bacteria and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even …

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