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Fire destroys garage

A standalone garage was destroyed by fire last week in Lockport Township. Fire officials said the blaze was reported shortly before noon Friday at a residence on Schweitzer Road. Cause of the blaze remains under investigation. No injuries were reported and no other building was damaged.

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Free furniture for some customers

Some furniture shoppers in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are expected to get big refunds because of cooperation from a big snowstorm. Michigan-based Art Van Furniture ran a “Let It Snow” promotion at several Chicago-area stores as well as locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio. Purchases were made on certain days in January. If it snowed more …

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Three Rivers storm total – 12.5 inches

A winter storm dropped 1 1/2 feet of snow as it passed over Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, snarling traffic and extending the weekend for children at hundreds of schools. The National Weather Service says 16.7 inches fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Sunday and Monday. The agency says it was the No. 3 snow on record for Detroit and …

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Armed robbery on WMU campus

A warning has been issued to Western Michigan University students following an armed robbery at a campus residence hall. The Kalamazoo school says in a statement the male student was robbed at gunpoint about 4:40 p.m. Sunday in the third floor hallway of LeFevre Hall. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports police are seeking two suspects. The school says “extreme caution is …

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Local unemployment rate continues to go down

The December unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by one-tenth of a 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 4 percent December unemployment rate was less than November’s 4.1 percent. December’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent less than the same month one year …

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Multi car crash in Schoolcraft

Five vehicles were damaged last week after the driver of a car fell asleep and it collided into a line of cars stopped at a Schoolcraft railroad crossing. Schoolcraft police said the 25-year-old driver, a Kalamazoo resident, was heading north on U.S. 131 when his vehicle struck the rear of a car stopped at State Street due to a passing …

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This may end up in court

Sturgis Township officials said they are prepared to go to court if the owner of an unlicensed salvage yard on White School Road isn’t permanently closed and cleaned. During last month’s meeting, township clerk Mike Bobalik said Southwest Salvage operator Lester Butler’s state license to operate the facility expired in 2013 and was not renewed. According to Bobalik, the township …

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Former grocery property has been sold

The sale of the former Centreville Village Market property to a second entity has been completed, according to Carol Snow-Penn, Centreville Downtown Development Authority representative. The village’s DDA took over the property in January 2013. The former Village Market sold to Centreville Equities for about $85,000. According to Snow-Penn, the DDA has actively managed the property since its acquisition. The …

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Body cameras for police

The mayor of the city of Elkhart wants to spend $349,000 to buy 80 body cameras for the city’s police force. Mayor Dick Moore was scheduled to ask Elkhart’s city council on Monday to approve the request that’s part of $3.75 million in proposed capital spending for 2015 for the city. The Elkhart Truth reports Moore said in a recent …

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