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Woman dies in Clear Lake

A Washtenaw County woman died over the weekend after drowning in Fabius Township’s Clear Lake. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the body of 24-year-old Alison Kunz was found in about 15 feet of water Sunday afternoon by a member of the department’s dive-rescue team. Kunz, a Saline native and recent graduate of Western Michigan University, and a group …

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Constantine Road work bid signed

After decades of neglect and years of complaints about its condition, Constantine Road is finally on tap for some attention. St. Joseph County Road Commission Manager Chris Minger said a bid to reconstruct Constantine Road, from White Pigeon Township to half a mile north of Stears Road, was signed Friday and the work will begin later this summer. The work …

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Two injured in motorcycle crash

Two people were injured after the motorcycle on which they were riding was struck by a car over the weekend in Cass County’s Wayne Township. According to a department media release, 42-year-old Michael Friske and his passenger, Cherrell Merwin, 32, also from Dowagiac, were heading west on Dutch Settlement Road on a motorcycle around 10 p.m. Saturday. An eastbound car …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

A 22-year-old Cassopolis man died last week in a two-vehicle accident in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called just after 2 p.m. Friday to U.S. 12 and Tharp Lake Road. Investigators found that a truck heading north on Tharp Lake Road failed to stop at the intersection and struck a westbound vehicle driven by David …

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Police remove drug items, makes arrests

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit said items associated with marijuana and methamphetamine use were taken from a White Pigeon residence earlier this month. According to a sheriff’s department media release, the incident took place June 1 in the 100 block of Peck Street. In a separate incident June 2, deputies stopped a vehicle on Bennett Road in Leonidas …

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Injuries in Cass County crash

An Elkhart woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials said the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Friday on Calvin Center Road, near Starbrick Road, in Mason Township. Investigators said 25-year-old Trevor Bennett of Elkhart was driving south on Calvin Center Road when his vehicle was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by …

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Three Rivers man arrested on drug charges

A 43-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested this week on drug-related charges. According to a department media release, officers began following a vehicle after noticing several equipment violations. The driver parked in an alley in the 600 block of South Main Street, where officers noticed an odor of marijuana potentially emitting from the vehicle. K9 Django was brought to the …

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Fire destroys Burr Oak home

Three family members are without a home after a fire ripped through the residence Wednesday. Burr Oak firefighters were called around 1 p.m. to the 14-by-70-foot mobile home in the 63000 block of Powers Road. When firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames. All three family members, however, were able to escape uninjured. Authorities believe the cause of the …

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Traffic stop leads to arrest

Three Rivers police arrested a woman this week after a traffic stop led to drug-related charges. The woman’s vehicle was stopped Monday evening on Broadway Street near the intersection of U.S. 131 after officers received a tip that its driver was involved in the sale of narcotics. K9 Django showed a positive reaction to the presence of drugs, according to …

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COA brings fresh produce to seniors

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is participating in Senior Project FRESH, which provides older adults who qualify with Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. Eligible items include berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans and honey. The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. Prospective recipients must be at least 60 years …

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