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Jury finds Patten guilty

A St. Joseph County jury deliberated for about two hours Friday morning before finding Zachary Patten guilty of murder. Jurors found Patten guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree home invasion and felony firearm. Patten was on trial for the July 2017 shooting death of Shane Richardson at Richardson’s home on Featherstone Road in Florence Township. As the verdicts …

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Sturgis man becomes IJR commissioner

A Sturgis resident was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate to serve as a commissioner on the International Joint Commission for U.S. and Canada. Rob Sisson will be a part of the IJC, a bi-national agency that oversees management of waters between the U.S. and Canada. The countries work to protect Great Lakes waters for the benefit of both …

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Sturgis man arrested on assault charges

A 27-year-old Sturgis man was charged with assault and battery following an incident last week. Sturgis police said officers responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to an area near the intersection of South Nottawa and Congress streets regarding an assault. Officers found that the suspect had been involved in an incident with a 65-year-old man. The victim sustained injuries that …

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US 131 project update

Here’s a weekly update from the Michigan Department of Transportation regarding the U.S. 131 project in Three Rivers. For northbound and southbound lanes, construction will continue on the existing median curb lane islands. They will be replaced with temporary paving this week. Meanwhile, crews will continue utility work on outside shoulders, while median work will also continue on median traffic …

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Threat at middle school results in lockdown

Three Rivers Middle School was briefly in lockdown mode Thursday morning. District officials said the decision was made shortly after 9 a.m. following the report of a threat at the school building. Officers from the Three Rivers Police Department met with district administrators and after comparing notes, it was determined that the threat was not credible and classes resumed under …

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Local student wins art competition

A Centreville High School student was named the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton announced this week that Makala Carr, a junior, is the recipient of this year’s award. Carr’s art, featuring the use of a colored pencil, charcoal and ink pen, is titled “Opinion Orange” and will hang in …

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Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Law-enforcement agencies locally and across the state will begin a program next week focusing on seatbelt use. Stepped up enforcement begins Monday and will involve local departments, county sheriff departments and state police. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will conclude June 2. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning staged a media gathering Thursday to help promote the program. …

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United Way selling fundraiser tickets

The St. Joseph County United Way has started selling tickets as a fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Animal Control Building Fund. Tickets are $5 each and available at the United Way office in Centreville and the sheriff’s department. The prize is a 6-by-12-foot cargo trailer. The drawing will take place Thursday.

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Jury chosen in Patten trial

A jury was seated Tuesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court for the murder trial of Zachary Patten. Two jury panels of more than 100 people were needed to seat the jury. The trial began Wednesday with opening statements by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough and defense council Deb Davis. Patten is accused in the July 2017 murder of Shane …

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Mottville home destroyed in fire

Fire destroyed a home Tuesday in the 11000 block of Riverside Drive in Mottville Township. White Pigeon firefighters were called to the home around 1:30 p.m., and found heavy smoke and flames coming through the roof. Authorities said the cause of the fire was cooking-related. Fire quickly spread to the attic. The home is considered a loss, while contents sustained …

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