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Michigan moves high school football to spring due to virus

The Michigan High School Athletic Association on Friday moved the football season to next spring but said other fall sports would proceed as scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic. The move came days after the Big Ten postponed all fall sports and said it hoped to make them up in the second semester. The MHSAA had previously allowed lower-risk fall sports — golf, …

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Animal control deals with another cat-hoarding case

An already-overwhelmed St. Joseph County Animal Control was dealt another blow this week, as agency director Greg Musser was called Wednesday to assist with the county’s second cat-hoarding case within an eight-day period. Though not as large as the 150-plus cats taken from a Park Township residence Aug. 4, Wednesday’s situation in Three Rivers yielded at least 50 cats. Musser …

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Man dies in Sherman Township crash

A Battle Creek man was killed in a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday in Sherman Township. Justin Noel, 19, was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital following the incident, and later died. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Erandi Tzitziki, 19, also of Battle Creek. Police said Tzitziki was driving north on North Centerville Road and failed to stop at …

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Food site closed for cleaning

The Three Rivers Food Site has announced it will be closed Tuesday next week. Agency officials said the food site will undergo a thorough cleaning before re-opening Thursday.

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Police investigate theft from Nottawa business

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a theft incident at a business in Nottawa Township. According to a department media release, a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle at Nottawa Auto Sales, located in the 26000 block of M-86. The catalytic converter was cut off a 2015 Jeep Patriot between Aug. 4 and Aug. 12.

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County considers a shortened workweek

St. Joseph County officials appear poised to implement a 35-hour work week for county staff. For the second consecutive executive committee meeting, commissioners focused on ways to close an anticipated financial shortfall of $150,000. With 2020 revenue coming in less than budgeted, the potential deficit has emerged as a priority for commissioners. The proposed measure would cut five hours of …

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Several items stolen in Constantine

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of stolen property at a residence in Constantine Township. Deputies responded July 31 to a location on Winding River Road. The victim told authorities a Mercury outboard motor, a half-ton floor jack, a 30-ton bottle jack and a 12-ton bottle jack were stolen from a shed in the yard on the river side of …

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County commission recommend grant application

St. Joseph County commissioners have recommended applying for a grant to retain additional manpower. During their executive committee meeting Wednesday, commissioners fielded a request from Sheriff Mark Lillywhite regarding a state-issued Secondary Road Patrol grant application. It’s a grant the county has received for a number of years, Lillywhite said. The grant provides partial funding for two additional deputies specifically …

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Vehicle stolen in White Pigeon

A car was stolen last week from a location in White Pigeon Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called at 3:45 a.m. Saturday to Crooked Creek Road in response to a motor vehicle theft. Investigators said suspects forced entry into a barn and stole a 1989 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep is red with black fender flares, a black bikini …

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Hit-and-run in Branch County

State police troopers are investigating a hit-and-run incident involving a watercraft in Branch County. According to a department media release, the incident occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday on Marble Lake in Quincy Township. The suspect watercraft struck a pontoon boat and left the scene without reporting the collision. Investigators are on the lookout for a smaller, walk-through watercraft, white in …

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