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One killed in motorcycle crash

A Sturgis woman has died as the result of a motorcycle accident Wednesday night in Constantine Township. Carrie Gay, 30, died Thursday at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where she was airlifted following the accident at Dickinson and Burke roads. She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 32-year-old Charles Barfell, of Sturgis. He remains in serious condition at …

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GOCC offering class

Glen Oaks Community College is offering classes that will teach students how to develop applications for mobile phones. The newly created Mobile Phone Applications Development certificate program begins this fall at the Centreville-area school. Patricia Morgenstern, associate dean of extended learning and workforce development, said the program will teach students how to build, test and market their Android and iPhone …

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Pipeline replacement continues

A $1.3 billion project is moving forward to replace a 210-mile oil pipeline that stretches across Michigan and caused a 2010 spill.  Enbridge Inc. last month began the second phase of construction on Line 6B and it should be in service by mid-2014. Thousands of sections of pipeline are at a site in the Mendon area. The company has five …

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Breaking-and-entering incident

Two of three people involved in a breaking-and-entering incident in downtown Sturgis were arrested early Sunday after they attempted to flee from officers. According to the Sturgis Police Department, a 22-year-old Sturgis man and a 15-year-old male were arrested after officers were called at 2 a.m. Sunday to the 100 block of West Chicago Road in response to a sound …

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Man cited for crash

A Three Rivers man was cited for failure to yield after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident last week. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, Larry McNair, 49, turned left from Main Street onto Michigan Avenue when he was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Jennifer Hertsel, 30, of Three Rivers. She was treated for undisclosed injuries …

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American Axle hiring

Officials from St. Joseph County’s largest employer are hoping a job fair this weekend will help fill 200 positions. American Axle & Manufacturing is staging the event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Three Rivers plant. The Detroit-based company is filling the openings as a result of 500 positions created to accommodate production of its EcoTrac driveline system. …

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Sheriff investigating crash

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the suspect in a hit-and-run incident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Constantine Township. Department officials said Centreville resident Steven Bontrager, 41, was driving south on U.S. 131, when an eastbound pickup on Stears Road failed to stop at the intersection and struck the driver’s side door of Bontrager’s vehicle. …

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Woman staged all-day protest

A woman believed to be in her 20s staged an all-day protest Wednesday related to tree-clearing in Cass County’s Newburg Township. After nearly 10 hours on a plywood platform about 40 feet up a tree, the woman came down around 6:30 p.m. Her descent came after lengthy negotiations that involved the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. …

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Langley Covered Bridge closed

The Langley Covered Bridge will be closed  through Sunday for a Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event Saturday night. Chris Minger, St. Joseph County Road Commission project manager, said the bridge was originally slated to remain closed next week for deck repairs. Minger said the plan has been moved to a later date, however, as the commission continues its …

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Man arrested for theft

A 32-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested last weekend after he was caught attempting to steal money from a company break room. According to a Three Rivers Police Department press release, the man was caught at 2:40 a.m. Saturday at Armstrong Machine Works. Company officials said they believe the man was responsible for three previous thefts of cash from the …

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