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Baker signs contract

White Pigeon Police Chief Lynn Baker has signed a contract with the village to continue his services with the municipality. The contract includes a privacy clause, which essentially limits details regarding terms of Baker’s employment. Police chief in White Pigeon since 1995, Baker previously worked under a handshake agreement, but village officials agreed a formal contract should be in place …

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Woman cited for causing accident

A Constantine woman was cited for failure to yield after she caused a two-car accident Monday morning in White Pigeon Township. State police said Lindsey Stone, 24, was driving south on Lutz Road when she failed to stop at U.S. 12. Her vehicle struck a westbound car driven by 36-year-old Tara Smith of Sturgis. Stone did not seek medical attention; …

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Minor injuries after crash

A 22-year-old Three Rivers woman was treated for minor injuries after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident at 4:30 Monday afternoon in Fabius Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Arianna Swartzentruber was driving west on Millard Street when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle northbound on U.S. 131. The driver of the second vehicle, Michele Root, …

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Items stolen from motorhome

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded this week to a breaking-and-entering incident in Constantine Township. According to a department media release, deputies were called Wednesday to the 15000 block of Sandra Drive, where firearms and a laptop computer were stolen from a motorhome. The victim told police the incident occurred between 9:30 and 10:37 a.m. Wednesday.

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Update on bypass

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation have issued an update on progress of the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass project. MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the $18 million undertaking remains within budget and on target for completion in late November. Work on the 4.9-mile bypass started in February. Schirripa said crews are currently setting bridge beams and building piers for the …

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Highway clean-up underway

Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who will begin the second of three sessions picking up litter along state highways beginning this weekend. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will be clearing highway roadsides any day between Saturday and the end of next week. In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups reported collecting about …

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Road closure for M-86

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release, noting East Main Street lane closures in the village of Centreville. The agency said lane closures for resurfacing will be in place through late August on eastbound and westbound M-86 in Centreville, from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road. The closure is expected to be in place through the end of …

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Two Indiana residents arrested

Two Indiana residents were arrested on drug-related charges following their arrest earlier this week in Constantine Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call around 2 a.m. Monday in the area of New England Road, where a blue pickup truck had been spotted in the area of a possible larceny attempt. Contact with the occupants was made …

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Damage to crops

Michigan State Police investigators are looking into a report of damage to crops in the Three Rivers area between June 27 and early morning June 28. According to an agency media release, a vehicle drove at a high rate of speed through a field at 6th Avenue and M-60 – in the vicinity of the Three Rivers municipal airport. The …

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No-wake order from Sheriff

The boat launch at Prairie Lake in Sherman Township has temporarily been closed due to high water levels and local flooding. There has also been a no-wake order placed into effect on the lake. Sheriff Brad Balk said violators of the no-wake order who cause damage to personal property could be criminally prosecuted. The sheriff’s department will advise when the …

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