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Child rescued from river in Mendon

A 7-year-old child was rescued from drowning in the St. Joseph River in Mendon earlier this week. State police said troopers were called to assist Mendon Police Department just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to Fremont Street in response to a child who had fallen into the river. The victim fell into the river but was subsequently pulled from the water …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Two Marcellus Township residents were arrested on drug-related offenses this week following the execution of a search warrant. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team was called Thursday to the 14000 block of Dutch Settlement Road in Marcellus Township. Upon searching the residence, detectives discovered a sizeable amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, methamphetamine paraphernalia and loaded firearms. A stolen vehicle was located, …

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Post office takes part in food drive

Here’s a reminder that the U.S. Post Office in Three Rivers will be one of thousands across the country to take part in what is believed to be the largest food drive in the nation. The annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will be Saturday. Post office officials are asking for anyone wishing to participate …

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Process begins for Central Dispatch communications upgrades

A day after his agency’s request for an additional one-quarter of a mill was approved by a slim margin, St. Joseph County E-911 Central Dispatch Director Dennis Brandenburg on Wednesday acknowledged that a lot of work awaits. Brandenburg said his focus for now will center on development of a new communications tower. The agency has a verbal agreement with the …

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Cass County Sheriff’s office makes donation

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said his office recently made a donation to Cass County Cancer Services. In 2017, Sheriff Behnke initiated a fundraising campaign within his office that would benefit a local charity. The fundraising was based on casual Fridays for personnel not required to wear a uniform. Participating employees agreed to donate $10 per month. The opportunity was …

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SJC Central Dispatch millage request approved

A request for an additional one-quarter of a mill by St. Joseph County 911 Central Dispatch passed Tuesday. Unofficial totals reported by the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office showed 1,364 votes in favor of the seven-year request and 1,323 opposed, with all 20 precincts reporting. The request will bump Central Dispatch’s millage rate to an even 1 mill. Agency director …

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Man injured when vehicle hit by deer

A White Pigeon man suffered minor injuries after his vehicle was struck by a deer last week in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday to M-40, near Born Street. Investigators said Brian Rudloff was driving south on M-40 when his vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a deer. Rudloff sustained …

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Natural Resources Trust Fund bill goes to state House

State Sen. John Proos has supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects for 2018, including six in Southwest Michigan. The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights, Proos said. Senate Bill 883 would authorize the trust to use almost $50 million in restricted funds to support 34 acquisition …

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Multiple injuries in Cass County crash

Three Indiana residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday to Quaker Street, near Savage Road. Investigators said 20-year-old Elkhart resident Colin Schieber was driving eastbound on Quaker Street, when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go into …

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Hundreds enjoy Mendon Dust-Off

Organizers of Sunday’s 55th annual Mendon Dust-Off are declaring the event a success. Heidi Alexander, president of the Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club, said the event drew about 650 participants and hundreds of spectators. Always staged the first Sunday of May, the Dust-Off serves as the unofficial kickoff to car season, with a major show in Coldwater the …

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