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County commission approves energy-savings resolution

St. Joseph County’s government buildings will likely be undergoing an energy-savings process, following action taken Tuesday by the board of commissioners. The five-member panel approved a resolution in support of pursuing an agreement with New York-based ABM Building Solutions, which has guaranteed energy savings through analysis of county-owned buildings, including its historic courthouse, courts building, jail and annex buildings. County …

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Several arrests made in traffic stop

Four people were arrested last weekend following a report of disorderly conduct at a location in Sturgis. According to a department media release, Sturgis officers were called at 11:52 p.m. Sunday to the 500 block of East Hatch Street. Officers immediately observed a sport-utility vehicle leaving the scene and being driven in an erratic manner. Officers conducted a traffic stop …

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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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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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Sherwood man arrested following domestic incident

A 54-year-old Sherwood man was arrested earlier this week on charges stemming from a domestic-assault incident. Michigan State Police troopers were called around 6 p.m. Monday to a residence in Sherwood in response to a report of domestic assault. The suspect fled the scene prior to troopers’ arrival. A search of a wooded area on Barnhart Road, near Webb Road …

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COA begins tours of apartments

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is scheduling tours of model apartments at the future Rivers Enrichment Center & Residence. The renovation of the former Three Rivers Inn into an enrichment center and residence for seniors features 46 apartments and is scheduled to be completed in August. To be eligible for an apartment in the new facility, prospective tenants …

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Two-county pursuit — Man arrested

Cass County sheriff’s officials arrested a man early Friday following a two-county pursuit. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies attempted to stop the suspect, who was driving a stolen vehicle. The vehicle eventually crashed on M-40, south of Hoffman Street in an area of Jones. The suspect fled on foot and was able to elude deputies and a K-9 officer. A …

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Rep. Miller votes to lower car insurance premiums

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week voted in favor of a measure to help bring lower car insurance prices to residents and families in Southwest Michigan. He joined House legislators in approving a plan to reform Michigan’s no-fault system. The plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, reducing what currently is the highest average car insurance premium in …

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Car hits buggy and leaves the scene

State police troopers are investigating a hit-and-run accident that involved a vehicle and a horse-drawn buggy in Branch County. The incident occurred at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Hamman Road near State Line Road in California Township. Investigators said a black passenger car traveling north on Hamman Road crossed the center line and struck a southbound buggy head on. The buggy …

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