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Police respond to domestic disturbance

State police troopers were called over the weekend to a home in Branch County’s Sherwood Township regarding a domestic disturbance Troopers were dispatched Sunday to a residence where they learned the suspect had injured himself and fled on foot. A K-9 unit was summoned and led to the apprehension of the suspect in a nearby field. The suspect was transported …

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Update on US 131 project

Here’s the weekly update from Michigan Department of Transportation regarding its work on the U.S. 131 improvement project in Three Rivers. Stage 2 traffic pattern remains in place, as two-way traffic continues in the area of the M-60 junction as well as in the area of Hoffman Road at the north end of the project. Meanwhile, roadbuilding and box-culvert construction …

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County commission allows COA director to approve leases

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week approved a motion to allow the head of the Commission On Aging to sign off on apartment leases. Commissioners granted COA director Tim Stoll signatory authorization for leases at the Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence, the former Three Rivers Inn that is being converted to a 46-unit residence for …

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US 131 project update

Here’s a weekly update from the Michigan Department of Transportation regarding the U.S. 131 redevelopment project. Stage 2 traffic pattern remains in place, as two-way traffic continues in the area of the M-60 junction as well as in the area of Hoffman Road at the north end of the project. Meanwhile, road-building remains ongoing at William R. Monroe Boulevard, where …

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County commission approves hiring freeze exceptions

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday made exceptions to their hiring freeze and approved a trio of positions to be filled. A corrections officer for the sheriff’s department, a deputy district court clerk for its criminal division and a Juvenile Day Treatment supervisor were all granted approval to be filled as soon as possible. Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the …

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Police identify accident victim

The Michigan State Police have identified the man killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in Constantine Township. Troopers said that Spencer Minor, 28, of White Pigeon, was killed in the accident. He was riding his motorcycle southbound on U.S. 131 when another vehicle turned into his pathway, causing the accident. Minor was thrown from his bike into oncoming traffic. …

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Unemployment rate increases in St. Joseph County

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget says jobless rates during June were up six- to eight-tenths of a percentage point in southwest Michigan. Employment in St. Joseph County rose by 275 people from May, but is down by 200 compared to June 2018. There were 27,575 with jobs in June, but with the labor force increasing by 425, …

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Drug arrests in White Pigeon

Two people were arrested in White Pigeon on drug charges Tuesday evening. The incident happened in the 500 block of E. Chicago Road in the village limits. A 52-year-old White Pigeon man and a 38-year-old Sturgis woman were both arrested at the scene. The man faces charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house while …

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3 dead, 1 hurt in shootings at Elkhart apartments

Police say two men and a woman have been killed and a second woman has been wounded in shootings at a northern Indiana apartment complex. Elkhart police say one of the dead men is the suspected shooter. Elkhart County Homicide Unit Cmdr. Mark Daggy identified the dead victims as 66-year-old Gail Shields, her boyfriend, John Malk, along with the suspected …

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Communities get partial win in court fight over tax dollars

Local governments have won a partial victory in the Michigan appeals court in a dispute over how state government gives tax dollars to communities. The constitution requires that local governments get 48.9 percent of all state spending. But when the state makes that calculation, the appeals court says it can’t count money that pays for state-mandated activities. Attorney John Philo …

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