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Tests: Georgia remains match Michigan teen last seen in 1979

Authorities say tests have confirmed the remains of an unknown person buried in Georgia are those of a 15-year-old boy who ran away from his southeastern Michigan home in 1979. Michigan State Police say a forensic analyst from University of North Texas’ Center for Human Identification on Tuesday revealed the DNA match with Dennis Greer. Investigators say he left his …

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Write-in candidate for township supervisor loses tiebreaker

A write-in candidate who was challenging an incumbent township supervisor in southwestern Michigan has lost a tiebreaker for the Republican nomination. Robert Baker, who wants to be on the November ballot for the Ross Township post, picked a piece of paper marked “not elected” out of a box Tuesday at the office of the Kalamazoo County clerk. WWMT-TV reports both …

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Michigan officials to appeal straight-party voting ban

Michigan officials say they will appeal a federal judge’s ruling against eliminating straight-party voting. The Detroit News reports Secretary of State Ruth Johnson on Monday filed a notice to appeal. That came two weeks after U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain said preventing voters from checking a single box to vote for all of a party’s candidates discriminate against blacks, who tend to …

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Special police unit seeks to curb thefts from RV companies

A special police unit is seeking to curb burglaries and thefts from businesses including recreational vehicle companies in northern Indiana. Police in the Elkhart County city of Goshen say their unit was formed to deal with such crimes in the city’s industrial areas. The department says thefts had been increasing over the last several months, with items such as televisions …

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Bank robbery in Sturgis

Sturgis Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who robbed the Sturgis Bank and Trust, at 1001 S. Centerville Road, Wednesday morning. The robbery occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m.  Police said the suspect displayed what is believed to be a weapon. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a thin …

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Millage renewal approved for Transportation Authority

St. Joseph County residents appeared to have no problem continuing to help fund the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority. By a comfortable margin Tuesday, a request to renew one-third of a mill was approved in the county-wide vote. As a result, the Three Rivers-based agency will continue to receive about $650,000 annually over the next four years. Consistent with renewal …

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Nelson wins Democratic primary

St. Joseph County’s former equalization director will be the Democrat opponent to face Republican incumbent Dennis Allen in the November general election. Nottawa Township resident Judy Nelson topped Tim Carls in Tuesday’s primary election. She earned 410 votes while Carls claimed 310 in what turned out to be a high-profile election for the right to represent the party in November. …

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Czajkowski wins primary

Dan Czajkowski said he still has plenty to learn despite nearly two years as a county commissioner. The 62-year-old White Pigeon resident will have another 24 months of experience to gain after voters in District 4 backed him over Republican challenger Joshua Goodrich, a Constantine Township resident. Unofficial numbers show the incumbent earned 534 votes to Goodrich’s 370 endorsements. Czajkowski …

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Thumbs up in Flowerfield Township

Flowerfield Township voters approved a request to increase their millage for fire protection and ambulance services. By a tally of 170-to-112, voters agreed to support an increase of up to 1 mill for a five-year period. As a result of Tuesday’s endorsement, the request will raise more than $64,000 annually to be disbursed to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, Fabius/Park Fire …

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Library millage approved in Colon Township

Colon Township voters on Tuesday approved renewal of a five-year millage sought by the township library. Voters by a margin of 345 to 108 supported a request to renew nearly nine-tenths of a mill to help fund operating, maintaining, constructing and equipping the library, and for all other library-related purposes authorized by law. The request will allow the district to …

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