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Mendon man dies in Friday morning crash

A Mendon man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Centreville-Constantine Road early Friday morning. The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department said the incident happened near Burgener Road in Florence Township. John Boyle, 36, of Mendon, was traveling southwest in Florence Township when the vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway and struck two trees head-on. The vehicle flipped …

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Three Rivers man dies in weekend crash

A Three Rivers man was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident in Porter Township Saturday afternoon. The Cass County sheriff’s department said the incident happened near the intersection of U.S. 12 and Baldwin Prairie, just east of Union. Authorities said a 16-year-old driver was pulling out of a driveway onto U.S. 12, causing the crash. Tyler Hershberger, 25, …

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COA considers PACE agreement

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Advisory Board last week discussed the possibility of approving a PACE program expansion agreement. The agreement outlines details of COA’s relationship with Senior Care Partners to bring PACE to St. Joseph and Branch counties. If approved, PACE would be housed at the COA’s Enrichment Center in Sturgis. The agreement states the north and south …

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MDOT updates US 131 project

Here’s the weekly update from Michigan Department of Transportation regarding the reconstruction of U.S. 131 in Three Rivers. Stage 2 traffic pattern remains in place, as two-way traffic uses the southbound U.S. 131 lane for the balance of the construction zone. Meanwhile, work at the Rocky River bridge continues. Crews are focusing their attention this week on an area under …

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Michigan adopts deer hunting rules to halt fatal disease

State regulators are continuing a ban on baiting and feeding deer in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in an effort to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease. The ban was among rules for this year’s hunting season adopted by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission last week. The panel decided to allow baiting and feeding in the Upper Peninsula, except in an area …

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MDOT gives update on US 131 project

Here’s the latest information regarding Michigan Department of Transportation’s reconstruction project of U.S. 131 in Three Rivers. Stage 2 traffic pattern remains in place, meaning two-way traffic follows the southbound U.S. 131 lane in areas around the M-60 intersection at the south end as well as at the Hoffman Street intersection at the north end. A new deck was poured …

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Police release name of driver in police chase

The name of the driver of a car that fled from Three Rivers officers last weekend has been released by authorities. Bond for Brandon Michael Goodfellow, 24, has been set at $50,000 following his arrest Saturday. Goodfellow and a 24-year-old female, both Sturgis residents, were wanted on a number of felony warrants. They were arrested following a brief pursuit that …

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Woman arrested on drug-related charges

A Dowagiac woman was arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop last week. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said Renietta Szulczyk, 31, was in a vehicle stopped Thursday at the corner of Main and Walnut streets in the city of Dowagiac. Deputies allegedly found methamphetamine and analogue medications in her purse, according to Behnke. In addition, Szulczyk was wanted …

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County commission expects to approve new deputies

St. Joseph County commissioners are expected to approve the hiring of two new sheriff’s department deputies. Commissioners during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting recommended a request from Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite, who was seeking an exception to the county’s hiring freeze in order to fill two spots created by a pair of resignations. Commissioners agreed to the request but also planned to …

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County commission approves 2 resolutions

Gathered for a special meeting Wednesday, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions that featured corrected information. County administrator Teresa Doehring said action on the first resolution replaces a resolution approved earlier this month. She explained the original resolution featured a typo regarding an interest-rate figure. The corrected figure – 2.8999 percent – was included in a resolution …

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