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Don’t Leave Keys In Vehicles

The Sturgis Department of Public Safety is cautioning residents to not leave keys in vehicles parked outside overnight, as the thefts of three vehicles were reported Friday. Between 4:30 and 8:30 a.m. Friday, vehicles left unlocked with keys in the ignition were stolen from outside residences in the 400 block of East South Street, the 400 block of Williams Street …

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Woman Arrested With List Of Offenses

A 26-year-old Constantine woman was charged with a list of offenses following an incident at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday last week in the town of LaGrange, Ind. An officer responding to a call of a disturbance at a residence in the 500 block of East Michigan Street was allegedly struck in the face while trying to arrest Rachael Gieber, a Constantine …

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Ratering To Serve As Treasurer

A lifelong Park Township resident has accepted an offer to serve as St. Joseph County treasurer. Judie Ratering will serve the rest of 2012 as treasurer following a consensus reached early Thursday by a three-member panel. The 52-year-old Ratering will succeed Phyllis Bainbridge, who is retiring next week due to health issues. Ratering currently serves as a mortgage lender at …

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TRDDA To Set Long-Term Goals

The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority has announced it will stage a work session in mid February. The event takes place 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Three Rivers Area Chamber. According to an announcement about the meeting, its purpose is to discuss goals and long-term goals during its 2013 fiscal year.

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Tax Filing Assistance

Tax-filing assistance for people who are elderly or in a moderate-to-low income bracket will be available in St. Joseph County. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be offered at Community Head Start buildings in Three Rivers and Sturgis. The free service provides tax assistance to families with a household income of $50,000 or less annually. Volunteer tax preparers are …

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Woman Treated For Burns

A LaGrange County woman was treated for injuries sustained after she used gasoline to relight a coal stove in her basement. The woman, whose name and age were not released by the Shipshewana Fire Department, was burned after the coal stove burst into flames with the application of gasoline. The blaze caught the basement on fire, causing significant fire, smoke …

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Chiddister Added To Committee

A former village council member has been appointed to serve on the Constantine Sewer Ad Hoc Committee. Scott Chiddister, a past chairman of the committee, was put on the panel following a vote by members of the Constantine Village Council last week. Chiddister’s addition to the committee, and his expertise as an engineer and former municipal official, could come in …

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Accident On US 12

A 28-year-old man from Indiana was charged with driving with a suspended license after his vehicle was struck by a car Monday in Sturgis Township. The man, whose name and hometown were not released, was driving east on U.S. 12 when a pickup driven by an 83-year-old Sturgis man pulled out in front of the man’s car at White School …

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Vint Being Held For Attempted Murder

An Elkhart, Ind., man was arraigned Monday in Cass County Fourth District Court after he was charged in connection with shooting a 44-year-old Edwardsburg man over the weekend. Kevin Vint, 40, allegedly shot Trevor Claire in a garage at a residence near Edwardsburg midday Sunday. Deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrested Vint at the scene after witnesses identified …

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Woman Injured In Accident

A 19-year-old woman from Vicksburg was injured in a single-car accident Friday in Leonidas Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Danielle Chambers was driving south on Fulton Road around 4:30 p.m. Friday when she lost control of her vehicle on a snow-covered road. Police said Chambers’ vehicle went off the roadway and struck a tree just south of …

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