Government

Commissioners support House Bill

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners recently made clear their support for House Bill 5223, which establishes a program of substance-abuse testing as a condition of eligibility for Family Independence program assistance. The measure prohibits recipients of such aid from continuing if they test positive for substance abuse or refuse to comply to the test. Copies of …

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Swan retires

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recently recognized Pat Swan, environmental health clerk in the Coldwater Office. Swan, who was originally hired as a receptionist, has retired after a 27-year career with the three-county agency. Agency officials said Swan wound up spending most of her career taking applications, handling questions and serving as a resource person to clients in need …

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Nominations for Citizens of the Year

The city of Sturgis is accepting nominations for its citizens of the year through Monday next week. Guidelines call for one man and one woman selected for their contributions to the city and its residents. Nominees must be residents of Sturgis for at least three years. Nominations may be dropped off at the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce. Winners will …

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Sturgis Elks recognized

The Sturgis Elks has been recognized for its $900 donation to help the Sturgis Police Department set up a secured deposit box for prescription drugs and other medications. The box is set up in the lobby at the police station and is available for drop off of expired or the balance of unused medication. The box is also suitable for …

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“Walk a Mile” generates donations

Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman said the May 19 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser generated more than $13,000. The event was a benefit for the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services of St. Joseph, Cass and Van Buren counties. Bringman said about 50 people participated in the one-mile walk at Three Rivers High School’s Armstrong Field. Pledges were …

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Road construction in Sturgis

The city of Sturgis on Tuesday started improving West Lafayette Street, between North Centerville Road and Broadus Street, from West Lafayette to Dresser Drive. Milbocker and Sons Inc. of Allegan was awarded the contract and started construction on Broadus Street. West Lafayette will be reconstructed once curb and gutter and base paving is complete on Broadus. The project is expected …

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High speed police chase

Sturgis Police were involved in a high speed chase Tuesday night around 10:30, when an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of South Lakeview and Congress Street for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle fled and led police on a high speed chase into Indiana. The driver eventually lost control of the car and crashed into …

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Man threatens to ignite fire

State Police troopers were dispatched to a rural Sturgis home late Monday afternoon for a 43-year-old suicidal man who had reportedly doused his home with lighter fluid. His 39-year-old wife reported the incident at the home, located in the 70000 block of Bauman Road, after the man sprayed lighter fluid on the floor and their 20-year-old son, then threatened to …

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Man arrested for intent to assault wife

A 31-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested for solicitation with intent to assault his pregnant wife, to cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. According to Three Rivers Police, a man in early May told officers the suspect wanted to hire him to assault his pregnant wife and cause her to have a miscarriage. Numerous meetings were recorded between the two, police …

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State police assisting Sturgis police

Investigators from the Michigan State Police at White Pigeon post are assisting Sturgis Police in a case involving the theft of catalytic converters from five vehicles parked overnight at two locations in the city and one in Sturgis Township. The incidents occurred between May 22 and 24 in the 1100 block of West Chicago Road, 1600 block of South Centerville …

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