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New County Treasurer

The position of St. Joseph County treasurer was made official Friday during a brief ceremony, when County Clerk Pattie Bender officiated a swearing-in ceremony for Judie Ratering. A 52-year-old Park Township resident, Ratering succeeds Phyllis Bainbridge, who retired last week due to health reasons. Her remaining term, which runs through the end of the year, will be filled by Ratering. …

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Four Arrested For Unarmed Robbery

Four people who allegedly assaulted and stole four pizzas from a delivery driver last week were arraigned in St. Joseph County District Court Thursday. According to Three Rivers Police and St. Joseph County court officials, charged with one count of unarmed robbery are Three Rivers residents David Compean, 19; Tyler J. White, 17; and 18-year-olds Jerrica Homan and Darrin Tullos. …

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Award To State Police Officer

A Michigan State Police investigator formerly assigned to the agency’s post in White Pigeon was recognized for his work in a high-profile murder case. Aaron Steensma was given MSP’s Meritorious Service Award during a ceremony last week in Lansing. The award was issued for Steensma’s work in the case of Colon-area resident Venus Stewart, whose estranged husband, Doug, was sentenced …

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Four Arrested For Meth

The Sturgis Department of Public Safety took four Sturgis residents into custody after raiding a house where production of methamphetamine was allegedly taking place. The four people arrested range in age from 18 to 57. Police said they executed a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 400 block of Walker Street. Arrested were: a 57-year-old …

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Johnson New Police Officer

The Burr Oak Village Council this week hired a part-time police officer. The employment of Sturgis resident Steve Johnson, 44, became effective Wednesday. Pay for his anticipated 20 to 25 hours of work per week is still being negotiated by the village council. Johnson also works as a public safety officer in Benton Harbor and as a member of Tri-Township …

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New Drug Prevention Program

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 o’clock Monday morning by St. Joseph County Probate Court Judge Tom Shumaker regarding a new, proactive drug prevention and educational program centering on St. Joseph County’s teen population. The program is a collaboration between St. Joseph County police agencies, in partnership with the Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile Court, Community Mental Health Substance Abuse …

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Theft Of Copper Wires

Work on a 23-mile transmission line between Branch County and a substation in Mendon Township has hit a snag with the theft of copper wires used in the project. The incident took place at a work site off North Snow Prairie Road in northwestern Branch County either Jan. 21 or 22. Sheriff’s Department officials in Branch County said copper wires …

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Missing girl has been found

On January 31st at approximately 6:00 pm, Keshierra “Kiki” Buckley was reported missing. She had been missing from her home since Monday morning, January 30th. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department reports that she was found on Wednesday in the Three Rivers area in good health.

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Road Closed For Construction

The city of Sturgis has announced that railroad work beginning next week on West Chicago Road will close a section of the city’s most heavily traveled east-west roadway. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be conducting repairs on the railroad crossing starting Monday. The work will close U.S. 12 to thru traffic east of Jacob Street and west of Jefferson …

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Strong arm robbery

County sheriff’s deputies investigated the robbery of a Pizza Hut delivery person late Tuesday night. The incident occurred in the area of Wilbur and Null Roads in Lockport Township. The suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later on North Main Street in Three Rivers. Four suspects were taken into custody.

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