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Items stolen from residence

Weapons and jewelry were stolen from a Fabius Township residence last week. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, someone broke into a residence in the 12300 block of Hillside Drive between Tuesday and Thursday. Access was gained through a garage door. Four firearms and three diamond rings were stolen during the break-in deputies said.

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Roberts sentenced

A Three Rivers man will serve more than four months in jail after he was sentenced for embezzling funds from the Three Rivers Little League. Clint Roberts, who was found to have taken more than $14,000 from the league’s account while managing its finances, was sentenced earlier this month by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman to serve 4 1/2 months …

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Kazoo man is sentenced

A 48-year-old man has received the mandatory sentence of life without parole for first-degree murder in the 2010 gun slaying of a man in the victim’s Kalamazoo front yard. Police found the body of 38-year-old Joseph A. Salib on Oct. 3, 2010. Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Pamela L. Lightvoet sentenced Randy P. Smith on Monday, also giving him life for …

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Man cited for crash

A Three Rivers man was cited for failure to yield after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident last week. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, Larry McNair, 49, turned left from Main Street onto Michigan Avenue when he was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Jennifer Hertsel, 30, of Three Rivers. She was treated for undisclosed injuries …

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Man assaulted in Sturgis

Sturgis Police were dispatched to the corner of Farwell and Lockwood early Sunday for an assault. A man was found lying on the ground bleeding heavily from several places on his head and face. The victim had been struck in the face and head by a piece of asphalt and then kicked several times in the head after he fell …

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Sheriff investigating crash

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the suspect in a hit-and-run incident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Constantine Township. Department officials said Centreville resident Steven Bontrager, 41, was driving south on U.S. 131, when an eastbound pickup on Stears Road failed to stop at the intersection and struck the driver’s side door of Bontrager’s vehicle. …

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Daycare fraud in Kalamazoo

Officials say a woman who owns a child care center bilked the state government out of almost half-a-million dollars. Catherine Taylor owns Kiddy Care Kingdom Daycare in Kalamazoo. Prosecutors say over a four-year period, she billed the Department of Human Services for child care she didn’t provide to the tune of 440-thousand dollars. Earlier this week, the 58-year old Taylor …

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Woman staged all-day protest

A woman believed to be in her 20s staged an all-day protest Wednesday related to tree-clearing in Cass County’s Newburg Township. After nearly 10 hours on a plywood platform about 40 feet up a tree, the woman came down around 6:30 p.m. Her descent came after lengthy negotiations that involved the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. …

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Crash victim is identified

Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies have identified a person critically injured in a Monday night traffic crash as a woman linked to multi-state crime and murder spree 50 years ago. Police say 70-year-old Caril Ann Fugate Clair was injured in a single-vehicle accident on northbound I-69 near Old 27 in Tekonsha Township. She is currently a patient at Bronson Methodist …

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Man arrested for theft

A 32-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested last weekend after he was caught attempting to steal money from a company break room. According to a Three Rivers Police Department press release, the man was caught at 2:40 a.m. Saturday at Armstrong Machine Works. Company officials said they believe the man was responsible for three previous thefts of cash from the …

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