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Five arrested for drug activity

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit arrested five people Tuesday night after following up on a tip regarding suspected drug activity in a Three Rivers trailer park. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, complaints of frequent traffic at the residence on 14th Street led SCAN unit members to execute a search warrant. Three males and two females, …

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County Board approves fiscal year budget

With little fanfare, members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the county’s 2013 fiscal year budget. The $28.8 million budget goes into effect Jan. 1. It is more than $780,000 less than the 2012 fiscal-year budget, thanks in part to a lower-than-expected allocation sought by the St. Joseph County Road Commission. According to a breakdown of …

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Woman rolls car over

A 17-year-old Three Rivers woman was treated for minor injuries following a single-vehicle accident at 3 p.m. Monday in Fabius Township. According to the St Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, the woman was driving south on U.S. 131 when she lost control of her vehicle due to a wet roadway around Hoffman Road. The vehicle went into a ditch and rolled …

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Portage student is tasered

A Kalamazoo area high school student is behind bars after he threatened a police officer with a knife Monday afternoon. Police say that an officer at Portage Northern High School was called to assist administrators after the 17-year-old student showed threatening behavior. When the officer attempted to approach the student, police say he pulled a knife. The officer used his taser to …

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Girl hurt in accident

A 16-year-old Colon resident was treated for minor injuries following a one-car accident Sunday in Colon Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Heather Avery was driving north on Kane Road when she lost control of her vehicle and it rolled over. The incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. on a gravel road and near the intersection of Decker Road.

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Man slightly injured after crash

A Three Rivers man was slightly injured after he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car last week in Park Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, 30-year-old James Moore was driving west on M-60 when his vehicle exited the roadway west of Heimbach Road and struck several mailboxes and trees. The vehicle sustained heavy damage …

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Salesman stole contents of purse

A vacuum-cleaner salesman stole the contents of a purse belonging to a Nottawa Township woman Friday. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a clean-cut black man in his 20s was allowed inside the residence to conduct a demonstration. While inside, he asked to use the bathroom and stole the purse from an adjacent room. Once in the bathroom, he …

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Police investigating phone-fraud scam

Troopers from the White Pigeon detachment of the Michigan State Police were called Thursday to a Leonidas Township residence to investigate a telephone-fraud scam. According to a department press release, an 80-year-old woman said she was contacted by someone claiming to be her granddaughter. The alleged granddaughter said she was arrested in Mexico City and needed $1,800 wired to her …

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Cook says goodbye

Co-workers gathered Friday to say goodbye to a longtime employee at the St. Joseph County Central Dispatch agency in Centreville. Susan Cook, who has worked for the Centreville-based department for more than 20 years, was the recipient of numerous well-wishers from police and fire agencies throughout the county, as she is retiring. Cook said the biggest changes she has seen …

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Drugs found in car

An undisclosed amount of heroin and prescription drugs were found in a vehicle stopped Tuesday on U.S. 131. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said four Grand Rapids residents were in a southbound vehicle stopped near Arnold Street in Three Rivers. A motorist had informed central dispatch it appeared the driver may have been intoxicated. Three Rivers Police initiated the …

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