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Commission considering the purchase of a dog

The purchase of a trained dog to be used for therapeutic and calming purposes is being considered by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The potential action is based on an agreement with Linda Baker, victims’ rights coordinator who works for the county prosecutor’s office. Baker said three other counties in the state have dogs used for victims or …

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Roberts turns himself in

The former president of the Three Rivers Little League has turned himself in to authorities after he was suspected of stealing funds from the league’s coffers. Clint Roberts, 37, a Lockport Township resident, was arraigned before District Court Judge Jeff Middleton last week on a charge of embezzlement less than $20,000. Parents of Little League players became suspicious of Roberts …

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Five arrested for meth related charges

Five people were charged with methamphetamine-related offenses following a police raid Monday at a residence in Sturgis. Sheriff Brad Balk said members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit acted on a tip regarding the production of meth at a residence in the 300 block of South Jefferson Street. A search warrant was executed and SCAN unit members found …

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Breaking-and-entering incident

The St Joseph County Sheriff Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place earlier this week at a business in Nottawa Township. Sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, someone broke into to El Ken Kamp store, at 56607 Angevine Road, by shattering a side window. An undisclosed amount of cigarettes, alcohol and cash were taken from …

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Log splitter stolen

A log splitter was reported stolen from a Lockport Township pole barn. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the TSC large-log splitter was stolen between Nov. 9 and 16 from a location in the 16000 block of Fairchild Road. The splitter is described as having a silver frame, a 12-horsepower engine and a 32-ton cylinder on an axle with …

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Home-invasion incident

Sheriff Brad Balk said deputies were summoned to a home-invasion incident at 3:22 a.m. Saturday in White Pigeon Township. According to a sheriff’s department media release, the incident took place in the 68000 block of Sevison Road. A white male wearing a green coat, jeans and stocking cap had broken a glass door to gain entry into the residence. He …

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“Operation Verify” campaign

“Operation Verify,” a three-week campaign recently conducted by the Michigan State Police and local agencies, confirmed 89 percent of the county’s sex offenders are in compliance with proper registration of their residence. According to a MSP media release, 328 of the county’s 367 registered sex offenders who are not homeless or incarcerated have been checked and verified as accurate. Another …

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Cass County murder trial on hold

The murder trial for a man believed to have killed a southwest Michigan couple more than two and a half years ago has been put on hold.  A Cass County judge has agreed to a defense request that 28-year old Keith Lintz undergo an exam to determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial. Defense Attorney Greg Feldman says Lintz …

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Search for man successful

An exhaustive search for a Flowerfield Township man yielded a successful result earlier this week. The 73-year-old man had been outside for about 18 hours before he was discovered around 4 p.m. Tuesday. St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk said Robert L. Woods was found in a field in Cass County, less than two miles from his residence off Dutch …

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Police investigating breaking-and-entering

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are looking into a pair of breaking-and-entering incidents in Colon Township. The matter was brought to the attention of the sheriff’s department Monday after the break-ins were discovered at locations on Brandt Road, near Farrand Road. Two seasonal cabins were entered and ransacked. Investigators said all breakable objects were destroyed, photographs were …

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