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Two arrest for armed robbery

Two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a Sturgis convenience store were taken into custody by Sheriff’s Department deputies Friday. The men, whose names and community of residence were not indicated in a department press release, were arrested following a 12:30 a.m. incident Friday at a business in the 400 block of North Nottawa Street. A subsequent investigation led …

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Enhanced Narcotics Unit makes first arrest

The first arrest made by the enhanced St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit was made in the city of Sturgis this week. A 42-year-old man was arrested following a raid at his residence in the 700 block of Lancashire Drive. The arrest completes an investigation of several months and was made by the SCAN unit, which was recently expanded to …

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Accident causes injuries

A two-car accident Monday afternoon east of Centreville resulted in a local woman and two children seeking medical treatment. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’ Department, a 31-year-old Sturgis woman was driving east on M-86 when her vehicle was struck by an 80-year-old White Pigeon woman shortly after 3 p.m. The White Pigeon woman was attempting to turn west …

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Board approves contracts

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioner have approved a pair of three-year contracts affecting 13 employees. Nine employees with the District Court Association and four staff members under the Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Sergeant Unit received new contracts by commissioners last week. Employees in both unions will see wage increases of 2 percent in 2013 and …

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Man sentenced

A Three Rivers man who sought having his wife attacked in order to lose her unborn baby was sentenced last week to at least a year-and-a-half in prison. Todd Maddux, 32, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman for offering $300 to have his wife assaulted so she would lose his baby she was carrying. The plan, which was …

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Armed robbery

An armed robbery was reported at 11:42 p.m. Sunday at the Shell station on South Main Street in Three Rivers. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, a black male wearing a hoodie and dark jeans showed a gun and ordered an employee to open the cash register drawer. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. …

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Woman airlifted to Borgess

A single-car accident early Sunday morning in Colon Township resulted in two Three Rivers residents seeking medical attention. Officials from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 30-year-old Matthew Smith was driving west on Colon Road and lost control of the vehicle. Investigators said it appears Smith was driving at an excessively high rate of speed before the vehicle left …

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Sheriff investigating property damage

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a complaint of a brick thrown through a window at a vacant residence in Centreville. According to a department media release, the property-damage incident took place between Oct. 1 and 4 in the 100 block of North Jane Street.

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Enhanced drug-investigating division

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has agreed to move forward on a plan to enhance a drug-investigation division of the sheriff’s department. With the cities of Sturgis and Three Rivers agreeing to pledge their support, commissioners signed off on financially backing the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit. Spearheaded by Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite, the initiative will involve training …

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Lentz receives award

A veteran officer with the Sturgis Police Department was announced the recipient of the fourth annual Mike Scott Investigator of the Year award. Patrolman Bill Lentz, who joined the Sturgis force in August 1987, was presented the award by Prosecutor John McDonough during Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. The 54-year-old Lentz was recognized for his role in …

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