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Two In Custody For Theft

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has identified two men responsible for the theft of about $4,000 worth of electronic items and other merchandise at the Sturgis Walmart. Police said Sturgis resident Samuel Stidams, 31, and Matthew Stidams, 30, of Bronson, were arrested following a joint investigation between the Sturgis Department of Public Safety, and sheriff’s departments in St. Joseph …

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Man Impersonating Police Officer

Investigators with the Michigan State Police at White Pigeon are looking into separate cases of a man using a red light atop his vehicle to pull over and approach women alone in their cars. Twice on Saturday, women were pulled over by the suspect. One incident took place on U.S. 131 at Gleason Road in Fabius Township and the other …

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Two Arrested For Retail Fraud

Two men in their early 30s were arrested Monday following a month-long investigation into several incidents of retail fraud at the Sturgis Walmart. The two men, whose names and hometowns were not released, entered the store on three occasions and stole about $4,000 worth of electronic items. Walmart security noticed the suspects entering the store Monday and detained the two …

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Stewart Case To Be Televised

TruTV, a cable television network that focuses on high-profile court cases, is airing the trial of Venus Stewart’s estranged husband, Doug Stewart, on its “In Session” program. Doug Stewart was sentenced in July to life in prison despite the fact the body of his estranged wife was never found. He was convicted in March of first-degree premeditated murder for his …

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Sturgis: No Vehicles On Streets

The weekend’s snowstorm serves as a reminder that a snow emergency in the city of Sturgis goes into effect when accumulation reaches four inches or more. During a snow emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets. The measure is put into place to allow snow-removal trucks to clear the streets and treat icy patches without interference from vehicles …

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Police Investigate a Break-In

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded early Thursday last week to an alarm at Klinger Lake Trading Post, at the corner of U.S. 12 and Klinger Lake Road in White Pigeon Township. Officials said the alarm sounded at 3 a.m. Upon arrival, deputies noticed a break-in had occurred but it appears the suspects fled the scene when the store’s …

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Police impersonator is sought

State Police are investigating two incidents involving a police impersonator Saturday evening. The first incident was reported by a woman who was pulled over by the impersonator on US-131 at Gleason Road on the southwest side of Three Rivers. After giving the man her drivers license, he attempted to open her car door. The woman then took off, leaving her …

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Sturgis To Get New Vehicles

The city of Sturgis will have a fleet of five new vehicles, following action taken recently by members of the city commission. The new vehicles and departments to which they will be assigned are a Ford Focus for the electric department; two Dodge Charger vehicles for the police department; a pickup for the wastewater department and a mower to be …

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Tolbert Arrested For Shooting

Four firearms-related charges have been filed against a Flowerfield Township woman who allegedly shot her husband in the upper torso Monday night. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials said Connie Tolbert, 54, was taken into custody after she allegedly shot her husband, 52-year-old Darryl Tolbert, at their residence. He is the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Three Rivers. His …

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Fatal pedestrian accident in Sturgis

A pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident in Sturgis early Tuesday evening. When police arrived on scene in the 1100 block of North Nottawa Street, they found the victim, 64-year-old Gary Kryzaniak, lying unresponsive in the roadway. Witnesses were unable to revive the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Further details are pending.

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