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Man injured in single vehicle crash

Two White Pigeon men were involved in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday in White Pigeon Township. State police said Christopher Shuman, 19, was driving westbound around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday on Indian Prairie Road when he lost control of his SUV, crossed over the centerline and off the roadway. In correcting the situation, Shuman returned to the proper lane but the vehicle …

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Safe sleep for infants

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law requiring hospitals to give materials to new parents about safe sleeping practices for infants. The governor signed the measure Wednesday while being joined by families of infants who died because of unsafe sleep. The law requires hospitals to prescribe a parental acknowledgment form for safe sleep information and to put it in …

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Two charged with drug-related offenses

Two Sturgis men were charged with drug-related offenses after the vehicle they were in was stopped by state police last week in Sherman Township. According to a department media release, the vehicle was stopped around 10 p.m. Friday on Balk Road, not far from Featherstone Road, for defective exhaust. Troopers noticed meth-making ingredients, which they verified after being given consent …

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Task force recognized

St. Joseph County’s Access to Care task force has been recognized as a Home Town hero by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The award is granted to individuals and groups who have worked above and beyond to improve the public’s health. Agency health officer Steve Todd and Three Rivers Health CEO Bill Russell received the award for the task …

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Three hospitalized after crash

Three people were hospitalized following a hit-and-run accident last weekend in Cass County’s Penn Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said 49-year-old Delbert Raeder of Elkhart was driving east on M-60 around 3 p.m. Sunday, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a newer-model pickup. The force of the contact pushed Raeder’s vehicle off the roadway and into the front deck of …

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services of St. Joseph County has announced its third annual fundraiser will take place May 17. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” begins at 10 a.m. at Three Rivers High School. Participants are asked to secure ledges for walking at least one lap around the school’s track. Though not a requirement, men are encouraged to …

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Man injured in crash

A single-vehicle accident in Cass County this week resulted in injuries to a 19-year-old Marcellus man. Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said his office was called Tuesday to investigate a personal-injury crash in Penn Township. The victim, Jacob High, was southbound on Ely Road, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  High was transported by ambulance to …

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Three arrested for meth

Three people were arrested Wednesday in Flowerfield Township on methamphetamine-related charges. Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed two search warrants on Floating Bridge Road, which culminated a several-week investigation. The search warrant was for the arrest of a wanted fugitive. The fugitive, a 19-year-old Indiana resident, was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Sturgis …

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Venus Foundation wants to build shelter

The mother of a Colon-area murder victim is looking to open a domestic-violence shelter in Sturgis. Therese McComb, mother of Venus Stewart and founder of the Venus Foundation, is seeking property on which to locate the shelter. McComb said she is in search of a donation of land or funds to construct the shelter. McComb said the 50 percent of …

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County officials request new units

St. Joseph County officials acknowledged a grant-application request from the sheriff’s department for preliminary-breath-test units. During Thursday’s executive committee meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said law enforcement agencies in the county use the PBT units to assist deputies with drivers suspected of being intoxicated or impaired. Time and usage has resulted in a need for new units. Committee members agreed …

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