Health and Wellness

Chemicals found on roadway

An item used in the process of producing methamphetamine was discovered last week on a Burr Oak Township roadway. Michigan State Police said a call was received around 8 p.m. Friday regarding a so-called gas generator on Big Hill Road at Witt Lake Road. The device is described as a 1.5-liter plastic Pepsi bottle with a rubber hose attached to …

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Highway cleanup begins

The first session of the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of 2013 begins Saturday. Overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Adopt-A-Highway involves volunteers picking up litter along state highways from April 13 to 21, the first of three scheduled pickups this year. In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups collected about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million. …

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Break-in at residence

Electronics and jewelry were among items taken during a daytime break-in at a residence in Park Township. State Police personnel are investigating the Tuesday incident, which occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at a residence in the 55000 block of Wilbur Road. Access was gained to the residence by forced entry. MSP officials suggest checking to see doors and …

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Morris sentenced

A deputy from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced to probation for stealing prescription medicine from the jail while on duty. Stephen Morris, 39, was placed on probation for one year, as ordered Monday by Van Buren County Circuit Judge Kathleen Brickley. Morris, a Fulton resident, pleaded to two counts of larceny of more than $200 but less …

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Two-car crash

A vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Union woman was broadsided in a two-car crash at 9 p.m. Sunday in Park Township. State Police investigators said the incident occurred at Michigan Avenue and Parkville Road, where Scotts resident Daniel Shankleton, 17, failed to stop on Parkville Road at the Michigan Avenue intersection. His vehicle struck a car driven by Kristine Nichols. …

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Meth lab found

Remnants of a meth lab were found last week along a rural road in Flowerfield Township. Michigan State Police troopers were alerted to the debris around 8 p.m. Thursday in the 53000 block of Delong Road. A resident told investigators he noticed trash bags dumped into a nearby stream, but snagged by a fallen tree. The resident discovered the meth …

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Two teens arrested for drugs

Two teenagers were taken into police custody after a Three Rivers Police Department canine unit found drugs in their vehicle. According to a department media release, a 19-year-old Kalamazoo man and his 16-year-old passenger were stopped Thursday at North Main and Moore streets following a traffic violation. An officer had reason to believe narcotics were in the vehicle and was …

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Grant awarded to Conservation District

The St. Joseph County Conservation District received confirmation of its annual allocation for river clean-up projects. Provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission, the $2,750 grant awarded to the Centreville-based organization will allow it to fund transportation and materials necessary during seven river and river bank clean-up events this summer. The first is slated …

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Five arrested for meth

Five people were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday following a raid of a Centreville apartment. The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit followed up on a tip that meth was being produced in an apartment at 327 N. Dean St. A search warrant executed at 5:30 p.m. led officers to an active meth lab. Arrested were two men, ages 41 …

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Flushing hydrants

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services announced it will be flushing hydrants starting April 15 and should continue through the end of the month. The flushing will take place weeknights over a six-hour period starting at 11 p.m. Department officials said some residences may notice rusty water during the flushing process.

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