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Manslaughter charge dropped

A charge of manslaughter was dropped against a 40-year-old Three Rivers man involved in the explosion of a methamphetamine lab last fall. St. Joseph County prosecutor John McDonough said Frank Pauwee will not seek the charge, as an investigation into the case has concluded and McDonough said he did not find reasonable grounds to pursue the charges. Police identified Pauwee …

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Vets to receive special designation

Members of the Michigan House approved legislation allowing veterans to receive a special designation on their driver’s license or state ID cards, state Rep. Matt Lori announced Thursday. With more than 650,000 veterans living in Michigan, Lori anticipates the legislation will keep veterans from having to secure paperwork to prove their military service. Lori, a Constantine-area resident, said veterans deserve …

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Injury from accident

An injury accident was reported to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department at 3:30 P.M. Tuesday in Leonidas Township. The one-car accident occurred on Blossom Road, east of Case Road. Investigators said a 16-year-old female was driving west on Blossom Road and lost control as a result of snowy road conditions. The vehicle went off the roadway, striking several trees …

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CMH clients appeal

Despite the lack of a quorum at Tuesday’s monthly Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County meeting, a group of about a dozen adults with developmental disabilities showed up to question a reduction in the hours of service they receive from the agency. It marks the second consecutive month CMH clients have attended the monthly board …

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Walk for Warmth successful

Saturday’s 28th Walk for Warmth event raised more than $5,400. Organizers of the annual fundraiser said they are optimistic additional donations will help reach their goal of $8,000. Nearly two dozen people took part in the event, which was a one-mile walk in Three Rivers. The walk is a symbolic gesture to bring attention to people whose financial state puts …

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Sheriff selling 911 mailbox signs

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is once again selling 9-1-1 mailbox address signs. The signs are 6-by-17 1/2 inches and are green with reflective, 3-inch numbers on both sides. Numbers may be placed vertically or horizontally. Cost per sign is $15.50 and proceeds are used by the Explorer Scout Post for uniforms and educational training. Phone orders may be …

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Man injured in accident

Troopers from the Michigan State Police White Pigeon detachment were summoned at 8 a.m. Wednesday to Constantine Township regarding an injury accident. According to a department media release, a semi-tractor trailer driven by a 47-year-old Middlebury man was northbound on U.S. 131 when icy roads caused him to lose control of the rig. The truck traveled across the roadway and …

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Sheriff investigating destruction of property

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month was called to a destruction of property incident at a Fabius Township residence. The Feb. 10 investigation took place in the 11300 block of Elizabeth Drive, where peanut butter and Vaseline were spread on the windows, doors and outer fixtures of the residence. In addition, a telephone line to the residence …

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Driving while intoxicated

A 59-year-old Three Rivers man was charged with operating while intoxicated after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident Monday in Fabius Township. The man, whose name was not released pending arraignment, sustained minor injuries after his Jeep rolled over at 1 p.m. on Coon Hollow Road, between East Clear Lake and Stoldt roads. There were no passengers in the …

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Man sentenced

A 38-year-old St. Joseph County man was sentenced to serve up to 70 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutor John McDonough said charges against Mendon Township resident David Mathews involved two teenage girls, one of them a family member. Mathews was sentenced Friday in 45th Circuit Court in Centreville. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree …

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