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Out-of-state travel request

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an out-of-state travel request for two employees. According to a memo from Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite, deputies Tim Barnes and Brandon Dahl will attend a Drug Enforcement Agency “Clan Lab” state and local certification school April 16-20 at the FBI training center in Virginia. The invitation-only class was offered to the …

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Water plant discharge of biosolids

The Three Rivers Clean Water Plant experienced a discharge of biosolids from the treated storage tank early Wednesday. The discharge volume, which was estimated at 600 gallons, entered the St. Joseph River through the Lincoln Street storm drains. Crews responded immediately to stop the discharge and to clean the street. Plant officials said water samples will be taken from the …

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Several Meth Labs Found

Sturgis police joined members of the Southwest Enforcement Team in uncovering hazardous waste from several methamphetamine laboratories Tuesday night at a residence in Sturgis. Sturgis police said a search warrant was executed for a 207 S. Maple St., a residence raided for drug-related activity in 2008, police said. The residence was vacant when it was entered Tuesday. A specially trained …

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Police looking for Criddle and Williams

Investigators with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help in locating two potential suspects related to an armed robbery and home invasion incident last week. According to a sheriff’s department press release, Justin Shawn Criddle and Timothy Bryce Williams are persons of interest. The two may have been involved in an incident Tuesday morning at …

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Baker is resigning

Three Rivers City Commission member Ken Baker has announced he will be resigning from the position next week. Baker, 70, cited his health as the reason for his impending resignation, which will become official Monday. Baker said he discussed the situation with his family and his doctor, and concluded it would be in his and the city’s best interest that …

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Meth explosion

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to an explosion shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 23000 block of West U.S. 12 in Sturgis Township. Upon arrival to the apartment unit, investigators found the explosion was triggered by a methamphetamine lab. The complex was evacuated while the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics Unit responded and removed the …

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Residents assaulted by three men

Two Fabius Township residents were assaulted by three men following an incident Tuesday morning. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a woman knocked on the front door of a residence in the 13000 block of Mohney Lake Road shortly after 7 a.m. and told the resident that her vehicle broke down. When one of the occupants went outside …

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Two women charged with meth-related offenses

A Fabius Township woman was one of two people charged with meth-related offenses late Monday. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said deputies went to a residence in the 14000 block of Bullock Road in search of Christon Vallier. Vallier was wanted on three warrants from Kalamazoo County. Vallier and 47-year-old Dawn Baumfeld were charged with maintaining and operating a …

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Relay for Life gets boost

The Three Rivers Relay for Life was given a financial boost recently, thanks to Kadant Johnson. The Three Rivers-based company last weekend hosted its second annual Hoops for Hope, 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Seventeen teams combined to raise more than $2,300 for the local Relay for Life program.

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Another Meth Arrest

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department arrested two men last weekend after they were found to be manufacturing methamphetamine on an island in the St. Joseph River. The men, whose ages and hometowns were not included in a sheriff’s department news release, were arrested at a boat launch in Mottville Saturday after they came ashore from an island downriver. A …

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