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Two injured in motorcycle crash

A Constantine man and Sturgis woman were injured after being thrown from the motorcycle on which they were riding over the weekend in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday to an area on Mason Road, just east of Calvin Center. Authorities said a motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Adrain Black of …

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Car windows damaged in Burr Oak

Sheriff’s deputies responded last week to a report of malicious destruction of property in the village of Burr Oak. The incident occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday in the 200 block of Clinton Street. Investigators said windows to a vehicle parked outside a business were damaged.

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Coronavirus testing offered

The first of a two-day coronavirus testing drew in excess of 200 people Saturday to Sturgis. Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, helped organize the event. She said she would like to see more people participate, especially from the west side of the county. Testing was offered to Michigan residents age 18 and up. Burns …

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US 131 reconstruction update

Michigan Department of Transportation has provided a weekly update on its work related to the U.S. 131 redevelopment project. MDOT said Stage 5 traffic pattern continues, with all traffic using a single lane in the southbound side of the highway. Some utility relocation through the length of the project will continue this week. Meanwhile, West Michigan Avenue paving is complete …

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Teen injured in Cass County crash

A teen from the community of Jones was injured last week in a single-vehicle accident in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were dispatched shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to a location on U.S. 12, just east of South River Road. Emergency personnel found that a vehicle driven by Justin Rose, 17, had left the roadway and …

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Police receiving reports of unemployment fraud

Michigan State Police, county and local agencies have been receiving calls from citizens related to unemployment fraud. According to state police officials, many businesses are receiving unemployment claims for employees who are not seeking unemployment benefits. A police report is not required for this type of claim. The employee may report the fraud through the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency website …

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Four arrested on drug charges

Four people were arrested on drug-related offenses last week in White Pigeon Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called Wednesday to a residence in the 68000 block of Edgewater Beach Road. A citizen’s tip reported suspected narcotics activity taking place at the residence. Deputies arrived and observed subjects allegedly using narcotics. The residence was secured and deputies subsequently obtained …

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Whitmer: Salons open June 15; northern Michigan restarts sooner

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that barbershops and other personal-care businesses can reopen across Michigan on June 15, while those businesses and places like gyms and movie theaters that were shut down for months to curb the coronavirus can restart in northern Michigan next week. Also, the state health department for the first time began reporting probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, not …

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Emergency Services Director updates county commission

St. Joseph County Emergency Services Director Erin Goff said the agency is transitioning from “very active” to more of a supportive role. Goff provided the update during Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. In addition, Goff noted that the agency has fielded an extraordinary number of requests for personal protective equipment. The requests have come from daycare centers, …

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Centreville plans gift card match program

Centreville Downtown Development Authority has committed $5,000 toward a gift-card promotion that saw great success in Sturgis and Three Rivers last month. DDA officials announced plans to match a $25 gift certificate purchased to a non- franchise, non-chain retail business in the DDA district. Pattie Bender, program manager for Centreville DDA, said the promotion will provide a financial boost when …

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