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Miller introduces bill to update counseling laws

State Rep. Aaron Miller has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules. This measure would be the first update to this …

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Three Rivers man arrested on drug charges

An investigation over the weekend led to the arrest of a 42-year-old Three Rivers man on drug-related charges. St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies obtained a search warrant for a home in the 61000 block of Youngman Road in Fabius Township. About 4 p.m. Saturday, police found methamphetamine, cocaine, other synthetic drugs, and items used in the distribution and sale of …

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Arrest made in fatal crash case

Allan J. Mann, 31, was arrested last Tuesday in Centreville, in connection with a fatal crash last year. According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office, Mann was charged with driving while intoxicated causing serious injury and two counts operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death. The incident occurred in July 2018, …

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Sentencing scheduled for Sturgis man

A Sturgis man was found guilty Wednesday by a Cass County jury of assault with intent to do bodily harm and felonious assault. Michael Johnson, 42, will be sentenced April 5 by Cass County Circuit Court Judge Mark Herman. Johnson was found not guilty on a third count of assault with intent to murder. During the trial, Cass County chief …

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DHHS seeks donations for Easter egg hunt

The Department of Health and Human Services of St. Joseph County is issuing an appeal to the public for donations to support its annual Easter egg hunt. This year’s event takes place next month and will be hosted by Glen Oaks Community College. Agency representative Jan Reed said donations from the public have historically helped make the event a success …

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Hydroelectric plant inspections planned

Officials from Indiana Michigan Power will begin lowering the water level of the headrace canal at the Constantine hydroelectric plant today. The Constantine headrace canal at the hydroelectric plant will be lowered 11-feet to allow I&M to perform routine inspections. The drawdown will not impact water levels of the St. Joseph River. The public may notice an increase in traffic …

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Health officials helping determine cause of bacteria contamination

The Branch-Hillsdale-St Joseph Community Health Agency is receiving support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in its investigation of a nursing care facility’s water system that tested positive for Legionella bacteria contamination. The case was made public last week. Health officials said there was one confirmed case of Legionellosis associated with the facility, which is not being identified until …

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One person injured in crash

An Ypsilanti woman was injured Sunday morning at 5:45 in a single vehicle crash on M-60 just west of Jones near Timberlane Drive. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Katharine Aris, age 50, was driving a semi-tractor trailer rig eastbound when her vehicle crashed on the south side of the road, spilling approximately 100 gallons of fuel and oil. …

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Benson wants election changes after approval of voting law

New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging lawmakers to let absentee ballots be counted before Election Day and to make other changes following the passage of a ballot initiative that expanded voting options in Michigan. The Democrat says the number of absentee ballots is expected to increase significantly now that people can vote absentee for any reason. She wants …

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Friday night scores

Girl’s Basketball: Edwardsburg 56,  Three Rivers 42 Mendon 45,  Decatur 26 Centreville 61,  Constantine 48

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