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Police investigate Sherman Township theft

State police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering complaint that occurred last week in Sherman Township. According to a department media release, two suspects approached a resident in the 27000 block of Featherstone Road. Authorities said the suspects advised they were there to give a quote for roof repairs. One suspect requested that the homeowner follow him to the rear of …

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Sturgis man sentenced in CSC case

A Sturgis man was sentenced to at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. St. Joseph County Circuit Court officials said Semja Laureano, 25, was sentenced earlier this month and could serve a maximum of 15 years. The incident took place in August 2019 at a home in Sturgis and involved a girl under …

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Sturgis woman died in Mendon crash

A 20-year-old Sturgis woman died last week in a two-vehicle accident in Mendon Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Julia Zimmerman died at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 11:40 a.m. Friday on Silver Street, near the intersection of Hampton Road. Investigators said the front, driver’s side tire of a Jeep Wrangler came off the vehicle, …

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MDOT update on US 131 project

Michigan Department of Transportation says road crews assigned to the U.S. 131 reconstruction project will have a short week. With the impending federal holiday coming up this weekend, work crews will suspend operations at 3 p.m. Thursday and not return until July 6. The project will see the Stage 5 traffic pattern continue with two-way traffic on the southbound side …

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Centreville BOE approves budgets

Members of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education approved the district’s 2020-21 general fund, food service and activity fund budgets last week. Monday’s action was highlighted by uncertainty, as the district anticipates a possible pro-rated reduction of $650 in the 2019-20 per-pupil foundation allowance from the state. The district currently receives $8,111 per pupil. If anticipated cuts occur, the …

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Sturgis City Hall reopens

Sturgis City Hall reopened last week but it will maintain limited hours indefinitely. Its hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will continue to remain closed Tuesdays. Anyone visiting city hall should plan to wear a face-covering in compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order. Other changes for the city’s reopening process include electric disconnections …

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Medical provider tests positive for COVID-19

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and Revolution Health PC of Sturgis are notifying anyone who sought care at RHP June 19 to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. One staff member at RHP has tested positive for the virus. Patients who had close contact with a staff member at RHP June 19 and either the patient or staff member were …

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Man arrested during burglary in Leonidas

A Colon man was arrested this week after he was caught burglarizing a Leonidas Township residence. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called Tuesday to the 28000 block of Pleasant Road in response to a burglary in progress. Deputies arrested a 47-year-old suspect. He attempted to steal two firearms and other items, officials said. Investigators said the man broke into …

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Michigan House-Senate “Return to Learn” plan unveiled

State Rep. Aaron Miller, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, has joined house and senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan requires local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their …

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Police investigate Fabius break-in

State police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that occurred earlier this month in Fabius Township. Troopers said the incident occurred at Light and Life Wesleyan Church, in the 15000 block of Hoffman Road. The break-in took place between midnight and 4 a.m. June 16. Numerous items were taken from the building, authorities said.

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