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Police investigate Branch County break-in

State police investigators are looking into a breaking-and-entering incident at a Branch County residence. The break-in occurred between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2 at a residence on Shawnee Drive in Kinderhook Township. Home surveillance captured the images of a white female and a white male suspect inside the residence. Multiple items were stolen, including two small safes, jewelry, a .31-caliber …

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Anonymous donor pays school lunch accounts

Some families with students at Mendon Elementary School received good news just before the district went on its winter break in December. District officials said someone who was described as a Secret Santa paid off every delinquent lunch account at the school. The gesture by the anonymous person wiped out $798 in collective lunchroom debt. District officials said because of …

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Sheriff’s deputy dragged by car

A sheriff’s deputy was not injured after he was dragged some distance by the driver of a car trying to escape from law-enforcement officers over the weekend in the village of Constantine. Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett said an officer from his department stopped a vehicle for a plate violation shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of …

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Rural Three Rivers woman locked out of home, dies in cold

A 90-year-old Fabius Township woman died last week after she was locked out of her house and froze to death. Authorities said the body of Ada Salna was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of her home on Kurzeme Road, in the vicinity of Long Lake. Pathologist Joyce deJong said Salna died of hypothermia. Investigators said Salna had …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Sturgis man was arrested last week on a drug-related offense following a traffic stop in Sturgis. According to a department media release, officers stopped a vehicle for an undisclosed violation at 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of East Chicago Road. Officers noticed the 32-year-old driver was in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with possession …

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Mendon village manager seat remains open

The village of Mendon is weighing its options in terms of how to proceed with its vacant village manager’s position. Longtime village manager John Hyden retired in June and the village since then has relied on chief of police Dan Kennedy initially and now former village council member Kirk Spence to oversee the role. Spence said he has held the …

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Artists Guild welcomes 2 new members

The Three Rivers Artists Guild has added two new members following a five-member artists jury review of the artwork of the two applicants last weekend. The artists, Ann Barnhart and Denise Hiestand, were subsequently voted to join the Guild. Barnhart, an emerging artist in Kalamazoo and Hiestand, a Jones resident, displayed their artwork and explained their background, ideas and artistic …

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Board chairman lays out next steps for Sturgis Hospital

More information regarding Sturgis Hospital’s next course of action following Monday’s dismissal of Rob LaBarge as CEO has been provided by John Mayer, chairman of the hospital board. Mayer will oversee daily operations until an interim leader can be found and he has offered to serve in the role without compensation. He said the board will first seek a purchaser …

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Wind biggest factor in road conditions

From the perspective of a snow-plow operator for the St. Joseph County Road Commission, this week’s weather was actually considered mild, according to agency director John Lindsey. In his first winter as manager of the Centreville-based road commission, Lindsey said the snowfall this week was not major compared to other winter storms he and his crews have experienced in years …

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Local warming centers opened

Here is an updated list of warming centers in the area: KeyStone Place in Centreville open 24 hours; Salvation Army in Sturgis 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bethel Baptist Church in Three Rivers, call as needed; Fairview Nursing Home in Centreville 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sturges-Young Civic Auditorium; Firm Foundation Ministries in Centreville; and Immaculate Conception in Three Rivers, …

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