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Vehicle catches fire after crash

An Indiana woman suffered minor injuries after the car she was driving went off the road and crashed into a row of trees last week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday to an area along Harvey Street, near Walnut Street. Investigators found that Jamee Ketchem, 34, was driving east on …

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Police pursuit ends in arrests

Two LaGrange County residents were arrested after a pursuit that started in Indiana concluded in Burr Oak Township. Sheriff’s deputies were notified around 8 p.m. Sept. 26 that a vehicle was being pursued by Indiana authorities and heading into eastern St. Joseph County. The vehicle was located near the village of Burr Oak and it continued northbound on Burr Oak …

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Items stolen in Mendon

A pressure washer and a bicycle were stolen recently from an area in Mendon Township. Sheriff’s deputes responded Sept. 21 to the 24000 block of Clark Road in response to a larceny incident. The Generac “One Wash” pressure washer is black in color. The Signature brand bicycle, meanwhile, is a 21-speed, gray and black in color.

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Community Health Agency urges getting flu shots

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging all tri-county residents to protect themselves by getting flu shots as soon as possible. Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Coldwater-based agency, said the early availability of the vaccine makes it easy to protect people and their family members through the 2019-20 flu season. Yvonne Atwood, director of personal health and disease …

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Man arrested for retail fraud

An Indiana resident was arrested earlier this week following a retail fraud incident at the Sturgis Meijer. Officers were called Monday to the South Centerville Road business for a retail fraud in progress. Officers made contact with the suspect outside the store and upon further investigation, the 28-year-old man from Angola was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession …

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Three Rivers Schools to get new electric buses

Two of Michigan’s first environmentally-friendly electric school buses will be added to Three Rivers Community Schools’ fleet later this fall. The buses will use charging infrastructure developed in partnership with Indiana Michigan Power. Toby Thomas, president and CEO of I& M, said the company commends the school district, Superintendent Ron Moag and his leadership team for taking the initiative to …

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Several items stolen from Three Rivers business

Several items were stolen from a Three Rivers business earlier this week. Sheriff’s deputies were called Monday to Grand Rental Station on U.S. 131 in response to a larceny incident. Stolen items include a two-inch pump and two power washers.

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“Buy Nearby” celebrates local businesses

Local retail businesses will celebrate “Buy Nearby” weekend starting Friday (Oct. 4) and concluding Sunday (Oct. 6). The local-focused program will offer special merchandise or sales, and the chance for lucky shoppers to win a $100 gift card. It’s all part of the Michigan Retailers Association’s year-round Buy Nearby campaign that encourages shoppers to support their communities by spending their …

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Michigan Republican sees ‘legitimate questions’ about Trump

A Republican congressman from Michigan says he doesn’t support an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But he has no problem with Democratic-led committees digging for more information. Rep. Fred Upton told the Detroit Economic Club that “we need to know what the answers are.” He shared the stage Wednesday with Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell. Upton is the latest Republican …

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Fourth person dies in Michigan from mosquito-borne virus

A fourth Michigan resident has died from rare mosquito-borne virus that has been recorded across the southern half of the state. WWMT-TV reports that 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek died Wednesday after contracting eastern equine encephalitis. Ronna Bagent tells the television station that her father was hospitalized in September with severe flu-like symptoms before doctors were able to confirm …

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