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Police seek robbery suspect

Three Rivers Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a man who attempted to rob a bank last week. According to a department media release, a person later identified as 21-year-old Taylor Phillips entered Horizon Bank on West Michigan Avenue shortly before 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Authorities allege that the suspect passed a note to a teller, but …

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Fatal crash in Constantine Township

Sheriff Brad Balk reports that deputies on Tuesday at approximately 7pm, responded to the intersection of US-131 and Riverside Drive in Constantine Township for a two vehicle crash. Two females ages 27 and 31, accompanied by a 36-year-old male all from Elkhart, turned southbound on a northbound lane on US-131 from Riverside Drive. The vehicle turned into oncoming traffic, colliding …

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Hunt convicted on murder charge

It took less than 90 minutes Wednesday for a St. Joseph County jury to convict 41-year-old Theron Hunt, of Dowagiac, of first-degree felony murder. The jury also found Hunt guilty of two counts of armed robbery, one count of unlawful imprisonment, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of felony firearm. Hunt was on trial for the …

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Proposed pet ordinance draws concerned citizens to planning commission meeting

A strong message was sent Tuesday to members of the Sherman Township Planning Commission. More than 50 people were on hand to show their concerns about a potential ordinance that limits the number of pets township residents can own without having to secure a kennel license. Though the proposed ordinance remains a work in progress and the matter was not …

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Legislators plan local events

A legislative update and a state of the area update are on tap over the next month. On Jan. 24, State Rep. Aaron Miller and Congressman Fred Upton will be a part of “Breakfast With our Legislators.” It will take place 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 24. Meanwhile, the annual state of the area update, which will involve local officials, …

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Man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee retiring at 102

A 102-year-old man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it’s time to go.” Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He joined the DNR in 1962. The World …

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Trailer stolen in Branch County

State police troopers are investigating the theft of a trailer in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. The trailer was stolen between 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and 2 a.m. last Friday from a location within the village of Sherwood. It was manufactured by RC, was 24 feet in length, and black and red in color. It was enclosed and had dual axles. …

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Former fair manager honored

Bill Johnson, former manager of St. Joseph County Grange Fair, was inducted into the Michigan Fair Managers Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place Friday at Amway Grand in Grand Rapids. The award honors Johnson’s 22 years of dedication and loyalty to the St. Joseph County Grange Fair under his leadership. Prior to becoming fair manager, he spent 25 years …

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Michigan House votes to lift state’s ban against stun guns

Michigan would lift its ban on stun guns under legislation advanced by lawmakers. The bill would allow the sale, possession and “reasonable use” of a stun device by those 18 and older. Michigan currently allows law enforcement and people with a concealed pistol license to use a Taser, which is a different type of self-defense device than a stun gun. …

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Man arrested following police pursuit

A 41-year-old Kalamazoo man was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail after he was part of a pursuit involving Three Rivers Police. According to a department media release, the incident occurred at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater Apartments, where a resident flagged down a patrol officer. The person told police about being threatened by a man with a handgun. …

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