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New school board member in Constantine named

Terry Burgess was appointed last week to fill an open seat on the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education. The vacancy was a result of board member Pat Touse moving out of state. Burgess, Andrew Peters, Tyson Platz, Tim Baker, Jason Herlein and Cheryl Moord were all interviewed for the position. All candidates said their No. 1 concern was the …

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Centreville will accept credit card payments

The Centreville Village Council has agreed to accept credit and debit cards for payments to the village for water, sewer, taxes and other debts. The “Point & Pay” program will be provided at no cost to the village, though card users will be charged a fee. Clerk Rhea Schrader said that other municipalities have used the program, and Centreville residents …

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Teen arrested following robbery

Three Rivers Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on a charge of strong-armed robbery following an incident over the weekend. Authorities were called shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Millard Street, near South Douglas Avenue. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect, who allegedly assaulted a female teenager and stole cash from her, police …

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County commission to decide labor union contracts

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve contracts with nine labor unions during its twice-a-month meeting this afternoon. The agenda for the board’s 5 o’clock meeting shows discussion related to approval of contracts with E-911 Telecommunicators Association; the sheriff’s department’s corrections unit and its law-enforcement division; the Command Officers Association of Michigan; the FOP Labor Council …

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City commission meets this evening

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have three business items to address this evening. According to the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting, the items are: a change order to the 2019 fiscal year budget in the amount of $3,100 with Michigan Paving and Materials for a project on South Main Street; a purchase contract …

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Fire destroys building and vehicle

A fire late Monday last week destroyed a building used for auto repair on Fawn River Road near Bauman Road in Fawn River Township. The building’s owner, who lives next door, became aware of the fire after hearing an explosion shortly after 10 p.m. A vehicle inside the facility also was destroyed and another vehicle in the building was damaged. …

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Michigan woman accused in mom’s overdose death gets prison

A southwestern Michigan woman who entered a plea deal after being charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death has been sentenced to 5-15 years in prison. Sixty-year-old Susan Kubicek of Portage learned her punishment Monday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the May 2017 death of Dorothy Allen. Kalamazoo County authorities say Allen got a morphine dose 80 …

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Car hops curb, strikes police officer on Kalamazoo sidewalk

Authorities say a southwestern Michigan police officer has been struck by a car on a sidewalk. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the officer was with a group of investigators talking to neighbors Monday afternoon when the vehicle struck and injured him. The department says other officers performed first aid on the injured officer, who was taken to a …

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Three arrested in shooting death

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said three people were arrested in a case related to the shooting death of a man in Flowerfield Township last week. According to a media release, McDonough said two men and a woman were arrested following the 3 a.m. shooting incident Thursday on South Street. Officials have not released the name of the victim, …

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Slush causes slide-offs

A slush-covered roadway is being blamed for two vehicles involved in separate accidents Friday afternoon in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the incidents occurred moments apart at 2:20 p.m. on Hoffman Road, east of Sodaman Road. The first vehicle, a pickup driven by 18-year-old Vandalia resident Kaylee Thieme, was heading west on Hoffman when it slid off …

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