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Body Shop sustains fire damage

Members of the Fabius-Park Townships Fire Department helped quickly extinguish a fire Tuesday morning at a Lockport Township business. Department officials said the early morning blaze was at K&D Body Shop, in the 57000 block of Haines Road. The fire started in and was limited to a bay area where cars are serviced. Firefighters said damage was minimal.

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Honeysett declines offer

Constantine village manager Mark Honeysett has declined a raise offered by the village council. In lieu of the raise and at Honeysett’s request, funds will instead go toward a budget allocated to the village’s police cars. The village budgets $4,800 for such expenses, but with the increased cost of gas and with Honeysett’s request, the fund will increase to $5,400. …

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Snowman-Making Contest cancelled

Saturday’s Snowman-Making Contest, an event in which the city of Three Rivers was a registered participant, has been cancelled for the second consecutive year. The five-city event was to see whose residents could build the most snowmen within their community. As was the case in 2012, quality snow conducive to snowman-making has prevented the event from taking place. The other …

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Honor Studabaker

Constantine village officials have passed a resolution to honor recently retired police Sgt. Robert Studabaker. Studabaker on Dec. 31 ended a career that exceeded 32 years with the Constantine Police Department. Village Manager Mark Honeysett, who was one of four chiefs under whom Studabaker served, said Studabaker maintained a level of competence and professionalism that benefitted the Constantine Police Department. …

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Village employees may get raise

White Pigeon village employees may be in line to receive a 3 percent raise, potentially their first pay increase in three years. Village President Dan Czajkowksi said the raises were included in the village’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget presented last week. Czajkowski said another matter that merits attention is the renovation of the village’s water tower. The exterior has been …

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Man arrested for robbery

A day-long investigation Sunday led Sturgis Police to find and arrest a man who allegedly robbed the Admiral gas station on East Chicago Road around 5 a.m. Sunday. According to a department media release, police developed a suspect by using previous arrest warrant investigations from earlier in the month. The suspect, who had displayed a knife to the employee before …

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Book discussion at library

White Pigeon Township Library is promoting a guest speaker who will be on hand for a program next week. Perri Saunders, library director, said Jackson Kaguri  will appear at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to discuss his book, “A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka.” Born in Uganda, Kaguri has been involved extensively in international community …

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Woman’s death being investigated

The death of an elderly Sturgis woman is being investigated by crime scene officials from the Sturgis Police Department and the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Officials said police were summoned to assist emergency medical services personnel responding to a woman in cardiac arrest in the 700 block of Myrtle Street. The woman, whose name and age were not released …

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Plan for Three Rivers Health

Three Rivers Health CEO Bill Russell has unveiled a strategic plan for the hospital’s future. During the first of a series of town hall meetings, Russell last week said sustainability, quality, growth and people are critical areas on which the hospital will continue to focus. He elaborated on each area, backing up the merits of each. Russell, who also detailed …

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Officer arrested

A corrections officer from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for allegedly stealing prescription drugs while on duty. A media release from the department said 12-year veteran Stephen Morris, 39, was charged with two counts of larceny following the alleged incident from the county jail Jan. 9. The case is being …

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