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Weekly Route To Battle Creek

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is starting a new, weekly route with service to and from the Battle Creek VA Medical Center at Fort Custer. CTA executive director Steve Yorks said the inaugural trip takes place today and will continue every Wednesday. The round-trip cost is $20 and the Three Rivers-based agency needs 48 hours advance notice to coordinate …

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Road Closed For Construction

The city of Sturgis has announced that railroad work beginning next week on West Chicago Road will close a section of the city’s most heavily traveled east-west roadway. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be conducting repairs on the railroad crossing starting Monday. The work will close U.S. 12 to thru traffic east of Jacob Street and west of Jefferson …

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Tolbert Gets One Year Probation

The wife of as Three Rivers minister was sentenced to one year of probation stemming from a Dec. 26 at their Flowerfield Township residence. Connie Tolbert, 55, pled guilty last week to one count of discharge of a firearm without malice. She was sentenced by District Court Judge William Welty. Tolbert was arrested after she shot her husband, Darryl Tolbert, …

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Strong arm robbery

County sheriff’s deputies investigated the robbery of a Pizza Hut delivery person late Tuesday night. The incident occurred in the area of Wilbur and Null Roads in Lockport Township. The suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later on North Main Street in Three Rivers. Four suspects were taken into custody.

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Crash Claims Life

A two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon in Florence Township resulted in the death of a Three Rivers man. Peter McDonough, age 62, died in the crash.  He was driving north on Constantine Road when his Jeep collided with a southbound semi truck between Fairchild and Withers roads. The driver of the truck, 61-year-old Glenn Miller of Constantine, was not injured. The incident remains …

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Candidates Announce Political Plans

Two candidates for different offices in St. Joseph County have announced their political plans. Sheriff Brad Balk, 58, filed his nominating petition Monday. Meanwhile, Sturgis attorney Rob Pattison, 46, has announced he will run for the office of St. Joseph County District Court judge. Balk, whose first four-year term as sheriff expires at the end of the year, said he …

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Website Donation Scam

The City of Three Rivers is warning Scidmore Park supporters about a website donation scam. There are links from Facebook pages to a website not created nor authorized by the city. The illicit website encourages people to send funds to any of three prospective recipients: the City of Three Rivers, Friends of Scidmore Park, or the Three Rivers Area Community …

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Unemployment Increased

For the first time since the middle of 2011, St. Joseph County’s monthly unemployment rate saw an increase from the previous month. The county’s December unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a nine-tenths of a percent increase from November’s 8.3 percent. Data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Analysis shows the 9.2 percent figure was still a …

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No Winter Celebration In Colon

Village officials in Colon have indicated there will not be a Winter Festival this year. After an inaugural winter celebration took place in 2010, the one-day, end-of-January festival did not return for a follow-up in 2011 due to lack of volunteers, according to village president Tom Whitford. The idea of trying it again for 2012 was mulled last fall, but …

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Don’t Leave Keys In Vehicles

The Sturgis Department of Public Safety is cautioning residents to not leave keys in vehicles parked outside overnight, as the thefts of three vehicles were reported Friday. Between 4:30 and 8:30 a.m. Friday, vehicles left unlocked with keys in the ignition were stolen from outside residences in the 400 block of East South Street, the 400 block of Williams Street …

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