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Booker

I am called “Booker”.  One guy here calls me Booker T. Washington.  I am a male lab mix about one and a half years old.  I am a little slow to warm up to you, but am friendly after that.  I am about 65 pounds big.  So I hope you come out and see me.  My docket number is 47213, …

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Information released in Constantine crash investigation

More information about a fatal, two-vehicle collision last week in Constantine Township has been released by authorities. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 31-year-old Kila Nichole Stamper of Elkhart died as a result of the vehicle in which she was a passenger colliding with a semi tractor-trailer. Deputies were called around 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to the intersection of …

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Runaway teen returned home

A Flowerfield Township teen who apparently ran away from home has returned to her residence. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies responded to the 14000 block of Burlew Road in Flowerfield Township for a runaway juvenile. The 15-year-old juvenile, who was later identified as Maslin Ruby-Ann Shepherd, was last seen between 8:40 and 9:10 p.m. Monday. Deputies said Shepherd returned to …

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Fatal crash in Florence Township

Sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate a fatal collision that happened Saturday in Florence Township. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. and involved a single vehicle. Investigators said a Ford Explorer driven by Richard Sanford, age 66, of Constantine, was heading east on Banker Road when he lost control and the SUV left the roadway. It subsequently struck several trees …

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Commercial News plans to move to 2 days of publication

Citing the preferred method of obtaining news through computers, tablets and phones, the Three River Commercial News announced Tuesday it is cutting back on its days of publication. Editor and Publisher Dirk Milliman said the newspaper will reduce its print edition from six days a week to twice-weekly publication. The new schedule takes effect Feb. 1 and will see the …

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Teen injured in Cass County crash

A 17-year-old Cass County resident was injured after the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended last week in Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 7:50 a.m. Thursday to Marcellus Highway, near Lawrence Road. Upon further investigation, they found that Cassopolis resident Riley Bush was turning into a private driveway when his vehicle was struck from behind by …

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K-Wings split weekend games

KALAMAZOO, MI – Playing only three games on home ice in the month of January, the Kalamazoo Wings (13-20-4-0) hoped to use the home-ice advantage and grab a few wins before the All-Star break and then hitting the road for a six-game road trip. Unfortunately, the K-Wings managed to win only one of their three games this past week while …

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Lillywhite sworn in as sheriff

Two weeks before he officially becomes sheriff of St. Joseph County, Mark Lillywhite was sworn in to the position Tuesday afternoon. A ceremony was set for 4 o’clock in the third-floor commissioners’ room at the Centreville courthouse, where county clerk Lindsay Oswald lead the procedure. Current sheriff Brad Balk is retiring Jan. 31, 11 months before the conclusion of the …

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Batteries stolen from campers

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating the theft of 12-volt batteries from camper trailers in Branch County’s Coldwater Township. The vehicles were at a campground on Narrows Road. The suspect appeared to have cut the battery cables before removing them from the campers. Authorities did not indicate a time frame during which they think the incident occurred.

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County employees donate socks

St. Joseph County employees recently held a drive to collect socks for a local agency. The Socks Drive featured contributions made by employees who attended the county’s annual Christmas luncheon sponsored by the Courthouse Girls Club. The socks will be donated to the Three Rivers Food Site for distribution to people who are known to need socks.

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