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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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Michigan reports first flu-related child death

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric deaths of the 2019-20 flu season in Michigan. The reported deaths involve children infected with Influenza B. They were from Shiawassee and Wayne counties. Nationally, there have been 32 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the current flu season. Rebecca Burns, health officer with the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph …

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Conservation District selling seelings

The Kalamazoo Conservation District is taking orders for its 2020 seedling sale, now through April 10. A variety of tree and shrub seedlings are available for sale, as well as tree tubes, animal repellent, books and more. Pickup for any orders is April 17 and 18. More information is available by calling 269-775-3368, or online at: kalamazooconservation.org.

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K-Wings drop pair to Allen Americans

The Kalamazoo Wings (12-18-4-0) traveled to the Lone Star State this past weekend to take on the West Division Leading Allen Americans (26-7-6-1). After trailing the Americans 2-0 after the first period, the K-Wings came back with a pair of their own to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the second period. Zach Diamontoni and Zach Saar scored …

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Identities released in standoff case

Cass County authorities have released identities of the people involved in a standoff last week in Milton Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said 41-year-old Adam Neiman and Clemie Brandy Jean Chapman, also 41 and both of Niles, were taken into custody following the incident that started Thursday afternoon and ended early Friday. They were arraigned Friday. Neiman is charged with kidnapping, …

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Prep begins to fill cistern

The weight of a garbage truck broke through a long-unused cistern Friday in the alley behind Mamma Mia’s Pizza in downtown Burr Oak. Village council member Joe Bogucki, overseer of the streets department, said before the era of hydrants, the fire department with horse-drawn engines had various cisterns throughout the village to gather rain water for firefighting. Kevin Norton, former …

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Out and About – Week of January 13th

During my working years, I spent most of them in some form of customer service. I tried to do the best job possible when it came to satisfying the demands of customers. Today I am on the opposite end of the phone line and have found that in most cases I’m dealing with a computer when it comes to getting …

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