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McCann to receive compensation for wrongful imprisonment

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced earlier this year that three men would receive compensation through the Michigan Wrongfully Imprisoned Compensation Act, totaling $2.3 million. One is Raymond McCann, a former Constantine reserve police officer who was charged with perjury in connection with the 2007 murder of Jodi Parrack. The compensation act, signed in 2016, allows those who are wrongfully convicted of crimes …

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Several arrests made in traffic stop

Four people were arrested last weekend following a report of disorderly conduct at a location in Sturgis. According to a department media release, Sturgis officers were called at 11:52 p.m. Sunday to the 500 block of East Hatch Street. Officers immediately observed a sport-utility vehicle leaving the scene and being driven in an erratic manner. Officers conducted a traffic stop …

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Area schools offering summer breakfast and lunch

Five area school districts will be providing breakfast and lunch over the summer as part of the “Meet Up and Eat Up” program. The program starts June 3 at Burr Oak Community Schools, June 10 at Colon Community Schools, June 7 at Constantine Public Schools, June 12 at Sturgis Public Schools and June 17 at Three Rivers Community Schools. Hours …

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Out and About – Week of May 20th

Armed Forces day has passed for this year and Memorial Day is next Monday, May 27. There are three days every year dedicated to members of the Armed Forces. It can be confusing as to what each of these days represents. Let me clear some of these doubts. For lack of a better term, we’ll call it “Military Holidays 101”. …

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Suspicious vehicle fire in Colon

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire in Colon Township. Authorities were called at 2 a.m. Friday to the intersection of Brandt and Farrand roads following a report of a possible vehicle crash. Deputies found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle, however, did not appear to have been in a crash …

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Man injured in Cass County crash

A 66-year-old Three Rivers man was injured in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the incident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Friday on M-60, near Wood Lake Road. Emergency personnel found a vehicle had left the roadway and rolled over.  The driver of the vehicle, Calvin Brown Jr., was transported to Three Rivers …

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State House passes Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Day resolution

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week introduced a resolution designating May 15, 2019, as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Global Awareness Day in Michigan. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex affects an estimated 1 in every 6,000 live births in America and is one of the leading known genetic causes of epilepsy. Despite this, many professionals in the medical and educational fields are still unaware …

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Jury finds Patten guilty

A St. Joseph County jury deliberated for about two hours Friday morning before finding Zachary Patten guilty of murder. Jurors found Patten guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, first-degree home invasion and felony firearm. Patten was on trial for the July 2017 shooting death of Shane Richardson at Richardson’s home on Featherstone Road in Florence Township. As the verdicts …

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Sturgis man becomes IJR commissioner

A Sturgis resident was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate to serve as a commissioner on the International Joint Commission for U.S. and Canada. Rob Sisson will be a part of the IJC, a bi-national agency that oversees management of waters between the U.S. and Canada. The countries work to protect Great Lakes waters for the benefit of both …

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Sturgis man arrested on assault charges

A 27-year-old Sturgis man was charged with assault and battery following an incident last week. Sturgis police said officers responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to an area near the intersection of South Nottawa and Congress streets regarding an assault. Officers found that the suspect had been involved in an incident with a 65-year-old man. The victim sustained injuries that …

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