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Police investigate gasoline theft

State police investigators are looking into the theft of gasoline from Klinger Lake Country Club. According to a department media release, the incident occurred Wednesday night, when a white sedan drove behind the club’s maintenance garage and its driver stole about 17 gallons of gas. The pumps were secured by a lock that had been cut off. Authorities are reviewing …

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Judge rules on police procedure in murder case

A St. Joseph County judge has ruled that police did not use proper constitutional procedure during a search following a dismemberment case in Sturgis. Wade Allen, 35, was arrested in the May 2019 case and charged with murder, dismemberment of a corpse and failure to report a death. At a hearing Wednesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court, Judge Paul …

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Life sentence for Theron Hunt

Theron Hunt will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Jan. 15, Hunt, was found guilty of felony murder in the November 2018 fatal shooting of Kevin Johnson in Flowerfield Township. On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Paul Stutesman imposed the mandatory sentence. Johnson died when three Dowagiac residents went to the Flowerfield Township home …

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United Way sets fundraising record

United Way of St. Joseph County set a new record for its annual fundraiser, as the agency announced Tuesday it raised more than $1 million for Campaign 2020. The 12-month drive netted $1,076,000, topping the record set a year ago. The Centreville-based agency staged its annual Victory Celebration at Rouch World, where Morgan Olson of Sturgis was acknowledged as the …

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Lions Club seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Three Rivers Lions Club wishes to remind residents that nominations for the Bruce C. Snook Citizen of the Year honor are being accepted through the end of the month. Prospective nominees should be someone who is an asset to the community for the contributions they make through volunteerism, benevolence and other positive characteristics that make them worthy of consideration. …

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Mittens

I am an Alpha cat with other cats.  My name is “Mittens”, and I am five and a half years old.  I am neutered, independent and laid back.  I love to be held, but on MY terms.  When I am done –  I am done.  I am a quiet gentleman and I love to hide under blankets.  I am good …

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MDOT considers changes to Washington Street bridge

Replacement of the deck of the Washington Street bridge in Constantine was the subject of an open house staged last week by Michigan Department of Transportation. Traffic count averages 3,000 vehicles per day, and MDOT is considering reduction of the width of the bridge and the number of lanes leading into it. Set to begin next year near Stears Road …

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Constantine sets hearing dates on youth tobacco and vaping

Members of the Constantine Village Council recently set dates for two public hearings regarding a youth tobacco and vaping ordinance, and a youth-marijuana ordinance. The hearings will run simultaneously at 7 p.m. March 2. The proposed tobacco and vaping ordinance states a youth violator is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $50 for each …

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Conservation District plans 10th cleanup season

The St. Joseph County Conservation District’s river cleanup will reach a milestone this summer. May 30 will begin the 10th season of the cleanup program. It also marks the first of five cleanups the Centreville-based agency will oversee this summer. Shaun Grace, a conservation district employee whose work includes coordinating and executing the river cleanups, said the dates for 2020 …

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Two men arrested on drug charges

Two Three Rivers men were arrested on drug-related offenses over the weekend. Three Rivers officers early Sunday morning discovered a car stolen out of Fort Wayne and parked in the lot of America’s Best Value Inn. Officers set up a surveillance and eventually established a person of interest. Meanwhile, K9 Jake was called to the location and he responded in …

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