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Michigan juvenile lifer to get new sentence in girl’s death

A judge has set aside a life sentence for a man who was convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers and burying her body in southwestern Michigan. The decision Monday by a Cass County judge means 43-year-old Robert Leamon will get a new sentence and a chance for parole. Rebecca Stowe was strangled, and her body was …

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Head-on collision in Constantine Township

An Elkhart resident died in a two-vehicle, head-on collision Wednesday in Constantine Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called around 7 p.m. to the intersection of U.S. 131 and Riverside Drive. Investigators said a vehicle occupied by three Elkhart residents turned southbound off Riverside Drive into the northbound lane. The pickup in which they were riding was struck by a northbound semi …

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American Legion hit by vehicle

A vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Jones resident struck the American Legion building on Lutz Road in Lockport Township last weekend. Sheriff officials were called around 12:15 p.m. Sunday to the scene, located near the junction of M-86 and Lutz Road. Deputies found that a vehicle had traveled off the roadway and struck the American Legion, located at 59990 S. …

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Police seek robbery suspect

Three Rivers Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a man who attempted to rob a bank last week. According to a department media release, a person later identified as 21-year-old Taylor Phillips entered Horizon Bank on West Michigan Avenue shortly before 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Authorities allege that the suspect passed a note to a teller, but …

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Fatal crash in Constantine Township

Sheriff Brad Balk reports that deputies on Tuesday at approximately 7pm, responded to the intersection of US-131 and Riverside Drive in Constantine Township for a two vehicle crash. Two females ages 27 and 31, accompanied by a 36-year-old male all from Elkhart, turned southbound on a northbound lane on US-131 from Riverside Drive. The vehicle turned into oncoming traffic, colliding …

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Hunt convicted on murder charge

It took less than 90 minutes Wednesday for a St. Joseph County jury to convict 41-year-old Theron Hunt, of Dowagiac, of first-degree felony murder. The jury also found Hunt guilty of two counts of armed robbery, one count of unlawful imprisonment, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of felony firearm. Hunt was on trial for the …

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Proposed pet ordinance draws concerned citizens to planning commission meeting

A strong message was sent Tuesday to members of the Sherman Township Planning Commission. More than 50 people were on hand to show their concerns about a potential ordinance that limits the number of pets township residents can own without having to secure a kennel license. Though the proposed ordinance remains a work in progress and the matter was not …

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Ditto

I am “Ditto”.  I came in to Animal Control and I was shy and I felt bullied by the cats in the home that I came from.  After a day or two I started getting friendly and I talk to the people here.  I am a female tortie and I think I am about 10 months old.  I think I …

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Legislators plan local events

A legislative update and a state of the area update are on tap over the next month. On Jan. 24, State Rep. Aaron Miller and Congressman Fred Upton will be a part of “Breakfast With our Legislators.” It will take place 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 24. Meanwhile, the annual state of the area update, which will involve local officials, …

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Man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee retiring at 102

A 102-year-old man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it’s time to go.” Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He joined the DNR in 1962. The World …

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