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Grandpa forgot something: $43,170 found in footstool

The footstool didn’t feel right. Well, that’s what happens when someone stashes $43,170 inside and apparently forgets about it. The money was discovered Sunday inside a footstool that was donated to a Michigan resale shop in Owosso Township, northeast of Lansing. Howard Kirby was shocked when his daughter-in-law unzipped the cushion and screamed. He was entitled to the cash, but …

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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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