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Truck stolen in Centreville

A vehicle left running in Yoder’s Country Market parking lot in Centreville was stolen last week. Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in response to the incident. The vehicle is a dark-green Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The pickup has a salter on the back that possibly blocks the plate. The plate number is CLB452. In addition, there’s …

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Arrests made following police pursuit

A Portage man led sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle pursuit last week in Park Township. According to a department media release, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle Jan. 26 on Buckhorn Road, near Marcellus Road. The vehicle sped up and tried to avoid the deputy by turning into a driveway. In an attempt to elude authorities, the suspect drove …

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Events recognize Balk’s retirement

A few hundred well-wishers showed up at separate events Friday to recognize Brad Balk on his retirement as St. Joseph County sheriff. The first of two ceremonies took place at Glen Oaks Community College, where State Rep. Aaron Miller, State Sen. Kim LaSata and other dignitaries presented Balk with proclamations and other mementos honoring his 11-year tenure as sheriff and …

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Out and About – Week of February 3rd

Welcome to the next chapter of “Out and About”. I started “Out and About” in April, 2006, and I am thankful that it has lasted this long. I thank you readers for giving me the opportunity to share thoughts with you. As I’ve mentioned many times, if I can bring some humor into our daily lives, I’ve done something good …

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Woman who pleaded guilty in deadly crash sent back to jail

A northern Indiana woman who pleaded guilty for her role in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people has been returned to jail after violating probation. Forty-three-year-old Penelope Grosswiler pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for hiding evidence related to the August 2017 crash, in which a vehicle driven by her husband, Leonard Grosswiler, struck and killed a man and …

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Balk serves final day as sheriff

Friday was the last day Brad Balk will serve as St. Joseph County Sheriff, and two public events took place to commemorate the occasion. The 66-year-old Balk was recognized by local and state dignitaries during a program at Glen Oaks Community College. A second event, which Balk called a less-formal affair, will followed at the FOP Lodge east of Centreville. …

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Centreville considers to payment options

The village of Centreville is considering adding online payment as an option to pay monthly water bills. Village officials indicated the service could come with a 3 percent fee. Nonetheless, they are asking residents to include a note with their next payment and indicate whether they are in favor of the option or not. Also, village officials said in order …

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Miller responds to State of the State

In response to Wednesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, State Rep. Aaron Miller released the following statement: “While I am more than happy to work with the governor on a realistic road funding solution, paying for it on our credit card is not the answer. “Road-improvement bonds will be detrimental to our children’s futures and they …

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K-Wings win third in a row

Keeping their modest win streak alive, the Kalamazoo Wings (16-20-4-1) extended that streak to three games with a 5-3 come from behind win over the Indy Fuel on Thursday night. The K-Wings, who have points in four consecutive games, are trying to dig themselves out of the Central Division cellar.  The K-Wings are just 7 points out of fourth place, …

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Man who killed girl when they were teens gets new sentence

A man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers in 1993 has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. The new sentence gives Robert Leamon an opportunity for release after his earlier no-parole sentence was set aside by a Cass County judge. Rebecca Stowe was 15 years old when she disappeared from the Niles area. …

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