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County treasurer announces she will not seek re-election

St. Joseph County Treasurer Judie Ratering announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in the August primary to a third, four-year term. Addressing the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, Ratering on Tuesday said she plans to retire after her current term expires at the end of the year. The 60-year-old Ratering was appointed by a statutory committee in February …

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County commission names new emergency management coordinator

Erin Goff, who has spent the past five years as director of community corrections, has been named emergency management coordinator of St. Joseph County. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Goff was tapped to succeed TJ Baker, who has returned to work for the sheriff department’s patrol division. Due to Goff’s new job, commissioners Tuesday approved an exception to the county …

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Police arrest man on weapons charges

Three Rivers police officers last weekend arrested a man with a loaded gun. According to a department media release, officers were called around 11 p.m. Saturday to the 800 block of South Main Street in response to a man holding a gun to a woman’s head. The woman was not harmed and the man left the area, fleeing on foot. …

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County commission approves use of courthouse property for festival

Permission for use of the courthouse property was granted Tuesday to organizers of the Centreville Covered Bridge Days festival. County commissioners OK’d the written request from festival chair Vicki Allen. The two-day festival begins July 17 and permission for use of the property’s east, north and west lawns was given for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the first day and …

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Booker

I am called “Booker”.  One guy here calls me Booker T. Washington.  I am a male lab mix about one and a half years old.  I am a little slow to warm up to you, but am friendly after that.  I am about 65 pounds big.  So I hope you come out and see me.  My docket number is 47213, …

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Information released in Constantine crash investigation

More information about a fatal, two-vehicle collision last week in Constantine Township has been released by authorities. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 31-year-old Kila Nichole Stamper of Elkhart died as a result of the vehicle in which she was a passenger colliding with a semi tractor-trailer. Deputies were called around 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to the intersection of …

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Runaway teen returned home

A Flowerfield Township teen who apparently ran away from home has returned to her residence. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies responded to the 14000 block of Burlew Road in Flowerfield Township for a runaway juvenile. The 15-year-old juvenile, who was later identified as Maslin Ruby-Ann Shepherd, was last seen between 8:40 and 9:10 p.m. Monday. Deputies said Shepherd returned to …

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Fatal crash in Florence Township

Sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate a fatal collision that happened Saturday in Florence Township. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. and involved a single vehicle. Investigators said a Ford Explorer driven by Richard Sanford, age 66, of Constantine, was heading east on Banker Road when he lost control and the SUV left the roadway. It subsequently struck several trees …

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Commercial News plans to move to 2 days of publication

Citing the preferred method of obtaining news through computers, tablets and phones, the Three River Commercial News announced Tuesday it is cutting back on its days of publication. Editor and Publisher Dirk Milliman said the newspaper will reduce its print edition from six days a week to twice-weekly publication. The new schedule takes effect Feb. 1 and will see the …

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Teen injured in Cass County crash

A 17-year-old Cass County resident was injured after the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended last week in Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 7:50 a.m. Thursday to Marcellus Highway, near Lawrence Road. Upon further investigation, they found that Cassopolis resident Riley Bush was turning into a private driveway when his vehicle was struck from behind by …

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