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Communications project with Cass County considered

St. Joseph County is in the preliminary stages of ironing out a communications project with Cass County. The matter of constructing a new radio tower to be shared by central dispatch departments from both counties was fielded by commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday. St. Joseph County Central Dispatch Director Dennis Brandenburg told commissioners that a coverage study following …

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Power-pole replacement begins in Sturgis

Indiana & Michigan Power has begun power-pole replacement and repair work on its 69-kilovolt line in Sturgis. The project started Monday and will continue through Friday next week. Municipal officials said the scope of work will necessitate some short-term closures on South Orange Street. Specifically, an impending closure will affect South Orange Street between West Congress Street and U.S. 12 …

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Body of man swept from pier recovered in Lake Michigan

The body of a southwestern Michigan man swept last month from a pier into Lake Michigan has been recovered. Members of the Michigan State Police dive team located the body of Dakota Yergeau, 27, Wednesday near the south pier at Silver Beach in St. Joseph. Yergeau and another man reportedly were on the pier in southwestern Michigan on March 28 …

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Millie

I am a female, cattle dog mix, and I am ready to get to work for you.  They call me “Millie” and I DO LIKE TO RUN!  So a fenced in area would be best for me to play in.  Call to make an appointment to see and adopt me.  My docket number is 50448, at the St. Joseph County …

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Executive committee divided on hiring freeze exception

A request to waive the county’s hiring freeze appears to have divided the St. Joseph County Board of Trustees. During their executive committee meeting Wednesday, county commissioners had contrasting opinions about whether to honor a request from district court administrator/magistrate Tabitha Wedge to hire a replacement deputy clerk for the court’s civil division. Following extensive debate on the $60,000-a-year position, …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

A Constantine man was arrested Monday after he led authorities on a pursuit in Constantine Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies attempted to stop a vehicle at 5 p.m. on Stears Road near U.S. 131. Deputies said the suspect was known to have an outstanding felony warrant, prompting the attempt to stop his vehicle. The 58-year-old man fled in a …

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Health department sees increase in COVID-19 cases

The Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency has experienced an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases being reported and variant spread, similar to the rest of Michigan the past few weeks. According to an agency media release, it is following MDHHS guidance on reinstituting a standard, 14-day quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 cases. This will remove …

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United Way sponsoring a gift card raffle

The St. Joseph County United Way is sponsoring a raffle that will net the winner a $500 Meijer gift card. Executive director Kelly Hostetler said tickets are now for sale. They are $5 each or five for $20. A second winning ticket will be drawn and yield a $200 Meijer gift card. The tickets will be drawn May 27. They …

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Health department pausing J&J vaccine use

The Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency has announced it is pausing all use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA and CDC have recommended this pause, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the recommendation, as well. Health officer Rebecca Burns said the agency is immediately stopping all use of the Johnson …

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Woman arrested following break-in

A Jonesville woman was arrested after she broke into a residence in Branch County’s Quincy Township. Michigan State Police troopers were called at 2 a.m. Monday to the 300 block of Maple Road in response to a home invasion in progress. Investigators said a 22-year-old woman who appeared to be heavily under the influence of alcohol entered the residence and …

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