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Electrical fire damages Branch County home

An electrical fire in the attic of a Branch County house earlier this week forced one person to seek medical treatment for smoke inhalation. Bronson Fire Department officials responded around 7:30 a.m. Monday to a residence on Southern Road in Gilead Township. As fire trucks arrived, smoke was visible from the single-story house at the southeast corner of Steffey and …

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Millage-renewal on August ballot

St. Joseph County voters will see a millage-renewal request on the August ballot. The request to place the 1-mill renewal proposal was made by the St. Joseph County Road Commission, represented Tuesday by board president Eric Shafer. A week after broaching the subject during the commission’s executive committee meeting Feb. 13, Shafer addressed the board during its monthly commission meeting …

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Sheriff’s department investigates increase in thefts

St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman said the department has been requested to investigate an inordinate number of larcenies from vehicles and motor vehicle thefts. The uptick in occurrences has occurred between Friday last week and Monday this week. A department media release did not state the general area of the problem. Bingaman would like to remind the public to …

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Glen Oaks to celebrate completion of renovation project

Glen Oaks Community College later this week will host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to recognize the completion of one project and the start of another. Set for 10 a.m. Thursday, the fanfare celebrates the end of the school’s north campus renovation project. Meanwhile, college officials will mark the beginning of the south campus renovation project. Funding for the $7.3 million renovation …

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Sturgis considers urban chicken ordinance

Discussion on an urban chicken ordinance for Sturgis and developing potential ballot language continued last week at the Sturgis City Commission meeting. City officials examined ongoing changes to a proposed ordinance that laid out details on keeping chickens legally within the city limits. Commissioners were invited to weigh in on that language during the meeting. Commissioners also asked how six …

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Former assistant with prosecutor’s office running for prosecutor

A former assistant with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office said she was unjustly suspended and subsequently terminated following her role in a court case last month before District Court Judge Jeff Middleton. Deborah Davis said she is being accused by Prosecutor David Marvin of an ethics violation. Marvin has implied the matter centers on misleading statements Davis allegedly made …

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Fatal Branch County crash

A Branch County man died in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend in Sherwood Township. Michigan State Police were called shortly after midnight Friday to Oliverda Road, south of Blossom Road in response to a crash with injuries. Troopers determined that the driver, a 55-year-old Sherwood man, was driving north on Oliverda Road when his vehicle crossed the center line, …

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Helicopter service to be discontinued

West Michigan Air Care will discontinue its helicopter service at Ascension Borgess Hospital and Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo. According to WOOD-TV 8, an email sent to employees from Bronson Healthcare President and CEO Bill Manns cited a 50 percent reduction in flights over the past 15 years, as well as strong ambulance transportation in the region. The email said service …

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Snowplow bill heads to state House

WGVU Public Media has reported that legislation recently approved by the state senate would require motorists to stay at least 200 feet from snow plows actively engaged in road-clearing practices. Jerry Byrne, with the Kent County Road Commission, said the new bill is not necessarily about enforcement, but about changing driver behavior and keeping everyone safe. Byrne says that while …

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Central dispatch considers new communications tower

The potential addition of a new communications tower in St. Joseph County would correct a long-standing issue experienced by emergency personnel and Central Dispatch. Stacey Bower, St. Joseph County Central Dispatch director, explained the situation to commissioners during their executive committee meeting Tuesday. She said the need is in the southeast quadrant of the county. A new tower to field …

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