Health and Wellness

Another flu death

A third death in Kalamazoo County is being blamed on the flu. Health officials say the latest victim had multiple underlying medical issues. All three Kalazmazoo County flu victims were over the age of 50. A flu-related death was also confirmed last week in Van Buren County.  (MRN)

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Free radon test kits

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is offering free radon test kits to residents in its district. Rebecca Burns, environmental health director, said the offer is in conjunction with January being National Radon Action Month. She said radon has no taste or odor, and is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock. Its vapors can seep through …

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Emphasis on mental health

State Rep. Matt Lori said he applauds Gov. Rick Snyder for continuing his emphasis on access to mental health services and improving the methods by which people who need attention may receive that treatment. In response to Snyder’s State of the State address Thursday, Lori said the Legislature has improved the state’s mental-health model during the past three years, and …

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Weather may be factor in crash

Slick roads may have been a factor in a Wednesday morning, two-vehicle crash in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Hollie Chaffee, 36, of Three Rivers, was northbound on Lutz Road when she lost control of her vehicle near the intersection of M-86. Her vehicle was struck by a southbound automobile driven by Michael Marker, 49, of …

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Visitor limits due to flu

Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo recently announced that it is limiting visitor access as a precaution against spreading the flu. The Michigan Department of Community Health has been warning about a rise in reported flu cases, including some severe cases of H1N1 that have left patients on life support. Borgess now says that visitors other than siblings have to be 12 …

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Citizen’s tip leads to arrest

A citizen’s tip led to the arrest of three people on drug-related charges Thursday in Three Rivers. The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant for methamphetamine production in the 400 block of 4th Avenue. SCAN members discovered evidence of methamphetamine production and use. Arrested were a 63-year-old man, a 53-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. They …

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Minor injuries after crash

A Mendon man suffered minor injuries after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on M-60 in Fabius Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Richard Hartzell, 73, was driving east on the state road when he lost control of his vehicle on an icy patch of roadway and his vehicle rolled into a ditch. The incident …

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Two injured in six-vehicle crash

Two people were injured in a six-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Cass County. Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said the accident occurred when 43-year-old Armando Bautista, of Dowagiac, was driving south on M-51 in Silver Creek Township. Bautista slowed for a snow plow and his vehicle was rear-ended by a truck driven by 36-year-old Jennifer Laporte, of Dowagiac. The collision forced …

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Make sure vents are unobstructed

Three Rivers Fire Department Chief Dan Tomlinson said personnel responded to a carbon monoxide problem at a residence where furnace vents were blocked with snow. In light of the recent issue, Tomlinson suggested residents to be sure snow is cleared from around their gas meters, venting and fresh-air intakes are unobstructed, and steps to clear snow from roofs be taken, …

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We have New Year’s babies!

Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health have announced the first babies of the year have arrived. Ariyanna Comiskey was born at Sturgis Hospital, four hours after the start of 2014. Her mother is Jenna Cross and the newborn is a little sister to 5-year-old Isabella. Meanwhile, Maddison Brady was born shortly after midnight Friday at Three Rivers Health. She is …

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