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White Pigeon man arraigned following woman’s death

A White Pigeon man, accused of hiding a woman’s body after she was struck by a vehicle he was driving, was arraigned Thursday. Authorities said 29-year-old Colby Martin was driving a car that struck Decatur-area resident Melody Rohrer, age 64, Monday in Van Buren County’s Hamilton Township. Martin is charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at …

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Centreville runaway located

A juvenile considered a runaway was tracked and found Wednesday in a wooded area near Centreville High School. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were notified around 3 p.m. about a runaway from Centreville High School. Deputies requested assistance from Three Rivers Police Department for a K-9 team. K-9 officer Jake aided in tracking the juvenile to a densely wooded area. …

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Michigan passes 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Michigan has recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the health department said Wednesday. The state crossed that threshold by reporting 6,079 new cases over the last two days. There have been at least 20,781 deaths in Michigan linked to COVID-19. “After more than 18 months fighting this pandemic, it is sobering to reach …

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United Way’s fair auction available online

The St. Joseph County United Way wishes to remind residents that its annual silent auction, tied in with the county fair, is also online. Agency director Kelly Hostetler said bidding is available daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. A list of items and more information about the silent auction and in-person auction on …

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2020 surplus for St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County ended 2020 with a surplus featuring a combined fund-balance increase of more than $2.2 million compared to 2019. The good news was delivered during Tuesday’s commission meeting, when Joe Verlin of the Grand Rapids-based firm Gabridge & Co., provided a detailed analysis of the annual audit. Afterward, however, finance director Angie Steinman cautioned that the surplus was …

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Fall collection date for household hazardous waste announced

Organizers of the twice-a-year collection of household hazardous waste and recycling of electronics have announced the date of the fall collection. Pat Kulikowski, secretary of the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee, said the collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at the county fairgrounds. As always, the event will provide an opportunity for residents to turn over …

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Logs stolen in Nottawa Township

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft incident reported earlier this month from a location in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the agency was notified that several hickory logs were stolen between Sept. 11 and 13 from a wooded area on Walterspaugh Road, near Butler Road. Authorities said the logs are 8 to 10 feet long, with a diameter of …

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Concrete rabbit stolen in Colon

Colon police are investigating the theft of a decorative rabbit from outside a business the night of Sept. 11 or morning of Sept. 12. Estimated at 3 feet high and weighing approximately 250 pounds, the concrete rabbit was taken from out front of Adams Financial Services on North Blackstone Avenue. The rabbit is part of the “Colon Magic Bunnies” theme …

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Full day of activities planned at fair

The 2021 St. Joseph County Grange Fair reaches its halfway point today and there is plenty going on throughout the day and into the evening. Today is “Seniors Day” and the list of activities includes bingo, COA luncheon, harness racing, 4-H animal project demonstrations and other 4-H animal events. There will be live music at 6 o’clock at the Free …

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