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Man drowns in Three Rivers kayak accident

Five agencies, including the St. Joseph County Dive/Rescue Team, responded over the weekend to a kayaker whose watercraft capsized on the St. Joseph River in the area of River Drive East and Wood Street in Three Rivers. Public-safety agencies were notified shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday that a fisherman witnessed the kayaker bobbing in the water before going under and …

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Three Rivers man killed in Kalamazoo crash

A Three Rivers man was killed in a traffic accident Friday morning, just prior to 7:00, in Kalamazoo. The victim was identified as 46-year-old Jerry Wahmhoff. He was reportedly traveling southbound on Sprinkle Road, riding his motorcycle, when he collided with a westbound semi-rig on the I-94 Business Loop. Wahmhoff, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the …

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Graber Industries destroyed by fire

A longtime business in Constantine Township was destroyed by fire last week. Graber Industries, an RV supply retailer in the 19000 block of Fairchild Road, caught fire around 10 a.m. Friday morning. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from as far away as Colon, Bronson and Middlebury. Multiple buildings were destroyed, though fire departments kept the blaze secured as much …

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Sturgis Hospital requests funding from City

Sturgis Hospital is facing mounting financial deficits, and officials from the medical facility have turned to the city for help. Hospital officials approached Sturgis City Commission last week to ask for a $645,000 loan to keep the facility open until a decision is made for $15 million in emergency funding. If approved by the state, that $15 million to fund …

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Sturgis man found guilty

A Sturgis man was found guilty by jury this week on charges related to child pornography. A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest and eventual conviction of 24-year-old Adalberto “Jacob” Garcia. Garcia was found guilty after a two-day trial overseen this week by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. The case centered on …

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Police investigate firearms theft

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a larceny of multiple firearms from a location in Branch County’s Coldwater Township. According to a department media release, troopers were called to the 100 block of North Behnke Road to investigate the situation. Authorities were told the incident occurred June 7. Troopers said they have reason to believe the firearms are now in …

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Constantine reviews SJAC agreement

The Constantine Village Council this week reviewed a St. Joseph Ambulance Consortium agreement involving 18 local municipalities. The agreement is for Burr Oak, Colon, Constantine, Fawn River, Florence, Leonidas, Mottville, Nottawa, Mendon, Sherman, Sturgis and White Pigeon townships, and the villages of Burr Oak, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon and White Pigeon. It states the SJAC board will consist of one …

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Approval expected for White Pigeon superintendent

White Pigeon Community Schools is set to hire one of its own to lead the 730-student district. Pending the formality of board approval next week, Shelly McBride will become the district’s superintendent July 1. She replaces the two-person administrative team of Jon Keyer and Carrie Erlandson, who both retired at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. McBride, a 1997 …

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Fatal crash in Branch County

A Bronson man and three others died in a two-vehicle crash last week north of Coldwater. State police responded to a two-vehicle crash at 3 p.m. Saturday on Marshall Road in Branch County’s Girard Township. The incident occurred north of Bidwell Road. Investigators said Christopher Raymond, 45, was driving south on Marshall Road in a small SUV. It appears he …

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Farmers market returns to Sturgis

After a several-year hiatus, a weekly farmers market has returned to downtown Sturgis. The open-air market is open 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays on Pleasant Avenue through October. Sturgis Downtown Development Authority event coordinator Ryan Conrod said with recent work completed on Pleasant Avenue, it was an ideal location to host the market. The downtown farmers market complements an unrelated …

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