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Sturgis man sentenced in child pornography case

A Sturgis man was sentenced to prison on charges of child pornography. Adalberto Garcia, 24, was convicted by a St. Joseph County jury of using a computer to commit a crime and two counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material. He was sentenced by St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman to a range of three to …

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Man faces homicide charge after running over woman in Oshtemo Township parking lot

A Kalamazoo man was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide after intentionally running over a 65-year-old woman in a Walmart parking lot Tuesday, authorities said. The woman was walking in the parking lot located in Oshtemo Township around 12:10 p.m. when a car driven by a 32-year-old Kalamazoo man intentionally hit her, deputies with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said. …

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Chalking tires illegal, judge says, but city gets big break

A Michigan city violated the U.S. Constitution by chalking tires to enforce parking limits, but it won’t be forced to refund thousands of tickets in the class-action case, a judge said. Saginaw must only pay vehicle owners “nominal damages” of $1.00 for each marking, U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington said Monday. “The basic problem is that chalking is relatively harmless,” …

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic governor said in a statement that she tested positive for the virus Monday evening and is experiencing mild symptoms. Whitmer said she plans to follow proper guidance and protocols, while maintaining a remote schedule. Whitmer said all of her close contacts from Monday will be notified. “I am grateful …

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Constantine girl dies in crash

An 11-year-old girl from Constantine died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Constantine Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 2:45 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Klett Road and Quaker Street. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said a 49-year-old woman from Bristol, Ind., was driving south on Klett Road. She told authorities she did not …

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County clerk receives petition to recall White Pigeon Village President

The process to recall White Pigeon Village President Tyler Royce is moving forward after a 126-signature petition was turned in last week. St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald said the next step involves a process to determine sufficiency of the petition papers. If sufficiency is determined, Oswald will then have to verify that the signatures are of registered voters who …

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Increase in Michigan coronavirus cases

Michigan reported more than 20,000 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, an increase from more than 19,600 the week before of the virus that causes COVID-19. St. Joseph County reported 107 cases and no deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 109 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 14,536 …

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Glen Oaks receives technology grant

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton announced a substantial grant on Tuesday to benefit Glen Oaks Community College. Upton said the $900,000 grant will implement a safe, effective and cost-efficient distance-learning model for Glen Oaks’ students, with an emphasis on high-school dual-enrolled students. The grant project features the installation of videoconferencing technology to allow instructors to broadcast synchronous live instruction from their …

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K-Wings add three more to roster

The roster building continues for the Kalamazoo Wings as they prepare for the 2022-23 season, which kicks off on Saturday, October 22 at Wings Event Center. In a move that will surely delight fans, two popular players from last season will be returning to the ice as will an intriguing newcomer. Forward Anthony Collins made quite a splash for the …

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Bond continued following preliminary examination in murder case

After several hours of preliminary examination testimony Thursday in the open murder case against Michael Lafler, St. Joseph County prosecutor David Marvin asked Lafler be bound over for trial. Judge Jeff Middleton continued the $1 million bond for Lafler in the death of Chelsea Wallen, 33, during an incident Oct. 15 in her Colon home. Kalamazoo defense attorney Anastase Markou …

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