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B & E – Several items taken

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place last week in Lockport Township. Investigators were called May 25 to the 56000 block of North Main Street. The victim told authorities that a number of items were stolen, including two boats and an undisclosed quantity of power tools.

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Virus rules eased outdoors in Michigan; last call gets later

Michigan crossed a threshold in the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday with a lifting of certain restrictions at outdoor events and inside bars and restaurants. Masks no longer are required outdoors, and capacity limits are extinguished at outdoor sports events and concerts. Restaurants and bars can operate indoors at 50% capacity and can stay open past 11 p.m. There’s no limit on …

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Postal Service looks to raise first-class stamp to 58 cents

The U.S. Postal Service wants to raise rates on first-class stamps from 55 cents to 58 cents as part of a host of price hikes and service changes designed to reduce debt for the beleaguered agency. The request for the changes, which would take effect Aug. 29, was filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission. It includes price hikes for first-class …

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Man shot by father dies

A Marcellus man shot by his father last week has died. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said 29-year-old Cody Gonder died Saturday, three days after he and his father, Russell Gonder, 55, were involved in a fight. Deputies were called around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 11000 block of Van Buren Street in Marcellus Township in regards to a shooting …

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Two injured in Nottawa Township crash

A 34-year-old Sturgis woman and a 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle were hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident last week in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday to the intersection of Nottawa and Findley roads. Investigators said a 23-year-old man from Naperville, Ill., was driving east on Findley Road and crossed Nottawa Road …

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Local unemployment rate shows a decrease

April’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County dropped by three-tenths of a percent from March. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget was released last week. It showed St. Joseph County’s unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent in March to 4.6 percent in April. The rate was 28.9 percent a year earlier, as April …

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Local COVID vaccination rates

Vaccination level in St. Joseph County reached 40 percent last week. Meanwhile, in Branch and Hillsdale counties, the number of eligible recipients remains below 40 percent. The percentage of eligible residents vaccinated by May 24 was 40 for St. Joseph County, 39.7 for Branch County and 36.2 in Hillsdale County. St. Joseph County experienced the greatest increase in vaccinations over …

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SOS offices – Resolution introduced

State Rep. Steve Carra recently introduced a resolution calling for services to remain accessible to the public at Michigan Secretary of State offices. Carra said the appointment system does not work for everyone, especially someone who needs services on short notice. He added that if secretary of state offices do not resume a walk-in option, then the appointment system should …

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Out and About – Week of May 31st

“I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it.” – Henry Moore Your “Spring Cleaning” should be done by now. However, in most homes one’s cleaning chores are never really done. The typical homeowner cleans their home about once a week. Please notice that I didn’t say “housewife”. I fee that cleaning chores should be …

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