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Groundwater contamination improves

Sturgis Township officials said an area of contaminated groundwater continues to improve. During its meeting earlier this month, the board gave a report on the Abbott Nutrition annual groundwater review for contamination sites in the township. The contamination was discovered nearly 20 years ago, when processing water being disposed of in nearby fields reacted with farm chemicals in the ground. …

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Single vehicle crash in Cass County

Cass County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a personal-injury crash that took place in Penn Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded at 6 a.m. Tuesday to Donnell Lake Street, just west of Lewis Lake. Behnke said deputies made contact with the driver, 22-year-old Vandalia resident Janelle Gazi. She told authorities she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway. Her …

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K-Wings Win Three; Taylor Makes History

The Kalamazoo Wings (7-6-1-0) may have ended the holiday weekend with a loss, however, they managed to pick up six points by winning three of the four games they played. On Wednesday, the K-Wings hosted the Iowa Heartlanders (3-8-2-1) at Wings Event Center. After allowing an Iowa goal in each of the first two periods, the K-Wings kicked it into …

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Man found guilty in eluding case

A Three Rivers man who attempted to elude police last year has been found guilty of two charges related to the incident. St. Joseph County Prosecutor David Marvin said Mark Shelton, 62, could face up to 15 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of resisting/obstructing police as a fourth habitual offender. The incident happened during August 2021 …

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Burr Oak crash injures three people

Three people were injured in a two-car crash last week in Burr Oak Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called shortly after 3 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Kelly and Carpenterson roads in response to a personal-injury crash. Investigators said an 18-year-old female and her 18-year-old passenger, both of Sturgis, were northbound on Carpenterson Road, where the driver …

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Indiana judge rejects plea for alleged barn fire accomplice

A judge rejected a plea agreement Monday for a woman accused of helping her boyfriend set fire to several northern Indiana barns, citing her plea deal’s lack of prison time. Sherry Thomas, 33, of Nappanee had reached a plea agreement that includes an admission to one felony count of arson in the string of eight barn burnings. Thomas was charged …

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Sherman Township man sentenced

A 32-year-old Sherman Township man will serve up to 70 years in prison for his role in child pornography. St. Joseph County Circuit Judge Paul Stutesman last week sentenced Clayton Warren, after Warren pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Investigators said Warren recorded himself sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child over a five-month period starting in November 2021. Warren …

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United Way Christmas auction

St. Joseph County United Way is in the midst of a Christmas Hummel and Santa auction. Now through Dec. 20, the agency is offering a wide selection of different Christmas pieces, with proceeds benefiting the Centreville-based agency. Dozens of items are up for auction. A link to the site can be found through the United Way’s website: sjcuf.com.

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Student treated after social media challenge

Colon Community Schools Superintendent Rachel Kowalski issued a statement last week related to a student who became ill after participating in a social media challenge. Kowalski said a student at Colon Elementary ate a tortilla chip infused with Carolina Reaper, considered the hottest pepper in the world. The victim, whose grade level or age were not indicated, became violently ill …

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Out and About – Week of November 28th

The Three Rivers Artists Guild would like everyone to know about their Holiday Art Gallery. This gallery is open through Christmas Eve, December 24. Located at 28 North Main Street in historic downtown Three Rivers, you’ll find a vast assortment of fiber art, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, photography, plus much more along with ideas for this Christmas holiday season. The …

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