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Always lock vehicle doors, don't leave keys in the ignition
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:17:33 -0800

BRANCH COUNTY — Help Eliminate Auto Thefts, Michigan's statewide auto theft prevention program, has issued a statement urging Michiganders to protect their vehicles by providing tips to stay alert.

Deadlines for 2014 Farm Bill approaching
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:12:49 -0800

BRANCH COUNTY — The 2014 Farm Bill that was signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7, 2014 requires farm owners and tenants to address certain issues, along with allowing them to update their annual crop yields (for 21 covered commodities) and rearranging their base crop acreages.

Michigan prison inmate charged with solicitation of murder
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:41:52 -0800

A Michigan prison inmate has been charged with solicitation of murder after authorities say he tried to arrange the slaying of an ex-girlfriend.

Lakeland prison thwarts murder for hire
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:42:24 -0800

LANSING — A former Lakeland prison inmate, Michael Christopher Still, 28, will face charges of solicitation of murder in Coldwater after his letter was returned for lack of a zip code.

St. Clair County Sheriff: Help us bring armed robbers to justice
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:21:26 -0800

Employees from the Talmer Bank in Port Huron Township reported to deputies Jan. 20 that two men came into the branch at Lapeer Road and 32nd Street at about 9:15 a.m., according to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon. The suspects brandished black handguns and demanded money. Once the money was received, they fled in a dark blue minivan. Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the ...

Officials records cleared in suit with tax protestor
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:21:46 -0800

JACKSON — Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wilson on Tuesday took seconds to declare four documents filed with the Branch County register of deeds “to be of no legal force or effect” after Branch County filed for a declaratory action.

Mute swans pose threat to Michigan native wildlife
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:46:40 -0800

HILLSDALE COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to reduce the population of non-native mute swans to approximately 2,000 individuals.

Reidt violates probation 1 day after release
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:32:19 -0800

COLDWATER — Max Reidt will have 11 months to beat his heroin addiction after he relapsed one day after he was released from Twin Counties Probation Center.

Tree thefts end with meth bust
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:04:31 -0800

COLDWATER — Barry Badders is charged with two meth-related offenses after a timber theft report lead Michigan State Police (MSP) to his Central Road home.

North Branch girl becoming TV star
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:01:57 -0800

BY JACOB HUNSANGER Contributing Writer [img_assist|nid=147803|title=|desc= Mikayla Pekala of North Branch is currently on a hit new reality TV series, The Model Idea, and is looking for community support. She has also held the title of Miss Michigan Captivating for the past few years, competing for the national title before becoming a television star. read more