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The Van Buren County sheriff’s office is investigating burglaries in the Alread area. The investigation started with a report on Feb. 23, 2013, of an incident that quickly turned into an investigation involving several area juveniles, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The investigation found that items were stolen and then posted for sale on an online sales listing. To date more than $18,000 in property has been recovered. All property that has been reported stolen has been recovered. Anyone with a similar incident in the Alread area is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Scott Bradley reminds residents that items listed for sale that seem “too good to be true” probably are just that. Anyone who suspects property offered for sale is stolen is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 745-3838.


The Clinton City Council held a special meeting last week to hear from Schneider Electric Energy Solutions engineers on plans to clean up the city’s water. The Schneider representatives handed out their report to the City Council. The council tabled the proposal until they have had a chance to look it over. Also at the meeting, the Clinton Fire Department withdrew its bid to buy the old Ford place on Highway 65 South because the mayor said he had heard a company is interested in opening up a business there. No other details on a business opening at the site were available.


Craig Fisher, supervisor of the county’s solid waste and recycling department, said the new recycling bins are working well. In response to some complaints, he said the bins are not designed to remove items from them after the items have been deposited. If anyone has problems putting items in the bins, they should call 745-2409 and someone will come out to assist them, Fisher said.

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