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Woman injured in motorcycle accident

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Colon motorcyclist was injured after the two-wheeler she was driving ran into the back of a vehicle over the weekend in Colon Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Lora Waffle, 43, was riding westbound on Colon Road when her motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Leonard Burnham of Mendon.

The incident occurred near Farrand Road.

Waffle, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Burnham was not injured.

Two rescued from river

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two Anderson, Ind., men were plucked from the St. Joseph River near the Mottville Dam last week.

Rescue personnel said the boat got caught in the current Wednesday morning and was pulled into the dam.

Both men were rescued before the boat sank. Personnel from the White Pigeon Fire Department, St. Joseph County Dive Rescue and St. Joseph County Marine Division removed the submerged vessel.

The men had put the boat into the river in Bristol, Ind. They were cited for a marine violation.

Fire damages home

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A fire heavily damaged a home in Nottawa Township last weekend.

Firefighters were called to a residence in the at 61000 block of Klinger Lake Road aroound 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

First-arriving firefighters from Centreville observed heavy smoke coming from the roof.

Officials said the fire began in the attic, where the homeowner was repairing a leak in the roof when a light stand fell over starting the fire.

The residence sustained extensive heat, smoke and water damage. Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours.

Man injured in explosion

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Authorities say a 50-year-old man has been injured in an explosion while trying to make fireworks at his home in southwestern Michigan. Officers were called around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to the home in Portage. Public safety Lt. John Blue says a suspected methamphetamine lab also was found at the scene, but that’s being investigated separately. Battalion Chief Rick Palmer says there was a “huge explosion” at the home. He says the man apparently was attempting to use raw explosives to make fireworks in his kitchen. The man was burned, but details on the extent of his injuries weren’t available Wednesday morning. Windows were blown out on the home, located about 55 miles south of Grand Rapids, and it appeared that the garage also sustained damage.  (AP)

Fire caused by lightning

June 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Recapping last week’s fire at the Bentwater Apartments, Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has issued a press release detailing the damage.

The fire, caused by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon, damaged a total of five of the building’s 16 apartment units.

Tomlinson said the most severely compromised apartment sustained about 70 percent damage. Two of the other four were damaged 40 and 30 percent, respectively, while two others were destroyed 20 percent.

Tenants in eight apartments at the north end of the building were expected to return by the end of the week last week.

Arson at Three Rivers Walmart

June 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Three Rivers Walmart was temporarily closed, following a fire that started early Monday. According to Three Rivers fire officials and Walmart representatives, the incident started at a clearance rack in the hardware department, where a woman appears to have started the fire intentionally. Surveillance video shows the woman, who had straight, blond hair, deliberately set fire to notebook paper then fled the store. Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said there was no structural damage, but meat, produce and some shelf items had to be discarded due to water and smoke damage. Store surveillance shows the woman left the store’s north entrance and entered a late ‘80s or early ‘90s tan pickup.

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