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Two people injured in Centreville crash

Two Sturgis residents were airlifted to Bronson Hospital following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in the village of Centreville. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old Sturgis man was westbound on East Main Street when his vehicle crossed the centerline and into the path of an eastbound garbage truck at Industrial Drive. The incident ... Read More »

Fatal fire in Kalamazoo County

Officials are investigating after a man’s body was found at the scene of a house fire in Kalamazoo County. Firefighters got a call about 3:00 Monday morning about a fire at a home in Pavilion Township near Comstock, where they found flames covering the home and siding melting on a neighbor’s garage. Authorities say the man found dead was 65-year-old ... Read More »

Central Dispatch to receive new recorder system

St. Joseph County’s Central Dispatch will soon be receiving a new recorder system. During last week’s county commission meeting, approval was given to replace the 20-year-old recorder currently used by the Centreville-based agency. Human resources director Elishia Arver said the current recorder is plagued with viruses and is long overdue to be retired. Grand Rapids-based software company Van Belkum provided ... Read More »

Man charged with murder following fire

Police have arrested a Battle Creek man in connection with a fatal stabbing and apartment fire in Kalamazoo over the weekend. The 35-year-old suspect was to be arraigned on charges of open murder and arson Tuesday. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were called to the Clayborne Court Apartment complex Saturday night. The fire was in a bedroom and fire crews were able ... Read More »

Homes in Sherman Township evacuated after propane leak

About a dozen homes in Sherman Township were evacuated late Sunday after a thousand-gallon propane tank began to leak. Authorities said the tank slid off of its base due to soft ground and rolled down a hill around 9:30 p.m. The tank then struck a tree at the tank’s valve. Homes were evacuated in an area that included Banker Street, ... Read More »

Fatal fire in Kalamazoo

Firefighters sent to an apartment in Kalamazoo found a 47-year-old resident dead in a bedroom.  The cause of the fire and the woman’s death are under investigation. The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department calls the fire “suspicious.”  The fire was quickly extinguished Saturday night. No other apartments at the Clayborne Court complex were affected. (AP) Read More »