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Police investigate breaking-and-entering

State police are investigating an attempted breaking-and-entering incident reported last week in Mottville Township. According to a state police media release, troopers were called to the 70000 block of Vistula Road, where a home-security alarm was activated around 1:30 p.m. The homeowner arrived on the scene and noticed a rear service door leading into a garage was forced open. Neighbors ...

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Authorities: About 10,000 chickens die in Michigan barn fire

Authorities say a barn fire in southern Michigan has killed about 10,000 chickens. The Sturgis Journal reports smoke and heat killed the birds during the fire in Branch County’s Bronson Township. Bronson fire Chief Brent Wilber says sparks from a propane gas hookup caused a flash fire late Tuesday, June 9th. Employees put out the fire, but it apparently smoldered ...

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Several charges for woman who fled seen of crash

A 20-year-old White Pigeon woman was arrested last week after she fled on foot from the scene of a single-car accident in Mottville Township. State police troopers were called to the intersection of Thomas and Blyly roads regarding a car a car that had driven into a pole and guardrail around 12:30 a.m. Friday. Several witnesses tried to help the ...

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One injured in Cass County crash

An Illinois man caused a two-vehicle accident after he ran a stop sign last week in Cass County’s Volinia Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said Jose Balderas, 54, of Waukegan, Ill., was driving south on Decatur Road when he failed to stop at Marcellus Highway and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Bruce Johnson, 56, of Cassopolis. Johnson was treated at ...

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Miller applauds House budget approval

State Rep. Aaron Miller earlier this month applauded the House for approving the state budget for fiscal year 2015 to 2016. Miller said the budget will pay down debt liabilities, catch up on payments to the state teacher retirement fund, dedicate general fund dollars to fix Michigan roads, and restore Rainy Day Funds to peak levels that have not been ...

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New animal shelter a possibility

The prospect of a new county animal shelter facility remains a possibility, as members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners revisited the issue during a work session Tuesday. Commissioner Rick Shaffer, a member of the animal control advisory board, said he favors a new building over refurbishing the current building. Meanwhile, Commissioner Don Eaton, who has visited facilities ...

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