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Man seeking ‘suicide by cop’ dies in shootout with police

Battle Creek police report that a 19-year-old man who said he wanted police to kill him was fatally shot when both he and officers opened fire. The shooting happened Sunday morning. Police tell WOOD-TV that a family member called about 10:40 a.m. saying the man had taken a relative’s gun and wanted to die. Police say the man then called ...

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State Rep. Miller announces local office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced his May in-district office hours. Miller invites residents to join him May 22, at the following locations: LA’s Coffee Café, 145 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.; and Rachel’s Family Dining, 300 E. Chicago Road, White Pigeon, from 11 a.m. to noon. Miller said he encourages anyone with ideas or ...

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Cass County – Pilot escapes with minor injuries after ultralight crash

Authorities say a pilot escaped with minor injuries following the crash of an ultralight aircraft. The Cass County sheriff’s department says in a statement Thursday that 57-year-old Carl Rosander of Cassopolis was flying near his home when the aircraft hit a tree and crashed in La Grange Township. He was the only person aboard the aircraft. The department says Rosander ...

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Kalamazoo-area man, 75, charged in ex-wife’s shotgun slaying

A 75-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife at their western Michigan home. Jimmy L. Thrasher was arraigned Tuesday in Kalamazoo District Court on murder and firearms charges. Judge Tiffany A. Ankley ordered him jailed without bond until a probable cause hearing May 26. The judge also granted his request for a ...

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Mower stolen in Park Township

Sheriff’s department deputies were called earlier this week to a business in Park Township, where a lawn mower was reported stolen. The incident was reported Monday after the John Deere zero-turn mower with a 48-inch deck was stolen from a shipping crate earlier in the day. The theft occurred at Green Mark Equipment, at the corner of U.S. 131 and ...

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Medical condition causes crash

A 55-year-old Sturgis man appears to have suffered a medical condition while driving earlier this week, leading to a single-vehicle accident in Sherman Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the man was driving south on Shimmel Road around 5 p.m. Monday, when he drove his vehicle over the center line and off the roadway near Storms Road. The ...

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