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Constantine firefighters tend two fires

Several hours after tending to a suspected arson at an abandoned house on Peck Academy Road, Constantine firefighters were called to another blaze Monday in the 62000 block of Constantine Road in Florence Township. Just before 10:30 a.m., residents said they smelled something hot and saw smoke in an attached garage. Fire personnel arrived less than 10 minutes later. The …

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Sturgis Kmart to close doors

A longtime retailer in Sturgis will be closing later this year. Kmart, located on South Centerville Road, will shut its doors in mid-November, said Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings. A liquidation sale is expected to begin Aug. 30. Store closures are part of a series of actions being taken to reduce on-going expenses, adjust the company’s …

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Teenager arrested for assaulting officer

A 15-year-old girl from Sturgis was arrested Monday after she attempted to stab a Sturgis police officer. According to a department media release, the officer approached the girl shortly after 1 a.m. at Lakeview and Congress streets, as she was in violation of the city’s curfew for teenagers. The girl started walking away from the officer, and he grabbed her …

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Two arrested following home invasion

A sharp-eyed, off-duty deputy from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of two of three suspects involved in a home-invasion incident over the weekend. Sheriff Joe Underwood said the arrests took place shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 28000 block of Coulter Road. Underwood said an off-duty reserve deputy observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the …

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Colon Fire Department to replace old gear

The Colon Fire Department will soon begin the expensive task of replacing old gear. Last week, it received help toward that goal from Independent Transmission Company with a donation of $650. ITC is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Karyn Boyd, from ITC, presented Colon Fire Chief Matt Overholt with the $650 check. Overholt said he had applied for …

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Sturgis man arrested after assault on officers

A 31-year-old Sturgis man was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail after he allegedly attacked some Sturgis Police officers Tuesday last week. Maxwell Vincent Sites faces charges of domestic assault and four counts of assaulting a police officer. He also is wanted on a failure to appear warrant. Police were called to 1301 Cato Lane about 11:30 p.m. regarding …

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