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Thumbs up in Flowerfield Township

Flowerfield Township voters approved a request to increase their millage for fire protection and ambulance services. By a tally of 170-to-112, voters agreed to support an increase of up to 1 mill for a five-year period. As a result of Tuesday’s endorsement, the request will raise more than $64,000 annually to be disbursed to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, Fabius/Park Fire …

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Police: Michigan motel fire that killed 6 was an accident

Authorities say a fire that killed five children and their mother at a Michigan motel appears to have been an accident. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says experts found no evidence of an accelerant that would have started the deadly blaze early Saturday at the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus Township. The precise cause still is under investigation. The …

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Jones man seriously injured in LP tank explosion

A Jones man was seriously injured Sunday morning while doing maintenance at Bair Lake Bible Camp, located just south of Jones. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke identified the victim as 44-year-old David Stiles, who is reportedly the facilities manager at the camp. Stiles was working on a propane tank when it exploded. He was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Due to …

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Authorities: No foul play in camper fire that killed 2 kids

Authorities say there’s no indication of foul play in a camper fire in southern Michigan that killed two young siblings and a dog and injured a third child. The Branch County sheriff’s office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday near Bronson. Chris Gump tells WWMT-TV he was outside the camper and saw smoke. He says he went inside …

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Two injured in motorcycle crash

Two Marcellus residents were injured after the motorcycle they were on was involved in an accident last week in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were advised at 5 p.m. Saturday that a motorcycle went off the roadway on Dutch Settlement Road near Skyhawk Drive. The driver, 37-year-old Ryan Hampton, told authorities he was heading west and …

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Two died in Cass County crash

Two people died earlier this week in an automobile accident in Cass County’s Pokagon Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said a PT Cruiser driven by 34-year-old Mishawaka resident Lee Ann Romita Sanez was heading south on M-51 Sunday when it crossed the center line and struck a northbound Chevy Impala. It was being driven by Phillip Seitenstich, 32, of Dowagiac. David …

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Camper propane tank explodes

Two people were injured over the weekend after a propane tank inside their camper exploded at a Cass County campground. The situation unfolded Sunday afternoon at Melville Seven Lakes Campground in Marcellus. Authorities said an investigation into why the tank exploded is ongoing, but it occurred when the victims started a gas stove. Two people inside the unit were burned …

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Four vehicle crash in Cass County

Four vehicles were involved in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver over the weekend in Cass County’s Milton Township. The incident was reported at 4:15 a.m. Saturday on M-60 near Reum Road. Investigators said a vehicle driving north in the southbound lane of M-60 struck a box truck driven by 23-year-old Emily Oostema. Oostema’s truck went off the roadway, …

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Child rescued from river in Mendon

A 7-year-old child was rescued from drowning in the St. Joseph River in Mendon earlier this week. State police said troopers were called to assist Mendon Police Department just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to Fremont Street in response to a child who had fallen into the river. The victim fell into the river but was subsequently pulled from the water …

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Man injured when vehicle hit by deer

A White Pigeon man suffered minor injuries after his vehicle was struck by a deer last week in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday to M-40, near Born Street. Investigators said Brian Rudloff was driving south on M-40 when his vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a deer. Rudloff sustained …

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