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Man died after being hit by train

A Niles man died this week after he was struck by the engine of a freight train in Cass County’s Pokagon Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the rail crossing a half mile south of Pokagon Highway. Investigators said a Norfolk Southern train traveling north came across a subject on the tracks who …

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Three car crash in Cass County

Three vehicles, including a car driven by a White Pigeon man, were involved in an accident earlier this month in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said a car driven by 83-year-old Gordon Jackson of White Pigeon was heading north March 3 on Tharp Lake Road when it pulled into the path of a car heading east on U.S. …

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Investigation continues in Cass County crash

The Cass County sheriff’s department is investigating a crash that occurred late Sunday night on Rudy Road. Deputies said the driver of the vehicle, Lucas Black, 34, of Dowagiac, was southbound on Ruby when a vehicle driving northbound began to pass another vehicle. Black told police he swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle and lost control, rolling it several times. …

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Colon crash injures two

Two people were injured in an accident Saturday at the intersection of Farrand and Colon roads in Colon Township. The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department reports that a vehicle driven by Matthew Allen Chorpenning, 27, of Sturgis, pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by Kyle Steven Wirgau, 25, of Colon. Wirgau was taken from the scene to Three …

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One injured in rollover crash

A teenager was injured in a rollover crash on Engle Road just south of Featherstone Road Thursday in Florence Township. The Michigan State Police arrived on scene to find two teenage males involved in the wreck, a 17-year-old male from Centreville was lying on the ground with injuries that resulted in him being taken to the hospital. Yet, through investigation it was …

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Two sent to hospital following crash

A 15-year-old female with a Level 1 Michigan graduated license was involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Calvin Township. The incident, which saw the vehicle collide with a bucket truck operated by 28-year-old Christopher Budden of Kalamazoo, resulted in the female and her passenger, Christopher Burnham, 22, of Cassopolis, to go to the hospital. All parties involved in the …

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Man injured in crash

A Decatur man was injured after he fell asleep at the wheel and was involved in a one-vehicle accident in Cass County’s Penn Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said 25-year-old Douglas McIntyre was driving north on Decatur Road at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep and his car went off the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree. McIntyre was treated …

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Woman injured in White Pigeon crash

A White Pigeon woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident earlier this week in White Pigeon Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to U.S. 131 near Eagley Road, where a car driven by 26-year-old Gina Huser left the roadway, struck several tress and flipped onto its top. The car was heading north …

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Sturgis business suffers second fire

For the second time in two days, the Sturgis Fire Department responded Wednesday to Cobalt Holdings. Fire officials said crews reported 20-foot flames emitting from a trailer on the north end of the business, located at 1111 N. Centerville Road. The source of the fire appeared to be recycled tire material and metal within the trailer. Crews were on scene …

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Fire crew respond to business fire

The Sturgis Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire late Tuesday at the north end of town. The incident occurred at Cobalt Holdings in the 1000 block of North Centreville Road. First-responding crews reported smoke from the north end of the building and determined that a piece of machinery was on fire. Upon entering the building, firefighters observed heavy …

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