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Cause of Mendon fire still unknown

Two victims of a house fire last week in Mendon Township were migrant farm workers. St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the cause of the blaze might never be known due to extensive damage to the house in Mendon Township. The home was owned by an area dairy farm, according to Lillywhite. Lillywhite said other occupants of the farmhouse …

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Two dead in house fire near Mendon

Two men died early Wednesday in a house fire in the 53000 block of Silver Street in Mendon Township. Authorities said one body was found in the basement, the other on the first floor. Michigan State Police investigators said the cause of the fire is undetermined. Identities of the two men have not been released, pending notification of next of …

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Sturgis crash sends 2 to hospital

Two people were injured in a two-car accident last week in Sturgis. Fire and police personnel were called shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday to an area of South Centerville Road in front of Applebee’s. Rescue personnel found a car laying on its side and a second vehicle leaning against it. The driver and passenger of the car on its side …

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Multiple injuries in White Pigeon crash

A White Pigeon resident was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in White Pigeon Township. State police troopers said the incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 12 and Crooked Creek Road. Investigators said a car driven by 23-year-old Anthony Rice of White Pigeon was stopped at the intersection and then proceeded northbound onto Crooked Creek …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

A Detroit-area man died in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 10:30 p.m. Friday to Kessington Road, where 32-year-old Gary May, of New Haven, was driving northbound and lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, according to authorities. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. May, who …

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Michigan funeral service to be held for dogs in kennel fire

A western Michigan funeral home will host a community memorial service for 30 dogs that died in a boarding kennel fire late last month. Clock Funeral Home of Muskegon is hosting the service April 12 for families to share memories of their pets that died at Storm’s Ahead Kennel in Fruitport Township. Each pet that perished in the March 30 …

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Constantine Firefighter of the Year awarded

Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon was recently presented with the agency’s 2018 “Firefighter of the Year Award” by Bryan Hughey. Haydon was honored March 18 at an awards banquet at the station. Also honored with service pins were assistant fire chief Mark Moore, 25 years; Trevor Arnold, 10 years; Blake Piper, five years; and John Hofmeister, five years.

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Local man arrested in connection with fire

A 41-year-old Three Rivers man is in custody relating to an arson incident last week at Maple Crest Apartments. Members of the Three Rivers Fire Department were summoned at 5:30 a.m. Saturday to building 1006, where a fire alarm had sounded. A resident found a trash can on fire inside the building’s common area and heavy smoke throughout the structure. …

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Cass County crash injures woman

An Edwardsburg woman was injured after the car she was driving went off the roadway and struck a tree in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were notified at 11:55 a.m. Monday that a personal-injury crash had occurred on Shavehead Lake Road near M-40. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered 57-year-old Karen Pierucki, was driving westbound when the …

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Woman, children injured in Cass County crash

A White Pigeon woman and her children were injured in a two-vehicle accident this week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday to U.S. 12, east of South River Road, regarding an accident. It was determined that a vehicle driven by Brandi Bambrick, 35, of White Pigeon, was westbound on U.S. 12 …

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