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Woman injured in Cass County crash

A two-vehicle accident in Cass County earlier this week resulted in a Three Rivers woman seeking hospitalization. Cass County sheriff’s deputies said the incident occurred at 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 12 at Baldwin Prairie Road. Authorities said 55-year-old Stacy Roberts was injured after the vehicle she was driving west on U.S. 12 was struck on the driver’s side by …

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Minor injuries in Cass County crash

Cass County officials responded last weekend to Marcellus Township regarding a single-vehicle accident involving a Marcellus man. Sheriff’s officials said a vehicle driven by Jacob White, 22, was heading west on M-216 when he lost control near Knight Road. His vehicle went off the roadway and struck an embankment. The incident occurred at 4:20 a.m. Saturday. White suffered minor injuries …

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Autopsy confirms identity of body found

Sheriff Brad Balk said results of an autopsy conducted on a body found Friday in the St. Joseph River confirmed it was the man who police had thought. Balk said the body was Justin Berg, 45, who had been missing since May 9. Members of the St. Joseph County Dive/Rescue team recovered the body in Three Rivers. Berg was last …

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Commissioners approve Constantine Fire Chief agreement

An independent contractor agreement was reached Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. County administrator Pat Yoder said the agreement with Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon is an annual arrangement through the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee. Yoder said Haydon has been hired the past six years to review plans for businesses that meet or exceed certain thresholds …

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Pedestrian dies of injuries sustained in crash

A Sturgis woman has died as the result of a car-pedestrian accident Wednesday evening at the intersection of South Centreville and Fawn River Roads. The victim was identified as 20-year-old Michal Webb. She was reportedly walking her dog when she was struck by the car, which was driven by a 25-year-old female from Howe, Indiana. The dog was killed in the …

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Man injured in motorcycle crash

A White Pigeon man was injured last week after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car that had failed to yield near an intersection in Fabius Township. Sheriff’s department officials said the man was driving south on U.S. 131 shortly after 9 p.m. Friday when a SUV driven by a 72-year-old Mendon woman entered the roadway near …

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Fire damages Battle Creek cereal-byproduct recycling plant

Officials say a fire at a recycling plant for byproducts of cereal making in Battle Creek caused more than $275,000 in damage. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the fire started Monday night at ReConserve Inc. when an end loader with a fuel leak caught fire at an entrance to the building. No one was injured. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished …

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Potential amendments to municipal loan process

St. Joseph County officials are expected to approve a few amendments to their municipal loan fund process. County administrator Pat Yoder said the matter arose through discussions with various townships. One in particular is looking into the purchase of a fire truck, an expense projected to be about $500,000. The township, Yoder said, has saved $100,000 and it will likely …

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White Pigeon man injured in roll-over crash

A 30-year-old White Pigeon man was injured in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County. Sheriff Joe Underwood said deputies were called at 7:45 p.m. Thursday to the intersection of U.S. 12 and Sunset Boulevard for a roll-over accident. Deputies said Thomas Defreese, was heading west on U.S. 12, when his vehicle drove off the right side of the …

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Dowagiac honors Firefighter of the Year

State Rep. Aaron Miller will be in Dowagiac Saturday to help recognize a member of the city’s fire department. During a ceremony at 1 p.m., Miller will take part in a tribute to James Carpenter. Carpenter has been named the department’s “Firefighter of the Year.” Miller plans to present Carpenter a state tribute for his service to the Dowagiac community.

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