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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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Man injured in single vehicle crash

Speed and alcohol were likely factors in a single-vehicle accident last weekend in Branch County’s Batavia Township. State police were called around midnight Saturday to Ember Road, near Wheeler Road, in response to a car that had crashed into a tree. The car was being driven east on Ember Road by a 23-year-old Bronson man. Investigators said he lost control …

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Lower ambulance costs for local jurisdictions

An increase in calls for service and the savings of regional operations will result in a reduced subsidy cost for St. Joseph County governmental units that contract with LifeCare Ambulance. Sturgis Township last month became the first of 12 local jurisdictions to sign a new four-year contract with LifeCare Ambulance for emergency medical response. According to Mike Bobalik, Sturgis Township …

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Two killed in Cass County crash

Two people, including a 4-year-old boy, died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning in Cass County’s Silver Creek Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 3 a.m. to School Street, near Tice Avenue, where a car driven by 21-year-old Jordan White of Dowagiac left the roadway and struck several trees. Investigators said it appears White was driving …

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Sturgis home damaged in fire

A Sturgis residence sustained smoke and water damage following a fire around 7 p.m. Saturday. Crews were dispatched to the 200 block of North Fourth Street following a report of an upstairs bedroom on fire. Sturgis Police confirmed the presence of smoke from the area in question. Firefighters were advised upon arrival that all occupants had evacuated the residence. A …

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