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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured after a car pulled into its path last week in Cass County’s Pokagon Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said the incident occurred at 2:10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of M-51 and Peavine Street. Investigators said 34-year-old Troy Duis was driving his motorcycle south on M-51 when a vehicle driven by Alexis Chorba, 16, of Dowagiac, …

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Man jailed after Walmart stabbing

A Kendallville man accused of stabbing a Walmart employee last week in Sturgis remains in the St. Joseph County Jail. Randy Alan Decker, 48, is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of armed robbery and two counts of resisting/obstructing a police officer. His bond was set at $1 million. The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. Friday. …

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Man arrested following stabbing

A 48-year-old Kendallville, Ind., man is in the St. Joseph County jail after a stabbing incident last week in Sturgis. According to police, the victim, a loss-prevention team member at Walmart on South Centerville Road, was attempting to stop the man for shoplifting. The worker suffered a stab wound to the neck and was treated at Sturgis Hospital. Officers were …

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Weather leads to 6 car crash

Dense fog, icy roads and drivers going too fast for conditions led to a six-car, chain-reaction crash late last week in White Pigeon Township. The crash occurred around 7 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Lutz and Dickenson roads. Michigan State Police said a semi driven by Raphel Milo, 51, was headed north on Lutz Road and slowing to make …

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Accidents closed Lutz Road for several hours

Emergency crews were already stretched thin Friday morning last week after a six-vehicle collision on Lutz Road in White Pigeon Township. An unrelated crash scene not far from the Lutz Road incident added to the need for fire and rescue personnel. In an attempt to make Lutz Road safe for emergency personnel, it was closed at Stears Road in Constantine …

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Woman dies after vehicle struck by train

An Indiana woman died Friday after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a freight train in Pokagon Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said the woman, Barbara Schult, of Middlebury, was driving east at 3:44 p.m. on Pokagon Highway when she passed stationary vehicles that had stopped when the crossing signal activated. Schult drove through the crossing, despite visual and …

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