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Man injured in single car crash

A Cassopolis man was injured in a one-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Penn Township. Sheriff’s department officials were called at 7:55 a.m. Friday to Kelsey Lake Street, near Griffiths Road, in response to a car that had crashed into a tree. Investigators found that a sport-utility vehicle driven by 23-year-old John Sylvia was heading west on Kelsey Lake …

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Motorcyclist dies in crash

A White Pigeon man died over the weekend when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a sport-utility vehicle in Elkhart County. Indiana authorities said Austin Hersha, 29, was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson at 9:30 p.m. Sunday northbound on County Road 23 near the intersection of County Road 104. Elkhart County Sheriff’s officials said the motorcycle collided with a …

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Constantine home destroyed by fire

A residence was destroyed by fire late Sunday afternoon in Constantine Township. Its occupants were not home at the time of the blaze, which was reported at 5:15 p.m. and took place in the 15300 block of Featherstone Road. Authorities were notified after family members of the home’s occupants, and who live by the house, saw smoke. The home is …

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Girl dies after being struck by vehicle

A 2-year-old Indiana girl died over the weekend after she was struck by a car at a relative’s house in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the incident occurred at 7 p.m. Sunday in the 20000 block of Old 205. Witnesses told deputies that the family was having a birthday party at the residence. A family member was …

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Man injured in crash

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Mendon Township. Deputies were called shortly after 3:30 a.m. to Silver Street, just south of Michigan Avenue, where a vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. The driver, Roy Spencer Jr., whose age and community of residence were not listed in a department media …

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Centreville names new fire chief

A veteran firefighter was named Centreville’s new fire chief Monday. Chris Loker, a 20-year firefighter, will take over the department following the retirement of 13-year chief Ed Rangler last month. Loker began working at Centreville Fire Department in 2008, serving three years as lieutenant and three with Centreville Rescue. Previously, he spent 10 years on the Marcellus Fire Department, serving as lieutenant …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A White Pigeon man was injured after the motorcycle he was driving was struck from behind earlier this week in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Benhke said deputies were called at 6:25 a.m. Monday to M-217 near Wayne Street. Investigation said a motorcycle driven by 32-year-old Cody Walters was rear-ended by a pickup driven by Stone Taylor, 21, of …

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Woman dies after struck by car

An Indiana woman died last week after she was struck by a vehicle in Cass County’s Milton Township. State police said 78-year-old Carol Martin of South Bend was attempting to cross U.S.12 near Bell Road around 9:40 a.m. Friday. She was struck by a westbound car. Details about its driver were not available, but the driver stayed on scene while …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A 20-year-old Elkhart man was injured in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3:20 p.m. to a roundabout at U.S. 12 and Five Points Road. Authorities said 20-year-old Damon Stabler was driving east on M-205 when he lost control of his motorcycle and it overturned, skidding to a stop within the …

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Man burned exterminating beehive

A Cass County man attempting to exterminate an underground beehive suffered extensive burns earlier this week in Silver Creek Township. Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called to the 28000 block of Middle Crossing Road in response to a person on fire. Deputies said 46-year-old Leslie Cross II of Dowagiac was found to no longer be on fire, which had been …

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