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Michigan updates construction, traffic information website

The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new version of its construction and traffic information website for motorists. The department says the streamlined Mi Drive website is designed to make it easier to view traffic cameras and speeds, locate incidents and search construction projects. Users will be able to turn on map layers that show speeds, construction, cameras, incidents, snowplows, maintenance …

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Police seek tips in Indiana town marshal’s 1988 slaying

State Police are hoping the public can help them solve the only unsolved killing of a northeast Indiana police officer. Fremont Town Marshal Bobby Moore was gunned down on July 26, 1988, outside his home in the town that’s just south of the Michigan state line. State Police Detective Commander Kevin Smith believes someone knows something about Moore’s killing 30 …

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Fatal crash southeast of Centreville – Victim identified

A two-car crash earlier this week in Sherman Township left a 24-year-old Jackson County man dead. Police said the crash occurred around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday when Kelly O’Neil, of Brooklyn, drove west on Featherstone Road and through the intersection at Shimmel Road without stopping. His vehicle was struck by a pickup that had the right-of-way heading north on Shimmel Road. …

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Police say Michigan man killed in crash while fleeing deputy

Police in southwestern Michigan say a 24-year-old man was killed in a high-speed crash that happened while he was fleeing from a sheriff’s deputy. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to stop a suspected drunken driver in Niles when the vehicle fled Saturday evening. The department says the vehicle sideswiped another vehicle and then topped 100 mph …

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Police: Michigan motel fire that killed 6 was an accident

Authorities say a fire that killed five children and their mother at a Michigan motel appears to have been an accident. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says experts found no evidence of an accelerant that would have started the deadly blaze early Saturday at the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus Township. The precise cause still is under investigation. The …

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Authorities: Body believed to be man missing while canoeing

Authorities say a body has been found that’s believed to be that of a man who was reported missing while canoeing in southwestern Michigan. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says 35-year-old Michael Scott of Kalamazoo was last seen canoeing Saturday on the St. Joseph River with friends. Crews searched the river for him with no immediate success. The sheriff’s office …

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Serious injuries in Cass County crash

A Dowagiac woman suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident early Thursday in Cass County’s Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3:35 a.m. to M-60, near Hospital Street, where a car driven by 21-year-old Alexandria Tackitt had left the roadway. Investigators said Tackitt was driving east on M-60 when the car she was driving went off …

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Arrest in Sturgis

A Sturgis man was arrested on a number of offenses after he was caught stealing a potted plant from a resident’s yard earlier this week. According to a department media release, a homeowner witnessed the theft at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of South Fourth Street. The homeowner was able to get a good description of the suspect …

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COA board appointments

Five people were reappointed to the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging Board during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Returning to serve two-year terms are: Jon Withers of Florence Township, Stephen Boland of Klinger Lake, Margaret Shultz of Lockport Township and Ed Stemen of Fawn River Township. In addition, Joe Heivilin was re-appointed to the 11-member board, but his term is …

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Man electrocuted in Cassopolis

An Indiana man power-washing the exterior of a southwestern Michigan church has died after coming into contact with an electrical line. The contracted employee was in a bucket lift Saturday afternoon outside St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cassopolis when he was electrocuted. Police say the 65-year-old man was from Bremen, south of South Bend. His name has not been released.  …

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