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Man injured golf cart crash

A Cass County man was injured after the golf cart he was driving was struck by a car earlier this week. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called around 8:30 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Grange and Five Points roads in Mason Township. Investigators said 69-year-old James Bercraft of Cassopolis was on Five Points Road waiting for traffic to …

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Suspect arrested on multiple charges after police pursuit

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man over the weekend following what authorities called a police pursuit. The incident started shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday on Heimbach Road near Angevine Road in Mendon Township, where deputies attempted to stop a pickup with a registration violation. The driver failed to stop and continued driving for about 10 minutes before fleeing …

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Two on motorcycle dead after crash

Authorities say two people have died after a motorcycle they were riding collided with a car. The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says the crash happened Sunday in Comstock Township. The department on Monday identified the dead as 28-year-old David Arthur-John Haan and his passenger 27-year-old Stephanie Marie Hirding of Portage. The roadway near the crash scene was closed as deputies …

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Sturgis death ruled homicide

The death of a Sturgis man has been ruled homicide, according to St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. Larry Eugene Frohriep, 69, of Sturgis, was found dead early Wednesday at his home at 27810 Maystead Road in Sherman Township. Frohriep’s body was found by a friend around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and the St. Joseph County Major Crimes Task Force was …

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Vacation time consider for new county administrator contract

Teresa Doehring’s employment as county administrator will become official when the board of commissioners next week is expected to formally present her a contract. But a detail of the agreement hit a sticking point during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting. Committee chairman Allen Balog said Doehring will transition into the county’s highest, non-elected position created by Pat Yoder’s retirement. Doehring will …

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Police investigate Burr Oak death

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies and the county’s Major Crimes Task Force spent much of the day Wednesday investigating a suspicious death in Burr Oak Township. Authorities were called around 11 a.m. to a home at 27810 Maystead Road, where they found a deceased man. Authorities were not releasing additional details until completion of an autopsy, which is scheduled for …

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Man arrested following shooting in Sturgis

A Sturgis man faces multiple charges after a 30-year old Sturgis man was shot early Tuesday in the 67000 block of Shimmel Road in Sturgis Township. Manan Patal, 29, is in the St. Joseph County jail on charges of felonious assault, felony firearms, reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of firearm while intoxicated, according to sheriff’s deputies. Investigators said …

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Former CMH director files suit

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, St. Joseph County itself, and the agency that oversees mental-health and drug-abuse services in the county are among the defendants named in a lawsuit filed last week. The five-member county board as well as Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County Board were named in the suit filed by former …

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Two injured in Fabius crash

State police were called Monday afternoon to a two-vehicle accident in Fabius Township. According to a department media release, troopers were alerted at 3:30 p.m. that a car heading east on M-60 drove onto the shoulder to pass a vehicle stopped to turn left onto Roberts Road. The 18-year-old Marcellus woman lost control of the car and it crossed the …

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Foot chase ends in arrest

A man was arrested last week following a foot pursuit by Sturgis police. Authorities said Charles Daniel Holmes was seen in a neighborhood backyard. He fled after a resident started their vehicle, police said. Officers later located a person matching his description and a pursuit began. Holmes fled through a church property and eventually tried to enter a house in …

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