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Woman injured in Sturgis crash

A woman was injured as the result of a traffic crash early Wednesday at Wait and North Centerville roads in Sturgis. According to police, a 35-year-old Kalamazoo man was driving eastbound at a high speed on Wait Road and was unable to stop at North Centerville Road, crashing into a field. A passenger, a 30-year-old Sturgis woman, suffered a leg …

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Boy injured in tubing accident

A 10-year-old Indiana boy was injured following a tubing accident over the holiday weekend on a lake in Cass County’s Marcellus Township. Deputies were called to Red Run Street at Fish Lake regarding the welfare of a boy from Granger, Ind. The boy was riding on a tube when he fell off after it struck a wave. The victim fell …

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Man arrested after causing crash

A 60-year-old Three Rivers man with previous drunken-driving violations was arrested this week after causing an accident in Lockport Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 5 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of U.S. 131 and North Main Street. According to a department media release, the man turned left and into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by a 55-year-old …

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Kalamazoo County approves new identification card program

Kalamazoo County has decided to create an identification card program for residents who lack documents needed to get a state ID. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the county Board of Commissioners’ 6-5 vote Wednesday was split along party lines, but the Democratic majority approved a resolution creating the program. The resolution authorizes an initial budget of $60,000 to begin the program …

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Man dies after being thrown from personal watercraft

Authorities say a man has died after being thrown from a personal watercraft and hit by the vehicle at a lake in southwestern Michigan. The crash happened Tuesday at Magician Lake in Cass County. The sheriff’s department says 28-year-old Derek Jackson of Gobles hit a wave and was thrown from the watercraft. He was taken to a hospital in South …

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Calley starts new effort to make Legislature part-time

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is starting a new effort to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Detroit News reports Calley’s Clean Michigan Committee announced Monday it submitted a new petition with revised language to the Secretary of State. The new petition would generally require lawmakers to finish the regular legislative session by April 15 each year. The previous version sought to …

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Man tries to remove bees with fireworks, burns down garage

A Michigan man who tried to use fireworks to remove a bees’ nest from his garage ended up burning the building down instead. MLive reports crews responding to the home in Grand Blanc Township on Monday saw fireworks shooting into the sky from the burning garage. No one was injured. Grand Blanc Fire Chief Bob Burdette says the homeowner was …

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Man injured in crash

A 29- year- old Constantine man was in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo following a crash over the weekend in Constantine Township. Sheriff ’s deputies said Dustin Cole was driving east on Featherstone Road near Constantine Road around 8:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car. Cole’s vehicle left the right side of road before the …

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Mottville fire – No health-related concerns

Local health officials say there is no concern to the general population for any health-related hazards or risks associated with lingering smoke from last week’s Mottville Township fire. The fire at Green Stream Recycling began June 26 and has affected an area of about 15 acres. Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been in contact with the Kalamazoo district office …

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No property tax increase in Sturgis

Property owners in the city of Sturgis will see no property tax increase this year. City commissioners last week sidestepped adding nearly a half-mill to hire an additional police officer and a fire marshal. The commission set the 2017 operating tax rate at 10.0285 mills, the same millage levied in the city for more than a decade. A millage hike was …

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