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Local crash – Three fatalities

Three people died over the weekend following a single-vehicle crash south of Centreville. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday to Fairchild Road near the intersection of Klinger Lake Road. Investigators said a car driven by 23-year-old Damian Long of Coldwater was heading east on Fairchild Road when it failed to negotiate a curve just before Klinger Lake …

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Two arrests following foot chase

Two people were taken into custody following a reckless-driving incident last week in and around Three Rivers. According to Three Rivers police, the department was notified around 4:30 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on U.S. 131 in Three Rivers. Officers pursued the vehicle until it struck another car near Marcellus Road. The driver and passenger of the suspect car …

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Sheriff’s department updates wake order on lakes

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has removed postings at the county’s public accesses, where boaters had been requested to reduce their wake. Water levels remain high on many county lakes, however, and operators of boats and personal watercraft should be aware that if they are operating in a manner that causes property damage, they may still be subject to …

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Constantine schools get new resource officer

Members of Constantine’s board of education have announced that Holly Cerny is the school’s new resource officer. Superintendent Steve Wilson said village police chief Mark Honeysett confirmed that Cerny would fill the position. Wilson said Cerny has worked with the DARE program, previously served as the school liaison and has taught a program called TEAM. Wilson said Cerny will be …

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State house approves irrigation bill

State Rep. Aaron Miller’s plan to streamline the approval process for farmers who use irrigation to grow crops was approved Thursday by the Michigan House. Miller said the process currently used by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to review water-well applications is inefficient and broken, costing crop farmers time and money. He said local farmers are caught up in …

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Investigation continues in fatal motorcycle crash

Law-enforcement officials said they are still waiting for results of a toxicology report for further clues into a fatal accident earlier this month. St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the results will determine whether the driver of a car that caused the accident at U.S. 131 and Broadway Street had suffered a medical incident resulting in her vehicle colliding …

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ATV stolen in White Pigeon

A Polaris four-wheel ATV was stolen this week from a location in White Pigeon Township. State police said the incident occurred between 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday in the 69000 block of Kalamazoo Street. The four-wheeler is tan and brown in color, with camouflage tape covering the fuel tank. It also has a winch on the front, with …

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Four vehicle crash in Cass County

Four vehicles were involved in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver over the weekend in Cass County’s Milton Township. The incident was reported at 4:15 a.m. Saturday on M-60 near Reum Road. Investigators said a vehicle driving north in the southbound lane of M-60 struck a box truck driven by 23-year-old Emily Oostema. Oostema’s truck went off the roadway, …

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Child rescued from river in Mendon

A 7-year-old child was rescued from drowning in the St. Joseph River in Mendon earlier this week. State police said troopers were called to assist Mendon Police Department just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to Fremont Street in response to a child who had fallen into the river. The victim fell into the river but was subsequently pulled from the water …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Two Marcellus Township residents were arrested on drug-related offenses this week following the execution of a search warrant. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team was called Thursday to the 14000 block of Dutch Settlement Road in Marcellus Township. Upon searching the residence, detectives discovered a sizeable amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, methamphetamine paraphernalia and loaded firearms. A stolen vehicle was located, …

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