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Battle Creek to prohibit holding phone while driving

Driving while holding a cellphone soon will be illegal in one southern Michigan city. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a new ordinance goes into effect Friday in Battle Creek, but police don’t plan to ticket drivers — just yet — for typing, scrolling or talking on phones without the use of hands-free devices. City officials say enforcement will start …

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Man dies trying to get daughter’s dead cat out of roadway

Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to work and apparently didn’t see him. Investigators say Rosas was wearing dark …

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Rural Three Rivers woman locked out of home, dies in cold

A 90-year-old Fabius Township woman died last week after she was locked out of her house and froze to death. Authorities said the body of Ada Salna was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of her home on Kurzeme Road, in the vicinity of Long Lake. Pathologist Joyce deJong said Salna died of hypothermia. Investigators said Salna had …

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Statement from Cass County Sheriff

Sheriff Richard J. Behnke advises that stuck vehicles blocking plows and current road conditions in Cass County are making travel unsafe.    Cass County area is experiencing near-blizzard conditions.  Frequent whiteouts, resulting in slide offs and stuck vehicles are causing dangerous road conditions for traveling emergency crews and road commission plows, in addition to record low wind chills and temperatures adding to life …

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Snow emergency in Sturgis

The city of Sturgis is continuing its city-wide snow emergency, which went into effect Sunday. Due to the high snowfall level, any vehicle parked on a city street will be towed. By ordinance, parking is prohibited on all city streets during such a declaration. Any vehicle parked in violation is subject to a citation with a fine of $50 and …

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Officer who fired at car is acquitted of gun charge

A southwestern Michigan police officer who fired five shots at a stolen car has been acquitted of reckless discharge of a gun. A jury in Van Buren County returned the verdict Friday. Chelsey Omilian was a Mattawan officer in November 2017 when she fired at a Chevrolet Impala. A woman inside the car was injured. Omilian’s lawyer says she fired …

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Friday night crash in Cass County

Ice was cited as the culprit of a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Penn Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 11 p.m. Friday to the intersection of M-60 and Calvin Center Road. Investigators said Noe Herrero, a 58-year-old Elkhart resident, was unable to stop his vehicle on Calvin Center Road due to the …

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City of Sturgis DPS Warns of Potential for Frozen Water Lines

With extremely cold weather continuing this weekend and into next week, the City of Sturgis Department of Public Services is asking residents to be conscious of freezing water lines. With the extreme temperatures forecast for at least the next seven days, conditions are suitable for water lines to freeze. In order to help citizens prevent their water lines from freezing, …

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Burglary suspects arrested in Cass County

Two Calvin Township residents suspected of being involved in a number of burglaries throughout the area have been arrested by deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Richard Behnke said a large quantity of stolen property was recovered from an address on Brownsville Road after the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team and deputies executed a search warrant related to …

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Recreational marijuana discussed in Constantine

Constantine Village Council members this week discussed allowing recreational marijuana businesses to operate in the village. Village manager Mark Honeysett said an ordinance needs to be adopted against it or recreational marijuana businesses can come in if they so desire. Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over, when Michigan voters approved the measure …

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