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Police identify accident victims

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials have identified the two people involved in a fatal accident Sunday at the Branch-St. Joseph county line. Thirty-eight-year-old Shawn Shook of Sherwood was driving west on Wattles Road Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle near Stowell Road. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck 53-year-old Jody Clipfell of Sherwood Township …

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Highway cleanup begins

Roadsides across lower Michigan will get their first cleanup of the year beginning Saturday as the 2017 Adopt-A-Highway program gets underway. Overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Adopt-A-Highway will take place over three collection periods this year. The first runs Saturday through April 23. A summer pickup takes place July 15 to 23 and a fall pickup Sept. 23 …

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Secretary of State offers new service in Portage

The Secretary of State office in Portage is offering the innovative MI-TIME Line service that allows customers to use their phones or computers to make appointments or hold their place in line, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced. The MI-TIME Line sends text updates to notify customers of their estimated wait time and allows them to request more time if …

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Dog injures 3 people

Three people – including two children – were treated for injuries they sustained after being attacked by a dog in Cass County over the weekend. Deputies were called at 5:41 p.m. Sunday to the 63000 block of Crooked Creek Road, where 44-year-old Jennifer Hansford of Cassopolis was injured after protecting a 7-year-old child and 2-year-old child from the dog. Hansford …

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Assault, drug charges in Mottville incident

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called Monday to an address in Mottville Township regarding an aggravated-assault incident. According to deputies, the situation unfolded around 6 a.m. in the 9000 block of Barker Road. Upon arrival, deputies arrested two subjects on charges related to narcotics as well as aggravated assault. Additional charges are being sought, according to a department …

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Two injured in motorcycle crash

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded to a personal-injury motorcycle crash over the weekend in Jefferson Township. Deputies responded shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Robinson Road, near Mt. Zion Road. An investigation showed that a motorcycle operated by Brian Klink, 45, of Cassopolis, was heading north on Robinson Road when he lost control. Klink …

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