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Fatal crash in Cass County

A Niles man died on icy roads earlier this week in Cass County’s Milton Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called to a three-car accident shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 12 near Frantz Drive. Investigators said Ryon Koth, a 31-year-old Niles resident, was driving east on U.S. 12 when he lost control of his vehicle. It crossed into …

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Shoplifting suspect arrested in Sturgis

Sturgis police arrested a 35-year-old Vicksburg man after he attempted to leave a business without paying for several video games. According to a department media release, officers responded at 4 a.m. Tuesday to Meijer on South Centerville Road regarding a theft-in-progress. Store security told police the same man earlier in the week was seen concealing items and not paying for …

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Local woman injured in crash

A Three Rivers woman was injured in a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Three Rivers. Sheriff’s department deputies were called at 10:10 a.m. to the intersection of U.S. 131 and Broadway Street. Investigators said a southbound car driven by an 87-year-old woman from Three Rivers turned left onto eastbound Broadway in front of a semi driven northbound by a 73-year-old …

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Long range plan approved for Parks & Recreation

The road map for St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department’s next half-decade was approved by county commissioners last week. The agency’s five-year plan includes one major development and a variety of minor tasks. With a portfolio of nine parks, however, the highest priority going forward will center on adhering to a consistent maintenance plan, according to department director Jaymes …

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Parents die but baby survives carbon monoxide poisoning

Police say two people have died but their 5-month-old son survived after carbon monoxide apparently filled a house from a generator and portable heater. Det. Sgt. Todd Elliott says it appears to be a “terrible accident” in Battle Creek. The victims were a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. Elliott tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that they were helping a …

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Burglaries hit Cass County

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said the department has fielded an extraordinary number of burglaries in the past month. He advises the public to be especially vigilant in locking their homes and vehicles in order to prevent from being a theft victim. From December 25 through January 15, 20 burglaries and 23 larcenies were reported to the agency. There was …

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Firefighter injured in Colon Township

A Colon firefighter was injured Thursday battling a blaze at Kountry Corner Discount Store. Authorities said the owner of the Colon Township business believes a wood-burning stove caused the fire, which destroyed the building and its contents. The fire was reported just after 9 a.m. Flames were coming from the structure as first firefighters arrived, according to authorities. The business …

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Rep. Miller will host district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis will host district office hours next week in order to meet with residents of the 59th District. Miller said next Monday’s events are a great opportunity to directly hear thoughts and questions about state government. As the district’s voice in Lansing, Miller said it is a top priority to be accessible and accountable to …

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County commission recognizes area veteran

A resolution honoring a St. Joseph County veteran was approved by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week. In recognition of his impending 100th birthday, Richard Freeman was honored during Tuesday’s meeting. Freeman was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from May 1941 to October 1945. He is …

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Fugitive arrested in Three Rivers

Three Rivers officers arrested a wanted fugitive last week outside a residence near the intersection of 9th and River streets. According to a department media release, the department received a tip about the location of Nathaniel Poole. He was wanted in connection to charges of first-degree home invasion and felonious assault. The St. Joseph County Special Response Team obtained a …

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