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Man arrested on drug charges

A Three Rivers man was arrested last week on drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Three Rivers. Police said a vehicle was stopped early Friday at Broadway Street and U.S. 131 for an improper-lighting violation. K9 Django was brought to the scene and reacted to the presence of narcotics. Officer found evidence of drug use inside the vehicle. The …

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Semi-truck kills man on freeway in Kalamazoo County, doesn’t stop

Authorities say a semi-truck didn’t stop after fatally striking a man who was putting gasoline into a van along I-94 in southwestern Michigan. The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says the 49-year-old Battle Creek man was dragged about 100 yards about 2:40 a.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes. The truck also hit the side of the stopped van before failing to …

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Miller named to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller has been named to the House Appropriations Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard, and will again serve as chair of the State Police Appropriations Subcommittee. Miller also will serve as a member of the subcommittees on School Aid and Michigan Department of Education; Judiciary; and Higher Education. In addition he was named chair of the House Elections …

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Man injured in car crash

Alcohol appears to be a factor in a single-vehicle accident involving a Coldwater man Tuesday in Branch County. State police said John Bertich, 34, was driving south shortly after 8 p.m. on Batavia Road near the intersection of Central Road in Batavia Township. Police said Bertich failed to stop at the intersection and his vehicle crashed into a tree on …

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Mottville home destroyed in fire

Fire destroyed a home earlier this week in Mottville Township. Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, White Pigeon firefighters were called to a home in the 13000 block of Anderson Road. Flames were coming from the home when firefighters arrived. Officials believe the blaze began on the east side in a living room area. Two residents were home at the time …

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Police investigate theft in Burr Oak

Investigators with Michigan State Police were called in response to a breaking-and-entering incident earlier this week in Burr Oak Township. The episode occurred between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 30000 block of Lafayette Road. The victim told authorities jewelry and other personal items were stolen. A department media release did not indicate how access …

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