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Police chase ends in arrests

A Bronson woman and two Marcellus men were arrested after they were involved in a high-speed pursuit starting in St. Joseph County and ending in Indiana last week. Authorities said a car driven by 30-year-old Rachel Hicks was being pursued around 8:30 p.m. Friday by Michigan State Police, Three Rivers, and White Pigeon agencies. Hicks entered Indiana and a LaGrange …

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Portage woman charged in mother’s overdose death

A Portage woman has been charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death. Susan Kubicek was arraigned Tuesday for a second-degree murder charge in the May 5 death of her mother, Dorothy Allen. Kubicek had been caring for her ailing mother months before she died, said Steve Salik, Kubicek’s brother. Salik said their mother needed 24-hour care after having her thyroid …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

A Detroit-area man died in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 10:30 p.m. Friday to Kessington Road, where 32-year-old Gary May, of New Haven, was driving northbound and lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving, according to authorities. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. May, who …

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Gun safe stolen in Calhoun County

A gun safe that included a number of firearms was stolen last week from a residence in Calhoun County’s Burlington Township. Michigan State Police troopers said the incident occurred at 4:20 p.m. Thursday on P Drive South. The suspect stole a Sentinel gun safe containing multiple firearms, ammunition and other personal items. Archery equipment and tools were also stolen. A …

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Drug arrest made in Cass County

A 48-year-old Cass County resident was charged with a methamphetamine-related offense last week in Mason Township. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team responded Wednesday to the 70000 block of Sterling Drive to execute a search warrant. Detectives located a marijuana-grow operation that was in compliance with Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act. However, methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia were located in a bedroom …

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State police offers Citizens’ Academy

The Michigan State Police “Citizens’ Academy,” an eight-week program that gives citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of Michigan State Police, is beginning a new session next month. The program will teach participants to understand the procedures troopers follow, increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community and get to know personnel at …

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Man hospitalized following crash

Authorities investigated a two-vehicle collision Thursday in Sherman Township. Sheriff’s officials said the incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on M-66 at Maystead Road. A pickup driven by 55-year-old Julie Rosen was struck head-on by a car driven by 34-year-old Jared Overley of Decatur. Investigators said Overley’s vehicle crossed the center line. Overley, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was …

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Police search for armed man

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called to Camp Eberhart this week in response to a man with a firearm in the woods near the camp. Sheriff’s officials said deputies responded to the Fabius Township property shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man was described as an older white male, wearing a stocking cap, maroon Carhart jacket and blue …

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Crash causes service outage

A crash Monday in Fawn River Township led to a lengthy interruption of internet and other services in St. Joseph County. According to Michigan State Police, the crash occurred just before 6 p.m. on Fawn River Road near Big Hill Road. A tractor-trailer driven by John Smoll of Elida, Ohio, was hauling an excavator that was over the legally allowed …

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Police investigate dumpster explosion

State police investigators out of the Coldwater detachment are looking into an explosion earlier this week in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. Monday inside a dumpster in the 100 block of Oliverda Drive. Authorities said the explosion was heard up to half a mile away and scattered debris more than 60 feet out of the …

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