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TR man injured in motorcycle crash

A Three Rivers man was injured Thursday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer on Harvey Street near Robbins Lake Road in Porter Township. Cass County sheriff Richard Behnke identified the driver as 28-year-old T.J. Loyer. He was transported by ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Police say a helmet was not worn.

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Man seriously injured in accidental shooting

A Branch County man was shot accidentally earlier this week in Union Township. State police troopers were called at 11 p.m. Wednesday to Hodunk Road in Branch County, where the man was shot in a field behind a residence. Investigators said the hunter was lying down in the field, as he was varmint hunting. A resident of the home mistook …

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Minor injuries in crash

A motorist who disregarded a “Road Closed” sign was injured in a single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Cass County’s Wayne Township. Deputies were called at 3:15 p.m. to Marcellus Highway, west of O’Keefe Road. An investigation showed that a vehicle driven by 51-year-old Lawrence resident Roberta Craft disregarded a “Road Closed” sign and her vehicle struck a ditch made in …

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Woman seriously injured in crash

A Dowagiac woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Cass County’s Wayne Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 11:40 a.m. to Dewey Lake Road, near Roth Road. Investigators found that 31-year-old Trisha Smith was driving west on Dewey Lake when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  Consequently, her vehicle overturned and caught fire. …

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Police investigate stolen golf cart

A golf cart was stolen last week from a location in White Pigeon Township. State police troopers responded to the 19000 block of Dickinson Road, where an EZ-GO golf cart was reported stolen. It was taken between noon July 6 and the early morning hours of July 7. The golf cart has a lift kit, off-road tires, the number “34” …

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Theft investigated by police

State police troopers are investigating the theft of a snow plow from a location in Branch County’s Coldwater Township. The incident was reported at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of East Chicago Road. Authorities said the theft of the Boss DXT plow occurred in a parking lot between 1 p.m. June 30 and 7 a.m. July 2.

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Minor injuries in crash

Three Bronson teens were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Monday in Fawn River Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 2:30 a.m. to Plumb School Road in response to a vehicle that had left the roadway and overturned near the intersection of Big Hill Road. Investigators found the 18-year-old driver had misjudged a curve and the vehicle he was driving …

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Smith appointed to state position

Geoff Smith, director of public safety for the city of Sturgis, recently was named the second vice president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He was sworn in to the post in June during the association’s summer conference. Its executive board is made up of a president, first, second and third vice presidents, and a treasurer. Vice presidents …

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Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and equipment, MLive.com reported . The union has filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Park officers …

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Three Rivers woman dies in pedestrian crash

A Three Rivers resident died Thursday morning at the scene of a car/pedestrian accident on M-40 near Spatterdock Lake Street in Cass County’s Porter Township. The victim was identified as 76-year-old Shirley Boersma. She was reportedly crossing the highway when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Dale Hoekwater, age 77, of Jenison. Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in …

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