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County Commission – District 2

Mendon resident Kathy Pangle pulled off the upset of the night Tuesday in defeating incumbent Don Eaton to District 2 of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Tuesday’s primary election pitted Eaton, a six-year board member, against Pangle and Mendon resident Chad Behrends. Pangle’s 660 votes represented 60 percent of the votes cast in the five-township district that is …

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Bicyclist struck in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old Three Rivers man required medical care after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident last week in Constantine Township. Sheriff’s deputies said the man was bicycling south on the shoulder of U.S. 131 around 4 a.m. Friday when his bike was struck near the intersection of Garber Road. The driver of …

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Three teens arrested in connection with bank holdup

Three western Michigan teenagers have been charged in connection with a bank robbery in Van Buren County. Two girls — ages 16 and 17 — and a 15-year-old boy were arraigned Friday. Police say bank tellers saw what appeared to be a weapon covered by clothing during Thursday’s holdup in Bloomingdale, southwest of Grand Rapids. Investigators were able to get …

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Michigan Supreme Court drops interest in marijuana bust

After hearing arguments, the state Supreme Court has dropped interest in a case involving police tactics during a marijuana bust in southwestern Michigan. The issue was whether deputies in St. Joseph County acted legally when they walked to the rear of a home and suspected there was marijuana inside. Moments earlier, they had knocked at a different door and got …

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Chief: Kalamazoo officer not a threat with hand gesture

A police chief in southwestern Michigan is defending an officer who appears to be making a gun-pointing gesture with his hand in a photo that was posted on Facebook. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says it’s a misunderstanding. He says the officer is known for pointing when he acknowledges people in his patrol car. The Kalamazoo Gazette says the photo …

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Prosecutor: Deadly force justified in fatal police shooting

A southern Michigan police officer was justified to use deadly force in the death of a parolee who threatened police with an aluminum baseball bat. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Friday that Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka has determined that Columbia Township officer Joe Lalli and Napoleon Township officer Shane LaPorte were in “imminent danger of death or great bodily …

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