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Woman dies after struck by car

An Indiana woman died last week after she was struck by a vehicle in Cass County’s Milton Township. State police said 78-year-old Carol Martin of South Bend was attempting to cross U.S.12 near Bell Road around 9:40 a.m. Friday. She was struck by a westbound car. Details about its driver were not available, but the driver stayed on scene while …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A 20-year-old Elkhart man was injured in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3:20 p.m. to a roundabout at U.S. 12 and Five Points Road. Authorities said 20-year-old Damon Stabler was driving east on M-205 when he lost control of his motorcycle and it overturned, skidding to a stop within the …

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Police investigate theft from construction site

State police were called last week to a report of larceny from a construction site in Constantine Township. According to a state police media release, workers arrived on site Friday morning in the 10000 block of Millers Mill Road and noticed the trailer containing their tools was missing. In addition, they discovered that building materials as well as batteries from …

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Phsychiatric evaluation ordered for Patten

A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for Portage resident Zachary Patten. The 32-year-old Patten is accused of killing two people, one near Constantine and the other in Kalamazoo, on July 20. The evaluation is to be conducted at Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Grand Rapids. It was ordered by District Court Judge Jeff Middleton Tuesday at a preliminary conference. According …

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Competency exam ordered for Michigan man charged in slayings

A man charged in connection with two slayings in Michigan will undergo a competency examination. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that a St. Joseph County judge on Tuesday ordered the psychiatric evaluation to determine whether 32-year-old Zachary Patten is competent to stand trial. His preliminary examination scheduled for next week has been postponed. Patten was charged last month in the July …

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Constantine Farmers Market hosts local public safety departments

Constantine’s Farmers Market will have a special visitor today. One of the 50 Michigan State Police squad cars painted black and gold to commemorate the agency’s 100-year anniversary in 2017 will be at the market 3 to 5 p.m. Also during the same time span, the company Child Print will offer free ID kits. The kits allow parents to have …

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Name of motorcyclist released by police

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the motorcyclist killed last week in a Three Rivers traffic crash. Christopher Watson, 29, died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a semi tractor-trailer at Broadway and 8th Street. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Thursday after Watson failed to stop for police for disobeying a traffic-control …

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Two arrested after thefts

Two 18-year-old women were arrested over the weekend after police discovered they were in possession of stolen property. According to a media release from the Sturgis Police Department, officers pulled over a car at 4 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Marian Street after the department received a report of someone going through parked, unlocked vehicles. Officers noticed what …

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One injured in Porter Township crash

Cass County deputies responded last week to a single-vehicle accident in Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said agency officials were called at 11 p.m. Saturday to Tharp Lake Road, north of Chapel Hill Road. The driver, 48-year-old Cassopolis resident Benjamin Burnham was driving north on Tharp Lake and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle drove off the roadway and overturned …

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Reports of sexual abuse on school bus

WWMT television is reporting that a 6-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a Colon Community Schools bus in April. The incidents allegedly involved a 15-year-old boy who is no longer a student at the district but still faces up to seven charges of sexual assault, the station reported. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said charges of failure to report …

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