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White Pigeon suffers several break-ins

State police officials are investigating break-ins to several residences last week in White Pigeon Township. The incidents occurred in the 68000 block of Hill Street around 5 p.m. Friday. Victims reported the stolen items were primarily televisions and home electronics. Residents in the area reported seeing a red pickup truck of unknown make/model in the area around the time the …

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County jail to undergo renovation study

A Missouri-based company was chosen to conduct feasibility-study services regarding potential improvements and renovations to the county jail. Commissioners Dec. 15 selected Goldberg Group Architects of St. Joseph, Mo., at a cost of $5,000, plus potential reimbursable expenses. County administrator Pat Yoder said the study is being done as a proactive measure, based in large part on conversations he has …

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Two men charged with sex crimes

Two Branch County residents were charged with sex crimes from incidents that date to 2006. Michigan State Police said the victim, a 22-year-old Mishawaka resident, disclosed she had been allegedly sexually assaulted multiple times by David Green, 44, of Coldwater. The victim told investigators that Green took nude photographs of her starting in 2006 and that their relationship included intercourse. …

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House fire in Constantine a total loss

Investigators from the Michigan State Police Fire Marshall’s office were back at the scene of a fire Tuesday that destroyed a home in the 13000 block of Riverside Drive in Constantine Township earlier this week. Authorities said the cause of the fire was accidental, possibly from a candle. Constantine firefighters were called to the home about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. First-arriving …

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Two injured in single vehicle crash

Two Sturgis residents sought medical treatment after they were involved in a one-vehicle accident this week in Fawn River Township. State police said 51-year-old Frank Carney was driving west on U.S. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Monday when the van he was operating lost control due to road conditions near Plumb School Road. The van, a 2006 Ford Econoline, went off …

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Stabbing suspect waived preliminary hearing

The case of a Three Rivers woman who allegedly stabbed a man Nov. 21 is expected to head to trial. During court action earlier this month, Cheri Sparks, 54, waived a preliminary examination. Consequently, the matter is moving forward to a trial at Circuit Court. Sparks is charged with assault with intent to murder following an incident involving a 51-year-old …

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