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Prosecutor: Police shooting of armed brothers was justified

A southwestern Michigan prosecutor says the police shooting of two heavily armed brothers was justified and the officers involved won’t be charged. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting told reporters Friday the six officers were involved in a roughly 20-mile chase of Sean and Aaron Pelletier in May and “were met with defiance.” The Pelletiers were armed in a car and …

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Plea agreement by Burr Oak area resident

Murder suspect Marie Williams accepted a plea agreement Tuesday, a day after jury selection for her trial had started. Williams, a Burr Oak area resident, pled guilty to second-degree murder before Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. By taking the deal, Williams avoids the chance of being convicted of first-degree murder and receiving a life sentence without parole. Williams was about …

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Chase ends in arrest

A 24-year-old Indiana man was arrested in Cass County earlier this week after leading authorities on a pursuit that started in Indiana. State police said they became involved in the incident shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, when the suspect entered Mottville Township then continued into Cass County’s Porter Township. The suspect eventually crashed through a gate, drove onto private property …

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Rollover crash near Mendon

A Marcellus man was cited for driving on a suspended license after the vehicle he was driving rolled onto its top last week in Mendon Township. Sheriff’s deputies said Leslie Moreland was driving south on Nottawa Road shortly before 4 p.m. Friday when an eastbound vehicle on Michigan Avenue failed to yield the right of way. Moreland was forced to …

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Cat shot by arrow in Calhoun County

A cat survived being shot with a crossbow and authorities are trying to find the person responsible. Laurie Sullivan tells the Battle Creek Enquirer she found the cat in Battle Creek with a crossbow arrow, known as a bolt, stuck through his neck. Sullivan, a former Battle Creek commissioner, says she was “mortified.” Benjamin Huelsbergen at Turner Veterinary Clinic removed …

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Springers head back to court

The Michigan Supreme Court said Anthony and Marsha Springer, parents of the late Calista Springer, are entitled to a hearing in St. Joseph County Circuit Court to determine whether their attorney provided ineffective assistance in 2010. Springer was the 16-year-old Centreville girl who died in a 2008 house fire while chained to her bed. A jury subsequently convicted Anthony, 52, and …

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