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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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Three Rivers K9 aids in arrest

A 33-year-old Colon man was arrested on drug-related charges this week in Three Rivers with the aid of a department K9 officer. Three Rivers police said Brandon Weinberg was stopped Wednesday near the intersection of River and 14th streets for a traffic violation. The officer who initiated the stop was suspicious of Weinberg’s replies to his questions. Furthermore, Weinberg denied …

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Man pulled from lake recovers

An Indiana man who was unresponsive after being pulled from Diamond Lake in Cass County earlier this month has recovered and was released from the hospital. Sheriff Joe Underwood said 84-year-old Paul Schafer of Marshall County was pulled from the lake July 22 and taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Underwood said Schafer was released from medical care Sunday and …

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Three Rivers man injured in crash

A 53-year-old Three Rivers man was airlifted to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo Wednesday following a two-vehicle accident in Fabius Township. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m., when 85-year-old Lloyd Hagenbuch, of Three Rivers, was driving south on Krull Road and failed to come to a complete stop at the Gleason Road intersection, authorities said. His vehicle struck a pickup …

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Police investigate thefts from vehicles in Schoolcraft

Schoolcraft Police Chief Bryan Campbell said the department is investigating several thefts from motor vehicles this week. Four complaints were received Monday morning involving vehicles on the west side of the village that were entered at some point overnight. Then, according to Campbell, a complaint was received Wednesday morning from a victim on the east side of the village. The …

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Fatal industrial accident in Edwardsburg

Law-enforcement officials from the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department responded to a location in Edwardsburg Wednesday afternoon regarding a fatal industrial accident. Officers were called around 3 p.m. to a manufacturing facility in the 69000 block of Kraus Road to assist Edwardsburg Ambulance. Officials from the two agencies said a man was injured in a machine press and he died …

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