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Principal: Boy fatally struck after attending youth group

A school principal says a 10-year-old boy who died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Kalamazoo County had just been at a youth group gathering. Police in Kalamazoo Township say Daniel Sluiter was trying to cross Wednesday night in an area where there was no crosswalk or stoplight. He was taken to a hospital, where …

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Charges cleared in fatal shooting of Berrien County inmate

Two bailiffs involved in the fatal shooting of a jail inmate at the Berrien County Courthouse in July won’t be criminally charged in the incident. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of inmate 44-year-old Larry Gordon was justified, clearing bailiffs Milt Russell and Rick Lull of criminal responsibility in his death. The bailiffs had fired …

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Cass County standoff ends in arrest

A Cass County man was taken into custody this week following a standoff with law-enforcement authorities. According to state police, troopers were called at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday to a Howard Township location where two people were struck by a car driven by a hit-and-run driver. The victims provided a detailed description of the vehicle and authorities managed to locate the …

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No charges after girl dies from dog attack

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said there will be no charges filed in a case last week in which a 4-year-old Sherman Township girl died as the result of a dog attack. McDonough stated in a media release issued Wednesday that he had the opportunity to review all information regarding the death and concluded there is not sufficient evidence …

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Boy, 10, hit by vehicle in Kalamazoo County, dies

Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Kalamazoo County. Police in Kalamazoo Township say the boy was trying to cross Wednesday night in an area where there was no crosswalk or stoplight. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name …

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Driver arrested after fleeing crash scene

Authorities are citing alcohol and excessive speed as factors in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in White Pigeon Township. State police said 26-year-old White Pigeon resident Larry Krotzer was driving west on Fawn River Road at 12:10 a.m., when the SUV he was driving went off the roadway and struck a utility pole near the intersection of Lima Road. …

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Several items stolen in Park Township

Sheriff’s department investigators were called last week to a Park Township residence in response to a breaking-and-entering situation. According to a department media release, deputies were called shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to the 17000 block of Marcellus Road, where a residence and several outbuildings were broken into. The victim speculated the incident occurred between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24. …

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Leaf blower stolen in Constantine

An over-the-back leaf blower was stolen last week from a residence in Constantine Township. State police investigators were called at 6:30 a.m. Thursday to a residence on Peck Academy Road, between Youngs Prairie and Preston roads. The victim discovered tire tracks leading to a barn, where the leaf blower was stored. Tire tracks indicate the vehicle was likely a front-wheel …

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Former Sturgis resident dies from surgery complications

A Sturgis native working in Alaska for the Fairbanks Police Department has died from complications related to surgery after he was shot five times earlier this month. Sgt. Allen Brandt, a 2000 graduate of Sturgis High School, died after complications arose from surgery to have shrapnel removed from his eye following the Oct. 16 shooting. Brandt, an 11-year veteran of …

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Stolen items found after traffic stop

A variety of stolen items was discovered by sheriff’s deputies following a traffic stop at 1 a.m. Thursday in Park Township. According to a department media release, a road patrol sergeant stopped a dirt bike on Buckhorn Road near Heimbach Road. During their investigation, deputies found that the dirt bike had been stolen out of Cass County the day before. …

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