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Elkhart police chief resigns amid discipline controversies

A northern Indiana police chief who downplayed the beating of a handcuffed suspect by two officers and faced other controversies over discipline has resigned. Elkhart’s Chief Ed Windbigler said in a letter Monday that Mayor Tim Neese asked him to resign. The letter states he’s “not perfect and have made mistakes,” but “always tried to make sure we were making …

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Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

Authorities say a Mishawaka high school football player told investigators that he killed a 17-year-old schoolmate because she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant with his child that it was too late to get an abortion. Sixteen-year-old Aaron Trejo was charged as an adult with murder on Monday in the Sunday killing of Breana Rouhselang and the …

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Names released in deadly house fire

Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the names of two people who died in last week’s house fire in White Pigeon. Authorities said 35-year-old Jessica Gould, who was pregnant with a girl, died in the early-morning blaze Tuesday along with a 7-year-old boy, Lonnie Bingaman. Bingaman was a first-grade student at Central Elementary in White Pigeon. They were two …

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Multiple injuries in Branch County crash

Three people were injured in an accident last week in Branch County’s Ovid Township. State police said the incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Angola Road and Central Road. A 43-year-old female was eastbound on Central Road and disregarded the stop sign. Her vehicle collided with a car driven by a 43-year-old man who was …

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Glen Oaks opens Career Closet

Glen Oaks students wanting to dress their professional best now have an option through the college’s Career Closet. Operated by Glen Oaks employees, the Career Closet provides currently enrolled students with free professional attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews, classroom presentations and the workplace. The project was funded in part through a $500 grant from Meemic Foundation, coordinated through the …

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Otsego woman revived after found with no pulse pinned at toll booth

An Otsego woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse. Witnesses told Indiana State Police the 40-year-old woman, whose name was not released, had stepped from the SUV Saturday night to retrieve a debit card she had dropped when the vehicle lurched forward, pinning her against …

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Dog owner falls through pond ice, dies near Grand Rapids

Police say a woman who didn’t return home after walking her dog was found dead in an icy pond in the Grand Rapids area, an apparent accident. The body of Tracy Cashman was discovered Sunday in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb. Investigators believe the 38-year-old fell through the ice Saturday night while trying to help her dog. The dog eventually …

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Community mourns pregnant woman, child who died in fire

A St. Joseph County community is mourning a pregnant woman and a 7-year-old boy who died in a fire that gutted a house where 11 people lived . The Kalamazoo County medical examiner’s office confirmed Friday that the victims were 35-year-old Jessica Gould and Lonnie Ray Bingaman. Caryle Hansen, who was at work at the time of the fire, said …

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Constantine appoints village treasurer

Constantine Village Council members this week appointed Jan Rimer as village treasurer. Former treasurer Helena Baldwin chose not to run in the November election. When no one ran for the position, two candidates applied for the appointment: Rimer and Kathlyn Williams. Rimer is a retired ISD educator and Williams is a retired registered nurse. Village president Gary Mathers and several council members …

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Investigation continues in White Pigeon fire

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire that killed a pregnant White Pigeon woman and a 7-year-old boy early Tuesday. Fire officials said the residence, located in the 100 block of West Chicago Road, was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived shortly after 3 a.m. Both victims were on the second floor of …

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