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Michigan man gets life without parole in 6 shooting deaths

A man who fatally shot six strangers in southwestern Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no chance of parole, and some loved ones of those he killed said they believe he’ll face a greater, more permanent punishment. “Someday when you die and you face God, he will make the ultimate judgment for what you’ve done,” Laurie Smith, …

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Man dies trying to get daughter’s dead cat out of roadway

Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to work and apparently didn’t see him. Investigators say Rosas was wearing dark …

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Police identify driver in high-speed chase

A LaGrange County man was identified as the driver who led police on a high-speed chase on U.S. 131 Sunday. Aaron Schrock, 23, of Shipshewana was booked into the LaGrange County jail on charges of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and reckless driving. During the pursuit, Schrock allegedly drove at several oncoming vehicles on State …

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County commission approves lease for tower-space

Three matters related to tower-space lease were approved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. County officials first agreed to a five-year contract renewal with White Pigeon Township. The township uses tower space on county-owned communication equipment at the township hall/fire station in what is considered a mutually beneficial agreement. Next, the county OK’d an amendment to its …

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Police investigate Branch County break-in

State police investigators are looking into a breaking-and-entering incident at a Branch County residence. The break-in occurred between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2 at a residence on Shawnee Drive in Kinderhook Township. Home surveillance captured the images of a white female and a white male suspect inside the residence. Multiple items were stolen, including two small safes, jewelry, a .31-caliber …

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Anonymous donor pays school lunch accounts

Some families with students at Mendon Elementary School received good news just before the district went on its winter break in December. District officials said someone who was described as a Secret Santa paid off every delinquent lunch account at the school. The gesture by the anonymous person wiped out $798 in collective lunchroom debt. District officials said because of …

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Sheriff’s deputy dragged by car

A sheriff’s deputy was not injured after he was dragged some distance by the driver of a car trying to escape from law-enforcement officers over the weekend in the village of Constantine. Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett said an officer from his department stopped a vehicle for a plate violation shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of …

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Rural Three Rivers woman locked out of home, dies in cold

A 90-year-old Fabius Township woman died last week after she was locked out of her house and froze to death. Authorities said the body of Ada Salna was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of her home on Kurzeme Road, in the vicinity of Long Lake. Pathologist Joyce deJong said Salna died of hypothermia. Investigators said Salna had …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Sturgis man was arrested last week on a drug-related offense following a traffic stop in Sturgis. According to a department media release, officers stopped a vehicle for an undisclosed violation at 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of East Chicago Road. Officers noticed the 32-year-old driver was in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with possession …

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Mendon village manager seat remains open

The village of Mendon is weighing its options in terms of how to proceed with its vacant village manager’s position. Longtime village manager John Hyden retired in June and the village since then has relied on chief of police Dan Kennedy initially and now former village council member Kirk Spence to oversee the role. Spence said he has held the …

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