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Michigan man gets 40 years in prison in deaths of 5 cyclists

(Kalamazoo) — A man buzzed on painkillers and other drugs when his pickup truck plowed into a pack of Michigan bicyclists, killing five, was sentenced Monday to at least 40 years in prison after he tearfully expressed regret over the rural road tragedy. “I’ll live with this the rest of my life,” Charles Pickett Jr. told a judge. “I would …

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Sturgis City Commissioner resigns

Three days after a recall effort against her was dismissed, Ina Taulbee has resigned from the Sturgis City Commission. The 2nd precinct commissioner announced her resignation Thursday. A key factor in her decision centers on controversy related to medical marijuana in the city. Taulbee said the topic has brought with it a great deal of negative interaction that has become …

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Colon considers public docks at Palmer Lake

A proposal to add public docks at a community park with shoreline along Palmer Lake in Colon could be settled Tuesday, as members of the village council are slated to address the issue. To accommodate the larger-than-usual number of audience members, the 7 p.m. meeting has been moved to the Colon Community Fire and Rescue Barn, west of town on …

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Man arrested following lockdown

Officials from the Three Rivers Police Department have provided an update regarding a situation that resulted in lockdown status at Hoppin Elementary School last week. The Three Rivers school was in lockdown mode twice Thursday following reports of a suspicious man possibly in possession of a gun. Shortly after noon, the department received a number of reports of a subject …

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Man arrested after Sturgis break-in

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a man in connection with a breaking-and-entering incident last week at a residence in Sturgis Township. Deputies were called Thursday to the 25000 block of U.S. 12 in response to a home invasion that had been just discovered. Upon further investigation, deputies made contact with a suspect at another residence in the same …

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Suspect in custody following Hoppin lockdown

Hoppin Elementary School was in lockdown mode twice Thursday following reports of a suspicious man possibly in possession of a gun. The first lockdown took place following a call from Central Dispatch, which reported the situation to Hoppin personnel at 10:45. The school went into lockdown for nearly a half hour until the Three Rivers Police Department confirmed the situation was …

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Mayor says majority of residents support sports complex

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said he stands behind the claim that the majority of the city’s residents support the idea of a multi-field sports complex. Lowry on Thursday also lamented the proposal’s latest potential setback, as a group of opponents submitted a petition Wednesday to county clerk Lindsay Oswald. The petition seeks to have voters in the two municipalities …

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Woman arrested in home invasion

A Sturgis woman was arrested earlier this week during a home invasion in Sherman Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 11 p.m. Wednesday to the 23000 block of Airline Road in response to a woman trespassing in a residence. The 52-year-old suspect was taken into custody and charged with home invasion, assaulting an officer of the law and other offenses.

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Police investigate death of Coldwater man

State police are conducting an investigation into the death of a 38-year-old Coldwater man. Authorities were notified around 12:30 a.m. Sunday that a man in Branch County’s Ovid Township was unconscious following an assault involving a 40-year-old Coldwater man. CPR was administered by troopers but their efforts were not enough to revive the victim. Toxicology tests and an autopsy are …

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Two injured in motorcycle crash

Two Marcellus residents were injured after the motorcycle they were on was involved in an accident last week in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were advised at 5 p.m. Saturday that a motorcycle went off the roadway on Dutch Settlement Road near Skyhawk Drive. The driver, 37-year-old Ryan Hampton, told authorities he was heading west and …

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