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Home invasion in Burr Oak Township

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched in the early morning hours Wednesday to a home invasion in progress in Burr Oak Township. Upon arrival, they found unknown suspects had gained entry into a residence in the 28000 block of White Street and stolen items from a wallet and a checkbook. The Sturgis Police Department’s K-9 unit …

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Man passes out while driving

A South Bend man, who is suspected of passing out while driving, is hospitalized following a one-car incident around 1 a.m. Saturday in Florence Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Francisco Perez, 24, was driving south on Constantine Road when he passed out behind the wheel and his vehicle collided with a tree near the intersection of Roys …

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Man in fair condition

An Indiana man who was airlifted from the scene of a fatal car accident Wednesday morning is in fair condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Menno Schwartz, 23, of Geneva, Ind., was injured following the 6:40 a.m. accident Wednesday on Fawn River Road in White Pigeon Township. The nature of his injuries was not disclosed by hospital officials or in a …

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Pair of rollover accidents

Wet roads that froze late Tuesday and early Wednesday resulted in a pair of rollover accidents in St. Joseph County Wednesday. Sheriff’s department officials said the first incident took place at 7:10 a.m. in Park Township, where a van driven by 35-year-old Three Rivers resident Sherry Lynn Johnson ran off the road, into a ditch and rolled over. The accident …

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Elkhart man arrested for DUI

A 34-year-old Elkhart man was charged with driving on a suspended license and open intoxicants after he was involved in a one-car crash last week in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Brad Balk said Chad Ginther was driving east on Butler Road when Ginther crossed the center line, drove off the roadway and his vehicle struck a tree east of North Angling …

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Man arrested for DUI

A 55-year-old Sturgis man, whose license has been expired since 1987, was arrested after forcing a Michigan State Police trooper to take evasive action from being struck head-on Sunday evening in Mottville Township. The trooper was driving westbound on U.S. 12 when an oncoming vehicle forced him to drive off the roadway. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was stopped …

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Lock your vehicles

Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman said area residents should take extra care in making sure their vehicles are locked overnight. Bringman said his warning comes on the heels of a rash of break-ins Sunday and Monday, centered in the city’s First District. Chief Bringman said 10 incidents were reported over the course of the two days, and it’s likely …

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Investigating a hit-and-run

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a hit-and-run incident that took place early Sunday in Mendon Township. According to a department media release, a motorist heading north on Silver Street failed to stop at Michigan Avenue and struck a cement wall at the north end of the three-way intersection. The incident, which occurred around 1 a.m., damaged the …

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New Year’s Eve rides

Thirty-one rides were provided to New Year’s Eve revelers Monday and Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority, according to the agency’s director. Steve Yorks said 12 rides were provided from the Three Rivers-based bus and 19 from the vehicle serving the east half of the county, including the Sturgis area. The number of riders was slightly less than …

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Attempted armed robbery at Walmart

Sturgis police were called Wednesday evening to a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Walmart store on Centerville Road. According to a department media release, a well-dressed, white man who appeared to be in his 50s, met privately with the store manager after convincing her he was with the sheriff’s department. During a subsequent conversation, the man displayed …

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