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No injuries in Cass County boat crash

A motor boat crashed into a boat in which two Illinois men were fishing over the weekend in Cass County’s Diamond Lake. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3:30 p.m. Sunday to the Cassopolis lake. They said 17-year-old Nicholas Peluchiwski of Chicago was driving a boat that was pulling a wake boarder. Deputies said he failed to observe …

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Cass man injured in crash

A 19-year-old Cassopolis man was injured in a one-vehicle accident this week in LaGrange Township. Sheriff Richard Benhke said deputies were called at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday to Peavine Street near Oak Grove Road. Investigators found that a vehicle driven by Donovan Miller-Schoff went out of control after Miller-Schoff saw a pedestrian along the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree and …

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Sturgis and Dowagiac awarded grants

The city of Sturgis and a Cass County municipality have been awarded a share of a $3.6 million grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Lansing-based agency announced a $48,800 grant to Sturgis. The city plans to demolish four properties in neighborhoods within walking distance of the central business district, public services, parks, schools and other amenities. Meanwhile, …

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Woman dies after struck by car

An Indiana woman died last week after she was struck by a vehicle in Cass County’s Milton Township. State police said 78-year-old Carol Martin of South Bend was attempting to cross U.S.12 near Bell Road around 9:40 a.m. Friday. She was struck by a westbound car. Details about its driver were not available, but the driver stayed on scene while …

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Man burned exterminating beehive

A Cass County man attempting to exterminate an underground beehive suffered extensive burns earlier this week in Silver Creek Township. Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called to the 28000 block of Middle Crossing Road in response to a person on fire. Deputies said 46-year-old Leslie Cross II of Dowagiac was found to no longer be on fire, which had been …

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One injured in Porter Township crash

Cass County deputies responded last week to a single-vehicle accident in Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said agency officials were called at 11 p.m. Saturday to Tharp Lake Road, north of Chapel Hill Road. The driver, 48-year-old Cassopolis resident Benjamin Burnham was driving north on Tharp Lake and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle drove off the roadway and overturned …

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One injured in single car crash

A 19-year-old Edwardsburg man was injured in a single-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Milton Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday to Runkle Street, near Beebe Road. Trevor Rutledge was behind the wheel of the car when he lost control at a curve in the road. The vehicle left the roadway …

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Arrests on drug charges in Dowagiac

Three people were arrested on drug-related offenses last week in the city of Dowagiac. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team was alerted to an impending drug sale July 13 in the 600 block of North Front Street. Two male occupants in the vehicle were detained and a third female was arrested shortly after exiting a nearby store. The 32-year-old woman, …

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Deputies respond to situation with suicidal man

Cass County sheriff’s deputies were called last week in response to a situation involving a suicidal subject. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the agency was alerted around 10:30 a.m. Thursday to the 69000 block of Hazel Road in the community of Union. Deputies were told a 28-year-old man from Union was involved in an argument with his spouse and subsequently took a …

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Cass County man arrested

A 44-year-old Cass County man was arrested last week on charges related to drugs and child pornography. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies conducted a search warrant Wednesday in the 13000 block of U.S. 12 in the community of Union. Deputies had received a tip that drugs and child pornography were possibly inside the residence. A search warrant was executed, and …

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