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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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Motorcyclist dies in crash

The driver of a motorcycle operating at a high rate of speed died Thursday after failing to stop for police. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, officers noticed the motorcycle on South Main Street near West Michigan Avenue, where its driver failed to obey a traffic-control device. Officers pursued the motorcycle on South Main Street until it turned north …

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Sherman Township barn fire caused by lightning

Investigators have concluded that lightning was the source of a barn fire earlier this month in Sherman Township. The barn and its contents were destroyed July 10 as the result of a lightning strike. Tri-Township firefighters were dispatched just after 9 a. m. to the 65000 block of Taylor Road. Upon arrival, fire crews found the structure fully engulfed. Officials …

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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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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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Marcellus man injured by tractor

A Marcellus Township man was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital after he was run over by a tractor last week. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 1 p.m. Saturday to the 16000 block of East Street in response to a private-property accident. They learned that 80-year-old Dale Stratton had been working on his property with …

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Fire destroys Sturgis garage

A hand-held tool is thought to be the source of a fire that destroyed a garage last week in Sturgis. The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched around 1:30 a.m. Friday to the 200 block of First Street. It was reported by Sturgis Police Officer Frank Noel, who was patrolling the neighborhood and discovered the blaze in a detached garage. Upon …

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Sturgis man dies in Indiana crash

A crash early Monday on the Indiana Toll Road claimed the life of a Sturgis man. Indiana State Police said 41-year-old Brian Fox was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. at mile marker 109.6, about 2 1/2 miles east of the Middlebury exit. Police said Fox was driving west when his vehicle …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A Sturgis man was injured over the weekend after the motorcycle he was driving struck a trailer in Sturgis Township. Sheriff’s officials said the incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday on Fawn River Road, east of Balk Road. Deputies said 57-year-old Gregory Miller was driving east on Fawn River Road when a truck pulling a trailer entered the roadway …

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Two injured in Cass County crash

Two people, including a Three Rivers resident, had to be extricated from a vehicle Saturday after it went off the road and down an embankment in Cass County’s Porter Township. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department said the occupants, 28-year-old Krystal Taylor of Three Rivers and Rebecca Mallo, 27, of Cassopolis, were involved in the incident that occurred between 4 and …

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