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Fatal industrial accident in Edwardsburg

Law-enforcement officials from the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department responded to a location in Edwardsburg Wednesday afternoon regarding a fatal industrial accident. Officers were called around 3 p.m. to a manufacturing facility in the 69000 block of Kraus Road to assist Edwardsburg Ambulance. Officials from the two agencies said a man was injured in a machine press and he died …

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Fire – Significant damage to Sturgis home

Members of the Sturgis Fire Department were dispatched last week to a house fire in the 200 block of North Fourth Street. The blaze was reported at 3:19 p.m. Friday. Firefighters arrived on the scene to discover smoke coming from a two-story residence. Neighbors reported no one was in the home. Fire crews deployed two hose lines and entered the …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet was hospitalized after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident Thursday in Flowerfield Township. Sheriff’s deputies said 32-year-old Marcellus resident Michael Lay was driving west on Floating Bridge Road shortly before 8 p.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle while rounding a curve near Pulver Road. Lay was thrown from the motorcycle and …

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Text-to-911 available in county

St. Joseph County E-911 Central Dispatch has announced “Text-to-9-1-1” service is now functioning in the county as of this week. Dennis Brandenburg, central dispatch director, said the agency is still stressing the concept: “9-1-1, call if you can, text if you can’t.” He said the “Text-to-9-1-1” concept was introduced to better assist people who have a speech or hearing impairment. …

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Sturgis man dies from injuries suffered in crash

A Sturgis man died over the weekend from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle accident July 2 in Burr Oak Township. Family members said Jimmy Whitt, 55, passed away shortly after he was taken off life support Sunday afternoon at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Sheriff’s deputies said a United States Postal Service mail-transfer truck driven by 55-year-old Kenelm Digby, of Otsego, …

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Leonidas man injured in crash

A 25-year-old Leonidas man was injured over the weekend after he was in a crash. Sheriff’s deputies said Isaac Eicher was driving north on Farrand Road in Colon Township, where he lost control of his vehicle shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle rolled over and struck a tree. Eicher was extricated from the vehicle. Investigators said he was not …

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Dozens of show birds killed in Berrien County fire

Authorities say an accidental fire killed dozens of show birds in southwestern Michigan, including many homing and racing pigeons. Crews responded Wednesday to Dove Nest Bed & Breakfast in Berrien County’s Royalton Township and found a building on the property where the birds were kept was on fire. John Nelson tells The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph he had between 200 …

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Constantine names Citizen of the Year

Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon this week was named the community’s 2016 Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made before Tuesday’s village council meeting. Members of the fire department and Haydon’s family were on hand when he received the award, presented by Pat Stears, chairman of the Citizen of the Year committee. Haydon has worked for the fire department …

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Sturgis man injured in crash

A Sturgis man suffered injuries after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck in the rear last weekend in Burr Oak Township. Sheriff’s deputies said a truck driven by 55-year-old Kenelm Digby, of Otsego, was northbound on M-66 at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, when it hit a trailered boat hitched to an SUV waiting to turn westbound onto …

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Water Festival events well attended

Last month’s Three Rivers Water Festival received high marks from its organizing committee, whose members assembled last week for a wrap-up meeting. Committee member Barb Stutesman said numbers in most activities were higher than in previous years. The opening-night parade featured more than 1,000 participants in 126 units, while the inaugural Car Cruise drew 36 vehicles. The annual, final-day car …

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