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Constantine home damaged by fire

A home in the 67000 block of Oxbow Drive in Constantine Township was heavily damaged by fire Sunday. The fire was reported about 4:45 p. m. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming through the roof. Officials said the fire appeared to have an electrical source and had started in the attic. No injuries were reported.

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Amish girl dies in house fire

Authorities say a 3-year-old Amish girl died when a kerosene stove malfunction set her southern Michigan home on fire. The Branch County sheriff’s department says the fire broke out about 11 a.m. Wednesday at a home in Butler Township, east of Coldwater. The Daily Reporter of Coldwater identifies the victim as Leah Graber and says her mother was cooking when …

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Two injured in crash

Two Marcellus residents were hospitalized after they were involved in a single-vehicle accident last week in Flowerfield Township. State police said Jerry Altimus, 40, was driving west on M-216 when his vehicle crossed the centerline, drove off the road and struck a tree. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. March 5, about a mile west of U.S. 131. Altimus and …

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Centreville woman dies after jumping from moving vehicle

Area police are investigating the death of a 28-year-old Centreville woman early Saturday. Michigan State Police troopers and St. Joseph County sheriff deputies are assisting Colon police to find out more about the death of Katie Jean Alexander-Longacre. Authorities were called to the 1000 block of West M-86 at 2:45 a. m. Saturday after the woman jumped from a moving …

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Home destroyed by fire

A Sherman Township residence on Lake Templene was destroyed by fire last week. The Lakewood Circle home was vacant when the blaze was reported around 5 p.m. A pair of ice fishermen noticed smoke coming from the residence and alerted central dispatch, according to the Centreville Fire Department. Investigators from the Michigan State Police are looking into the situation, but …

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Constantine forms Fire Funding Exploratory Committee

The village of Constantine has formed a new committee to study sources of funding for anticipated needs by the Constantine Fire Department. The Fire Funding Exploratory Committee was formed after fire Chief Mike Haydon gave the village, and Constantine and Florence townships, notice that the department must replace two trucks and the fire department building within the next 10 years. …

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No injuries in apartment fire

The Three Rivers Fire Department responded shortly after 10 a.m. Monday to a structure fire. Crews were dispatched to 509 Thomas Street, Apt. 4, where they found smoke coming from the lower level of the three-story apartment building. Crews had the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. Three occupants were displaced due to the fire, which was contained …

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Sturgis home destroyed in fire

A Sturgis residence is expected to be declared a total loss following a fire last week. The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched at 7 a.m. Friday to a single-family residence at 316 S. Maple St. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed heavy smoke coming from the roof vents at the rear of the residence, according to a department media release. All residents …

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Fire suspect arraigned

The man accused of setting the fire that destroyed a Kalamazoo adult store was arraigned Friday. 41-year-old Mitchell Hapner has been charged with one count of arson and one count of fleeing and eluding police. Hapner has told police he torched Hollywood Nights in an effort to eradicate  pornography from his neighborhood. Bond for Hapner was set at $250,000. Owners of the store …

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Car and plow truck collision

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies responded this week to a collision between a passenger vehicle and a plow truck. The incident occurred at 12:12 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 12, just east of Cassopolis Road in Mason Township. Deputies said an eastbound car driven by 39-year-old Erek Szymanski, of Mishawaka, crossed the centerline after the driver fell asleep. His vehicle struck a …

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