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Gun theft investigated near Athens

State police investigators are appealing to the public in hopes of securing details regarding the theft of stolen guns last fall in Calhoun County’s Athens Township. According to a department media release, the incident occurred Oct. 20 at a pole barn on 2 Mile Road, where a compound bow and two shotguns were stolen. Authorities described the bow as a …

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Muskegon police to standardize service guns

Public safety officers are getting new, standardized guns in a lakeside city in western Michigan. The Muskegon City Commission approved a plan last month to spend nearly $50,000 of drug forfeiture money to purchase 90 new 9mm handguns and holsters. Muskegon police officers previously had to buy their own pistols when hired. “I haven’t ever worked for a department that …

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SJC Central Dispatch issues annual report

St. Joseph County Central’s Dispatch had a demanding year in 2017, marked by failures of equipment, shortage of manpower and a significant amount of overtime. Still, director Dennis Brandenburg, said the agency between 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls fielded more than 96,000 calls last year. The information was provided during a recent annual report presented to the St. Joseph County Board …

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Crash in Penn Township

An out-of-state resident was injured after he was involved in a three-vehicle crash last week in Cass County’s Penn Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 10 a.m. Friday to the intersection of Decatur Road and Kelsey Lake Street, where 19-year-old Jason Thrasher of Jasper, Ind., had failed to stop his vehicle at a stop sign. He was …

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Serious injuries – Cass County crash

Two Niles residents were seriously injured after the dirt bike on which they were riding struck a deer. Cass County sheriff deputies said the incident occurred around 11 p.m. Friday in the area of Wells Street and Reynolds Road in Pokagon Township. Deputies were called to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac, where two subjects were dropped off by a …

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Man arrested on drug charges

An Indiana man was arrested on drug-related charges this week in Cass County. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department, executed a search warrant Wednesday in the 70000 block of Kenmore Drive. Upon searching the residence, detectives discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and methamphetamine paraphernalia. A 41-year-old man from Goshen was charged with possession …

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Guns stolen in breakin

State police are investigating a residential burglary in Branch County’s Union Township, where seven firearms were stolen. The incident occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Mauer Road. A department media release did not indicate the manner in which access into the residence was gained.

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State senate candidate files paperwork

Dave Pagel has filed to run for the 21st State Senate seat. He is currently in his third term representing the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. Pagel is running to succeed Sen. John Proos, who is unable to run again because of term limits. The 21st District includes all of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties. Pagel …

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Home owner shoots would-be intruder

A Branch County home-invasion incident was interrupted when the owner of the residence shot and struck one of the three would-be intruders. State police said the incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Berlew Road in Algansee Township, where the suspects broke out windows and attempted to break-in through the front door. After the homeowner fired …

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Man injured in crash

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single-vehicle rollover incident that occurred this week in Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said 29-year-old Duquawn Edwards, of Goshen, was driving around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on M-40 near Hoffman Road. Edwards told deputies he fell asleep and his vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest on the other side of the road, …

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