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Home destroyed by fire in Union City

Michigan State Police troopers responded over the weekend to a structure fire in Union City. According to a department media release, troopers and fire personnel were dispatched to a location near the intersection of Mendon Road and Division Street in response to a single-story dwelling fully engulfed in flames. All occupants of the residence had safely evacuated prior to the …

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Crash – Newberg Township

An Edwardsburg man was injured in a one-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Newberg Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 7 p.m. Friday to Bald Hill Road near Tower Road. Ryan Ward, 26, told authorities he was driving westbound when he lost control of his vehicle and it went off the roadway. The vehicle then …

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State Police academy – More than 70 graduates

Michigan State Police graduated its 136th class last week. The group of more than 70 completed a 25-week training at the Lansing-based academy. The training involved firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity, decision, making, first aid, leadership, criminal law, crime-scene processing and precision driving. The recruits also participated in two community-outreach projects. Agency officials …

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Suspect arrested on multiple charges following police pursuit

A pursuit involving law-enforcement personnel in multiple jurisdictions ended Sunday when a stolen vehicle ran out of gas in Cass County’s Calvin Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were notified around 6:40 a.m. Sunday that Indiana authorities were in pursuit of a vehicle stolen out of Elkhart and on its way into Michigan. The owner of the vehicle was tracking …

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Minor injuries in crash

Sheriff’s deputies were called last week to a two-vehicle accident in Mendon Township. The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of M-60 and M-66. Upon arrival, deputies located Colon resident Oscar Starks, who was trapped inside his pickup. With the assistance of Colon Fire personnel, a sheriff’s deputy was able to free Starks from the vehicle. …

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White Pigeon Township – Several items stolen

State police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering situation that occurred last week in White Pigeon Township. Officials said the incident happened at Fantom Motorsports, on Dickenson Road. Several remote-controlled cars, remote controllers and other accessories were taken. Authorities said the suspects also stole a Canon digital camera and numerous checks from the business. The checks have Fantom Motorsports stamped on …

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B & E incidents in Mendon Township

Multiple trailers and motor homes were broken in to in a storage lot at Kline’s Resort in Mendon Township last week. State police said the break-ins and theft of items occurred Wednesday or Thursday. Authorities said televisions, DVD players and blankets were among the items reported stolen.

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Dark-sky preserve comes to Cass County

A measure to designate T.K. Lawless County Park in Cass County as a dark-sky preserve was approved this week by the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. The measure was supported by State Rep. Aaron Miller. He said there is a high demand for dark-sky preserves. The plan would create an additional location in Michigan for celestial-viewing opportunities, which …

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Benson: 30-minute promise is kept — with an appointment

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within half an hour, but that guarantee doesn’t apply to those who show up without one. Benson campaigned on a 30-minute promise. She said Thursday that she has achieved it because residents can now go online or call to make …

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Moderate Republican Upton will vote against impeaching Trump

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, a moderate Republican, says he will vote against impeaching President Donald Trump. Upton, top Democratic target in 2020, issued a written statement Thursday calling the impeachment process “highly partisan and clearly motivated by what I believe is an attempt to overturn the last election.” He says the time to vote on Trump is next November, not …

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