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Man dies in Cass County crash

A 21-year-old Dowagiac man died in a single-vehicle accident last weekend in Cass County’s Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 6:18 a.m. Saturday to Church Street, east of Lawrence Road. Authorities said Michael Mortimore was a passenger in a pickup driven by Austin Price, 21, also of Dowagiac. The vehicle was heading east on Church Street …

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Kalamazoo cleans up; not our ‘finest hour,’ chief says

Police officers in Kalamazoo were outnumbered 50-to-1 before using tear gas and chemical spray in the wee hours Tuesday to get rid of protesters and stop damage at downtown businesses, authorities said. “It was not our community’s finest hour,” said Karianne Thomas, chief of public safety. She said peaceful protests Monday over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned …

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Murder victim and suspect – Identities released

The identities of a victim and suspect involved in a May 21 incident in Three Rivers have been released by Three Rivers Police. Det. Sam Smallcombe said 59-year-old James May of Three Rivers died during the incident. The suspect was 21-year-old Mohammad Abuhaltam, also a Three Rivers resident. Police were called at 9:43 a.m. to the 300 block of Middle …

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Destruction of property

Sheriff’s deputies were called last week to investigate separate incidents of destruction of property. Deputies responded Tuesday to the 58000 block of U.S. 131 in Fabius Township, where forced entry into a barn was attempted. The building sustained minor damage. The second incident was an unrelated property-damage complaint in the 300 block of South Second Street in the village of …

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Man arrested on murder charge

A 21-year-old man faces a charge of open murder following an incident Thursday in Three Rivers. According to a media release from the Three Rivers Police Department, police were called at 9:43 a.m. to the 300 block of Middle Street. Upon arrival, investigators found a 59-year-old Three Rivers man dead at the scene. Due to the nature of the incident, …

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Prosecutor arrested after crash: I had ‘coughing fit’

The St. Joseph County prosecutor, who is accused of drunken driving, told police that he crashed into a fence after a “coughing fit,” according to a 911 call. The incident involving county prosecutor John McDonough occurred Monday in Lockport Township, on the north side of Three Rivers. “Hey, this is John McDonough. I had a coughing fit and went off …

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St. Joseph County prosecutor arrested

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough was arrested last evening following a one-car crash on Lovers Lane in Lockport Township on the north side of Three Rivers. According to Sheriff Mark Lillywhite, deputies arrived on scene to find a black SUV parked on the north side of the road. There was damage to the vehicle and a property owner’s fence.  …

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Bear killed by truck near Grand Rapids

A black bear nicknamed Yogi was struck and killed Tuesday on a highway ramp in the Grand Rapids area, police said. The bear, an adult male weighing roughly 250 pounds, had been spotted for a few years in Walker. He was hit by a large truck on a ramp leading to westbound Interstate 96. “There were no injuries to the …

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Armed robbery in Three Rivers

An armed robbery was reported Saturday night at about 9:30 at Northside Beverage, located at 135 North Main Street in Three Rivers. Police say the suspect entered the store while the clerk was in the back office. The suspect went behind the counter and grabbed alcohol and cigarettes, and emptied the cash register. As the clerk came from the back, …

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Car vs train – Serious injuries

Three people were seriously injured early Thursday evening in a car/train crash in Cass County’s Marcellus Township. Investigation shows that the 44-year-old driver, Dustin Hooker, a Battle Creek Resident, was driving northbound on Savage Road near Waterstradt Street. As the vehicle approached the railroad crossing, Hooker advised that his brakes failed, resulting in the vehicle colliding with the passing train. …

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