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Car hops curb, strikes police officer on Kalamazoo sidewalk

Authorities say a southwestern Michigan police officer has been struck by a car on a sidewalk. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the officer was with a group of investigators talking to neighbors Monday afternoon when the vehicle struck and injured him. The department says other officers performed first aid on the injured officer, who was taken to a …

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Items stolen from vehicle

Hand tools and audio equipment were among the items taken during a larceny-from-a-vehicle incident last week in Constantine Township. Sheriff’s deputies responded to an area near North River Road and U.S. 131, where the incident occurred between 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. The theft occurred from a Ford SUV, silver in color, which was parked along North River …

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Sheriff seeking explorer program participants

St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk is seeking young men and women interested in serving in the department’s explorer program. Open to people 14 to 21 years of age, the explorer program is encouraged for people who have an interest in law enforcement as a potential career. Prospective participants must have completed eighth grade at least. More information is available …

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Law enforcement urges locking vehicle doors

In light of an incident earlier this week in Branch County’s Sherwood Township, law-enforcement authorities are reminding the public to keep their vehicle doors locked at all times when parked outside. Troopers were called to the 1000 block of Ralston Road after it was discovered that a wallet was stolen from a vehicle between 4:40 and 9 p.m. Tuesday. Upon …

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Police investigate safe theft

An elderly Branch County man was the victim of a fraud inspection that resulted in the theft of his safe. Michigan State Police troopers said the incident occurred mid-morning last week at a residence in the 900 block of South Fremont Road in California Township. The suspects preoccupied the elderly resident by asking to inspect his electric service. It is …

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Search for Venus Stewart’s body comes to an end

An eight-year mystery into the disappearance and presumed death of a Colon Township woman came to an end Monday in Kalamazoo County’s Fulton Township. State police said Doug Stewart agreed to lead authorities to the location where he buried his wife, Venus Stewart, in April 2010. Authorities said Stewart was released Monday to the custody of state police at the …

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Kalamazoo man shot and killed in New Mexico

Santa Fe police say they have made no arrests in a fatal shooting that killed a Michigan man. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the family of Richard Milan, who fatally shot Wednesday night, says he was on a cross-country road trip with his wife from California to their home in Kalamazoo. The 64-year-old man was fatally shot in the …

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Authorities: Officer shoots, wounds man who pointed gun

Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a young man who allegedly pointed a gun at another officer in northern Indiana. Lt. Alex Arendt, assistant commander of the St. Joseph (Indiana) County Metro Homicide Unit, says two plain-clothes South Bend Police Department officers spotted a vehicle driving erratically Monday and followed it into the parking lot of a lounge. …

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Sturgis Police arrest 2 men on drug charges

Two Sturgis men were arrested earlier this week on drug-related offenses. According to the Sturgis Police Department, officers stopped the suspects, who were on bicycles and committed a minor traffic violation, around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of South Clay Street. The subjects were eventually arrested on outstanding warrants and officers also located drugs and drug equipment. Police …

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Man accused of killing girlfriend captured after jail escape

Southwestern Michigan authorities say a man accused of killing his girlfriend is back behind bars after escaping from jail. Kalamazoo County sheriff’s officials say the inmate had been in the county jail’s recreation area on Wednesday when he climbed fences and escaped. He ditched his jail-issued orange jumpsuit after getting free, but was found by authorities about a half-hour later …

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