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Woman injured in Cass County crash

A two-vehicle accident in Cass County earlier this week resulted in a Three Rivers woman seeking hospitalization. Cass County sheriff’s deputies said the incident occurred at 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 12 at Baldwin Prairie Road. Authorities said 55-year-old Stacy Roberts was injured after the vehicle she was driving west on U.S. 12 was struck on the driver’s side by …

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Officer of the Year and On Call Award recipients named

Matt Boerman has been named Officer of the Year for the Sturgis Police Department and Patrick Camburn received recognition with the Fire Department On-Call Award. Boerman began his Sturgis career in 2004, coming from the village of Hopkins. He has served as a crash investigator, driving instructor, bike patrol officer, and a member of the St. Joseph County Special Response …

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Search warrant leads to drug arrests

Two people were arrested last week on drug-related charges in Three Rivers. Sheriff’s officials said a search warrant was secured Friday for a residence in the 400 block of 6th Avenue, where investigators had received information about a house near Three Rivers High School whose residents were allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Once inside the residence, investigators from the St. Joseph County …

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Suspect in Cass County bank robbery arrested

A citizen tip and diligence by investigating law-enforcement officers led to the arrest of a South Bend man in a bank robbery last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials said a lone gunman entered Chemical Bank at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the 69000 block of M-62 in Edwardsburg. Quick response and a subsequent investigation by Ontwa Township, Edwardsburg Police, the …

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Investigations lead to arrests on drug charges

Two separate investigations concluded this week, both netting drug-related arrests. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials said a 32-year-old man, whose name and community of residence were not included in a department media release, was arrested Thursday on charges of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of meth. He was arrested in the 1100 block of Nottawa Street in Sturgis after …

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County hires additional staff member

St. Joseph County has hired an additional community corrections staff member. During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners OK’d the employment of Matthew Huff. He will work 30 hours a week to cover obligations related to Community Corrections in the absence of coordinator Erin Goff. Judge Jeff Middleton, chairman of the Community Corrections Advisory Board, said Goff is on medical leave. Middleton noted …

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Authorities investigate death of woman alongside rural road

Authorities say they’re investigating the death of a woman whose body was found alongside a rural southwestern Michigan road as suspicious. The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says in a statement that the body of 32-year-old Gabrielle Irene Smith of Plainwell was found Tuesday afternoon in Texas Township. The cause and circumstances of her death are under investigation Thursday. Smith’s body …

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Driver of pickup charged with murder in bicyclists’ deaths

A 50-year-old driver of a pickup truck that struck a group of bicyclists killing five of them was charged Thursday with five counts of second degree murder. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting also charged Charles Pickett Jr. of Battle Creek on Thursday with four counts of reckless driving in the crash Tuesday that injured four others in Cooper Township north …

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Bicyclists bonded as ‘Chain Gang’ before crash that killed 5

They called themselves “The Chain Gang” — a group of bicyclists drawn together by zest for their sport, physical fitness and love of the outdoors whose day trip in the southwestern Michigan countryside ended tragically as a pickup truck plowed into them, killing five and injuring four others. Stunned biking enthusiasts joined relatives and friends of the riders Wednesday in …

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Former Constantine police chief laid to rest

A former police chief in Constantine who previously worked for the Michigan State Police was laid to rest last week amid full police honors. Police representatives from Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon, Portage and surrounding areas joined lawyers, judges and other public officials to pay homage to Det. Sgt. Jim Bedell at Trinity Missionary Church in Constantine. Rev. Dennis Smith, pastor …

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