Police

Woman seriously injured in crash

A Dowagiac woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Cass County’s Wayne Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 11:40 a.m. to Dewey Lake Road, near Roth Road. Investigators found that 31-year-old Trisha Smith was driving west on Dewey Lake when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  Consequently, her vehicle overturned and caught fire. …

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Police investigate stolen golf cart

A golf cart was stolen last week from a location in White Pigeon Township. State police troopers responded to the 19000 block of Dickinson Road, where an EZ-GO golf cart was reported stolen. It was taken between noon July 6 and the early morning hours of July 7. The golf cart has a lift kit, off-road tires, the number “34” …

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Theft investigated by police

State police troopers are investigating the theft of a snow plow from a location in Branch County’s Coldwater Township. The incident was reported at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of East Chicago Road. Authorities said the theft of the Boss DXT plow occurred in a parking lot between 1 p.m. June 30 and 7 a.m. July 2.

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Minor injuries in crash

Three Bronson teens were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Monday in Fawn River Township. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 2:30 a.m. to Plumb School Road in response to a vehicle that had left the roadway and overturned near the intersection of Big Hill Road. Investigators found the 18-year-old driver had misjudged a curve and the vehicle he was driving …

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Smith appointed to state position

Geoff Smith, director of public safety for the city of Sturgis, recently was named the second vice president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He was sworn in to the post in June during the association’s summer conference. Its executive board is made up of a president, first, second and third vice presidents, and a treasurer. Vice presidents …

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Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and equipment, MLive.com reported . The union has filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Park officers …

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Three Rivers woman dies in pedestrian crash

A Three Rivers resident died Thursday morning at the scene of a car/pedestrian accident on M-40 near Spatterdock Lake Street in Cass County’s Porter Township. The victim was identified as 76-year-old Shirley Boersma. She was reportedly crossing the highway when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Dale Hoekwater, age 77, of Jenison. Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in …

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Toddler rescued from locked vehicle

Michigan State Trooper Erik Gantert was dispatched Thursday at 5:30pm to a two-year-old accidentally locked inside a vehicle for approximately 5 to 10 minutes and was in distress in the 10,000 Block of James Street, Mottville. Trooper Gantert arrived on scene shortly after the initial call. Due to the temperature being approximately 90 degrees, Trooper Gantert quickly broke the driver’s …

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Vandalism at Constantine school

Authorities are looking for help in locating subjects who broke into Eastside Elementary School in Constantine, and committed extensive damage in several classrooms. Police said the incident happened between 2 p.m. on Monday, July 2nd and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd. Most of the damage involved school tables, but the subjects also poured what appeared to be cleaning solvent …

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15 train cars derail in downtown Kalamazoo

Police say 15 train cars have derailed in downtown Kalamazoo. No injuries have been reported. The city’s Department of Public Safety says the train was carrying freight, not passengers, and some cars were empty. There’s no evidence of hazardous materials being released. The derailment was reported around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.  (AP)

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