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Four vehicle crash in Cass County

Four vehicles were involved in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver over the weekend in Cass County’s Milton Township. The incident was reported at 4:15 a.m. Saturday on M-60 near Reum Road. Investigators said a vehicle driving north in the southbound lane of M-60 struck a box truck driven by 23-year-old Emily Oostema. Oostema’s truck went off the roadway, …

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Child rescued from river in Mendon

A 7-year-old child was rescued from drowning in the St. Joseph River in Mendon earlier this week. State police said troopers were called to assist Mendon Police Department just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to Fremont Street in response to a child who had fallen into the river. The victim fell into the river but was subsequently pulled from the water …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Two Marcellus Township residents were arrested on drug-related offenses this week following the execution of a search warrant. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team was called Thursday to the 14000 block of Dutch Settlement Road in Marcellus Township. Upon searching the residence, detectives discovered a sizeable amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, methamphetamine paraphernalia and loaded firearms. A stolen vehicle was located, …

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Breaking-and-entering in Calhoun County

State police were called to a Calhoun County residence this week in response to a breaking-and-entering incident. According to a department media release, troopers responded at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday to an Athens Township residence. The 57-year-old homeowner said he was awakened to the sound of someone knocking on the door to his residence. He told investigators he was met by …

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Increased police presence on I-94

A stretch of more than 200 miles of Interstate 94, from the Indiana state line to Detroit, will be under increased patrol this summer. Michigan State Police said its troopers will beef up patrols as motorists use the route to get to Michigan’s vacation destinations. Troopers will be actively addressing the driving behaviors most associated with traffic crashes. These behaviors …

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Cass County Sheriff’s office makes donation

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said his office recently made a donation to Cass County Cancer Services. In 2017, Sheriff Behnke initiated a fundraising campaign within his office that would benefit a local charity. The fundraising was based on casual Fridays for personnel not required to wear a uniform. Participating employees agreed to donate $10 per month. The opportunity was …

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SJC Central Dispatch millage request approved

A request for an additional one-quarter of a mill by St. Joseph County 911 Central Dispatch passed Tuesday. Unofficial totals reported by the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office showed 1,364 votes in favor of the seven-year request and 1,323 opposed, with all 20 precincts reporting. The request will bump Central Dispatch’s millage rate to an even 1 mill. Agency director …

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Man injured in crash

A Colon man was injured when the vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident earlier this week in Florence Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said its deputies were called shortly before 4 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Centreville-Constantine Road and Roys Road in response to a one-vehicle crash. Deputies found that a 2001 Mercedes driven …

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Travel trailers stolen from Indiana recovered in Michigan

Michigan State Police say they’re recovered 17 travel trailers worth about $600,000 that were reported stolen from northern Indiana. Police say the sheriff’s office in LaGrange County, Indiana, contacted them for help locating and recovering the trailers. Detectives in Indiana had opened an investigation after several recreational vehicle manufacturers reported thefts of trailers from their facilities. Michigan State Police say …

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Local woman killed in motorcycle crash

The wife of a local fire chief died over the weekend in a motorcycle accident in Three Rivers. Investigators said Patricia Frye, age 66, the spouse of Mike Frye, chief of Fabius-Park Fire Department, died in the 7:30 p.m. incident Saturday.. Mike Frye, age 55, meanwhile, was critically injured when the motorcycles he and his wife were driving were struck …

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