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Pickup stolen

            A 2000 Dodge 3500 dual-wheel pickup truck was stolen earlier this month from a residence in the 12000 block of Riverside Drive, in White Pigeon Township.             The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department reports the vehicle had four flat tires and had remained in place at least five years. The vehicle is inoperable and has a 100-gallon fuel tank, …

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Reward offered in Elkhart killing

A $6,0000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting death of a 7-year-old northern Indiana girl fatally shot when three men tried to break into her house.  WSBT-TV reports the family of Kristyana Jackson of Elkhart and community donors raised the reward money. The girl died in August, two days after being shot when she and her mother …

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Two treated for injuries

Two White Pigeon residents were treated for injuries they suffered after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a deer about 5 p.m. Thursday. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the 46-year-old driver, Scott Crone was south on Covered Bridge Road when the deer ran into his motorcycle near South River Road. The man and his 47-year-old passenger, Joni Crone were …

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Investigating case of embezzlement

Officials from the Three Rivers Police Department have confirmed their investigation into a case of embezzlement from the Three Rivers Little League. The case centers on the former director of the 300-player league and an amount of money close to $20,000 that may have been improperly taken. Police became involved in the issue after a former board member and sponsor …

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Two arrested for meth

Two Sturgis men were arrested Tuesday and charged with methamphetamine-related offenses. Following up on a tip, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit made the arrests at an apartment unit at a residence at 207 N. Prospect St. Information regarding the ages and identities of the men arrested was not referenced in a sheriff’s department news release. Investigators …

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Two fatalities in crash

Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. reports said deputies handled a double-fatal traffic crash on Chapel Hill Street, just east of Baldwin Prarie Road at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday in Porter Township. Ross Gambill, 19 from Osceola, Ind., said that he and two friends were traveling east on Chapel Hill Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost …

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Amtrak derailment investigation

A preliminary report on the Amtrak derailment in Niles from the National Transportation Safety Board blames a reversed switch for the accident on Sunday.  The NTSB found the switch aligned the tracks the Amtrak train was on with a rail yard instead of the main track, and the train stopped only 21 feet from the nearest freight train car in …

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Two new troopers at WP Post

Two Vicksburg residents are the latest addition to the Michigan State Police detachment in White Pigeon. Scott Tuttle and Pete Melvin, who were two of 78 members of the recently graduated 123rd MSP trooper academy, began work at the White Pigeon site this week. They will spend the next four months with a field-training officer before patrolling on their own. …

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Amtrak derailment near Niles

Federal officials expect their investigation into a southwestern Michigan train derailment that injured about a dozen people to take six months to a year.  National Transportation Safety Board railroad investigator Michael Flanigon spoke Monday at a news conference in nearby South Bend.  There are measurements to take, interviews to conduct and electronic data that needs to be analyzed before a …

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Domestic assault in Sturgis

A Sturgis man was charged with domestic assault following an incident at 3 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Cato Lane. Upon arriving at the scene, police noticed a woman holding her child outside their residence. The name and age of the suspect was not provided in a media release. He was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

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