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Bronson teen killed by train

A Bronson High School student was killed Tuesday after the vehicle he was in was struck by a passenger train in Van Buren County. Tyler Wirtz, 17, was the victim in the crash that occurred around 7:30 p.m. on North Nursery Street in Lawton. Lawton Police Chief Jeffrey Mack said investigation revealed the truck was stuck on the west side …

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Police investigate Flowerfield break in

State police are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident in Flowerfield Township. According to a department media release, access to a house and nearby shed in the 53000 block of Bent Road was gained between Nov. 14 and Dec. 14. Authorities said multiple items were stolen from both structures.

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Elkhart man died in Cass County crash

An Elkhart man died Tuesday morning following a single-vehicle accident on icy roads in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 5 a.m. to the area of Mason Street and Union Road in response to a rollover accident. Upon arrival, deputies found 48-year-old Daniel Staley had lost control of his vehicle and it left …

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Sturgis students receive Christmas donations

With the help of local police and fire personnel, 22 Sturgis elementary students had their Christmas season brightened Saturday morning. The students were selected by staff members from Wall, Congress, Wenzel and Eastwood schools. Sturgis Walmart donated money for the students to shop. The event was organized by Sturgis school resource officer Sam Watson. Representatives from Sturgis, Michigan State Police …

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Man killed when Amtrak train hits pickup truck in Lawton

Police say one man was killed when an Amtrak train crashed into a pickup truck west of Kalamazoo. WOOD-TV reports the crash occurred Tuesday night in Lawton. Police Chief Jeffrey Mack says emergency responders found the man outside the pickup when they arrived on the scene. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Mack says witnesses told investigators they …

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Serious injury in crash

One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Monday in White Pigeon Township. Sheriff’s deputies said Roy Castro, whose age and community of residence were not included in a department media release, was driving west on U.S. 12 around 3:30 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle near Hillandale Road. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck …

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Police chase in Battle Creek ends with fatal crash

Police say a driver fleeing an officer has died after losing control of her vehicle on a curve and crashing into a tree. Battle Creek police said the officer was trying to stop the woman for speeding and reckless driving when the crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her …

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Occupant trapped in vehicle

Sturgis Police and Fire responded last week to an incident involving a vehicle that had rolled down the embankment of an abandoned railroad bed. According to a department media release, rescue personnel responded at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to a remote location on the former Indiana Northeastern Railroad bed, just west of the former crossing at Big Hill Road in Fawn …

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Branch county crash

State police last week responded to a three-vehicle crash involving a wrong-way driver on an interstate in Branch County. According to a department media release, troopers were advised at 11:25 p.m. Friday that a Jeep entered the southbound lanes of Interstate 69 by driving north onto the exit ramp in Coldwater Township. The Jeep struck the rear trailer of a …

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Police investigate thefts

Troopers from Michigan State Police are investigating recent, unrelated thefts. The first incident involved multiple packages left at a home on Patterson Lane, a dead-end street in Three Rivers. The theft occurred between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday, police said. The packages were left on the ground in front of the home and no one was at home. The items stolen …

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