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Fatal crash near Constantine

A Constantine man died after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree over the weekend in Constantine Township. State police said the 49-year-old victim was driving a 2003 Chevy Malibu around 4:15 p.m. Saturday. The driver lost control of the car on Youngs Prairie Road near New England Road. Investigators said the incident occurred as the Malibu was …

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Man who killed teacher expressed regret before suicide

Police have released the handwritten note and map that led investigators to the body of a missing teacher in October. Christopher Lockhart expressed regret for killing his wife, Theresa Lockhart, and wrote, “I pray that God forgives me.” He wrote the note on Oct. 23 before killing himself at their Portage home. Police the next day found his body and …

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Cass County man dies after falling through ice on Indiana river

Authorities say a 43-year-old Michigan man has died after he fell through the ice while fishing on an Indiana river. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a 911 call Friday afternoon from someone at a park along the St. Joseph River in South Bend. The caller said they saw a man fall through the ice and disappear. St. Joseph County Police …

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Police shift focus of investigation into children’s bones

Montana authorities say a man interviewed in connection to children’s bones found in a shed in September was not arrested and is no longer a focus of the investigation. KECI-TV reported Wednesday that Missoula investigators are turning their attention toward other people who are tied to the property where the bones were found. Authorities say a box containing bones and …

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Northern Indiana couple charged in hit-and-run that killed three

A northern Indiana couple is facing criminal charges in an August hit-and-run that killed two children and an adult. Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Tuesday that felony charges had been filed against 40-year-old Penelope A. Grosswiler and her 42-year-old husband, Leonard Grosswiler, in the Aug. 26 crash along a street in the city of Elkhart. Arrest warrants have been …

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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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