Police

Cause of Mottville fire under investigation

The cause of a fire that destroyed a building Sunday night at Fiberglass Composites in Mottville still is undetermined. Investigators from the Michigan State Police were back at the scene Wednesday. Because of extensive damage from the blaze, however, a precise cause cannot be determined, officials said. Investigators said a witness told them the fire was first seen near an …

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Mottville factory damaged in fire

A Mottville Township factory was heavily damaged following a fire that started Sunday night. Fire officials said personnel from nine departments were needed to battle the blaze at Fiberglass Composites on Union Street in Mottville. Authorities said a worker noticed overhead lights flickering around 6:30 p.m., and soon realized the building was ablaze. Firefighters arrived to found 75 percent the …

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SCAN operation results in more than a dozen arrests

St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit members partnered with Michigan Department of Corrections parole and probation employees to conduct a “Night Hawk” operation that resulted in the arrest of 15 people Monday. The operation was conducted to verify compliance with terms of probation. All charges relate to distribution and use of methamphetamine and marijuana. In addition, several suspects had outstanding …

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Man injured when car slid off road

A Niles man was injured after his car went off the road due to icy conditions last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials said 56-year-old Walter Langheinrich, of Niles, was driving on Leet Road, north of U.S. 12 at 9 p.m. Thursday, when his vehicle went out of control, struck a mailbox and rolled over. He was extricated from the …

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Fatal crash near Three Rivers

A Three Rivers man died as the result of a 3-car crash Thursday afternoon on M-60 near Roberts Road, just west of Three Rivers. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Randy Jansen. Four other people were injured. . . Their names have not been released. County sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation.

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Cemetery vandalism – Reward offered

The city of Three Rivers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for damage to headstones at Riverside Cemetery late last year. Three Rivers Police on Thursday issued a media release, which stated the reward amount is $1,000. The damage occurred between 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and noon Dec. 20. Vandals …

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Police searching for theft suspect

The Schoolcraft Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect and vehicle in a larceny from a local business. Chief Bryan Campbell said the incident occurred at 12:10 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of East Lyon Street, where a white male, described as being in his mid-40s to early 50s, entered the business. There was …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

A 29-year-old White Pigeon man is in the St. Joseph County Jail after fleeing from police late Friday night. White Pigeon police attempted to stop a vehicle at U.S. 12 and U.S. 131 for a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop and drove from the crossroads at a high rate of speed. The chase ended when the vehicle rolled …

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Branch crash kills one, injures two others

One man is dead and two people were injured Friday in a crash on U.S. 12 west of Snow Prairie Road in Branch County’s Bethel Township. Identity of those involved have not been released, pending family notification. Branch County Undersheriff Keith Eichler said a driver of Ford Fiesta had stopped on U.S. 12 to turn left into the Sprung Lake mobile …

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TR residents advised to be observant

The Three Rivers Police Department is advising residents to remain observant in light of two incidents that occurred within the past week. In the first incident, a woman on the city’s River Trail Monday this week observed a man playing with a knife as he sat on a bench with a baby stroller at his side. He asked the woman …

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