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Two police officers honored in House

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week honored two local men by formally recognizing them on the House floor. Michigan State Police Detective-Sgt. Aaron Steensma and Trooper Daniel Thayer were formally presented with a special tribute highlighting their heroism and service in the line of duty. On Jan. 24, 2018, state police personnel were executing a search warrant at a Cass …

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Three killed when Amtrak train collides with car

Michigan State Police say three people were killed when their car collided with an Amtrak train near Kalamazoo. Oshtemo Township Fire Chief Mark Barnes says no one on the train was injured, but everyone in the car died in the collision about 10 p.m. Sunday west of Kalamazoo. Police identified the crash victims Monday as 20-year-old Jarmaine Brown, 19-year-old Marcionna …

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Northern Indiana pilot dead in small plane crash

Police say a northern Indiana pilot died after his small plane hit power lines and crashed in a farm field in northern Indiana. Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel says 55-year-old Neal Myers of Middlebury died in the crash Thursday night about 2 miles east of Goshen Municipal Airport. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro told The Goshen News that Myers was practicing …

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Police, utilities warn of possible outages on Sunday

Michigan State Police and utilities are warning people high winds could cause power outages on Sunday. The National Weather Service says a high wind watch is in effect from Saturday night through Sunday night in southern and eastern Michigan including the Thumb region. It says sustained west winds of 30-40 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph are possible. …

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Michigan couple charged after girl ingests meth, dies

Two southwestern Michigan residents face charges in northern Indiana in the death of a 10-year-old girl who died after ingesting methamphetamine. Prosecutors say the girl and her 9-year-old sibling were taken to an Elkhart home last June by her father, 34-year-old Brandon Hobbs, and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Erica Reschke. The girl died at the home. Toxicology tests revealed high levels …

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Cass County standoff ends in suspect’s arrest

A pursuit that started in Elkhart County ended after a standoff at a residence in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies assisted Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department deputies, who were in pursuit of a suspect with multiple felony warrants. The pursuit crossed into Cass County shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle was pursued to the Edwardsburg area, where the …

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Burglary suspect offered homeowners $200 not to call police

Northern Indiana police say a home burglary suspect allegedly offered two homeowners who found him inside their house $200 not to call police. Thirty-one-year-old Casey Madden of Elkhart was charged last month in a September home burglary. He remains jailed at Elkhart County’s jail on burglary and other charges. Court documents say the homeowners returned home Sept. 30 to find …

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Battle Creek to prohibit holding phone while driving

Driving while holding a cellphone soon will be illegal in one southern Michigan city. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a new ordinance goes into effect Friday in Battle Creek, but police don’t plan to ticket drivers — just yet — for typing, scrolling or talking on phones without the use of hands-free devices. City officials say enforcement will start …

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Man dies trying to get daughter’s dead cat out of roadway

Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to work and apparently didn’t see him. Investigators say Rosas was wearing dark …

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Rural Three Rivers woman locked out of home, dies in cold

A 90-year-old Fabius Township woman died last week after she was locked out of her house and froze to death. Authorities said the body of Ada Salna was found around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of her home on Kurzeme Road, in the vicinity of Long Lake. Pathologist Joyce deJong said Salna died of hypothermia. Investigators said Salna had …

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