Police

Priest charged with embezzling

An area priest who resigned following investigation into inappropriate use of church funds has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000. Richard Fritz is due back in court later this month, after an arraignment in April in St. Joseph County District Court. Michigan State Police investigated the case and submitted their findings to the Branch County prosecutor in February, requesting …

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Tree falls killing man

A Porter Township man died last week after a tree he was cutting down fell on him. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called to the 12000 block of Old 112 shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. Deputies arrived to find 83-year-old Gordon Jackson deceased. An investigation at the scene along with physical evidence indicated that Jackson was in …

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ORV theft south of TR

State police investigators are looking into the theft of three off-road vehicles stolen last week in Constantine Township. Sometime between April 28 and 30, an unlocked shed in the 14000 block of Drummond Road was entered. A pair of quads and a three-wheeler were taken. The four-wheelers are a Yamaha and a Polaris. The three-wheeler is a blue and yellow Yamaha, …

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Break-in at Schoolcraft restaurant

The Schoolcraft Police Department was called early Thursday in response to a break-in at Marjo’s Restaurant. Chief Bryan Campbell said video surveillance shows a white man wearing a hoodie forced open the front door, which triggered the restaurant’s alarm. The incident occurred at 2:24 a.m. Thursday. The suspect fled on foot but not before taking an undisclosed quantity of quarters …

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Youth had a gun

A Three Rivers juvenile was detained by police after he was found to be in possession of a gun. According to a department media release, officers were called April 29 to the Thomas Street Apartments in response to a report of someone in possession of a firearm. Officers eventually found the two juveniles, though not before one fled on foot. …

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Man rescued from tank

A White Pigeon Township worker was injured Monday when he fell into a chlorination tank at the White Pigeon water treatment facility. Authorities said the man was cleaning the empty tank around 4 p.m. when he fell about 12 feet to the concrete floor. He suffered a severe leg injury, according to authorities. The man was trapped in a confined …

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Police investigate 2 thefts

State police investigators are looking into the breaking-and-entering of a residence around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday last week in the 58000 block of Covered Bridge Road. The suspects are believed to have gained access to a garage and shed by going through the back yard of the residence. Multiple totes full of items were reported stolen as well as a bench …

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Woman arrested after fleeing police

A police pursuit occurred early Sunday in Dowagiac. Cass County Sheriff ’s Department deputies said the incident took place around 4:45 a.m., when a 27-year-old woman fled from police and crashed her vehicle. With the help of a police K-9, the woman was found in a wooded area near the crash location and was taken to Dowagiac Lee Memorial Hospital …

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Rider injured in motorcycle crash

A Three Rivers man was injured after the motorcycle he was driving went off the roadway earlier this week in Lockport Township. Sheriff’s deputies said the motorcycle was heading west at 5 p.m. Monday on Hoshel Road, when it failed to navigate a curve near Lutz Road and went off the north side of the road. The motorcycle overturned and …

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Multiple charges in fleeing incident

An Indiana woman was arrested on several charges after she refused to stop for a speeding violation earlier this week in Mottville Township. State police attempted to stop the vehicle around 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 12 near Vistula Road. The driver, a 26-year-old woman from Plymouth, Ind., refused to stop and accelerated to speeds between 75 and 85 miles …

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