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McCann files federal lawsuit

A man who said he was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl’s killing in St. Joseph County has filed a lawsuit, two years after his wrongful conviction for perjury was thrown out. Ray McCann said his constitutional rights were violated by various police officers in St. Joseph County. He filed a lawsuit in federal court last …

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Woman airlifted following White Pigeon crash

One person was injured and airlifted for medical care following a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in White Pigeon Township. Authorities said the driver of a Ford Mustang had turned east onto U.S. 12 from Lutz Road when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle’s rear to go into westbound traffic. A semi-truck collided with the back of the vehicle, cutting …

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Cass County crash sends man to hospital

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday to Church Street near the intersection of Goff Lake Road in Marcellus Township. Investigators found that a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Nickolas Soule of Marcellus drove off the road and crashed into a tree. Soule was driving east on Church Street when he lost control of …

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Three Colon football players named All-State

Three members of Colon High School’s state-championship football team were named to the All-State squad for 8-man football. The Associated Press named wide receiver Jonathan West and linebacker Brandon Crawford to its first team, and quarterback Philip Alva made honorable mention. West caught 10 touchdowns and ran for seven more as a member of the state-champion Magi. On the other …

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Animal Control Board begins fundraiser

Members of the St. Joseph County Animal Control Board have started the agency’s 2019 holiday fundraiser. Board chair Kristina Eaton said the collection involves donation boxes placed at businesses around the county. Proceeds will be pooled for the purchase of new beds, blankets and chew toys for animals spending Christmas at the shelter. Participating businesses are Lake Area Vet, Sturgis …

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County fair announces new midway vendor

St. Joseph County Grange Fair officials on Friday announced a new carnival/midway vendor, Skerbeck Entertainment Group. The Fennville-based company will make its St. Joseph County debut at the 2020 grange fair. Skerbeck Entertainment Group will bring more than 28 rides to the 2020 fair, focusing on state-fair-quality equipment with enough variety to appeal to most fair-goers. Highlights of the new …

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One injured in Cass County crash

Cass County deputies responded over the weekend to a two-vehicle collision in Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were dispatched shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of M-62 and Hospital Road. Investigators found that 28-year-old Elkhart resident Nathan Herman was southbound on M-62. Meanwhile, 35-year-old Adam Kolker of Cassopolis turned southbound from Hospital Road and into Herman’s vehicle. Herman was transported …

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Miller announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced in-district office hours locations for the month of December. Miller said the best part of his job is gathering input from the people he represents. Miller added that he hopes for a good turnout for discussion on legislative priorities for the coming year. Miller will be available Monday next week at L.A. Cafe in …

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Man sues police in after wrongful conviction

A man who served 20 months in custody for a wrongful conviction is suing police. Ray McCann was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl’s killing in St. Joseph County. McCann denied any role in the death of the 11-year-old girl but says he felt pressured to plead no contest to perjury. The conviction was thrown out …

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Michigan dad gets year in jail for teen’s fatal overdose

A southwestern Michigan man has been sentenced to a year in jail for his 16-year-old son’s fatal drug overdose. Prosecutors accused Gary Birkhead of knowingly allowing his son to use illicit drugs over two years. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in November. Birkhead, a Bangor resident, has been in the Van Buren County jail for months and will have …

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