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Western Michigan University alerts students after shooting

Western Michigan University alerted students to use caution Sunday following a shooting near the campus. The university issued an advisory around 4:45 a.m. to exercise caution in the area shortly after the shooting. Police found a 28-year-old Lansing resident with a gunshot wound to a shoulder after responding to a 4:20 a.m. report of shots fired. Police said the wound …

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Indiana judge rejects plea for alleged barn fire accomplice

A judge rejected a plea agreement Monday for a woman accused of helping her boyfriend set fire to several northern Indiana barns, citing her plea deal’s lack of prison time. Sherry Thomas, 33, of Nappanee had reached a plea agreement that includes an admission to one felony count of arson in the string of eight barn burnings. Thomas was charged …

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Man gets 50-year prison sentence for Indiana barn fires

A man who pleaded guilty to torching several barns last year in a northern Indiana county was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison followed by decades on probation. An Elkhart County judge sentenced Joseph Hershberger to 96 years, but suspended nearly half of that sentence, ordering Hershberger to serve 46 years on probation following his release. He must also pay $80,000 …

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Driver arraigned in connection with fatal crash

St. Joseph County District Court officials said Jiminez Lopez, age 24, has been arraigned after he allegedly drove a vehicle into the rear of a car that killed a 6-month-old boy Nov. 1 in Mendon Township. Lopez is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, driving with a suspended license and operating under the …

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Three injured in Sturgis area crash

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a single-vehicle, roll-over crash last week in Fawn River Township. The incident occurred around 11:30 Friday morning on Franks Avenue, south of Ivanhoe Street. Investigators said a 2006 Ford F-150 was traveling north on Franks Avenue when the driver, a 16-year-old boy from Sturgis, lost control. The vehicle went off the road and rolled …

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Serious injuries in Cass County crash

A 50-year-old Indiana man was injured in a one-vehicle crash over the weekend in Cass County’s Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday to the area of M-60 and Stone Lake Drive on the south side of Cassopolis. Investigators said a car driven by Michael Douglas II, a South Bend resident, was heading …

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Indiana drugstore worker held in 2017 killings of teen girls

Authorities on Monday announced an arrest in the unsolved murders of two teenage girls — a drugstore worker who has been living in the same small northern Indiana community where their bodies were found after they went on a hike nearly six years ago. Richard Matthew Allen, 50, was arrested Friday on two murder counts in the killings of Liberty German, 14, …

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Teen seriously injured in crash south of Sturgis

A 13-year-old Sturgis-area resident was struck by a car while waiting for a school bus early Monday in Fawn River Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called shortly before 7 a.m. to the area of Fawn River Road and Big Hill Road in response to a vehicle vs. pedestrian personal-injury collision. The driver was identified as a 16-year-old Sturgis …

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Three Rivers woman dies in crash

A Three Rivers woman died earlier this week in a two-vehicle crash in Constantine Township. State police troopers were called at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday to the area of U.S. 131 and Dickinson Road. Authorities said the 39-year-old woman was driving south on U.S. 131 and her vehicle collided head-on into a northbound pickup driven by a 59-year-old man from Owosso. …

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Police arrest armed robbery suspect

A Three Rivers man is in custody in connection with an armed-robbery incident last week in Three Rivers. Chief Scott Boling said officers were alerted to a possible armed robbery shortly after 11 a.m. Friday at a business in the 700 block of West Michigan Avenue. Boling said the suspect obtained an unknown amount of currency, then fled the scene …

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