Police

Sheriff’s Department selling 9-1-1 signs

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer Post 478 is selling 9-1-1 mailbox signs. The signs are 6 inches by 17 1/2 inches, with a green background and reflective three-inch numbers on both sides. Numbers may be placed vertically or horizontally. Signs cost $15.50 each, and proceeds are used by the post for uniforms and educational training. Signs can be …

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Authorities respond to home invasion in progress

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department were called to a Sturgis Township residence early Tuesday in response to a home invasion in progress. The incident took place at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday in the 29000 block of U.S. 12. The caller reported that two males fled from the house, eastbound into a wooded area. They were apprehended without incident, …

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Stolen items recovered

State Police investigators recovered a variety of stolen items last week in Branch County. According to a department media release, troopers were following up on the theft of a 2006 Jeep Commander taken Wednesday from the city of Bronson. The following day, troopers recovered the Jeep, along with a stolen Basstracker fiberglass boat and boat trailer, near Orland and Whipple …

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State police to change how troopers record race during stops

The Michigan State Police plan to change how troopers record the race of drivers during traffic stops following a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. MLive.com reports that the agency is making the change so officers’ electronic daily records no longer default to “unknown” for the driver’s race, attempting to get more accurate data. The ACLU had …

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Several items stolen in Sherman Township

Two buildings in Sherman Township were burglarized last week. Sheriff’s officials said someone broke into a main building and an outbuilding between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 in the 64000 block of Shimmel Road. The suspects gained access through forced entry and stole a push mower, cleaning supplies and food.

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No injuries in single vehicle crash

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s department officials said a 22-year-old Marcellus man was driving southbound on South Snyder Street around 10 p.m. Friday in the village of Marcellus. The man failed to obey a stop sign at South Street and his vehicle crashed into a residence at the three-way …

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Suspended officer who displayed Confederate flag resigns

A Michigan police officer suspended after flying a Confederate flag from his pickup during a political rally has resigned. Traverse City Manager Marty Colburn said Michael Peters turned his resignation Monday evening. Colburn said Peters apologized to the community and “for the stain he put on the city” and on the city’s police department. Colburn said he believed Peter’s apology …

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Man arrested after chase

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department last week arrested a Three Rivers man on several charges after he attempted to flee from authorities. A deputy working Wednesday for the village of Centreville attempted to stop a vehicle with a stolen plate. The suspect refused to stop his vehicle and drove through a number of parking lots, according to …

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Trailer stolen in Lockport

A trailer was stolen last week from a residence in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the agency responded at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday to the 57000 block of Holtom Road. Investigators said it appears the suspects broke the lock off the trailer hitch, then left the scene heading southbound on Holtom Road. The trailer dislodged from the …

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Police identify 2 bicyclists hurt in hit-and-run crash

Authorities have identified two bicyclists injured when a pickup truck struck them as they rode with two other bicyclists in southwestern Michigan. The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s department says 50-year-old Mathew Sides of Plainwell and 44-year-old Andrea Fore of Kalamazoo suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were struck Thursday night in Alamo Township. The pickup’s driver did not stop. Valerie Litznerski was among …

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