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Doctor T-K Lawless Park is one of 79 dark sky parks in the world and only the second in the State of Michigan. It took the Cass County Parks Department two-and-a-half years to complete the process.

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The Michigan Dept. of Health announced there has been a fifth death in the state due to EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

The death claimed the life of a Cass County resident.  

In total, EEE has been confirmed in 10 people in Michigan with five fatalities. 

Shipshewana Woman Dies In Cass County Lake In Michigan

Aug 14, 2019
Cass County MI Sheriff's Office via Facebook

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a young Indiana woman has died while swimming at a lake in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday evening to Long Lake in Porter Township, where seven people from Indiana had been wakeboarding. The sheriff's office says they stopped to take a break, and 19-year-old Janelle Miller of Shipshewana went for a swim and vanished.

People on the boat called 911 and tried unsuccessfully to find her. The Cass County Marine Division and the Van Buren County Dive Team found her body late Tuesday.

Teen Shoots, Injures Father In Self-Defense In Cass County

Jun 22, 2019
Cass County Sheriff's Office

VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy shot his father to defend himself and another person in southwestern Michigan.

Cass County Sheriff's Dept.

PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Cass County Sheriff says a farm worker was fatally electrocuted when a steel truss he was holding touched a power line.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke says 19-year-old Rocky Stoner of Marcellus was injured Thursday morning at Sparks Cedarlee Farms in Penn Township.

Behnke says Stoner was working on building a storage facility at the time. He says a co-worker was using a forklift to move the truss into position while Stoner held the truss.

Cass County Sheriff's Office

The Cass County Sheriffi's Office is investigating a shooting that occurred on Starbrick St. near Tharp Lake Rd. in Mason Township early Saturday morning. 

A 57 year old Edwardsburg resident was in his house when unknown subjects came to his house demanding to talk to him.

When the homeowner did not come outside the subjects started to fire a gun into the house through his window injuring the homeowner.

The victim  was transported to Elkhart General Hospital.

(As of 11:00 Saturday morning, the victim is in stable condition.)