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News in Branch County, Michigan

Angola robbery sparks chase, standoff
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:10:38 -0700

Authorities say a 38-year-old man suspected of a robbery in Indiana fled to Michigan, where he took a person hostage inside an adult novelty store. Branch County sheriff's officials tell WOOD-TV that the man was arrested after a standoff Tuesday at the Lion's Den Adult Superstore near Coldwater. No one was hurt.

Phibbs goes back to Indiana prison
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:18:30 -0700

COLDWATER — Austin Phibbs will go back to an Indiana prison to finish his term there after a plea to child abuse third degree in a criminal sexual conduct case in Branch County.

Hostage safe after standoff
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:06 -0700

A central dispatch supervisor is being hailed as a hero after she talked an armed robbery suspect into letting a hostage go free, then giving himself up Tuesday after a standoff in Branch County.

Authorities say man took hostage at adult store
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:46:46 -0700

Authorities say a 38-year-old man suspected of a robbery in Indiana fled to Michigan, where he took a person hostage inside an adult novelty store.

Branch County Stand-Off
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:18:37 -0700

Authorities say a man suspected of a robbery in Indiana fled to Michigan, where he took a person hostage inside an adult novelty store near Coldwater. The suspect is now in custody.

BARC offers low-cost spay, neuter services
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:28:49 -0700

BRANCH COUNTY — Local volunteers from Animal Aid of Branch County, Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan and Project Hope Animal Rescue have joined forces in creating the Branch Area Rescue Coalition (BARC).

Family donates pioneer records to library
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:03:02 -0700

• For more information about making an appointment to use the Michigan Room, call the library at (810) 987-7323. • The Port Huron branch of the St. Clair County Library is at 210 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron

State police investigate armed robbery of Amish buggies
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:02:13 -0700

The Michigan State Police West Branch Post is investigating several armed robberies and attempted robberies of Amish buggies.

Authorities Say Man Takes Hostage at Adult Store
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:49:31 -0700

Authorities say a man suspected of a robbery in Indiana fled to Michigan, where he took a person hostage inside an adult novelty store.

Judges decide to wait on jail overcrowding
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:33:12 -0700

COLDWATER — Prisoners hoping for an early release because of overcrowding at the Branch County Jail may have to wait a bit longer. Branch County Sheriff John Pollack declared June 18 “a jail overcrowding state of emergency,” pursuant to a 1982 law to allow reduction of sentences and bond reductions.