Three-vehicle crash

April 16, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

A Minnesota man was cited for failure to yield as the result of a three-vehicle accident Saturday night in Three Rivers.

State Police investigators said the 54-year-old driver of a mini van attempted to turn left from southbound U.S. 131 into the Super 8 hotel parking lot. He turned in front of a northbound car driven by a 38-year-old Three Rivers man, whose vehicle struck the side of the van.

The collision forced the minivan to spin out of control and struck a third vehicle, driven by a 34-year-old Three Rivers woman. She was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.

The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Man arrested in Sturgis

April 16, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Sturgis Police arrested a man around 1 p.m. Sunday following an incident in the 1300 block of Cato Lane.

A man, whose age and community of residence were not listed in a department media release, was charged with aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation after he confronted the man and used racial slurs.

The suspect was released to police custody following a mental evaluation at Sturgis Hospital.

Ellie Elzinga, 85

April 15, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Ellen Mae “Ellie” Elzinga, age 85, of Centreville, died Monday, April 8, 2013 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville where she had been a patient for two months. Ellie was born in Banks, MI and was the daughter of George M. and Ruth (Rubert) Elzinga. She was a graduate of Ellsworth High School in Antrim County, MI. Ellie worked at a paper mill in Kalamazoo before she began work with the Haas Corporation, later known as Lear Plastics in Mendon, where she was the former President of U.A. W. Local 503. After retirement she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross where she assisted with disaster relief across the country. She was a cat lover, raised Airedale Terriers, and supported the Animal Rescue Fund in St. Joseph County. She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her yard and garden.

Ellie is survived by her companion of over 30 years, Leslie Morris; Leslie’s daughter, Sherrie (Juan) Melendez; and grandchildren, Alex and Stephanie.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has been conducted. Memorial services are planned for 2:00 p.m. Sunday April 21, 2013 at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church with Pastor Karen Wheat officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Animal Rescue Fund. An online register is available at

Bill Keith, 60

April 15, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

William “Bill” Marvin Keith, age 60, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Bronson Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on April 30, 1952 in Three Rivers, MI the son of William and Myrtle Keith.

Bill was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy until his honorable discharge. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and mushrooming. Bill’s greatest treasure was spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by parents.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, daughter, Stacey(Roger)Herwick, of Marcellus, MI; son, Josh(Kelly)Keith of LaGrange, IN; brothers, Tim(Pam)Keith, of Churabusko, IN and Donald Keith, of Mendon, MI; sister, JoAnn(Jim)Wilson, of Battle Creek, MI; grandchildren, Jacie, Mersadies, Domenick, Nicklas, Kylie, and Robert Joseph “RJ”; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 11:00-12:00p.m. at the Hohner Funeral Home; 1004 Arnold St; Three Rivers, MI 49093. A burial of cremains will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Wild Life Preserve of One’s Choice. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Menards opens

April 15, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

After more than a year of construction, the Three Rivers Menards home-improvement store opens this week.

Jeff Abbott, spokesman for the Wisconsin-based company, said the store will open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Located off Broadway Road, just west of U.S. 131, the new Menards is in excess of 200,000 square feet. Abbott said per company policy, however, the exact size of the store and number of employees is proprietary information.

Agency on Aging unveiling survey

April 15, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging is unveiling its once-every-three-years survey seeking input from residents in Branch and St. Joseph counties, and local service providers and key leaders.

Laura Sutter, agency coordinator, said the agency prepares a multi-year area plan, and input received from the survey helps spell out the needs and priorities of older adults, and targets funding according to those priorities.

The agency is one of 16 in Michigan and is responsible for administering federal and state funding, identifying needs, and providing a comprehensive array of services and supports to assist older adults living in Branch and St. Joseph counties.

A link to the survey may be found through the health department’s website:

The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is open through Friday.

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