A breaking and entering incident was reported Tuesday from a residence in the 10000 block of Walnut Drive in Fabius Township.
State police investigators said someone broke into a garage, shed and carport, and stole numerous items, including an antique bow saw, two chain saws, a two-wheeled wheelbarrow, various tools and a car battery.
The incident is believed to have occurred between Nov. 9 and 23.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners made a number of appointments and reappointments during Tuesday’s twice-a-month meeting.
Commissioners appointed Kathy Humphreys as chief deputy treasurer. She replaces Vicky Anders, who is retiring next month.
Eric Shafer was reappointed to another term on the St. Joseph County Road Commission. Shaffer’s new term starts Jan. 1 and concludes at the end of 2019.
One-year terms of service to the county’s Community Corrections Board were approved for members Jeff Middleton, Tony Callaway, John McDonough, Dave Griffin, Paul Stutesman, David Tomlinson, Rob Pattison, Gina Wagner, Tim Schuler, Robin Baker Thomas Miles, Howard Bush, and Eddie MacKay.
Also, the board approved renewing an independent contractor agreement with Indiana resident Charles Eckenstahler for consulting services related to zoning matters for the St. Joseph County Planning Commission.
Eckenstahler’s services call for $250 for each desk review and $150 per meeting attendance.
The St. Joseph County United Way has announced its annual celebrity waiter night will take place next week in Sturgis.
United Way executive director Kelly Hostetler said Fiesta Mexicana will be the site of the 2013 event, a fundraiser usually held in December at Curly’s in Colon. Due to the rebuilding of Curly’s, however, the Sturgis Mexican eatery will host the fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The restaurant is located at 1040 S. Centerville Road.
More than a dozen local dignitaries will be serving food and collecting tips, with all tips benefitting the Centreville-based agency. The roster of dignitaries includes Rob Sisson, Sturgis Mayor Ken Malone, city manager Mike Hughes and a number of Sturgis municipal employees and city commission members.
A percentage of the sales will also be earmarked for the local United Way.
There are more cases of the flu being reported to the state so far this year, compared to last year at this time. But it’s too early to tell just what this flu season will be like, according to officials. Officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health say there have been 47 confirmed flu cases statewide as of November 27th. By the end of November last year, there were just 26 cases reported. Despite the increase, it’s still too early for officials to tell how the rest of flu season will play out as the peak usually occurs in January or February, according to Angela Minicuci of the health department. Symptoms of the flu include high fever, cough, body aches and chills. (MRN)
Ivan Robert Alexandersen, 43, of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a short illness. He was born on Jan. 11, 1970 in Oslo, Norway to Alex Ram and Inger Victoria (Larsen) Alexandersen.
Ivan was an exchange student in the US, and lived here since 1993. He was employed at Kaiser Aluminum in Kalamazoo as a crew leader. He was a graduate of Western Michigan University. He was bookkeeper for the U.S. Steel Workers Union, Local #2-1011. Ivan enjoyed photography, flowers, motorcycles and antiques.
Ivan married Anne M. Oxender on Nov. 10, 2011 in Centreville. She survives with two sons, Kody and Dylan; three brothers, Einar, Christian and Kareinge; two sisters, Ida Cecilie and Anita. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronny.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Burial of his cremains will be at a later date in Norway by his wife. Donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man accused of beating another man with a baseball bat, then leaving him critically injured in a trash bin. Thirty-year-old Francico Veloz-Padilla died last week after being hospitalized November 5th, when he was found severely injured in a trash bin in Kalamazoo. MLive reports that Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says 25-year-old Drew Thorngate was charged Wednesday with an open count of murder. He was arrested November 7th on an attempted murder charge. Detectives say Thorngate told them he met Veloz-Padilla on November 5th after Veloz-Padilla contacted him to request services for a massage, and they argued. The county jail had no information Wednesday night on whether Thorngate has a lawyer. (AP)