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Embezzlement charges issued

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the former executive assistant of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

The action comes a day after the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a charge of embezzlement against Deb Herring, 57, of Schoolcraft.

Investigators said Herring allegedly stole between $20,000 and $50,000 over a seven-year period starting in 2007. She was dismissed earlier this year after the alleged improprieties were discovered.

It was not clear Wednesday if the warrant will be hand delivered to Herring or if she will be sent via certified mail a notice to appear in order to satisfy the warrant.

Chamber director Christy Trammell declined to comment on the matter.

Chamber members, however, were emailed a two-paragraph letter Tuesday. It was signed, “from the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President & CEO.”

In part, the letter stated the chamber had been compromised and trust was violated by a former employee.

Sheriff identifies suspect

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect in a stabbing incident earlier this week.

Charles Ray Eubanks, 32, of Cassopolis, was arrested following the early-morning incident July 20 in Vandalia.

Eubanks was arraigned in Cass County 4th District Court on charges of assault with attempt to murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Eubanks remains in the Cass County Jail with bond set at $200,000 cash or surety.

Fatal stabbing in Battle Creek

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Police say they’ve arrested a man in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee. Police answered a call about a robbery and shooting about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the body of Nicole Gates of Battle Creek at a Citgo gas station. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens says it appears that an acquaintance stabbed Gates to death before stealing money, beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Police say they arrested 30-year-old Shawn Pike of Battle Creek about 10:30 a.m. on first-degree murder, robbery and other charges. Police also have arrested a 21-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released. The men are expected to be arraigned Thursday.  (AP)

Suspect arraigned in Branch County

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The gunman who barricaded himself inside an adult novelty store in southern Michigan after leading police on a high-speed chase across state lines is facing multiple charges. 39-year-old Joseph Leiffer of Carleton was arraigned on one count of felony fleeing and eluding, two counts of kidnapping and felony firearm possession in Branch County District Court Wednesday. Leiffer robbed a pharmacy in Angola, Indiana then led police on a high-speed pursuit north, at times exceeding 100 mph, on I-69 over the Michigan state line. The chase ended at the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore off I-96 near Coldwater where Leiffer held a female employee hostage for nearly three hours before he voluntarily surrendered to police. Leiffer was wanted on a felony warrant out of Carleton for embezzlement before he is believed to have gone on a crime spree Tuesday. He’s being held on $250,0 bond.  (MRN)

Woman cited for crash

July 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two Centreville-area residents were involved in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Nottawa Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 24-year-old Sheery Hilyard was driving in an unknown direction on Truckenmiller Road at 11:26 p.m. Friday when she took her eyes off the roadway and wound up driving down an embankment and her vehicle struck a tree near the intersection of Corner Road.

Hilyard and a passenger, Michael P. Miller, 33, were taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment of minor injuries.

Hilyard was cited for failing to exercise due care.

Lumber stolen from construction site

July 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An undisclosed amount of lumber was stolen from a construction site within the past week in Mottville Township.

The incident occurred between 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Monday in the 69000 block of Vistula Road.

Troopers indicated the incident may be related to the theft of a utility trailer from the same location a few days earlier.

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