Sheriff investigating property damage

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a property-damage complaint from Sturgis Township.

According to a department media release, a pickup truck parked near a residence in the 25800 Block of U.S.12 was extensively damaged.

The victim told investigators the incident occurred between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday. A potential suspect vehicle – a black Ford passenger car – was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

All-terrain vehicle stolen

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

An all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen earlier this month from a location in Fabius Township.

State police investigators said the 2012 Polaris Ranger XP was stolen between April 9 and 12 from the 11000 block of Coon Hollow Road.

Arrest in Jodi Parrack murder

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 


A former Constantine resident described as “a person of interest” in the Jodi Parrack murder case has been arrested on a charge of felony perjury. Investigators with the Michigan State Police said Raymond McCann, 46, was a reserve officer with the Constantine Police Department. He was arrested Friday and arraigned in district court over the weekend on the perjury charge, stemming from an ongoing investigation overseen by a cold-case team of state police investigators, investigators said. Constantine Police Chief Jim Bedell said the perjury charge originates from a statement McCann made while under oath. McCann was suspended from his job as a reserve officer after Parrack’s death because he was a person of interest, Bedell said. Bedell said McCann subsequently resigned from the force. McCann’s bond was set at $225,000. Parrack was found dead Nov. 8, 2007, at Constantine Township Cemetery. Parrack, then 11, had left her home in earlier that evening to join neighborhood children, and did not return. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Kalamazoo man’s body found in river

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Authorities say the body of a missing kayaker has been found in the Flat Rock River in Columbus, Indiana more than two weeks after he disappeared. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the body of 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, was found in the river Monday afternoon in Mill Race Park, about 150 yards away from where he was last seen when his kayak capsized on April 6. Conservation Officer Jet Quillen says a passerby alerted authorities after noticing something in the river. He says divers with Bartholomew County Water Rescue team located the body in 4 feet of water under a large submerged tree. Columbus is about 40 miles south of Indianapolis.  (AP)

Sturgis man arrested for meth

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis resident Jerry Rial, 24, was charged with a drug-related offense following his arrest last week.

Sturgis police said Rial was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after a search warrant was executed in the 200 block of North Fourth Street, according to investigators.

Rial was charged with delivery of methamphetamine. In addition, 19-year-old Andrew Kidd was arrested after officers discovered a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff investigating runaway

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a 14-year-old Colon-area girl who has been reported as a runaway.

The agency said Jessika Mathis fled from the 59000 block of Pine Grove Road in Colon Township Monday. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes, is 5-foot-3 and weighs 105 pounds.

Mathis is believed to be in the Sturgis area with a sibling and may be planning to leave the state for Tennessee.

Possible locations for Mathis include the 200 block of North Fourth Street, the 100 block of Vinewood Street, and the 600 block of East Jerolene Street.

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