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Constantine Schools release documents

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 59-year-old Three Rivers man who previously taught in Constantine and Three Rivers was reprimanded at least a half dozen times for inappropriate behavior, according to personnel records detailing the employment of David Wing.

The documents, released by Constantine Public Schools in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, show the 59-year-old Wing agreed to surrender his teacher’s license in January 2013. In exchange, he received a $10,000 buyout, payment for unused sick and vacation time, and two additional years of retirement credit.

Wing, who was arrested at his residence July 12, faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct and a single charge of child sexually abusive activity.

The second-degree CSC incidents allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 this year in the third case.

He is slated for a preliminary examination Thursday. Wing is free after posting $100,000 cash-surety bail.

Wing is represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

Wanted man arrested

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A man wanted in Sturgis on attempted murder and malicious destruction of property charges has been arrested.

Sturgis Police said Jorel Gefferard was arrested Saturday night at Gateway Village.

Police believe Gefferard attacked another man with a hatchet at the Cato Lane apartments shortly before midnight Thursday.

Woman injured in motorcycle accident

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Colon motorcyclist was injured after the two-wheeler she was driving ran into the back of a vehicle over the weekend in Colon Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Lora Waffle, 43, was riding westbound on Colon Road when her motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Leonard Burnham of Mendon.

The incident occurred near Farrand Road.

Waffle, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Burnham was not injured.

Identity released of drowning victim

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The name of a man who drowned early Sunday in the St. Joseph River has been released by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The body of Tommy McDonald, 65, was found around 6 p.m. Monday by a resident who lives about two miles from the location where McDonald fell into the river. Sheriff’s officials said McDonald was fishing with his son around 2 a.m. in an area between the 67000 block of Oxbow Drive and the 11000 block of Riverside Drives. His son went ashore and called for help. Rescue personnel, however, were unable to locate McDonald’s body.

Concealed weapons permits

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In the year following President Barack Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook School shooting massacre, applications and approvals for concealed weapons permits increased by more than 50 percent in Michigan. The annual report by the Michigan State Police shows that from July 2012 to June 30, 2013, there were nearly 130,000 applications for concealed weapons permits and more than 118,000 were approved. Of those applicants, 3,040 had criminal violations. In 2011-12, there were over 82,300 applications for concealed weapons permits and more than 78,700 permits approved. The more than 57 percent increase was far smaller than the 118 percent increase in applications from the 2007-08 year to 2008-09. Obama was first elected in November 2008 and gun rights advocates began warning that his administration would take steps to control weapons. Since Obama was elected, the state has averaged 92,197 permit applications a year.  (MRN)

Man assaulted and robbed

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Michigan Southern Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for an assault and robbery of one of its employees.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, White Pigeon police were called to the railroad office at 501 Sol Morris Drive. A railroad employee told police he was confronted by someone and an altercation took place. A second person struck the employee in the head with a shovel, knocking him unconscious.

When the victim regained consciousness, he realized a large amount of cash had been taken from his wallet. Also taken was an electrical meter and about $400 worth of tools, police said.

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