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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.

Police investigating stabbing

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers police were called to the 200 block of Second Avenue last week in response to a stabbing incident.

According to police, responding officers Wednesday discovered the victim and suspect had left the scene by the time they arrived.

The victim, a 27-year-old Three Rives man, was later found and interviewed at the Three Rivers Health emergency room.

As a result, police are looking for Nicholas Barnes, who is considered a person of interest.

Police still looking for man

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are looking for a man responsible for an assault that involved the use of a hatchet last week.

Jorel Gefferand  is wanted in connection with the Thursday incident at Cato Lane Apartments. He faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and malicious destruction of a building.

Gefferand allegedly used a hatchet to assault a man who fled from the scene. The victim was later found and had suffered a laceration to his hand and a gash to his upper back.

Man dies on Donnell Lake

July 20, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An Illinois man died Sunday in a drowning incident on Donnell Lake in Cass County’s Penn Township. The victim was identified as 67-year-old Vincent Churak of Evergreen Park, Illinois. Central Dispatch received a call regarding a subject calling for help. Observers attempted to assist the victim, but he had already gone under the water when they arrived. Divers found the body three hours later. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says Churak lived part-time on the lake, and was using a paddle board when he fell off for some unknown reason. A life vest was on the paddle board, but not used by the victim.

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