Six people were hurt in a huge 40-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 94 in Van Buren County that resulted in the highway being shut down for several hours Monday night. The crash involved about 20 semi trucks and happened during the evening commute as heavy snow fell throughout the area. The Interstate re-opened after the wreckage was finally cleared-up around 3:30 Tuesday morning. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s office says it was a jack-knifed semi that started the mess, west of Paw Paw. (MRN)
St. Joseph County Sheriff deputies were dispatched Saturday to a call regarding an intoxicated man passed out behind Maria’s restaurant in Sturgis.
When deputies arrived they were told by employees the man was picked up by family members and transported home.
Later that night, however, deputies were contacted regarding a 31-year-old old male admitted to Lagrange County Hospital with severe head trauma. Deputies later learned he was the same person reported earlier in the evening.
An investigation concluded the subject was a possible victim of assault. The man was flown from Lagrange County to Parkview Hospital for emergency surgery, where he is currently in the intensive care unit and listed in critical condition.
The start date for the Centreville Police Department has been delayed indefinitely until a chief is hired.
The agency was supposed to begin today after deciding to not renew its contract with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s office had provided police coverage for the municipality for more than 20 years, but village officials believe having a community police department will be less expensive and offer more flexibility in terms of the hours its patrol officers are on duty.
A committee has been interviewing candidates for the chief’s position; the force will also feature two part-time patrol officers.
Committee chairman Dennis Allen said interviews were ongoing as recently as Feb. 6. He said candidates are being judged carefully and, as a result, the process is taking more time than anticipated.
A Sturgis resident has been awarded the honor of Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year.
Sturgis Police Deputy Chief David Ives said Jim Cook, a retired CAD instructor from Glen Oaks Community College, was selected from nominations across the state. He was presented a plaque during a recent meeting of the 5th District Homeland Security in Kalamazoo.
Cook heads the Sturgis Volunteers in Policing program
Ives said Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It trains volunteers to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any type of disaster.
Cook also received the Volunteers in Policing state award as volunteer of the year in 2013.
Jewelry and a .22-caliber handgun were reported stolen from a residence in Park Township earlier this week.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called Tuesday to a residence in the 55000 block of Wilbur Road after the owner discovered the break-in around 4 p.m.
Access was gained through forced entry.
St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk and Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite have returned a federal prisoner to Kentucky.
The two left early Tuesday with Nathan Lumbard, who was sentenced in St. Joseph County last week on charges stemming from the May 2009 arson of Welch’s Steak and Ribs in Sturgis.
He has one year of federal prison time to serve before he’ll be transported to a facility in Indiana to complete a prison term there. Then, Balk said, the 31-year-old Lumbard will serve between six and 15 years in Michigan.