A grant from the Sturgis Area Foundation will help with the purchase of equipment for the county’s Central Dispatch agency.
St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners last week approved the $1,500 grant. The money will be matched by the county to purchase a ham radio and a placement repeater.
Scott Hopkins, emergency management coordinator for St. Joseph County, said the items will benefit Central Dispatch in the event of a power loss.
St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Dobberteen has asked that a letter be sent to state representatives regarding police coverage at night by the Michigan State Police. During the county commission’s November committee of the whole meeting, Dobberteen said he is aware the Branch County Sheriff’s Department cut in half its funding for road patrol. Dobberteen said it’s his understanding that troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Coldwater will do night patrol in place of the sheriff’s department. Dobberteen asked that letters of concern be sent to local legislators requesting like-kind funding for St. Joseph County, which pays for its own nighttime road patrol.
Authorities say a van crashed into a horse-drawn buggy on a northern Indiana highway, killing the buggy’s driver. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department says the crash happened Monday evening on Indiana 119 a few miles southwest of Goshen when the van drove into the buggy from behind. The department says 51-year-old Ammon Imhoff of Goshen was thrown from the buggy and pronounced dead at the scene. The woman who was driving the van was taken to a Goshen hospital for treatment of chest pain. There weren’t any passengers in either vehicle. The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. Many Amish live in the area about 25 miles southeast of South Bend. (AP)
State police are investigating a hit-and-run incident during which a sign outside a Sturgis restaurant was damaged.
Troopers were called Monday morning to Hot ‘n’ Now on South Centerville Road after store employees found the drive-thru sign near the business entrance was destroyed.
Investigators said it appears a double-axle vehicle drove over the curb and onto the restaurant property.
The incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday.
A 25-year-old Constantine man was injured last week after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree in Florence Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said it fielded a call around 1 a.m. Friday in response to a one-car accident on Sevison Road near Mintdale Road.
Upon arrival, deputies saw a 2007 Ford F-250 crashed into a tree after the northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and went off the roadway. Deputies learned that the vehicle was stolen, though the location of its theft was not disclosed.
The driver was treated at Three Rivers Health.
Appointments and re-appointments were made by members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week.
Constantine-area resident David Miars was reappointed to another three-year term on the county’s Board of Public Works. His current term expires at the end of the year.
Deb Leyes of Sturgis was tapped to serve a one-year term as a general-public representative on the Central Dispatch Policy Board. Her appointment fills a vacancy on the board.
Four members on the St. Joseph County Planning Commission Board were reappointed to three-year terms. They are: James Griffith of Flowerfield Township, Mark Ripplinger of Mottville Township, Doug Pagels of Fawn River Township, and Warren Atkins of White Pigeon Township.