Crash on US-12

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Schoolcraft resident was treated for minor injuries after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident this week in White Pigeon Township.

State police said 32-year-old Victoria Clark was driving east on U.S. 12 around 10 o’clock Monday morning, when her vehicle collided into the back of a car driven by Thad Jones, 46, of Greenville.

The incident occurred near Sevison Road.

Clark was transported to Sturgis Hospital. She was cited for failure to stop within an assured clear distance, police said.

ATV crash – Serious injury

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Three Rivers man was seriously injured late Tuesday afternoon in a four wheeler crash on Michigan Avenue north of the city. 74-year-old Gerald Butler was riding the ATV when he attempted to cross the road and collided with a vehicle driven by Jordan Key, age 27, of Kalamazoo. Key swerved to avoid the collision, but a boat trailer he was towing, struck Butler, throwing him to the roadway. Butler was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital with serious injuries.

Three Rivers man arraigned on charges

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A former teacher in Constantine and Three Rivers has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

David D. Wing, 59, of Three Rivers, also faces a charge of child sexually abusive activity.

All charges are felony offenses.

Wing was arraigned Monday afternoon by magistrate Ryan Smith following his arrest Saturday at his King Street residence.

According to a court affidavit, Wing during an unspecified date in 2014 allegedly allowed a 16-year-old child to engage in a sexually abusive activity for the purpose of producing child sexually abusive material.

The CSC incidents, which are all second degree, allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 in the third case.

A pre-exam conference was set for July 22; a preliminary exam was scheduled for July 24.

Wing is being represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

He is in the St. Joseph County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Wing taught fourth grade at Riverside Elementary in Constantine from 2006 to 2013. He previously taught at the elementary level in Three Rivers for nine years. Before that, he was principal at a middle school in Hillsdale and previously at an elementary school in Marcellus.

Constantine Public Schools plans to issue a media release today.

Given the chance to make a statement or ask a question Monday, Wing declined.

Andy Brown found guilty

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Andy Brown has been found guilty of second-degree murder and felony firearm. After deliberating for three days, the 12-member jury returned its verdict this morning at 11:20. Brown, a 37-year-old Portage resident, has been in jail since the murder of Sturgis-area CPA David Locey. Locey was found shot three times in his Sherman Township office the morning of Oct. 2. Prosecuting attorney John McDonough has maintained that Brown was in a desperate state after clients for which he served as their accountant claimed their payments were embezzled by Brown. Defense attorney Michael Hills said Brown had no motive to murder Locey. He also disputed McDonough’s evidence of cell phone records and cell tower transmissions to pinpoint Brown in the immediate vicinity of Locey’s office at the time of the murder. Judge Paul Stutesman set sentencing for August 29th.

Marijuana plants seized

July 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Citizen tips regarding marijuana-related activity resulted in the confiscation of nearly 22 marijuana plants Wednesday in Lockport Township.

A sheriff’s department media release stated members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 20000 block of M-86 regarding the manufacture of marijuana.

A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 22 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, as well as several firearms.

Present as officers arrived on scene were three females ages 46, 43 and 25 years, and two males ages 28 and 20 years. A 2-year-old juvenile was also at the location.

SCAN was assisted by animal control, child protective services, and the county health department.

Following the investigation, the residence was condemned by the county Health Department because it was deemed unsafe for human habitation.

Woman suffers injuries after crash

July 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 20-year-old Three Rivers woman suffered minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in Nottawa Township.

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department were dispatched at 11:35 p.m. to Findley Road, west of Ironwood Drive, where a vehicle driven by Chelsea Gabbard had rolled over and came to rest against a tree.

Gabbard told police she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a small group of trees, causing the vehicle to spin and roll.

Gabbard was transported to Three Rivers Health with minor injuries. She was cited for careless driving.

Alcohol was not a factor in this accident, police said.

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