The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has renewed a five-year lease agreement with 911/Central Dispatch.
During last week’s commission meeting, commissioners approved the agreement for 911/Central Dispatch to continue using the 4,000-square-foot space at 620 E. Main St. The annual rent is $788.
When St. Joseph County’s 911 was formed in the 1990s, it constructed its headquarters. The county leases back the land.
Central dispatch is responsible for costs associated with heating and air conditioning, electricity, and water and sewer. Janitorial service and exterior maintenance are provided by jail trustees.
The name of the victim in a fatal auto accident last week in Fabius Township has been released by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. Michael Gabriel Juan Willis, 13, died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash Friday night at the intersection of U.S. 131 and Broadway Street. Willis was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle being driven by Ida Beasley, 43, of Three Rivers. Her vehicle collided into the side of a northbound semi driven by a 56-year-old Niles man, Stephen Whiting. Beasley was airlifted to Kalamazoo, where she remains under medical care. The semi driver was not injured.
Authorities say a man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers was wielding an air pistol. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told reporters Monday that “it would be impossible for anyone, including an officer, to distinguish” the air pistol Brad Mason had from another weapon. Hadley said the toy’s orange safety tip and other markings had been removed. Mason, a suspect in an abduction and sexual assault case, was shot Friday outside his apartment. Hadley said officers saw what appeared to be a black handgun in Mason’s hand. The officers retreated to a front porch and ordered Mason to drop the weapon. Hadley said Mason kept walking toward the officers and pointed the gun at them when he was shot multiple times. (AP)
Thirty-one-year-old Nathan Lumbard has been ordered to serve between six and 15 years in prison, following his sentencing last week.
Lumbard, a LaGrange County resident, was sentenced Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court by Judge Paul Stutesman for setting fire to Welch’s Steak and Ribs in May 2009. Lumbard was also charged with breaking and entering to commit larceny.
He will serve his term concurrent with a four-year federal charge, for which he has completed about 75 percent of his time served at a Kentucky penitentiary.
Lumbard fled the country after the Welch’s arson and was eventually apprehended in the Southeast Asian country of Burma.
Seven people were arrested last week on drug-related charges following a raid at a residence in Sturgis.
The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of North Clay Street, where three men and four women were arrested. Charges include possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Three children were placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services.
A Detroit police officer has been cleared in the 2012 fatal shooting of a woman who grabbed his service pistol during a party in his backyard. Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson tells The Associated Press that 40-year-old Isaac Parrish never was charged in the death of 24-year-old Adaisha Miller. Police had said Miller “embraced” Parrish from behind while dancing. Parrish was wearing his police-issued handgun on his waist, and it fired striking Miller once. The slug punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart. She died at a hospital. Parrish was placed on desk duty after the shooting but Johnson says he “never was suspended” in the case. Prosecutors say they found insufficient evidence for criminal charges following an independent investigation. (AP)