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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.

Arrests made for meth

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A search warrant was executed this week at a residence in the village of Centreville for methamphetamine.

According to a sheriff’s department media release, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were given a tip about a marijuana grow in the 300 block of West Main Street.

Officers made contact Tuesday with residents at the address and executed a search warrant for marijuana. Once inside the residence, investigators located a methamphetamine lab along with methamphetamine, and items used to consume and manufacture methamphetamine.

A Centreville resident and a Galeburg resident were arrested at the scene. Charges include operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug house.

Minor injuries after collision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A motorist suffered minor injuries after being involved in a collision with a freight train Monday.

According to law-enforcement and rescue personnel, the driver of an SUV was on Cotherman Lake Road in Park Township when he failed to stop for a passing Grand Elk Railroad train. The SUV struck the side of a rail car and rolled onto its side.

The driver, whose name and age were not disclosed Monday, was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.

Golf cart stolen

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

State police were called to a residence in White Pigeon Township last week in response to the theft of a golf cart.

According to an agency media release, the EZ-GO cart was stolen between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning last week from the 71000 block of Lakeview Avenue.

The cart has a canopy, front windshield, and headlights and taillights.

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