Man missing in Kalamazoo County

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kalamazoo police say they think a missing 56-year-old man broke through the ice after going cross country skiing on a lake. The Department of Public Safety says the Kalamazoo man’s wife called Thursday morning to say her husband went to ski at Asylum Lake and didn’t return. The department says in a statement that authorities found the man’s vehicle in a parking area near the lake. It says they also found prints going out onto the lake. Police say the Kalamazoo County Dive Team went to the scene and decided it was unsafe to dive in the lake because of rain and shifting ice. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.  (AP)

Firearms and more stolen

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Firearms, jewelry and a laptop computer were stolen during a breaking-and-entering incident earlier this week in Sherman Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the incident occurred during the daytime Monday in the 22000 block of Roys Road.

Among the items taken: a Dell laptop computer, a Remington semi-auto .22-caliber rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge pump shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, two wedding rings and an engagement ring, assorted change, and more than 80 silver coins.

Mob attacks man

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Detroit police say a mob attacked and critically injured a man who pulled over after striking a 11-year-old boy with his truck. Sergeant Michael Woody says the accident and attack happened about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday on the city’s east side. Woody says about 30 people were at the scene but says he doesn’t know how many of them attacked the driver. He says the driver was making no attempt to flee and was checking on the boy’s condition when neighborhood residents attacked him. The sergeant tells the Detroit Free Press that the man received multiple serious head injuries. Woody says there’s no word on the boy’s condition. WDIV-TV reports he had a broken leg.  (AP)

Two arrested for meth

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two Constantine Township men, ages 26 and 24, were charged with drug-related offenses, as well as illegal possession of a deer, following arrests made Monday.

Based on observations made last week, the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit went to a residence in the 62000 block of Brick Chapel Road in Constantine Township to investigate suspected methamphetamine production.

SCAN unit members were in the area last week to investigate a meth dump site in Mill Creek. At that time, they observed in a neighboring property items used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine.

A suspected conservation-law violation was also noticed. Investigators then executed a search warrant with the assistance of deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, the Constantine Police Department, Constantine Fire Department and a conservation officer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Charges include operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, felony firearms, maintaining a drug house and illegal possession of a deer.

Renewed contract

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has renewed its contract with Fabius Township for law-enforcement services.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission agreed to the one-year contract. The measure, which has been in place more than 13 years, calls for the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department to dedicate a car and deputy to patrol Fabius Township exclusively.

Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said patrol officer Tim Barnes will continue to serve as the township’s contracted officer. The $93,000 expense is paid for by Fabius Township.

One modification from previous contracts has to do with using the Fabius-Park Fire Station on West Broadway Street as a substation for Barnes. Lillywhite said Barnes is a Three Rivers resident, so rather than driving to Centreville in his personal vehicle then driving back to Three Rivers area for patrol, Barnes will leave the sheriff’s department vehicle in a bay at the station.

The setup will save Barnes driving time and miles on the county’s patrol car, Lillywhite said.

Barnes works a 40-hour week.

Meth dump site found

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A collection of trash in Constantine Township’s Mill Creek turned out to be a methamphetamine dump site.

Members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were called Friday to Brick Chapel Road and spent several hours picking debris from the water.

Sheriff’s department officials had received a tip about suspicious items found in the creek. Police determined several items in the collection are commonly used in the production of meth. Additional refuse was found on the banks of the creek.

An analysis found much of the debris contained meth residue, authorities said.

Members of the Constantine Fire Department assisted by retrieving items from the water. Some of the items were within a 100-yard distance of nesting geese and ducks, police said.

Investigators said melting snow will possibly reveal dump sites in locations throughout the county.

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