A man faces trial on involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges in a February apartment fire in Kalamazoo that killed three young children who were left home alone. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports jury selection for 19-year-old Fred Glespie is expected to begin Tuesday and last several days. The Benton Harbor man is charged in the Feb. 18 fire at Interfaith Homes that killed Jonetta Woods’s 3-year-old twins and the children’s 1-year-old sister. Authorities say the children were left to be cared for by another young child. Court documents say Glespie’s attorney seeks to show that Woods, and not his client, had a history of leaving the children alone. Glespie is Woods’ ex-boyfriend. A family court jury earlier found Woods and Glespie were neglectful on the day of the fire. (AP)
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.
A chimney fire is being cited as the source of a blaze that destroyed a house in Mendon Township last week.
Investigators said the conclusion was made after a closer look into the situation and its origin. The fire, which was reported at 11:30 a.m. Friday, destroyed a residence in the 53500 block of Nottawa Road.
One occupant inside the house escaped without injury. No fire personnel were injured in the blaze.
Authorities say an 83-year-old woman has died in a fire at her Kalamazoo-area home. MLive.com reports that Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas says she’s believed to be the owner of the house in Galesburg. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Charleston-Galesburg assistant fire Chief Joe Coleman says authorities got a call about 4:15 a.m. Monday and says two other departments helped his agency fight the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (AP)
Officials say a 60-year-old man has died after apparently losing his balance and falling into a pile of burning leaves in southwestern Michigan. The Cass County sheriff’s department says in a statement that Bobby Wayne Quick was burning leaves Sunday afternoon at his home in Howard Township when he was seen trying to get out of the pile. The department says Monday he died at a hospital in Kalamazoo. The department says a person stopped to help Quick out of the burning pile of leaves. Crews responded and he was taken by air to the hospital. (AP)
The identity of a Sturgis man who died in a crash last week in Florence Township has been confirmed.
Corey Michael Draime, 27, was declared dead at the scene of the one-car crash just after 1 a.m. Oct. 27 in the 65000 block of Lutz Road.
St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies said Draime was driving a vehicle stolen from the city of Sturgis. Police said the vehicle, which was being driven at a high speed, left the road, struck several trees, came to rest on the opposite side of the road and became engulfed in flames.
Draime was pronounced dead at the scene.