A two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Lockport Township resulted in occupants from both automobiles seeking medical treatment.
State police investigators said a northbound car on U.S. 131 was approaching North Main Street when the driver of a southbound Ford Contour attempted to turn left onto Main Street in front of it.
A 17-year-old Three Rivers girl was driving the Contour. A 21-year-old front-seat passenger was transported to Three Rivers Health; a 17-year-old backseat passenger was airlifted to Bronson Hospital.
The nature of their injuries and the names of the people involved in the incident were not disclosed in a state police media release.
A 74-year-old passenger in the northbound vehicle was also taken to Three Rivers Health.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has announced it is hosting a Community Emergency Response Team class starting next month.
Sheriff Brad Balk said the CERT class educates program participants about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area. Balk said participants are trained in basic, disaster-response skills such as fire safety, search-and-rescue, team organization and disaster-medical operations.
The three-week class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and takes place Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at the sheriff’s department.
Registration may be done through Capt. Jason Bingaman, at 467-9045., ext. 233.
A former LaGrange County man suspected of setting fire to Welch’s Steak and Ribs in 2009 entered a plea of no contest during his appearance in St. Joseph County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Nathan Lumbard, 31, entered the plea in response to the charge of arson in exchange for a plea bargain reached with the county prosecutor’s office. For the charge of breaking and entering, Lumbard pled guilty.
He will be sentenced in mid-December, though his time behind bars in Michigan won’t happen until he completes a four-year, federal-prison sentence being served in Kentucky related to falsification of documents to obtain a passport.
Lumbard went on the lam after the arson and was eventually tracked down in the Southeast Asian country of Burma.
A Florence Township family of five escaped their burning residence early Sunday.
Their residence, located in the 19000 block of Haybridge Road, was reported on fire around 7 a.m. and upon arrival, firefighters observed flames coming from the two-story residence.
Though officials said it appears the fire started toward the rear of the home, which is undergoing renovation, the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
A 17-year-old Sturgis-area resident was airlifted to an Indiana hospital after the vehicle he was driving was struck by an SUV Wednesday in Nottawa Township.
State police said the Sturgis teen was driving north on Nottawa Road around 4:30 p.m. an eastbound vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Three Rivers man failed to stop at the intersection of Findley Road.
The teen was taken to Sturgis Hospital and airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne. His condition was not available.
The Three Rivers man was not injured.
Three people were taken into custody after a residence in Three Rivers was raided and methamphetamine production was discovered.
According to a sheriff’s department media release, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit acted on a citizen tip regarding potential drug activity at a residence in the 200 block of North Hooker Avenue.
Once inside the residence, SCAN members found more than a dozen improvised vessels used for meth production.
A 46-year-old male, and two women ages 47 and 21, were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, maintaining a drug house and felony firearms.
Three Rivers Fire personnel and hazardous waste officials were called to remove the meth components from the house.