Fire being investigated

May 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A fire that damaged a home in Mottville is being called suspicious by local authorities.

Firefighters were dispatch to 69049 Thomas St. around 3 p.m. Tuesday, and quickly brought the blaze under control.

Neighbors said the ranch style home had been condemned and that squatters had been living there until last week. They also said the floors were coming apart and the home was filled with black mold.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police fire marshal’s office will return to the scene this week to continue an investigation.

Home damaged by fire

May 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

house fireThe Three Rivers Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire shortly before 2am Friday morning on Carman Drive east of the city. The only occupant of the home escaped without injury. The fire was contained to the basement, although the entire building sustained extensive smoke damage. The state fire marshal has been requested to assist in the investigation.

Missing person found

May 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A person considered by authorities to be suicidal was found after a rigorous search in Cass County Wednesday morning and afternoon.

Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said his office was advised around 7:30 in the morning of a missing suicidal subject in the 65000 block of North Peninsula Drive in Porter Township.

Deputies were made aware that the subject had taken a large quantity of a prescription drug, was threatening suicide and then left the residence on foot.

After conducting a door-to-door search of the neighborhood, Porter Township fire units, along with the Cass County Search and Rescue Unit, located the subject about six hours later in a wetland area north of the subject’s residence.

The subject was transported to Borgess Lee Hospital in Dowagiac for treatment.

Deputies were assisted by the Porter Twp. Fire and Ambulance as well as the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, along with the Cass Co. Marine Division.

Identifing meth houses

May 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County Register of Deeds Pattie Bender provided details this week related to the development of a program using a red-flag system to identify meth houses.

During her annual report presented at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Bender said she and a team of county officials met last year with Three Rivers attorney Pat O’Malley. The focus was to discuss a system whereby houses in which methamphetamine production has taken place are flagged for the benefit of real-estate agents and prospective home buyers.

Bender said the initial meeting took place in February and included deputy register of deeds Jennifer Wall, undersheriff Mark Lillywhite and Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson.

She recently revisited the issue with O’Malley in hopes of moving the process forward.

Bender said in addition to identifying offending properties, the process would include a mechanism to remove the flag when the property is cleaned up.

When the procedure is established, it will likely begin in the city of Three Rivers, Bender said. She expressed optimism that it would eventually include all properties in the county.

Awards presented to officers

May 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Sturgis Police Department recently presented awards to its personnel for various honors.

The Professional Service Award was given to Det./Sgt. Ryan Banaszak. He was selected for the honor by Director of Public Safety Geoff Smith.

Meritorious Service Award recipients were Sgt. Jeremy Marsh, and officers Brian Cooper and Frank Noel. The award was presented for their part in a fatal house fire and recognizes outstanding performance of duty under unusual or difficult conditions.

Ten people were issued a unit citation award for performing efficient and valuable service to the department by carrying out a specific task or general duties over an extended period of time.

Last month’s awards program was the first conducted simultaneously with the Sturgis Fire Department.

Man injured in crash

May 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A single-vehicle accident in Cass County this week resulted in injuries to a 19-year-old Marcellus man.

Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said his office was called Tuesday to investigate a personal-injury crash in Penn Township.

The victim, Jacob High, was southbound on Ely Road, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  High was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Health.

A preliminary investigation reveals that alcohol was not a factor and that he was using his seat belt, Underwood said.

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