Nine fire departments, including six from St. Joseph County, responded to a commercial blaze Wednesday in Cass County’s Newberg Township.
The manufacturing section of Southern Michigan Rubber Co., located on M-60 near the St. Joseph County line, was destroyed by the afternoon blaze.
Company officials indicated the fire appeared to have started near the rear of the building in a dust-collection system.
Fire crews remained on the scene well into the evening, and a portion of M-60 had to be rerouted as a result of the incident.
No injuries were reported.
A LaGrange County man suspected of setting fire to a Sturgis restaurant in 2009 was sentenced to prison Wednesday for unrelated felonies.
Nathan Lumbard, 30, was ordered to serve a six-year sentence in Indiana after he completes a sentence he is currently serving in Kentucky, where he will be incarcerated until June 2014.
Lumbard, who has yet to stand trial in Michigan for charges related to the May 2009 arson of Welch’s Steak and Ribs, was sentenced Wednesday related to a 2009 incident involving the assault of two men in LaGrange County.
The White Pigeon Township Board of Trustees approved its 2013-14 fiscal year budget this week.
The five-member board Tuesday approved its $455,000 budget, which is less than its budget one year earlier.
Clerk David Girton said projected expenses from the general fund are $221,467, while expenses from the township’s fire department and cemetery fund are expected to be $177,300 and $78,000, respectively.
Girton said the budget is lower this year because the township a year ago purchased a fire truck, which made its fire fund expenses for the 2012-13 fiscal year an anomaly because of the costly purchase.
The township also agreed to continue to levy three-tenths of a mill and more than six-tenths of a mill for operations related to the White Pigeon Township Library.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has revived its Honor Guard, county commissioner Rick Shaffer announced this week.
During commissioner comments at the conclusion of Tuesday’ meeting, Shaffer said the five-person team will be called upon to serve at funerals for dignitaries, retired or current police officers, or fire department personnel.
Shaffer said the quintet is comprised of active sheriff’s department members who serve on the honor guard in a volunteer capacity.
The members are Brian Chovat, Mason Stratton, Frank Metts, Jeff Bingaman and Ed Williams.
Several fire departments responded to a blaze Wednesday afternoon at Southern Michigan Rubber, located on M-60 in Cass County’s Newberg Township. The fire reportedly started in a dust collector which is located in an area where rubber gaskets are manufactured. Twenty workers escaped from the building when the fire was discovered. The facility was a total loss.
The Three Rivers Fire Department is overseeing a free CPR/AED training session, thanks to
a grant received by the St. Joseph County United Way.
Training will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22 at the Church of the Nazarene, on Coon Hollow Road in Three Rivers.
Participation will be limited to the first 50 registered participants, who must be at least 14 years of age.
To register, the department may be reached at 278-3755.
CPR books are available upon request, and certification is included in the training session.