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Man critical after crash

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 71-year-old South Haven man was in critical condition after he was involved in a motorcycle accident last week in Marcellus Township.

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood said Jerry Hartsfield was driving his motorcycle north on M-40, where he lost control and the two-wheeler flipped over and into a ditch. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday near Dutch Settlement Road.

Hartsfield was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment.

A helmet was not worn and alcohol may have been a factor, according to Underwood.

Two more arrests for meth

July 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two people were charged with drug-related offenses following the discovery of methamphetamine earlier this week at a residence in Sturgis.

According to the Sturgis Police Department, officers were called to the 600 block of North Fourth Street in response to a tip regarding a fugitive from justice.

Upon arrival, officers searched the residence and noticed a recently active methamphetamine lab and a finished quantity of meth.

Police arrested a 19-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, both from Sturgis. The two were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, and possession of meth.

Both had outstanding felony warrants, police said.

A third person, a 46-year-old Sturgis woman, was arrested on two felony warrants.

Sheriff investigating crash

July 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Officers from St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an injury accident that occurred last week on Colon Road, near Farrand Road, in Colon Township.

Shirley Nash, 62, of Colon, was eastbound on Colon Road around 8:30 p.m. Monday, when her vehicle was struck on the passenger’s side by a pickup driven by 18-year-old Dexter West of Burr Oak.

West allegedly did not see Nash and pulled out in front of her. Nash sustained minor injuries in the crash; West was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

New phone system for health department

June 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has installed a new phone system in two of its county health department offices, and has plans to install the system into the third office by mid-July.

The new voice-over-internet system will improve communication between the three offices, as well as provide significant cost savings for the agency, according to Steve Todd, Health Officer of the tri-county health department.

Todd said the agency will be implementing the new system in Three Rivers in July.

In addition, several technological changes are scheduled to occur during the next few months. The next change relates to email, which will migrate to a web-based system, Todd said.

Relay for Life generates funds

June 26, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Last weekend’s Relay for Life in Three Rivers generated nearly $100,000.

Event organizers said more than $98,000 was raised through pledges and donations. The relay, which helps raise funds for cancer research, started Friday evening and ended 24 hours later at Three Rivers High School.

A team from American Axle & Manufacturing was recognized for contributing more than $37,000. Other teams from various businesses and groups were acknowledged for raising dollar amounts in excess of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000.

Nurse honored with award

June 26, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Hospital marked National Nursing Week by honoring Alicia Navarro, RN, with the Faye Kerschner Nursing Excellence Award.

Navarro provides patient care on the Medical/Surgical Unit and CCU, and also oversees education for nursing staff on her unit, and works to keep nursing policies updated.

The award is given in memory of Faye Kerschner, a Sturgis Hospital nurse who was a respected and valued colleague of the nursing department. The honor goes to a member of the nursing team who most embodies the qualities that Kerschner displayed daily.

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