An investigation ongoing for several weeks culminated Tuesday with the arrest of three people in the Meijer parking lot in Three Rivers.
Sheriff’s department officials said narcotics investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit said the case involved methamphetamine delivery and production.
Charges include delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors. One of the males also had an outstanding warrant for operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab.
Names, ages and places of residence for the three were not provided in a department media release.
The Three Rivers Applebee’s recently made a financial donation to the Three Rivers Food Site and other area food banks.
Manager Ken Springsteen said the restaurant sold old decorative items online and donated the funds.
The Three Rivers Food Site and the Constantine Food Bank each received $1,276. Springsteen said the effort was a way of thanking Three Rivers for its patronage through the years.
The restaurant recently re-opened following extensive remodeling.
Registered dietitian Sarah Clark has been named Sturgis Hospital’s associate of the year for 2013.
Clark, an 11-year employee, was nominated by marketing director Phyllis Youga, who made her nomination based on Clark’s customer service and dedication to serve others inside and outside the organization.
Clark received $100 in Sturgis Chamber Dollars and a preferred parking spot for the first quarter.
The Three Rivers Fire Department earlier this week responded to a report of a natural-gas break.
Department officials said they received a call shortly before 5 p.m. Monday regarding the smell of gas at 96 Fifth Ave. after a representative from SEMCO sought assistance.
The gas meter and electricity to the building was shut off, as its interior had a noticeably strong smell of natural gas.
After the gas reading had dropped to a safer level, firefighters entered the building and found a roof collapse had ruptured the natural-gas line.
Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has issued a special warning for people who own buildings with flat roofs.
The existing snow-load and the forecasted rainfall should be of immediate concern for residential, commercial and industrial buildings with flat roofs. The combined accumulation of these loads could exceed the structural stability of the roof system, and could result in a catastrophic collapse, Tomlinson said.
For every 5,000 square feet of roof area, one inch of water will add about 26,000 pounds of additional weight. Tomlinson said it is important that roof drains are clear and flowing to prevent the added accumulation of standing water on a flat roof.
The combination of snow-loads and accumulating water is an extremely dangerous situation, Tomlinson said.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a new position at the sheriff’s department, where a diversion program is expected to better meet the needs of people requiring mental-health service evaluations.
During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved the position of director of assessment. The specialist’s salary will come out of a $350,000 grant administered by the state to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County.
Sheriff Brad Balk said the grant will fund a pilot program considered a model for the state. It involves constructing two holding cells designated for law-breakers whose crimes may be attributed to mental-health issues. He said $150,000 of the grant will cover the costs associated with construction of the new holding cells.
The specially designated cells will provide the CMH director of assessment an opportunity to conduct evaluations on site or via satellite connection.
Marquette and Wayne counties also are included in the pilot program.