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.

Injuries after accident

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A White Pigeon woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Porter Township.

Sheriff’s deputies said a car driven by Becky Worth, 48, was heading west on U.S. 12 around 5:30 a.m. June 18 when an approaching car driven by 21-year-old Dwight Ottman of Cassopolis crossed the center line.

The vehicles struck in the westbound lane, spun and came to rest on the north side of the roadway.

Worth and Ottman were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Ottman told police he fell asleep at the wheel. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the incident.

Minor injuries after accident

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis man suffered minor injuries last weekend after the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer in Sherman Township.

Sheriff’s officials said Samuel Brackob, 25, was heading north on Balk Road Saturday when a deer entered the roadway near Mintdale Road. Brackob’s motorcycle struck the deer, causing the cycle to veer off the road and come to rest in a ditch.

Brackob was treated at the scene.

Fire caused by lightning

June 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Recapping last week’s fire at the Bentwater Apartments, Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has issued a press release detailing the damage.

The fire, caused by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon, damaged a total of five of the building’s 16 apartment units.

Tomlinson said the most severely compromised apartment sustained about 70 percent damage. Two of the other four were damaged 40 and 30 percent, respectively, while two others were destroyed 20 percent.

Tenants in eight apartments at the north end of the building were expected to return by the end of the week last week.

Four-hour standoff ends well

June 23, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police were involved in a four-hour standoff last week with a man who barricaded himself inside a residence in the 600 block of Devonshire Drive, in the northeast quadrant of the city.

According to a department media release, police were called around 9:20 a.m. Friday in response to a suicidal man who had a handgun.

A perimeter was set up and the area was evacuated for the safety of nearby residents. After lengthy discussions by telephone with the man, he surrendered and exited the residence.

He was taken to Sturgis Hospital for treatment.

Extension cord is believed to cause fire

June 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An extension cord is believed to have started a fire this week at a residence in Sturgis.

According to the Sturgis Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 7:50 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of West Congress Street.

Crews first to arrive noticed smoke from the upper level of the two-story residence. The fire was limited to a closet and surrounding area, though the residence sustained significant heat and smoke damage, according to a department media release.

Firefighters had to clear several windows to help alleviate smoke and heat.

The extension cord was being used to operate a window air-conditioning unit.

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