A 25-year-old Marcellus man was treated at Three Rivers Health for injuries he sustained in a one-car accident over the weekend in Fabius Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Laughlin lost control of his vehicle Saturday in the vicinity of Hoffman and Day roads. His vehicle crossed the center line, went off the roadway and struck a tree.
Laughlin was charged with driving under the influence, deputies said.
A Cass County man has entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill to the charge of second-degree murder.
Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said Edward J. Hensley killed his sister, Martha Sexton, in June 2012. Sexton was found stabbed to death in her home in Mason Township.
The following month, Hensley was ordered to undergo a forensic examination to determine his competency to stand trial. In a May report from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, Hensley was found to be sane but mentally ill.
A plea of guilty but mentally ill is treated the same as a guilty plea, with the addition that the defendant receives mental health treatment while imprisoned.
His sentence date is Dec. 20 before Judge Michael Dodge.
A 20-year-old man told police he was shot after refusing to give his money to a pair of would-be robbers.
Sturgis Police said a call of gunshots in the vicinity of Main and Jean streets was received around 2 a.m. Sunday. A search in the area found nothing suspicious.
The victim, however, went to the emergency room at Sturgis Hospital around 2:30 a.m. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
The man told police he was walking in the 400 block of East West Street when he was approached by two black men who ordered him to given them his money. The man said he refused and was subsequently shot by one of the two men.
He was treated for his injuries and released. The two suspects remain at large, police said.
Carol Dienes was presented the 2013 Patriot Award last week by the organization Friends and Family Supporting our Military.
Staged Tuesday at the Sturgis Armory, the locally founded organization concluded its banquet with the honor bestowed upon Dienes, who was one of five people nominated for the 2013 award.
Dienes, of Michiana Snax, was recognized for her continued support of the organization and for her benevolence toward veterans in general.
Other nominees at the annual gathering were Stoney Sumney of the Sturgis Elks, John Dresser of the Sturgis Hospital Foundation, Tom and Beth Hamilton from Hamilton Harley-Davidson, and the Santori family from the Green Valley Golf Course.
Black Gold Farms invites the public to help itself to as many potatoes as it can transport.
Ray Baker, manager of the Sturgis Township-based business, said limited capacity means the potatoes would otherwise end up being discarded.
Baker said the potatoes are supposed to be a certain size to conform with guidelines preferred by potato chip manufacturers. He said this year’s crop features a number of potatoes in excess of the ideal size.
He said size does not compromise the taste of the potatoes and other than being dirt-covered, the potatoes are perfectly edible after they have been subject to a thorough cleaning.
Baker said the potatoes will be available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays only, until the supply is exhausted.
Anybody coming to gather potatoes are asked to bring their own containers. The production facility is at 69331 Klinger Lake Road, just off U.S. 12.
A two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Lockport Township resulted in occupants from both automobiles seeking medical treatment.
State police investigators said a northbound car on U.S. 131 was approaching North Main Street when the driver of a southbound Ford Contour attempted to turn left onto Main Street in front of it.
A 17-year-old Three Rivers girl was driving the Contour. A 21-year-old front-seat passenger was transported to Three Rivers Health; a 17-year-old backseat passenger was airlifted to Bronson Hospital.
The nature of their injuries and the names of the people involved in the incident were not disclosed in a state police media release.
A 74-year-old passenger in the northbound vehicle was also taken to Three Rivers Health.