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Narcotics Unit finds meth production

June 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Narcotics investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant Tuesday in Florence Township for suspected methamphetamine.

Officers were contacted about possible methamphetamine manufacturing occurring at a residence in the 65000 block of Klinger Lake Road. Upon arrival the suspects had fled the scene but officers located evidence of manufacturing and use.

The case will be forwarded to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor for possible charges. The Constantine Fire Department was called to the scene to assist with cleanup.

Sturgis Relay for Life

June 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The annual Sturgis Relay for Life fundraiser last weekend raised nearly $40,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The 24-hour, uninterrupted walk started at noon Friday at Sturgis High School’s track. The top three groups in terms of funds raised were Burr Oak Tool and the Beta Sigma Phi team, which both raised $5,000. Morgan Olson was third with a team that raised $4,000.

Numerous events during the walk took place, including laps walked by elementary students from Sturgis Public Schools, a relay lap and a cancer-survivor victory lap.

In all, about 1,500 people took part in the event.

Project FRESH

June 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has announced the return of Project FRESH.

The nutrition-education and supplemental-food program is offered through the agency in conjunction with Michigan State University Extension Services.

Project FRESH puts fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables into the hands of young families who qualify for Women, Infants and Children assistance.

Participants receive 10, $2 coupons that can be used at farmers markets and anywhere the laminated yellow sign stating “Project FRESH Coupons Accepted Here” is posted.

Coupons are available from health departments in any of the three counties.

Two charged with meth

June 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed two search warrants Wednesday at a residence in the 29000 block of Edgewater Beach Road in White Pigeon Township, where two pounds of drugs were to be delivered by U.S. Mail.

In conjunction with officials from the U.S. Postal Service, SCAN officers served a search warrant for a quantity of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $100,000, sheriff’s department officials said.

When the package was picked up by two men around 11:30 a.m., officers attempted to stop them from fleeing the scene.

Police subsequently blocked the street; the vehicle turned around in another attempt to escape, rammed into an undercover officer’s vehicle.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Three Rivers Health. The other occupant was arrested.

The two suspects are to be charged with possession with intent to deliver and felonious assault.

Commission approves funds

June 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to cover a six-digit dollar amount request from Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The commission unanimously approved an allocation in excess of $168,000 to the agency.

What was labeled a one-time request for the funds from CMH sparked a lengthy discussion by commissioners. The five-member panel criticized state legislators for the inadequate funding of the county’s CMHSAS agency.

The shortfall was requested by CMHSAS executive director Liz O’Dell.

Though she was not present Tuesday, O’Dell afterward said the state is simply giving the agency less money than what it takes to service its clients.

She said the agency has a $15 million budget. Its budget, however, is categorical, and the funding for Medicaid Extension – more casually known as Healthy Michigan – has taken a financial toll on the county’s CMHSAS.

Commissioners agreed that she should attend the commission’s June 17 meeting for additional discussions.

New Emergency Medicine partnership

June 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Hospital has announced its new Emergency Medicine partnership with Emergency Physicians Medical Group, which began offering services effective Sunday.

EPMG is a physician-owned practice that has been creating a culture of care for patients since 1976. It has been charged with emergency care and leadership in seven states through effective integration, not only within hospitals, but also the communities in which they serve, according to Rob LaBarge, Sturgis Hospital CEO.

EPMG is additionally recognized for customized quality improvement solutions, innovation through programs and services, clinician engagement through a partnership program, and growth within partner hospitals and systems.

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