Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and his wife, Cheryl, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event Friday.
Staged at Glen Oaks Community College’s Nora Hagen Theater, the fundraiser featured six teams. The couples and their respective coaches volunteered their time as part of the fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Second place went to Matthew and Jessica Mosher of Three Rivers, while Geoff and Stephanie Smith of Sturgis placed third. People’s Choice was bestowed to Constantine-area residents Mark and Marti Brown.
Event organizers said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 200 spectators and sponsors, who combined to help raise more than $4,500 for the Centreville-based agency.
A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries Thursday after he was involved in a snowmobile accident in Penn Township.
Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called around 4:15 p.m. to Dutch Settlement Street and Decatur Road. The victim, Robert Frick, told police he was traveling on a snowmobile trail when he lost control and his snowmobile overturned.
Frick, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.
Following several months of compiling and analyzing data, the two health centers are spreading word of the survey results.
According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with mental health were a concern for 53 percent of survey respondents.
Other findings include:
*Methamphetamine labs and meth lab clean-up efforts were included as a mental health concern among survey respondents.
*St. Joseph County has a higher age-adjusted rate for suicide on average than the state of Michigan. Between 2007 and 2011, St. Joseph County’s age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.9 per 100,000 population compared to Michigan’s age-adjusted rate of 11.8 per 100,000 population.
* Data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services/MDCH reveals that St. Joseph County has the highest rate of individuals presenting for substance-use-disorder treatment who indicate meth as their primary substance of abuse.
*In 2010, 104 of the state’s 760 Meth labs identified by the Michigan State Police were in St. Joseph County.
Two men and a woman were arrested Tuesday in Sturgis on methamphetamine-related charges.
The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Center Avenue following an investigation of suspected drug activity inside the residence. Once inside, investigators discovered evidence of the use and manufacture of meth, including hazardous materials, department officials said.
A 46-year-old woman and two men, ages 39 and 18, were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and maintaining a drug house.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the third death in the tri-county area this season due to complications from influenza.
This is the second death of a St. Joseph County resident, though the death of the elderly man occurred in an out-of-county facility.
In each of the three cases, there were underlying conditions that may have been the root of the problem, and it is unknown if any of the three people had received a flu shot this season.
Health Officer Steve Todd said some years, the agency sees the peak of the flu season hit in March and April. While it has seen some decreases in flu reports, the tri-county region is not out of the woods yet.
He said the deaths serve to remind the importance of vaccination.
Details regarding the latest victim’s age were not made available.
Here’s a reminder that online voting for the People’s Choice continues through Wednesday for the upcoming Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event.
Event organizer Linda Kline said an award will be presented after Friday’s production to the couple that receives the most online votes for People’s Choice. Voting for the award will continue the day of the event at the Nora Hagen Theater.
Seven couples are scheduled to participate in the inaugural competition, which is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Child Abuse and Neglect agency.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A limited supply remains and are available at any township library in the county, W.E. English Insurance in Sturgis or the Commission on Aging office in Three Rivers.