State Rep. Matt Lori and state Sen. Rebekah Warren, of Ann Arbor, introduced resolutions Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act.
In February, Lori and Warren were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, and the two have been working to identify and address gaps in mental-health-care access, to evaluate the quality of mental-health-care services across the state and to develop comprehensive policy recommendations to address these issues.
Lori said the recommendations will be presented to the governor in December and passed on to the Michigan Department of Community Health for use in improving the state’s mental-health system.
The Community Mental Health Act allowed for the creation of community mental health centers, which drastically altered the delivery of mental-health services across the United States. Michigan now has 46 different Community Mental Health services programs providing assistance to residents in all 83 counties.
A 23-year-old Sturgis man was arrested following his role in an assault incident Tuesday in Sturgis.
Investigators said police responded to a call for help at an apartment in the 300 block of North Clay Street regarding an assault in progress. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but he was found around 8:30 later that night inside a nearby residence.
The suspect, whose name was not released pending arraignment, was charged with felonious assault, home invasion and child abuse.
The man was also wanted on a warrant for parole violation stemming from an original charge of domestic assault.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has announced it is hosting a Community Emergency Response Team class starting next month.
Sheriff Brad Balk said the CERT class educates program participants about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area. Balk said participants are trained in basic, disaster-response skills such as fire safety, search-and-rescue, team organization and disaster-medical operations.
The three-week class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and takes place Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at the sheriff’s department.
Registration may be done through Capt. Jason Bingaman, at 467-9045., ext. 233.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Fabius Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Becky Sue Elliot, a 42-year-old White Pigeon resident, was attempting to turn east onto Broadway Road from southbound U.S. 131, when she turned in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The northbound vehicle was driven by 51-year-old David Lee Pyle, of Zeeland.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, investigators said.
Constantine residents north of Locust Street are being advised to expect interruptions in their water service throughout the day today.
Village officials said the anticipated interruption is the result of work on the water main on Broad Street, near the intersection of North Washington. The work is necessary for modifications to the road as a part of the work related to the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass.
Today’s work is scheduled to begin by 8:30 a.m. and municipal officials said there’s a good chance the water will be off for the better part of the day.
In addition, there will likely be a second day this week when water service will be interrupted on the north end. Village manager Mark Honeysett said details will be provided as far in advance as possible.
A Constantine truck driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions following an accident Friday afternoon in the village of Centreville.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, Glenn Miller was ticketed after the 12:18 p.m. incident on West Main Street near West Burr Oak Street.
Miller, 63, was driving his rig west on Main Street when he lost control and went off the road in the 300 block of West Main Street. His semi hit a utility pole, resulting in downed power lines.
The semi slid into a parked, unoccupied Oldsmobile Bravada, investigators said.
No injuries were reported.