Central Dispatch director terminated

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Jonathan Uribe, who was hired in November 2011 to serve as director of St. Joseph County’s 911 Central Dispatch, was relieved of his duties Thursday.

Particulars about the issue were limited. County administrator Pat Yoder said he was not at liberty to elaborate on the matter, as details regarding personnel matters are proprietary.

Yoder said human resources director Elishia Arver will serve in Uribe’s place indefinitely. It will, however, be at least until the next county commission meeting, which isn’t until Aug. 19.

Uribe, a 58-year-old Portage resident, replaced 16-year director Andy Goldberger, who retired Dec. 31, 2011.

Uribe’s hire-in salary was $56,000 annually. At the time, he was captain of the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team.

Contacted Thursday evening, Uribe declined to comment.

Sheriff advised that man was found

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was advised Thursday by the White Pigeon Police Department that Charles Rusher was found in the St. Joseph County community.

White Pigeon Police advised that Rusher had broken into a residence during the nighttime hours and fell asleep on a couch. The homeowner discovered Rusher around 8:30 a.m. and notified authorities.

The homeowner is not pressing charges and Rusher, who was not injured but appeared disoriented with no knowledge of how he arrived at the residence, will be transported back to Cass County.

He was to be taken to a location to be determined by Guardianship Alternatives, the court-ordered agency that has legal guardianship of Rusher, according to Cass County officials.

Burr Oak Heritage Days

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The fifth annual Burr Oak Heritage Days hits full stride this weekend.

A 5K run, Farmer’s Market and three-on-three basketball tournament get the day started Saturday.

Also, an 11 o’clock parade, and a kiddie ferris wheel and tethered balloon rides are also part of Saturday’s agenda. Mud volleyball takes place 3 to 6 p.m., a hot dog-eating contest at 8:20 in the evening, port-a-potty pulls at 8:30 and the fireworks show will cap the night at 10 o’clock.

A complete list of events and activities can be found through a link on the website:

Secretary of State office closed

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that the Secretary of State office in Sturgis will be closed next week for remodeling.

The office will remain unavailable through Aug. 1.

Staff members said the South Centerville Road office will be remodeled to include a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The office is slated to re-open Aug. 4.

MagiCelebration concludes

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The second annual MagiCelebration event concludes Saturday with a busking competition highlighting the list of morning events.

Ten buskers will be stationed throughout the downtown district and vying for cash prizes of $250 through $100.

Also Saturday, a free magic show is offered at 1 o’clock at FAB Magic Co., while the event-ending showcase performance takes place at 8 p.m. at Colon High School.

Embezzlement charges issued

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the former executive assistant of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

The action comes a day after the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a charge of embezzlement against Deb Herring, 57, of Schoolcraft.

Investigators said Herring allegedly stole between $20,000 and $50,000 over a seven-year period starting in 2007. She was dismissed earlier this year after the alleged improprieties were discovered.

It was not clear Wednesday if the warrant will be hand delivered to Herring or if she will be sent via certified mail a notice to appear in order to satisfy the warrant.

Chamber director Christy Trammell declined to comment on the matter.

Chamber members, however, were emailed a two-paragraph letter Tuesday. It was signed, “from the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President & CEO.”

In part, the letter stated the chamber had been compromised and trust was violated by a former employee.

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