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Cleaning up the river

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A five-person team spent Saturday morning clearing debris from the Nottawa Creek as part of the ongoing river cleanup effort by the St. Joseph County Conservation District.

Ross and Alisha Truckey, Matt Davidson, John Nelson and Matt Dinnon cleared garbage out of Nottawa Creek from Rawson’s King Mill Park to the Olney Road bridge in Leonidas Township.

Trash collected from the river included bottles and cans, several tires and rims, conveyor links from an old manure spreader, a half barrel and an electric-fence regulator.

The next scheduled river clean-up, which will be the fourth of five events scheduled this summer, starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 on the Pigeon River from Blue School Road to Vistula Road in Mottville Township.

Prospective participants are asked to call in advance in order to reserve an appropriate number of kayaks or canoes. The conservation district’s phone number is 467-6336, ext. 5.

Wanted man arrested

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A man wanted in Sturgis on attempted murder and malicious destruction of property charges has been arrested.

Sturgis Police said Jorel Gefferard was arrested Saturday night at Gateway Village.

Police believe Gefferard attacked another man with a hatchet at the Cato Lane apartments shortly before midnight Thursday.

Woman injured in motorcycle accident

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Colon motorcyclist was injured after the two-wheeler she was driving ran into the back of a vehicle over the weekend in Colon Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Lora Waffle, 43, was riding westbound on Colon Road when her motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Leonard Burnham of Mendon.

The incident occurred near Farrand Road.

Waffle, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Burnham was not injured.

Man assaulted and robbed

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Michigan Southern Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for an assault and robbery of one of its employees.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, White Pigeon police were called to the railroad office at 501 Sol Morris Drive. A railroad employee told police he was confronted by someone and an altercation took place. A second person struck the employee in the head with a shovel, knocking him unconscious.

When the victim regained consciousness, he realized a large amount of cash had been taken from his wallet. Also taken was an electrical meter and about $400 worth of tools, police said.

Police investigating stabbing

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers police were called to the 200 block of Second Avenue last week in response to a stabbing incident.

According to police, responding officers Wednesday discovered the victim and suspect had left the scene by the time they arrived.

The victim, a 27-year-old Three Rives man, was later found and interviewed at the Three Rivers Health emergency room.

As a result, police are looking for Nicholas Barnes, who is considered a person of interest.

Police still looking for man

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are looking for a man responsible for an assault that involved the use of a hatchet last week.

Jorel Gefferand  is wanted in connection with the Thursday incident at Cato Lane Apartments. He faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and malicious destruction of a building.

Gefferand allegedly used a hatchet to assault a man who fled from the scene. The victim was later found and had suffered a laceration to his hand and a gash to his upper back.

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