Gunshot residue found

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Pennsylvania laboratory that specializes in materials analysis found gunshot residue on articles of clothing taken from Andy Brown’s vehicle the day David Locey was murdered last year.

The finding was detailed Tuesday by Allison Murtha, the manager of a forensic-science department at RJ Lee Group in Monroeville, Pa. Murtha was on the stand for more than two hours during the fifth day of the Locey murder trial at the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

Brown, 37, faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm. He is suspected of murdering his boss after questions arose about Brown regarding alleged embezzlement of client payments.

Tuesday marked the fifth day of the trial and Murtha, the fourth of five people called to the witness stand for the day, said the presence of gunshot residue was found on a jacket, vest, pair of pants and shoe taken from Brown’s vehicle.

Tuesday’s proceedings concluded at 3:30 p.m., as two witnesses called by McDonough were unable to attend. One was eventually excused and the other is expected to lead off testimony today in Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman’s courtroom.

Brush cleanup from storm

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In response to last week’s storm, crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin a brush pickup next week.

DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for storm damage only.

The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. Brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste are accepted at the compost area.

Public works crews in Sturgis are in the midst of a special pickup as well. The task started Monday and is expected to be completed today or Thursday.

Fire damages home

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A fire heavily damaged a home in Nottawa Township last weekend.

Firefighters were called to a residence in the at 61000 block of Klinger Lake Road aroound 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

First-arriving firefighters from Centreville observed heavy smoke coming from the roof.

Officials said the fire began in the attic, where the homeowner was repairing a leak in the roof when a light stand fell over starting the fire.

The residence sustained extensive heat, smoke and water damage. Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours.

Minor injuries after collision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A motorist suffered minor injuries after being involved in a collision with a freight train Monday.

According to law-enforcement and rescue personnel, the driver of an SUV was on Cotherman Lake Road in Park Township when he failed to stop for a passing Grand Elk Railroad train. The SUV struck the side of a rail car and rolled onto its side.

The driver, whose name and age were not disclosed Monday, was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.

Road project finished

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis road project that started in March has been completed.

City officials said the brick portion of South Nottawa Street has been completed and opened to traffic Friday.

As a result, the detour route has been lifted and Pleasant Street will return to a one-way street. In addition, the west side of South Monroe Street will revert to its no-parking status.

Golf cart stolen

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

State police were called to a residence in White Pigeon Township last week in response to the theft of a golf cart.

According to an agency media release, the EZ-GO cart was stolen between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning last week from the 71000 block of Lakeview Avenue.

The cart has a canopy, front windshield, and headlights and taillights.

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