The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a 14-year-old Colon-area girl who has been reported as a runaway.
The agency said Jessika Mathis fled from the 59000 block of Pine Grove Road in Colon Township Monday. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes, is 5-foot-3 and weighs 105 pounds.
Mathis is believed to be in the Sturgis area with a sibling and may be planning to leave the state for Tennessee.
Possible locations for Mathis include the 200 block of North Fourth Street, the 100 block of Vinewood Street, and the 600 block of East Jerolene Street.
Three people were arrested Wednesday in Flowerfield Township on methamphetamine-related charges.
Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed two search warrants on Floating Bridge Road, which culminated a several-week investigation.
The search warrant was for the arrest of a wanted fugitive. The fugitive, a 19-year-old Indiana resident, was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Sturgis and larceny of firearms in Three Rivers.
Officers also had received tips about the distribution of methamphetamine from that location.
The search warrants were executed using the sheriff department’s Special Response Team, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies, and SCAN members. The fugitive was located, along with a 30-year-old male, and a 32-year-old female, who were taken into custody without incident and lodged at the St. Joseph County Jail.
Once inside, officers located several grams of methamphetamine along with components used in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Charges include operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Potential action on an ordinance regarding wood-burning furnaces in the village limits could be taken by White Pigeon municipal officials next month.
The issue was discussed at length during Wednesday’s village council meeting, where President Dan Czajkowski said he is eager to see the matter put to rest, no matter what direction the seven-member panel takes.
He said the council will have one of three choices when it votes next month: keep the current ordinance, approve a revised ordinance or ban the outdoor furnaces altogether.
The issue was raised earlier this year, when council member Shireen Cline cited concerns about health risks associated with the wood-fueled burners.
The village’s current ordinance requires the furnaces be 50 feet from any home or business not being heated by the unit. In addition, the smokestack height requirement is 75 percent of the eaves-trough height of the highest building plus two feet.
An ordinance proposed by the village’s attorney allows furnaces to be on property no less than five acres and 300 feet from any other dwelling.
White Pigeon’s next village council meeting is at 7 p.m. May 21.
One person was arrested and another remains at large following a burglary Thursday morning in Cass County.
Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called at 10:20 a.m. to a burglary in progress in the 60000 block of Born Street in Newberg Township.
Upon arrival, deputies apprehended one of the suspects after he attempted to flee the scene on foot.
The other suspect, a black male, is still at large.
The suspects’ vehicle, a small, black pickup, was found still running in the homeowners’ driveway with stolen property in the bed of the truck.
The suspect’s name is being withheld pending his arraignment.
Police in Kalamazoo say a 23-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of another man is an employee at the sports bar where the shooting occurred. The suspect is expected to be charged with open murder. His name was not released Thursday afternoon. Officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West after reports of shots fired inside. Damian Tejada was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested shortly afterward. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley declined to say if the man was working when the 23-year-old Tejada was shot. John Bolenbaugh was standing near Tejada and tells WWMT-TV that the shooter was “unloading the entire weapon” in the bar. Ali Alsakha tells the TV station there were dozens of people who ran from the bar following the shooting. (AP)
A western Michigan volunteer firefighter responding to a head-on crash in Kalamazoo County struck another vehicle, fatally injuring the driver. The accident occurred Thursday morning as the driver of the vehicle was making a U-turn to avoid a northbound traffic backup created by the initial wreck on Sprinkle Road in Comstock Township. County Sheriff Richard Fuller said the firefighter was traveling north with lights and sirens on at the time the driver was turning to head south on Sprinkle Road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The firefighter refused medical attention. Two motorists involved in the initial head-crash suffered minor injuries. (AP)