The Village of White Pigeon has lifted the boil water notice. The village had issued the notice several days ago when the municipal water system lost pressure. Tests have determined that the village water is safe for human consumption.
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.
The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event.
The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show.
Fisher said registration for magicians is up 15 percent from last year and ticket sales for the showcase performances at 8 o’clock nightly are up from 2013.
Today’s activities include an all-star close-up show at 3:30 at Colon High School and the evening performance at 8 o’clock.
Friday’s lineup includes MagicIdol youth competition at 10 a.m.
A full schedule of events and times can be found at www.fabmagic.com.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect in a stabbing incident earlier this week.
Charles Ray Eubanks, 32, of Cassopolis, was arrested following the early-morning incident July 20 in Vandalia.
Eubanks was arraigned in Cass County 4th District Court on charges of assault with attempt to murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Eubanks remains in the Cass County Jail with bond set at $200,000 cash or surety.
St. Joseph County’s smallest village kicks off its annual community festival today, as the Burr Oak Heritage Festival begins.
Organizers said brats and bingo will start off today’s activities at 6 o’clock. A light parade, featuring illuminated bicycles, strollers, golf carts and tractors, starts at 9:30. The sky-lantern launch is at 10.
A busy day awaits on Friday, highlighted by a vaudeville/talent show at 7 p.m., a vintage baseball game at 8:30, and live music and a beer tent starting at 9:30.
A complete list of events and activities can be found through a link on the website: burroak5k.com.
Police say they’ve arrested a man in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee. Police answered a call about a robbery and shooting about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the body of Nicole Gates of Battle Creek at a Citgo gas station. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens says it appears that an acquaintance stabbed Gates to death before stealing money, beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Police say they arrested 30-year-old Shawn Pike of Battle Creek about 10:30 a.m. on first-degree murder, robbery and other charges. Police also have arrested a 21-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released. The men are expected to be arraigned Thursday. (AP)