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Step forward and tell the truth

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The mother of homicide victim Jodi Parrack said anyone with knowledge of the incident should step forward and tell the truth.

Jo Gilson, mother of 11-year-old Parrack, addressed the media Tuesday at the Constantine Police Department. The event was staged following last week’s arrest of Raymond McCann on a felony charge of perjury.

A warrant for McCann’s arrest was issued after Michigan State Police cold-case investigators discovered inconsistencies in his comments made immediately after and years later regarding the November 2007 homicide of Parrack.

Gilson said she has known McCann since she was a teenager and is best friends with his sister, who accompanied her to Tuesday’s event. Still, Gilson, said she and the McCann family deserve to hear the truth about what happened to her daughter.

Gilson, who previously went by the name Valerie Carver, now lives in Northwest Indiana.

McCann was arraigned over the weekend and he remains in the county jail. A preliminary hearing from the perjury charge is scheduled for May 1.

Woman injured in motorcycle accident

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Officers from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an injury accident that occurred last week in Mendon Township.

A motorcycle driven by Kathy Kline, 54, of Mendon, was southbound at 8:15 p.m. Friday on Silver Street, when she lost control north of Wakeman Road

Kline’s motorcycle went off the left side of the roadway. The bike then flipped several times and Kline was thrown from the motorcycle. She sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Investigators said Kline was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

Hazardous waste collection Saturday

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee is staging its twice-a-year household hazardous waste collection 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the county fairgrounds.

The event is an opportunity for the public to get rid of electronics, household hazardous waste, tires, paper, cardboard, paint and other hard-to-dispose-of items.

Pat Kulikowski, secretary to the solid waste committee, said this weekend’s collection will be the ninth consecutive spring event.

With a few exceptions, there is no fee for dropping off items. There is a $1 charge per tire, $3 per semi tire and $15 per tractor tire; $1 per can of latex paint, regardless of how much or how little is in the can; and $1 per pound for household hazardous waste over 100 pounds.

Kulikowski said, as always, cash donations are welcome and will be put toward staging another collection in October. The solid waste committee has an allocation of $19,000 to operate the spring and fall collections.

The spring collection has always been the larger of the two. A year ago, the take included 45,000 pounds of electronics, 13,800 pounds of household hazardous waste materials, 193 tires and an impressive quantity of paper and cardboard.

Part of US 12 closed

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The right-hand, westbound lane of U.S.-12 in and around the Sturgis diesel electric plant next to Memorial Park will be closed the rest of the week due to construction on the site.

The work at the diesel plant site will result in additional, intermittent lane closures of this area for the next 30 days, as well as limited or no access to the sidewalk in and around the diesel plant.

Residents are asked to be alert for the periodic lane closures and obey all posted signage.

Superintendent chosen

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Saginaw-area native has been offered the job of superintendent of Colon Community Schools.

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education Monday selected Victor Bugni to succeed Lloyd Kirby, who retired last summer.

After a lengthy discussion and 6-1 vote, Bugni was chosen over Mesick Consolidated Schools Superintendent Mike Corey. Board member Wendell Grunner cast the dissenting vote, but has pledged to back Bugni now that the decision has been made, board president Ernie Baker said.

Bugni, 37, has served as curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula since October 2011.

A graduate of Hemlock High School, Bugni previously served as a math and science teacher at Traverse City West High School for seven years after a three-year teaching stint at Arenac Eastern High School.

Interim Superintendent Jay Newman will represent the district in negotiating terms of Bugni’s employment. The base salary will range between $95,000 and $105,000.

Baker said he would like to have Bugni on board by June 1 and spend some time working with Newman. Bugni’s availability, however, isn’t known yet.

Sheriff investigating property damage

April 22, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a property-damage complaint from Sturgis Township.

According to a department media release, a pickup truck parked near a residence in the 25800 Block of U.S.12 was extensively damaged.

The victim told investigators the incident occurred between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday. A potential suspect vehicle – a black Ford passenger car – was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

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