An Illinois man died Sunday in a drowning incident on Donnell Lake in Cass County’s Penn Township. The victim was identified as 67-year-old Vincent Churak of Evergreen Park, Illinois. Central Dispatch received a call regarding a subject calling for help. Observers attempted to assist the victim, but he had already gone under the water when they arrived. Divers found the body three hours later. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says Churak lived part-time on the lake, and was using a paddle board when he fell off for some unknown reason. A life vest was on the paddle board, but not used by the victim.
Cass County Sheriff’s deputies handled a complaint regarding an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder early Sunday in the 60000 block of Main Street in Vandalia. The victim, 46-year-old Mark Perkins of Dowagiac, said he got into a verbal altercation which ended with the suspect pulling out a knife and stabbing him two times. Perkins was treated and released at Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital. The suspect was taken into custody.
A 71-year-old South Haven resident has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier on M-40, north of Dutch Settlement Road, in Cass County’s Marcellus Township. The victim was identified as Jerry Hartsfield. He died Thursday at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
A boil water notice is in effect for residents in the village of White Pigeon due to a temporary loss of water pressure.
A Portage-based company was hired this week to fulfill a component toward potential construction of a Sturgis senior center.
Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to work with Cornerstone Construction Management. The company will provide services related to design, bidding and construction.
Total cost of the deal is $78,000.
County Administrator Pat Yoder said the senior center is not officially a done deal. But the preliminary work will allow commissioners to eventually decide whether to pursue the venture, and Tuesday’s action was a step in that direction, Yoder noted.
An Ohio-based company has already conducted site-identification and design-concept work. It has indicated a parcel north of the Doyle Center as the potential best location for the proposed facility.
A utility trailer was stolen this week from a location in Mottville Township.
State police said the incident occurred between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday on Vistula Road.
The 16-foot trailer is enclosed and has “H&M Construction” on its side.
Tire impressions show the suspect vehicle headed north on Vistula Road, toward U.S. 12.