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Great start for MagiCelebration

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 ... Read More »

Sheriff identifies suspect

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 ... Read More »

Fatal stabbing in Battle Creek

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 ... Read More »

Suspect arraigned in Branch County

The gunman who barricaded himself inside an adult novelty store in southern Michigan after leading police on a high-speed chase across state lines is facing multiple charges. 39-year-old Joseph Leiffer of Carleton was arraigned on one count of felony fleeing and eluding, two counts of kidnapping and felony firearm possession in Branch County District Court Wednesday. Leiffer robbed a pharmacy ... Read More »

Woman cited for crash

Two Centreville-area residents were involved in a one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Nottawa Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said 24-year-old Sheery Hilyard was driving in an unknown direction on Truckenmiller Road at 11:26 p.m. Friday when she took her eyes off the roadway and wound up driving down an embankment and her vehicle struck a tree near ... Read More »

Lumber stolen from construction site

An undisclosed amount of lumber was stolen from a construction site within the past week in Mottville Township. The incident occurred between 4 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Monday in the 69000 block of Vistula Road. Troopers indicated the incident may be related to the theft of a utility trailer from the same location a few days earlier. Read More »