Sturgis police are looking for a man responsible for an assault that involved the use of a hatchet last week.
Jorel Gefferand is wanted in connection with the Thursday incident at Cato Lane Apartments. He faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and malicious destruction of a building.
Gefferand allegedly used a hatchet to assault a man who fled from the scene. The victim was later found and had suffered a laceration to his hand and a gash to his upper back.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a tuition-reimbursement policy for county employees.
Spearheaded by Commissioner Don Eaton, the program allows county employees to receive reimbursement up to 100 percent of tuition cost per semester at an accredited college, university or trade school.
The course must be for credit or extended-education purposes.
County administrator Pat Yoder said the classes must be relevant to the line of work in which the employee is hired to perform.
The opportunity is available, as well, for an employee seeking to fulfill specific requirements for a degree program in which the employee is currently enrolled.
Reimbursement is limited to $3,500 per calendar year, per employee, and available only if the employee earns a grade of C or better.
Two Anderson, Ind., men were plucked from the St. Joseph River near the Mottville Dam last week.
Rescue personnel said the boat got caught in the current Wednesday morning and was pulled into the dam.
Both men were rescued before the boat sank. Personnel from the White Pigeon Fire Department, St. Joseph County Dive Rescue and St. Joseph County Marine Division removed the submerged vessel.
The men had put the boat into the river in Bristol, Ind. They were cited for a marine violation.
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.