Plans for a Sturgis senior center

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Stolen untility trailer

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Re-appointments to county board

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Six people this week were recommended for re-appointment to the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Board for two-year terms.

They are: Margaret Schultz, Jon Withers, Charles Willer, Deb Leyes, Steve Boland and Jay Newman. As Leyes is a member at large, her term is for one year only.

Also during action Tuesday, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed to the employment of Alicia Dell as a full-time corrections officer.

Man slashed in Sturgis

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Police were dispatched to Quail Run apartments located on Cato Lane in Sturgis Thursday night, when callers reported two men were fighting, and one of the men was being attacked with a hatchet. Officers located a man who had fled the scene on foot. He suffered a large laceration to the hand and a gash to his upper back. The victim said he was attacked by a black male with a small build and short dreads. The victim only knew the subject as “CJ”. Police have identified a person of interest as the investigation continues.

Update – Fatal Cass County crash

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl who died following a two-vehicle crash in southwestern Michigan appears to have been properly restrained in a child safety seat at the time of the crash. The Cass County sheriff’s office on Thursday issued an update on the Monday afternoon crash in Mason Township that killed Adrianna Chanthavongsavath. The department had said Tuesday that the girl hadn’t been restrained in a child safety seat. After the crash, the department said her mother, 25-year-old Linda Chanthavongsavath was in stable condition and the other driver 73-year-old Edwin Powless Jr. of Otsego was in critical condition. The department says they’re hospitalized but there’s no update on conditions. Linda Chanthavongsavath was driving a car and Powless was driving a pickup truck. The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.  (AP)

August 1st deadline

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Michigan’s attorney general is reminding people who bought DRAM or computers or computerized devices that contain D-RAM between 1998 and 2002, that they may be entitled to a cash payment of at least ten dollars and possibly as high as 50-dollars or more. Attorney General Bill Schuette says at issue are devices like laptops, desktops, servers, graphic cards, video game consoles, DVD players or other devices. The reason is that twelve manufacturers conspired to raise the prices of their products. That resulted in a 310-(m) million dollar legal settlement announced earlier this year. Buyers of DRAM or DRAM products however, are running out of time to get their cash payments. The deadline is August 1st, less than three weeks from now. Purchasers of large amounts of DRAM or products that contain DRAM, such as computers or other electronic devices, could recoup thousands of dollars depending on the amount of product purchased, according to the A-G. The minimum payment for smaller purchases of DRAM or DRAM-containing products is expected to be $10. But the actual payment amount depends on the total number of claims filed and payments could be $25, $50 or more. The claims process is simple and can be completed online at (Also by phone: 1-800-589-1425 (toll-free); or email: The settling defendants that manufactured DRAM are: Elpida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and Winbond.  (MRN)

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