Autopsy on victim of fire

June 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An autopsy was performed Thursday on the victim of a house fire in Cass County’s Calvin Township.

Sheriff Capt. Lyndon Parrish said results showed the victim found inside the residence in the 17000 block of Chain Lake Street died from injuries sustained in that fire. Foul play is not suspected in the death.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, as no evidence was found to lead investigators to believe that arson is suspected.

A positive identification is pending, though the owner of the residence is 78-year-old Lucy Pargo. She lived at the residence alone and has not been seen since.

Investigators believe she is likely the victim of the fire.

Sheriff investigating hit-and-run

June 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood said his office is investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred Wednesday morning in Porter Township.

The crash happened at 8:44 a.m. on M-40 at Shavehead Lake Street, according to a department media release.

Deputies identified the driver and his passengers who had remained at the crash site as 30-year-old Robert Monfore, and Kristin Greer, 25, Priscilla Shaffer, 40, and Nancy Schultz, 20.

Monfore was traveling north on M-40 when the eastbound vehicle on Shavehead Lake Street rolled through the stop sign at the intersection, where the suspect vehicle crossed in front of Monfore’s vehicle.

Investigators said Monfore struck the other vehicle. The second vehicle drove from the intersection. Neither Monfore nor his passengers were injured in the crash.

The suspect vehicle is described as tan SUV and was struck in the right, rear corner.

Crash sends two to hospital

May 19, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A personal-injury crash last week in Cass County sent two men to the hospital.

Sheriff Joe Underwood said a car driven by 53-year-old Michael Dudkiewicz, was heading north shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday on Baldwin Prairie Road in Porter Township, when he swerved to miss a deer, police said.

Dudkiewicz, of Vandalia, lost control of the vehicle near Chapel Hill Street, where his vehicle ran off the road and struck several trees.

He and passenger, James Dudkiewicz, 24, home town not stated, were transported by a friend to their residence and then contacted Cass County dispatch for an ambulance. They were taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

Safety belts were used and alcohol is a factor, according to authorities.

Director increases time in St. Joe

May 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County will see an increase in the amount of time  is devoted by equalization director Tony Meyaard.

County commissioners last week approved an agreement where Meyaard’s services will be split evenly between St. Joseph and Cass counties. Meyaard for the past year had worked three days a week in Cassopolis and twice weekly in Centreville.

Meyaard will remain an employee of Cass County, meaning it will bill St. Joseph County quarterly or 50 percent of Meyaard’s $64,000 annual salary and business-related mileage reimbursements.

The agreement means Meyaard will work a minimum of 20 hours a week for St. Joseph County.

New director of operations

May 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers Community Schools has lost its director of operations, as Steve Lucas took a job with the Cass County Road Commission.

Lucas will become managing director of the Cass County Road Commission. He is stepping into a job previously held by Christopher Bolt, who was splitting the task with St. Joseph County.

A 20-year school district employee, Lucas’ last day in Three Rivers was Friday.

Man injured in crash

May 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A single-vehicle accident in Cass County this week resulted in injuries to a 19-year-old Marcellus man.

Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said his office was called Tuesday to investigate a personal-injury crash in Penn Township.

The victim, Jacob High, was southbound on Ely Road, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  High was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Health.

A preliminary investigation reveals that alcohol was not a factor and that he was using his seat belt, Underwood said.

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