One arrested for burglary

April 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

One person was arrested and another remains at large following a burglary Thursday morning in Cass County.

Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called at 10:20 a.m. to a burglary in progress in the 60000 block of Born Street in Newberg Township.

Upon arrival, deputies apprehended one of the suspects after he attempted to flee the scene on foot.

The other suspect, a black male, is still at large.

The suspects’ vehicle, a small, black pickup, was found still running in the homeowners’ driveway with stolen property in the bed of the truck.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending his arraignment.

Snowmobile accident

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded last weekend to its second snowmobile accident within a five-day period.

Deputies were called at 12:04 a.m. to Newberg Township, where a snowmobile overturned in an area near M-40 and Hoffman Street.

Sheriff’s officials said a snowmobile driven by Daniel Castellanos, age not stated, overturned as he was riding up a hill on private property. He received minor injuries but was taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment.

Investigators said Castellanos was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries after he was involved in a snowmobile accident March 6 in Penn Township.

Sheriff offers thanks

January 29, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk offered his thanks to citizens adhering to the snow emergency Tuesday, as road commission members were able to clear key roads in the area.

As a result, the travel advisory was lifted at noon Tuesday, four hours earlier than its original expiration.

Balk said the emergency is declared in situations when road crews need vehicles off the roadways so they can work both lanes simultaneously. Oncoming traffic and cars abandoned by the side of the road greatly compromise the efforts of the road commission, Balk said.

The emergency remained in effect in Cass County through the day Tuesday.

Man dies from injuries

November 14, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 60-year-old Cass County man died Sunday from injuries after he fell into a pile of burning leaves.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department said Bobby Quick was burning leaves at his home in the 2400 block of Dick Street in Howard Township just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when he apparently lost his balance and fell into the flames.

A passerby stopped to help after seeing Quick try to escape the fire.

Quick was taken by ambulance to Niles Airport, then airlifted to the burn unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Crash caused by alcohol

November 12, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 25-year-old Marcellus man was treated at Three Rivers Health for injuries he sustained in a one-car accident over the weekend in Fabius Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Laughlin lost control of his vehicle Saturday in the vicinity of Hoffman and Day roads. His vehicle crossed the center line, went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Laughlin was charged with driving under the influence, deputies said.

Girl pleads guilty

November 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Cass County prosecutor Victor Fitz said a 15-year-old Eau Claire girl has pled guilty to driving without a valid license causing death following a June incident during which a Jones man was killed.

Fitz said Sonia Sahavedra  made the plea in juvenile court last week. She was charged with the offense after she drove a car June 26 and caused an accident at the intersection of Pokagon Highway and Dailey Road in LaGrange Township.

The accident resulted in the death of Adam Koppy, 40. Fitz said one count of moving violation causing death was dismissed as a result of the plea.

A disposition hearing in front of Cass County Family/Juvenile Court Judge Susan L. Dobrich will be set in the near future, Fitz said.

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