Evidence of methamphetamine production was uncovered during a pair of raids at two residences last week in Cass County.
The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team on Aug. 13 searched a residence in the 69000 block of Cassopolis Road in Mason Township and another in the 67000 block of Calvin Center Road in Calvin Township.
A search of the properties found evidence of manufacturing meth, components to manufacture meth and meth product.
At the Cassopolis Road address, 41-year-old John Pillow and 42-year-old Bonita King were arrested on multiple meth-related charges.
At the Calvin Center Road location, Basil Rowe,45, and Kristina May,42, also were arrested on multiple meth-related charges.
All four were taken to the Cass County Jail.
A woman believed to be in her 20s staged an all-day protest Wednesday related to tree-clearing in Cass County’s Newburg Township.
After nearly 10 hours on a plywood platform about 40 feet up a tree, the woman came down around 6:30 p.m. Her descent came after lengthy negotiations that involved the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police.
The protest, which took place in Crane Pond Game Area near Marcellus, was targeted at Enbridge and its ongoing process of replacing pipeline from Indiana to Port Huron.
The woman’s identity is not being disclosed, as information regarding this case will be forwarded to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a traffic advisory for motorists in Cass County.
The agency said single-lane closures on M-40 between M-60 and U.S. 12 will be under flag control for a repaving project.
MDOT says the undertaking will be completed at the end of September.
State Rep. Matt Lori last week announced a $400,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant has been awarded to the village of Cassopolis for on-the-job training for 40 new employees at Postle Operating.
Postle is a producer of aluminum products for recreational vehicles and is expanding the company’s production capabilities, which will create the jobs during the next two years.
The company says at least 21 of the jobs will be held by low- to moderate-income residents.
Lori said the news is another sign that the area is emerging from the economic recession that gripped Michigan for 10 years, the Constantine-area resident said. Lori said it is especially encouraging that people who have low incomes will be trained for good-paying jobs and will better be able to provide for their families.
Postle Operating will invest more than $12.6 million into the community during the expansion project, Lori said.
A Cass County man and his wife were arraigned last week on methamphetamine charges, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
Blaine and Kristina Knight, ages 40 and 30 respectively, were charged with possession of meth, manufacturing math and maintaining a drug house.
The two were arrested Thursday after neighbors reported suspicious activity at their residence in the 56000 block of Forest Lane, near Cassopolis. A follow-up investigation by the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team led to a raid of their residence and seizure of meth components and equipment used to manufacture meth, officials said.
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees adopted the college’s 2013-2014 operating budget during its June 17 meeting held on the Dowagiac campus.
The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is a balanced budget of $22,824,000.
Board Chairman Dr. Fred L. Mathews said, “Southwestern Michigan College has adopted a structurally balanced budget each and every year since the college was founded in 1964. I am very proud of the Board of Trustees and the college administration for their unwavering commitment to sound fiscal management, and for identifying creative ways to increase opportunities for students within the constraints of a balanced budget.”
SMC President Dr. David Mathews described the budget development process this year as a “zero-based” budgeting approach.
Significant highlights of the budget approved by trustees include: four new full-time faculty positions in psychology, mathematics, criminal justice, and communications; restructured student services in newly renovated spaces; a major renovation and academic program expansion at the college’s Niles Campus, and increased expenditures on college-wide security.”