The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team seized firearms, methamphetamine, marijuana, illegally-obtained prescription drugs and meth-lab components in a search of a Porter Township residence last week.
According to Cass County officials, Blayne Wolf, 47, and Barbara Balentine, 52, were arrested following the 6:30 p.m. raid Thursday in the 13000 block of Carter Lake Street, near the community of Union.
Wolf and Balentine were arraigned in 4th District Court Friday and are being held on $60,000 bond for 10 counts of narcotics and firearms-related charges, according to investigators.
A citizen’s tip led the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team last week to a Porter Township residence, where marijuana and hashish were discovered.
Sheriff Joe Underwood said a report of suspected illegal activity at a residence in the 15000 block of U.S. 12 led detectives to the address around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
After investigators discovered the drugs, 27-year-old Melissa Goodman was taken into custody. In addition, representatives from Child Protective Services took three children into protective custody.
Goodman was arraigned in 4th District Court Friday and charged with possession with intent to manufacture hash, possession of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.
She was taken to the Cass County Jail.
A Three Rivers woman and her two children were treated for injuries after they were involved in a one-car accident over the weekend.
Cass County officials said Ginnie Wallace, 40, was driving east on U.S. 12 in Porter Township when she fell asleep and drove into a generator and pole, according to a department media release.
The incident occurred at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Vera Drive.
Wallace was transported by ambulance to Elkhart General Hospital, where she was treated for unspecified injuries. Her passengers, ages 9 and 7 years, were treated at the scene and released to family members.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident and seatbelts were worn.
Officials from Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboarding have announced the facility opened for business over the weekend.
Located near the Cass County community of Jones, Swiss Valley has information related to lift and rental rates, and hours of operation, on its website: skiswissvalley.com.
A Cass County woman was listed in serious condition after she was struck by a vehicle driven by a Constantine resident Monday.
According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, 42-year-old Lori Wilkes was injured following the incident on U.S. 12 near Union Road, east of Edwardsburg. The report said Wilkes was walking in the roadway when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Franklin Strawser, 68, around 6:30 p.m.
A media release said seatbelts were worn by the driver and alcohol was not a factor in the incident.
Wilkes was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Cass County law-enforcement officials arrested a 42-year-old Marcellus man Friday on methamphetamine- and other drug-related charges.
Investigators from the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team said Carl Fields III was charged with possession of meth, manufacturing meth, possession of marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug house, maintaining a lab producing hazardous waste and receiving/concealing stolen property.
Fields was arrested at his residence, in the 19000 block of Pioneer Street, following a request for assistance from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives located multiple meth labs, burned meth trash, methamphetamine, marijuana plants, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia at his residence.
Detectives also located stolen property, according to authorities.
Fields, who has been arraigned through District Court, is being held on a $50,000 bond.