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.
State Rep. Matt Lori was recently honored with a Health Advocacy Award from the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.
Lori was recognized for his support of the clinic’s mission to provide necessary, compassionate health care to the people of Cass County.
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has identified 11,700 low-income residents in Cass County and the immediate service area who are not receiving health care services. The network’s facilities serve residents of Cassopolis and Dowagiac.
Lori said the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network makes necessary health and dental care available to low-income families in Cass County, and he has always fought for state and federal funding for the network.
Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. reports said deputies handled a double-fatal traffic crash on Chapel Hill Street, just east of Baldwin Prarie Road at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday in Porter Township.
Ross Gambill, 19 from Osceola, Ind., said that he and two friends were traveling east on Chapel Hill Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and struck a tree.
The driver was identified as 19-year-old Gabriel Spencer-Forsyth, of Tennessee. A second passenger was identified as Kevin Shupert, a 20-year-old Elkhart, Ind. resident.
Both Spencer-Forsyth and Shupert died at the scene as a result of their injuries. Gambill, meanwhile, was transported to South Bend Memorial for treatment of his injuries.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission has named Christopher Bolt as the agency’s chief executive officer, engineer and manager.
Bolt will hold the same positions with the Cass County Road Commission, a dual-role arrangement that started with his predecessor, Louis Csokasy. Bolt’s appointment was announced last week.
He has been serving in the capacity on an interim basis since July, when Csokasy took the job of interim administrator of Cass County.
A road commission member since January, Bolt’s annual salary will be $90,000, to be shared evenly by the two counties.
He was originally hired to serve as engineer of the St. Joseph County agency.
Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said the suspect behind an armed robbery Tuesday in the unincorporated community of Union remains at large.
The incident occurred at 5:10 p.m. and took place at Hilltop Laundry, located in the 13500 block of U.S. 12.
Witnesses identified the suspect as a white male in his late 30s. He reportedly stands about 5′7″ and has brown hair and blue eyes.
Underwood said the suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and an unknown number of cartons of cigarettes. He was last seen heading east on U.S. 12 in a dark-colored SUV.
Two Indiana residents, suspected of having a role in at least 10 breaking-and-entering incidents in Cass County, were taken into custody last week.
The suspects were apprehended Thursday by St. Joseph County, Ind., deputies during an incident at a residence in North Liberty, Ind.
Sheriff’s officials in Cass County said the two demonstrated a pattern of breaking into residence during the daytime, when homeowners were not present. They typically took small items, including jewelry and cash, over the course of their 10-day spree.
One of the subjects arrested is a juvenile. The other is waiting to be extradited and arraigned in Michigan.