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.
A 45-year-old man from Cass County was charged with a number of offenses after he was found in the company of a 15-year-old girl he allegedly courted through the Internet.
Cass County Sheriff’s Department investigators said Dean Young, who had recently moved from Arizona to a residence he shared with a friend in the unincorporated community of Union, was charged with criminal sexual conduct, possession of child pornography and using a computer for solicitation of a minor for immoral purposes.
Young was arrested Thursday night at a residence in the 71000 block of Spencer Drive. The juvenile, who ran away from her home in Monroe, N.Y., was taken into custody by sheriff’s officials. Her parents drove overnight from New York to pick her up, police said.
Young is in the Cass County Jail with bond set at $75,000.
Five St. Joseph County-based departments played a critical role in helping extinguish a large-scale fire Friday morning in Vicksburg.
A 4 a.m. blaze at a former paper mill required the services of 10 fire agencies to douse an intentionally-set blaze at the 435,000-square-foot building. The facility, which has been dormant and used only for storage, served for years as the Simpson-Lee Paper Co.
Area departments involved in combating the blaze were from Leonidas, Mendon, Three Rivers, Fabius-Park and White Pigeon.
Investigators have determined the fire was an act of arson.