A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries Thursday after he was involved in a snowmobile accident in Penn Township.
Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called around 4:15 p.m. to Dutch Settlement Street and Decatur Road. The victim, Robert Frick, told police he was traveling on a snowmobile trail when he lost control and his snowmobile overturned.
Frick, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.
Following several months of compiling and analyzing data, the two health centers are spreading word of the survey results.
According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with mental health were a concern for 53 percent of survey respondents.
Other findings include:
*Methamphetamine labs and meth lab clean-up efforts were included as a mental health concern among survey respondents.
*St. Joseph County has a higher age-adjusted rate for suicide on average than the state of Michigan. Between 2007 and 2011, St. Joseph County’s age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.9 per 100,000 population compared to Michigan’s age-adjusted rate of 11.8 per 100,000 population.
* Data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services/MDCH reveals that St. Joseph County has the highest rate of individuals presenting for substance-use-disorder treatment who indicate meth as their primary substance of abuse.
*In 2010, 104 of the state’s 760 Meth labs identified by the Michigan State Police were in St. Joseph County.
Two men and a woman were arrested Tuesday in Sturgis on methamphetamine-related charges.
The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Center Avenue following an investigation of suspected drug activity inside the residence. Once inside, investigators discovered evidence of the use and manufacture of meth, including hazardous materials, department officials said.
A 46-year-old woman and two men, ages 39 and 18, were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and maintaining a drug house.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a travel request made by animal control director Tom Miller.
Miller has been offered a $500 travel allocation by the ASPCA to attend the Animal Care Expo May 20-23 in Florida. The grant will cover the cost of the conference registration and hotel room.
Miller said he would pay out-of-pocket any additional expenses, and plans to take his personal vehicle to the four-day event and not ask for mileage reimbursement.
He said the conference features several presentations on shelter construction and renovations, relevant matters as the county board is in the midst of debating whether to upgrade or rebuild the current animal-control facility.
Commissioner’s approved the trip and agreed Miller would still receive his salary for the week despite not being on duty in his Centreville office.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the third death in the tri-county area this season due to complications from influenza.
This is the second death of a St. Joseph County resident, though the death of the elderly man occurred in an out-of-county facility.
In each of the three cases, there were underlying conditions that may have been the root of the problem, and it is unknown if any of the three people had received a flu shot this season.
Health Officer Steve Todd said some years, the agency sees the peak of the flu season hit in March and April. While it has seen some decreases in flu reports, the tri-county region is not out of the woods yet.
He said the deaths serve to remind the importance of vaccination.
Details regarding the latest victim’s age were not made available.
A county parks system featuring larger parcels with greater, natural-resource-based recreational opportunities was identified as a major component of the St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department newly developed master plan.
John Pence, director of the agency, presented a summary of the five-year plan to members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. He said instead of operating numerous smaller parks that provide limited recreational attractions, the larger concept incorporating lakes and rivers appears to be in demand.
The top goals identified in the plan focus of the development and enhancement of existing parks and facilities, acquisition of additional park lands, and the development of canoeing and kayaking sites along the county’s many streams and rivers, Pence said.
Pence said other projects identified in the plan include developing indoor facilities for public use at Rawson’s King Mill and Meyer Broadway Park; installing a bridge, boardwalks and additional trails at Timm County Park; and development of the 36-acre Feek property on Olney Road in Leonidas Township.
A resolution to adopt the five-year plan was approved unanimously.