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Update – Fatal Cass County crash

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl who died following a two-vehicle crash in southwestern Michigan appears to have been properly restrained in a child safety seat at the time of the crash. The Cass County sheriff’s office on Thursday issued an update on the Monday afternoon crash in Mason Township that killed Adrianna Chanthavongsavath. The department had said Tuesday that the girl hadn’t been restrained in a child safety seat. After the crash, the department said her mother, 25-year-old Linda Chanthavongsavath was in stable condition and the other driver 73-year-old Edwin Powless Jr. of Otsego was in critical condition. The department says they’re hospitalized but there’s no update on conditions. Linda Chanthavongsavath was driving a car and Powless was driving a pickup truck. The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.  (AP)

Sewer system for county park

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A proposed infrastructure improvement at Cade Lake Park would allow it to have the benefit of a sewer system.

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to a contract with Jones Petrie Rafinski for engineering services related to the proposal.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the plan calls for expanding a sewer pipe from a Burr Oak sewer line lift station on the north side of U.S. 12 to the 94-acre Fawn River Township park and campground.

The Burr Oak lift station eventually ends up in the Sturgis sewer-treatment system.

Commissioners agreed to a $14,700 expense to work with Jones and put together a request for proposals for engineering-related work. According to a report from Jones, the job would call for 1,500 linear feet of four-inch pipe to connect from the park’s common restroom and dump station facility to the existing eight-inch main.

Security upgrade at courthouse

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A plan to limit access into the St. Joseph County Courthouse to a single location is moving forward.

The county’s board of commissioners Tuesday agreed to work with Grand Rapids-based Landmark Design for schematic drawings and cost estimates to create the single point of entry.

If the full plan is authorized, access to either the original courthouse portion or the so-called courts building to the south would be at what is currently a ground-level walkway between the two buildings.

In addition, the plan calls for security screening into the courthouse portion of the complex. The courts building section already has a security checkpoint in place.

Landmark officials indicated in a letter to the county that an addition between the two buildings would be needed to allow for an expanded public lobby area as well as the new security station for the courthouse building.

Schematic-design services will cost $1,800. An estimate regarding architectural and engineering services, if the project is approved, is to be determined and will be based on contractor bids and cost of building permits.

Landmark has done other work in St. Joseph County: two jail renovations and a job at the Central Dispatch facility.

Justice was served

July 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said justice was served Monday, as jurors in the Andy Brown murder trial issued a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder.

The 37-year-old Brown was also found guilty on a charge of felony use of a firearm.

Monday’s decision capped the nine-day trial in which the nine-woman, three-man jury heard testimony related to the October 2013 shooting death of Sturgis-area CPA David Locey.

McDonough said the verdict was the result of a solid effort by the county’s major crimes task force unit, witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution and assistant prosecutor Josh Robare.

Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman set a sentencing date of Aug. 29.

Brown faces up to life in prison.

Three Rivers man arraigned on charges

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A former teacher in Constantine and Three Rivers has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

David D. Wing, 59, of Three Rivers, also faces a charge of child sexually abusive activity.

All charges are felony offenses.

Wing was arraigned Monday afternoon by magistrate Ryan Smith following his arrest Saturday at his King Street residence.

According to a court affidavit, Wing during an unspecified date in 2014 allegedly allowed a 16-year-old child to engage in a sexually abusive activity for the purpose of producing child sexually abusive material.

The CSC incidents, which are all second degree, allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 in the third case.

A pre-exam conference was set for July 22; a preliminary exam was scheduled for July 24.

Wing is being represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

He is in the St. Joseph County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Wing taught fourth grade at Riverside Elementary in Constantine from 2006 to 2013. He previously taught at the elementary level in Three Rivers for nine years. Before that, he was principal at a middle school in Hillsdale and previously at an elementary school in Marcellus.

Constantine Public Schools plans to issue a media release today.

Given the chance to make a statement or ask a question Monday, Wing declined.

McCann to stand trial

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Raymond McCann, who was charged with perjury in connection with the Jodi Parrack murder case, has been ordered to stand trial.

The development took place following a preliminary examination Wednesday in St. Joseph County District Court before Judge Robert Pattison.

Pattison ruled that enough evidence exists for the 46-year-old McCann to stand trial.

Assistant prosecutor Erin Harrington said a single charge of felony perjury was amended to five counts of perjury against McCann. The charges stem from testimony he gave in 2012 regarding the case.

Four witnesses, including Parrack’s mother, took the stand Wednesday. Jo Gilson said a number of inconsistencies were noted in statements McCann made about his actions the night her 11-year-old daughter was found murdered in November 2007.

McCann remains a person of interest in Parrack’s murder.

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