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Sturgis to get new businesses

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two noteworthy plans were reviewed and approved Tuesday by the Sturgis Planning Commission.

Plans for a potential Meijer store, at 1170 S. Centerville Road, and a Culver’s restaurant on South Centerville Road between Magnolia Avenue and Elm Street, were approved by the panel.

Meijer representatives presented their plan for a 195,000-square-foot store, outlining several entry points to the parking lot and traffic flow expectations for patrons and delivery trucks.

The potential store also has plans for a drive-up pharmacy and a 12-pump gas station and convenience store.

A special-land-use request for the potential Meijer gas station was recommended by the commission. The store would likely open in 2016.

Meanwhile, a site plan presented by officials from Culver’s restaurant. It is expected to open by the end of the year.

Four arrested for drug-related charges

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Four people were taken into custody on drug-related charges Tuesday after a warrant was executed at a residence in the village of Burr Oak.

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 700 block of West Front Street. Once inside the residence, officers located a marijuana-grow operation, methamphetamine, and 13 firearms.

Officers will be requesting charges against the occupants of the residence: two men ages 53 and 31, and two women ages 52 and 41.

Potential charges include operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, felony firearms and maintaining a drug house.

Man arrested for incident

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Three Rivers man was arrested last weekend following a breaking-and-entering incident in Cass County.

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said the incident occurred at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Pioneer Road in Marcellus Township.

Underwood said the victims reported a suspicious vehicle outside their residence. When they went outside to check on the situation, 36-year-old Jami Land and an accomplice exited the house as well. Following a confrontation, Land and his accomplice drove from the scene after one of the victims was forcibly moved from the front of the vehicle in which Land and his accomplice were riding.

A license plate number provided to police helped investigators find and arrest Land. His accomplice, however, remains at large.

Land was charged with breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was arraigned in District Court in Cassopolis, where he remains jailed with bond set at $10,000.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position.

Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully.

Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, village officials said. Since then, Johnson and deputy clerk Rhea Schrader have been performing office duties.

Johnson said he and Schrader had been reviewing financial records and he recommends seeking advice from the Michigan Municipal League on the fund balance.

Trustee Gary McClain advised revamping the entire computer system, making billing and revenue reporting easier.

In the meantime, Mendon Village Manager John Hyden has offered to lend the village a hand until it gets its clerk situation in order.

Sheriff investigating barn fire

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an arson last week in Colon Township.

Authorities said a barn in the 33200 Block of East Palmer Lake Road was intentionally set on fire. The structure sustained significant damage, investigators said.

Man found guilty

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

An Ottawa County man was found guilty of 16 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct following a jury trial that concluded last week.

Officials from St. Joseph County Circuit Court said James Zacharko  II, 46, of Zeeland, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old St. Joseph County girl over a four-month period in 2012.

Over the course of the three-day trial that ended Thursday, Zacharko’s attorney said his client pleaded not guilty and that there was no DNA evidence, photographs or eyewitnesses to verify he and the teen had a sexual relationship.

Zacharko met the teen through a relationship he previously had with an adult related to her. Prosecutor John McDonough, however, indicated Zacharko and the victim were involved in a physical relationship from May to September 2012.

A jury found Zacharko guilty on 16 of 23 counts.

Zacharko faces up to 15 years in prison.

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