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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.

Brush cleanup from storm

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

In response to last week’s storm, crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin a brush pickup next week.

DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday morning. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for storm damage only.

The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. Brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste are accepted at the compost area.

Public works crews in Sturgis are in the midst of a special pickup as well. The task started Monday and is expected to be completed today or Thursday.

Public input for decision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis municipal officials are expected to ask the public for input on whether to sell a piece of park land.

Commissioners this week plan to consider ballot language authorizing the sale of Arthur Carls Park to Burr Oak Tool, Inc. The matter will be discussed at Wednesday’s city commission meeting.

City manager Mike Hughes said Burr Oak Tool has indicated it would like the property for potential future expansion. The land is north of its manufacturing plant on West South Street.

Sturgis’ City Charter requires that any sale of park property be approved by public referendum. In order to be place on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election, the commission must approve ballot language by Aug. 12.

Fourth day of testimony

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The fourth day of testimony in the Andy Brown murder trial wrapped up Thursday, when the focus was on Brown’s approximate location the morning David Locey was murdered last October.

Jurors in Judge Paul Stutesman’s circuit court heard testimony from state police Det. Paul Gonyeau regarding information gathered from Locey’s cell phone. Various cell towers were identified that could indicate Brown was in the vicinity of Locey’s Sturgis-area office the morning of the murder.

Thursday’s testimony also centered on forensics of the three bullets recovered from Locey’s office. Discussion about trajectory and blood-stain patterns were also cited by Guy Nutter, from the Michigan State Police.

Testimony continues Tuesday, the start of the third week of the case.

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