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Serious injury in crash

July 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Alcohol appears to have been a factor in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Constantine Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle driven by Dustin Cole, 26, of Constantine, was westbound on Dickinson Road when it left the roadway and rolled over near Blue School Road. The vehicle flipped over several times and came to rest in a corn field about 30 feet off the road.

A passenger, 40-year-old Tony Montgomery of Constantine, was ejected from the vehicle, according to police. He was airlifted to Borgess Medical Center.

Cole was treated at the scene.

Police investigating an unarmed robbery

July 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are investigating an unarmed robbery that took place over the weekend at a business on East Chicago Road.

According to a department media release, a white male in his early 20s instigated a transaction around 10 p.m. Sunday at the Admiral gas station. When the clerk opened the register, the man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. Store personnel and bystanders attempted to apprehend the man, but he fled the scene on foot.

A state police K-9 unit attempted to trace the suspect but lost his trail several blocks away.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Man taken into custody

July 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 22-year-old Three Rivers man was taken into custody after he tried to evade police by escaping a residence from a second-floor landing.

According to a department media release, officers last Saturday afternoon went to a residence in the 400 block of Thomas Street in order to locate the subject regarding several warrants issued for his arrest.

Shortly after officers knocked on the front door, they noticed the subject climbing down the house from a second-floor porch. He was quickly taken into custody and charged with resisting and obstructing, in addition to charges related to the warrants.

Unemployment rises

July 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Unemployment in St. Joseph County rose two-tenths of a percent in May compared to April.

Figures from the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives show the county’s May unemployment figure was 5.7 percent, up from 5.5 percent in April. The 5.7 percent rate was still lower than the county’s 7.5 percent unemployment compared to the same month in 2013.

The county had a lower unemployment rate in May against the state average, which

was 7.3 percent for the month.

Agency officials said despite the county’s unemployment increase from April to May¸ seasonal hiring in construction, retail, and leisure and hospitality remained strong over the 31-day period

Hillsdale County had the highest May unemployment rate in the region, with 7.7 percent, while Barry County’s 5.3 percent was the month’s lowest in the 13-market region.

Testimony continues

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

With two days in the books, testimony in the case against Andy Brown continues this week.

A number of key witnesses testified Thursday and Friday about the day Sturgis-area CPA David Locey was found dead in his office north of the city, with a single gunshot wound to his head in October 2013.

Testimony began Thursday, when Tammy Brunner, an employee with Locey’s firm, described in detail finding her boss within an hour after he was shot. When asked by prosecuting attorney John McDonough, Brunner testified she instantly suspected Brown was behind the incident.

Other witnesses to take the stand last week included first-responder Rich Johnson from the Sturgis Police Department; Locey’s wife, Cherie; and St. Joseph County 911 dispatcher Ramona Metzger.

McDonough said Brown is the leading suspect in the murder. Testimony continues this week in Centreville before Judge Paul Stutesman.

Officer charged with perjury

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A preliminary examination for a former Constantine reserve police officer charged with lying in testimony he gave to prosecutors investigating the 2007 death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack was postponed last week for a second time.

The attorney for defendant Raymond McCann II requested postponement and the matter has been rescheduled for July 9 before District Judge Robert Pattison.

McCann has been in the St. Joseph County Jail since his arraignment on the perjury charge April 19. He is being held on $ 225,000 bond.

A Michigan State Police arrest affidavit alleges McCann lied in sworn testimony he gave during a September 2012 prosecutor’s investigative subpoena, part of a cold-case probe into Parrack’s homicide.

McCann has not been charged with the homicide, but investigators say he has been a person of interest since Parrack’s death in November 2007.

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