The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-car collision at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Lockport Township.
According to a department media release, one of two cars going in opposite directions on M-60 near Mahnke Road crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle.
One of the vehicles rolled several times and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. That driver was air lifted to Borgess Hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.
The other driver was treated at Three Rivers Health.
Additional details about the incident, including names, ages and places of residence of the drivers, were not released, as the collision is being investigated as a criminal matter.
St. Joseph County District Judge Jeff Middleton has issued a statement regarding the anniversary of a grim case in Three Rivers.
Middleton said Dec. 2 marks the 25-year anniversary of the homicide of Cathy Swartz.
The case remains unsolved.
Middleton recounted that Swartz was brutally murdered in her apartment at the Riverside Townhouses while her young daughter was in the room. Local law enforcement and Ken Baker in particular spent thousands of hours investigating the case without ever finding the killer.
During his time as county prosecutor, Middleton said he spent more time devoted to the case than he did any other.
Middleton said everyone involved in the investigation were sure it was a matter of time before the case was solved. Nonetheless, Middleton said, he has not given up hope and Three Rivers Det. Mike Mohney is still working leads on the case.
St. Joseph County animal control director Tom Miller said the department saw a revenue increase from 2011 to 2012.
In addition, Miller said fewer dogs were euthanized in 2012 compared to 2011.
Miller addressed the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioner Tuesday, presenting to the five-member panel his annual report.
The department euthanized 111 dogs last year, 77 fewer than it did in 2011. As far as revenue, Miller said the department took in more than $132,000 last year. That marked an increase from $117,000 in 2011.
About $20,000 was secured through donations; more than $88,000 from dog kennel and license fees.
A Florence Township official will have to look for an alternative source of financial help to address a crumbling roadway in his jurisdiction, as he was turned down for assistance by county officials Tuesday.
For the second time in two months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor asked the commission for consideration to help replace Constantine Road from Dickinson north to Fairchild roads. A cost estimate he shared was $718,000 for rebuilding the roadway through Florence Township.
Evilsizor said the condition of the roadway is dangerous and motorists are forced to drive in the middle to avoid potholes and blemishes along the edges of the road.
Commission Chairman John Dobberten acknowledged the deteriorating condition of county roads in general. For local units to come in and expect the county to pick up the cost of repairs, however, is “unimaginable,” he said, as the county has hundreds of miles of roadways under its jurisdiction.
Dobberteen said he would encourage the county road commission to increase its annual assessment when it is up for renewal next year, or urge local units of government to follow the lead of the city of Sturgis and offer a millage specifically for road repairs.
The Sturgis Toy Run is providing an opportunity to make Christmas a brighter holiday for area children.
Through Friday, the organization’s Sherman Township-based headquarters will be manned 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accept toys and non-perishable food that will be distributed in coming weeks to families in need.
Pat Linnan, president of the Sturgis Toy Run Inc., said officials from the organization agreed to volunteer their time to accept donations.
This week’s toy drop-off at the Toy Run headquarters, located at the southwest corner of M-66 and Wait Road, is being done in conjunction with the local Salvation Army.
The 2013 collection marks the second consecutive year the Toy Run has also accepted non-perishable food items.
Linnan asked that donations of toys and games be new and in the package. Stuffed animals should still have their tags intact, as well.
The Big Lots store in Three Rivers will be closing shortly after the new year.
Company officials said the retailer, at 1326 Broadway Street, will close Jan. 15, about a month after it begins its going-out-of-business sale.
The seller of closeout and surplus merchandise moved to its current spot in 2005 from North Main Street in Three Rivers. It is the largest tenant in a strip plaza that also includes Dunham’s and Peebles. A fourth storefront remains vacant.
Severance packages will be offered to the store’s 16 employees who choose not to accept a position at Big Lots locations in Kalamazoo, Niles or Coldwater, according to assistant store manager Ursula Jiles
She declined to elaborate on the nature of the closing. Jiles noted the Three Rivers location won an annual regional contest in 2011 and again in 2013 for its cleanliness, service and customer relations.
Officials from the company’s Columbus, Ohio, headquarters were not available for comment Friday.