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.

Man critical after crash

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 71-year-old South Haven man was in critical condition after he was involved in a motorcycle accident last week in Marcellus Township.

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood said Jerry Hartsfield was driving his motorcycle north on M-40, where he lost control and the two-wheeler flipped over and into a ditch. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday near Dutch Settlement Road.

Hartsfield was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment.

A helmet was not worn and alcohol may have been a factor, according to Underwood.

Road improvements are coming

July 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three major road projects in St. Joseph and Cass counties will soon be taking place, as State Rep. Matt Lori has announced details of a transportation grant he helped secure.

The $3.5 million in grants will be used to improve a 4.6-mile section of M-60 in Cass County at the divided section east of Barron Lake Road. In addition, the stretch of U.S. 131 from Constantine north to M-60 will be improved through a mill-and-fill process. Also, another stretch of M-60 in Cass County will be improved through the mill-and-fill procedure.

Lori said the repairs are necessary, as the targeted areas have been neglected too long.

Funding for the three projects is in addition to more than $121 million from the state General Fund to fully match available federal transportation funds.

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