Freeze alert lifted

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Lockport Township officials have announced the freeze alert previously set by the Lockport Township Water Board has been lifted.

Its members also wish to note they will review the next quarterly billing for usage increases and apply credit as necessary in cases where residents followed the suggestion to leave a trickle of water running to prevent pipes from freezing.

Venus Foundation wants to build shelter

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The mother of a Colon-area murder victim is looking to open a domestic-violence shelter in Sturgis.

Therese McComb, mother of Venus Stewart and founder of the Venus Foundation, is seeking property on which to locate the shelter. McComb said she is in search of a donation of land or funds to construct the shelter.

McComb said the 50 percent of women seeking a place to stay are turned away because there are not enough shelters. As a result, they have to return to their abuser or go homeless, McComb said.

The Venus Foundation was inspired by the 2010 murder of Stewart, who was murdered by her estranged husband.

To find out more about The Venus Foundation or to donate, its website can be found at:

Handgun stolen from restaurant

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A handgun belonging to a Battle Creek man was stolen over the weekend from a Branch County restaurant.

State police in Coldwater said the man left a .380-caliber pistol in a bathroom stall around 7 p.m. Saturday at Bill’s Steak House in Bronson. Within the hour, he realized the oversight and called the restaurant to report the situation. Employees did not find the weapon and the man also failed to locate it when he returned to the business.

The incident was reported to state police around 8 p.m.

Woman arrested following chase

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

State Police arrested an Indiana woman Sunday following a high-speed chase. The 34-year-old woman is accused of abducting her 5-year-old daughter during a supervised visit. Indiana authorities had contacted police in St. Joseph County after tracking the mother on her cellphone. A State Police trooper found the woman’s vehicle in Mottville Township and tried to arrest her, but she drove off with the child still in the car. During the chase, the mother put the girl in her lap, according to police. Stop sticks were used to blow out the tires and get the car to stop on northbound US-131 just outside Constantine but the suspect kept driving. Police say eventually, one of the vehicle’s tires came off its rim and two tires went flat, and the woman pulled over and tried to flee on foot while holding her daughter. Officers quickly caught up with the woman and arrested her after a brief scuffle. During a search of the vehicle, police found suspected cocaine. The woman is facing charges of fleeing and eluding, possession of narcotics, and resisting and obstructing. She also is facing misdemeanor charges of operating under the influence and child endangerment, according to Michigan State Police. Additional charges in Indiana are pending. The girl was in police custody until family came to pick her up.Names are being withheld.  (MRN)

Sheriff investigating B&E

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering incident in Sherman Township.

Department officials said the suspects forced entry into a residence in the 24000 Block of Mintdale Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. last Thursday.

Several items were stolen, including jewelry, a safe, and a 32-inch LCD television.

Meanwhile, officials with the state police said a Fabius Township residence was burglarized between 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 12000 block of M-60, where guns and jewelry were reported stolen.

Arson charges sought for boy

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Sturgis Police Department is seeking charges for arson against a 16-year-old boy.

The suspect confessed to setting fire to a house in the 100 block of East Congress Street on March 9.

Sgt. Amanda Coney said a joint investigation buy Sturgis police, fire and the state fire marshal during and following the incident contributed to pinpointing the suspect. Coney wished to thank the public for its number of tips passed along that led them to the teen.

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