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Police still looking for man

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are looking for a man responsible for an assault that involved the use of a hatchet last week.

Jorel Gefferand  is wanted in connection with the Thursday incident at Cato Lane Apartments. He faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder and malicious destruction of a building.

Gefferand allegedly used a hatchet to assault a man who fled from the scene. The victim was later found and had suffered a laceration to his hand and a gash to his upper back.

Tuition-reimbursement for county employees

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a tuition-reimbursement policy for county employees.

Spearheaded by Commissioner Don Eaton, the program allows county employees to receive reimbursement up to 100 percent of tuition cost per semester at an accredited college, university or trade school.

The course must be for credit or extended-education purposes.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the classes must be relevant to the line of work in which the employee is hired to perform.

The opportunity is available, as well, for an employee seeking to fulfill specific requirements for a degree program in which the employee is currently enrolled.

Reimbursement is limited to $3,500 per calendar year, per employee, and available only if the employee earns a grade of C or better.

Man dies on Donnell Lake

July 20, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An Illinois man died Sunday in a drowning incident on Donnell Lake in Cass County’s Penn Township. The victim was identified as 67-year-old Vincent Churak of Evergreen Park, Illinois. Central Dispatch received a call regarding a subject calling for help. Observers attempted to assist the victim, but he had already gone under the water when they arrived. Divers found the body three hours later. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says Churak lived part-time on the lake, and was using a paddle board when he fell off for some unknown reason. A life vest was on the paddle board, but not used by the victim.

Re-appointments to county board

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Six people this week were recommended for re-appointment to the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Board for two-year terms.

They are: Margaret Schultz, Jon Withers, Charles Willer, Deb Leyes, Steve Boland and Jay Newman. As Leyes is a member at large, her term is for one year only.

Also during action Tuesday, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed to the employment of Alicia Dell as a full-time corrections officer.

Man slashed in Sturgis

July 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Police were dispatched to Quail Run apartments located on Cato Lane in Sturgis Thursday night, when callers reported two men were fighting, and one of the men was being attacked with a hatchet. Officers located a man who had fled the scene on foot. He suffered a large laceration to the hand and a gash to his upper back. The victim said he was attacked by a black male with a small build and short dreads. The victim only knew the subject as “CJ”. Police have identified a person of interest as the investigation continues.

Vacant positions will be filled

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has agreed to fill a vacant position in the two departments.

During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners agreed to fill a clerk’s spot in the finance department. The post is being filled half-time by a member of the Register of Deeds office. Human resources director Elishia Arver said the position will stay filled in such a manner on a trial basis that ends later this year.

At that time, a decision will be made whether to continue using the Register of Deeds clerk part-time or allocate a full-time employee for the position.

Also, a request to fill a corrections-officer position was granted by commissioners.

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