Three Rivers city officials are in the midst of working out a potential ordinance regulating collection boxes.
The matter was most recently discussed at the commission’s Feb. 4 meeting, when Mayor Tom Lowry indicated his preference for the boxes to be banned within the city limits. Lowry said the boxes take resources away from the community and do not provide a direct financial benefit to the city.
A preliminary draft ordinance was presented by attorney Pat O’Malley. His draft calls for regulating the boxes, as opposed to an outright ban.
The majority of commissioners indicated they would prefer to see local, non-profit agencies have preference to the placement of collection boxes in Three Rivers. Some of the current boxes are sponsored by for-profit organizations with no local roots.
For-profit organizations Better World Books and USAgain, and non-profit Planet Aid all have boxes in Three Rivers.
St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk and Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite have returned a federal prisoner to Kentucky.
The two left early Tuesday with Nathan Lumbard, who was sentenced in St. Joseph County last week on charges stemming from the May 2009 arson of Welch’s Steak and Ribs in Sturgis.
He has one year of federal prison time to serve before he’ll be transported to a facility in Indiana to complete a prison term there. Then, Balk said, the 31-year-old Lumbard will serve between six and 15 years in Michigan.
Two budget amendments were made at last week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioner’s meeting.
Commissioners agreed to a $4,030 adjustment from the county’s general fund for an animal-control shelter study. The study will focus on a needs assessment to be performed in coming months.
In addition, more than $11,200 was amended from the information technology improvement fund for the purchase of Ultra Books for the prosecutor’s office.
Three males and two females were arrested Monday as a result of a special sweep conducted by local law-enforcement agencies.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said “Operation Night Hawk,” spearheaded by the Michigan Department of Corrections, found methamphetamine and a parole weapons violation at a residence in the 1200 block of 7th Street in Three Rivers.
With assistance from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit, the search also found two other occupants inside the house were wanted on felony probation charges.
Charges include possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Operation Night Hawk is conducted to increase home checks on parolees and increase parolee compliance.
Marcellus High School senior Steven McKenzie is one of 32 athletes in the state to earn a prestigious award.
McKenzie was named a Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. School officials said there were more than 1,700 applicants this year and McKenzie was one of two class D male athletes to earn the award.
The recognition is based on McKenzie’s grade-point average in conjunction with his participation in sports.
He will be honored at halftime of the class C boys basketball finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center March 22.
McKenzie will also get a $1,000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education.
Authorities say a man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers was wielding an air pistol. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told reporters Monday that “it would be impossible for anyone, including an officer, to distinguish” the air pistol Brad Mason had from another weapon. Hadley said the toy’s orange safety tip and other markings had been removed. Mason, a suspect in an abduction and sexual assault case, was shot Friday outside his apartment. Hadley said officers saw what appeared to be a black handgun in Mason’s hand. The officers retreated to a front porch and ordered Mason to drop the weapon. Hadley said Mason kept walking toward the officers and pointed the gun at them when he was shot multiple times. (AP)