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Fire damages home

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A fire heavily damaged a home in Nottawa Township last weekend.

Firefighters were called to a residence in the at 61000 block of Klinger Lake Road aroound 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

First-arriving firefighters from Centreville observed heavy smoke coming from the roof.

Officials said the fire began in the attic, where the homeowner was repairing a leak in the roof when a light stand fell over starting the fire.

The residence sustained extensive heat, smoke and water damage. Firefighters remained on scene for nearly three hours.

I & M proposes solar facilities

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves. I&M is proposing building the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan, although the locations have not yet been decided. The company says the Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project will have a combined capacity of about 16 megawatts, producing electricity equivalent to powering more than 2,500 homes for a year. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2016, with completion expected later that year. The estimated cost of the project is $38 million. The company said the project would result in less than a 1 percent increase in customer rates. The utility has more than 580,000 customers.  (AP)

Minor injuries after collision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A motorist suffered minor injuries after being involved in a collision with a freight train Monday.

According to law-enforcement and rescue personnel, the driver of an SUV was on Cotherman Lake Road in Park Township when he failed to stop for a passing Grand Elk Railroad train. The SUV struck the side of a rail car and rolled onto its side.

The driver, whose name and age were not disclosed Monday, was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.

Items stolen from business

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Tobacco products and alcohol were taken from a Colon business last week after a cinder block was used to smash the window of its front door.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called early Tuesday to Village Market, where the break-in occurred earlier in the morning.

Video surveillance from the store is being reviewed by investigators.

Traffic signal change in Sturgis

July 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The city of Sturgis has issued a temporary traffic signal change for the intersection of West West Street and North Centerville Road.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the traffic signal will be changed to flashing-red mode for West Street and flashing-yellow for Centerville.

The change is being made as an evaluation period for a possible change to the traffic control devices at the intersection. As part of the design process for reconstruction of North Centerville Road, engineers reviewed the need for a traffic signal at the intersection and the appropriate device for current traffic conditions.

Engineers found that traffic flow at the intersection, especially on West Street, does not warrant the current traffic signal. Engineers recommended that the intersection be made a two-way stop and city commissioners approved a temporary traffic control order to determine the impact of such a change.

After a six-week test period, the city commission will consider whether to make a permanent change.

Two more arrests for meth

July 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two people were charged with drug-related offenses following the discovery of methamphetamine earlier this week at a residence in Sturgis.

According to the Sturgis Police Department, officers were called to the 600 block of North Fourth Street in response to a tip regarding a fugitive from justice.

Upon arrival, officers searched the residence and noticed a recently active methamphetamine lab and a finished quantity of meth.

Police arrested a 19-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, both from Sturgis. The two were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, and possession of meth.

Both had outstanding felony warrants, police said.

A third person, a 46-year-old Sturgis woman, was arrested on two felony warrants.

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